Our Team

Meet the enthusiastic team of youth behind the day to day operations of the organization
Rebecca Amisano | Head Coach and Founder

Since she first dragged her friends with her to debate club in grade nine, Rebecca has had a passion for public speaking and debate. For the past three years, she has traveled with her partner Gabrielle to tournaments all over North America, most notably becoming a senior finalist at Canadian Nationals in 2019. Her passion for debate led her to create DSDC in the summer of her grade nine year, in hopes of making debate a more accessible activity that all students can learn and benefit from. She believes that every student can benefit from the foundational skills that debate teaches as it helps to cultivate personal growth and academic diversity. In the upcoming year, she will attend UBC and the University of Sydney, studying a dual degree in arts and law. In her spare time, Rebecca loves to do legal and contractual work for her parents’ business, travel around the world, and try to throw her dog on Gabrielle!

TournamentYearTeam Result
Canadian National Debate Championships (Senior)2019Finalist
US National Debate Championships (Senior)2019Quarterfinalist
UBC Fall High School Tournament (Senior)2018Finalist
UBC Summer High School Tournament (Senior)2018Finalist
UBC Spring High School Tournament (Senior)2018Finalist
UBC Spring High School Tournament (Junior)2017Champion
IndividualYearInd. Result
UBC Summer High School Tournament (Senior)20193rd Place
UBC Spring High School Tournament (Senior)20196th Place
UBC Fall High School Tournament (Senior)20187th Place
Gabrielle Wong | Coach

For three years, Gabrielle has debated in tournaments in styles including World Schools, Canadian National Debate Format, British Parliamentary, and Public Forum. Debate has led her to becoming a finalist at multiple national tournaments, as well as becoming a member of Team Canada. The confidence and knowledge debate has given her to discuss anything also helps her in school and volunteer work. She coaches because she wants her students to have the same skill sets and opportunities. That’s why Gabrielle also helps run an annual tournament just for younger students. Beyond debate, Gabrielle is attending Simon Fraser University, studying human geography and social data analytics. Gabrielle is also committed to practicing piano, playing oboe in her local orchestra, tutoring, volunteering for Big Brothers Big Sisters and the West Coast Youth Music Society, and crocheting, knitting’s under-appreciated cousin.

TournamentYearTeam Result
Canadian National Debate Championships (Senior)2019Finalist
US National Debate Championships (Senior Division)2019Quarterfinalist
UBC Fall High School Tournament (Senior)2018Finalist
UBC Summer High School Tournament (Senior)2018Finalist
UBC Spring High School Tournament (Senior)2018Finalist
UBC Spring High School Tournament (Junior)2017Champion
IndividualYearInd. Result
UBC Spring High School Tournament (Junior)20171st Place
SFU High School Debate Tournament (Senior)20181st Place
Public Speaking Provincials (Debate, Senior)20181st Place
Anson Yu | Coach

Since accidentally falling in love with public speaking 5 years ago, Anson has been inseparable from it since. Throughout this time, she has debated in Canadian National Debate Format, British Parliamentary, World Schools, and Public Forum. Her love for public speaking also manifests itself in staff positions at Model United Nations conferences and business case competitions. Even after all this time, Anson continues to be inspired by the care, enthusiasm, and intelligence of the debaters around her – especially students. In the coming year, she will attend University of Waterloo for Systems Design Engineering. Outside of debate, Anson can be found attempting stand up comedy, participating in film festivals, or madly spread-sheeting for event planning purposes. In her community, Anson also leads the team at Social Diversity for Children, a youth led non-profit organization for empowering children with disabilities.

TournamentYearTeam Result
US National Debate Championships (Senior Division)2019Quarterfinalist
UBC Fall High School Tournament (Senior)2018Champion
UBC Summer High School Tournament (Senior)2018Finalist
SFU Invitational Debate Tournament (Senior)2018Champion
LME Regional Tournament (Junior)2017Champion
IndividualYearInd. Result
Pacific Championships Tournament (Junior)20171st Place
World Speech Day (Open)2018Outstanding Speaker
Eric Hamber High School Tournamnet (Junior) 20181st Place
LME Regional Tournament (Junior)20171st Place

Rose Oh | Coach

Rose Oh is an ambitious IB Grade 12 student at RE Mountain Secondary and is ecstatic to serve as a coach for DSDC. She came from a heavily competitive environment of studying from South Korea in grade 6 and found herself in her first debate class the day of her arrival. She was extremely inspired from how debate allowed her to speak with logic and evidence and strategize to trap opponents and get the win. Since then, she has continued to appreciate the deep and rich discussion and the ability to persuade someone. Outside her debate life, Rose tries to survive in IB, blow whistles foul basketball players, preps for her next debate tournament, or records herself playing her violin repertoire only to delete the recording after hearing herself play the wrong notes.

TournamentYearResult
Seattle Academy Invitational2019Co-champion
Tournament of Champions2019Gold Bid
Princeton University Invitational2019Semi-finalist
Lower Mainland South Regionals (Junior)2019Champion
Georgetown Public Forum 20182nd Place
British Columbia Provincial Mock Trial 2017Champion
Puget Sound University Public Forum2018Semifinalist
IndividualYearResult
Lower Mainland South Regionals (Junior)20192nd Place
UC Berkeley Invitational High School Tournament20191st Place
Georgetown Public Forum 20184th Place
Puget Sound University Oratory 2017Champion
Sedro-Woolley High School Oratory2016Champion

Kitty Liu | Coach

Kitty’s passion for debate and public speaking started after her friend enthusiastically encouraged her to join debate club in grade 9. Through her experiences in public speaking through the years, her love for it grew exponentially. Kitty has coached various forms of debate for two years and specializes in Canadian National Debate Format, British Parliamentary, as well as Public Forum. She has participated in numerous local, provincial, and international tournaments and won speaker awards at several. Kitty enjoys coaching others because she is ecstatic by the positive changes debate has brought to her life and wants others to experience the same. She has experience coaching debate at the South Surrey Youth Effective Speaking Club, as well as the C&C Learning Centre. Outside of debate, she attends UBC studying general sciences. Besides debate, Kitty is the founder of the West Coast Youth Music Society and mostly finds herself practicing piano for her next concert, and going swimming at 6 AM.

TournamentYearResult
Lower Mainland South Regional Championships (Senior)2020Finalist
Lower Mainland East Regional Championships (Junior)20184th place
IndividualYearResult
Lower Mainland East Regional Championships (Junior)20183rd place
Lower Mainland South Regional Championships (Senior)20197th place

Nick Liu | Coach

Currently in his senior year at Fraser Heights Secondary, Nick Liu has been enthralled by the captivating world of debate all of his high school career. Throughout his time debating, he has debated in Canadian National Debate Format, British Parliamentary, World Schools and Public Forum. Nick has participated in tournaments at the local, provincial, national and even the international level. Having coached for two years, he truly enjoys allowing for new students the means to express their opinion. Outside of debate, Nick can be found participating in Model UN, volunteering around the community, and baking his next sweet creation.

TournamentYearResult
Stanford Public Forum (JV)2019Finalist
Lower Mainland East Regional Championships (Senior)20202nd Place
UBC Spring High School Tournament (Senior)2019Semifinalist
Puget Sound Varsity Public Forum (Junior)2019Quarterfinalist
IndividualYearResult
Lower Mainland East Regional Championships (Senior)20193rd Place
Lower Mainland East Regional Championships (Senior)20204th Place

Anisha Biswas | Coach

Anisha was introduced to the world of debate in 9th grade when her friend strongly encouraged her to join. Captivated by the way debate explored a variety of perspectives on different issues, she began competing in as many tournaments as she could. She has debated in regional, provincial, and national tournaments in the styles Cross-Examination and Canadian National Debate Format. Anisha is also very passionate about spreading her love of debate to others and co-founded a club at a local elementary school to teach more children about critical thinking and persuasion through debate. This gave her a lot of coaching experience which she applies to teaching at DSDC. Debate has changed both her academic and social life immeasurably, and she believes everyone should get to experience the benefits of the activity. When she is not debating, Anisha is usually studying for IB, volunteering, and attempting to embroider.

Tournament/EventYearResult
Law Foundation Cup Debate Provincials (Junior)2019Nationals Qualifier
Lower Mainland East Regional Championships (Junior)20202nd Place
Sir Winston Churchill Debate Invitational (Open)20209th Place
Lower Mainland East Regional Championships (Junior)20195th Place
IndividualYearResult
Lower Mainland East Regional Championships (Junior)201911th Place

Cheyenne Ding | Teaching Assistant

Cheyenne first found her great interest in public speaking back in grade 9, where she unintentionally came across debate club and joined for a class-side round; ever since then, she has fallen more and more in love with the art of speaking. For the past two years, she has consistently found herself either judging rounds alongside Rebecca, or attending tournaments with her debate partner in both the Canadian National Debate Format and Cross-Examination Format. In hopes of improving her own skills in debate, she became a teacher’s assistant at DSDC in her tenth year of school. During her time as a teachers assistant, she has not only discovered more passion and knowledge in the area of public speaking, but has also grown closer to the enthusiastic learners and students around her. In her free time, you can often find Cheyenne engaging in deep conversations with her friends and family, hopping around from her dance studio to the community swimming pool, or even dabbling around her kitchen in attempts to cook and bake something edible.

Tournament/EventYearResult
Lower Mainland South Regional Championships (Junior)20204th Place
IndividualYearResult
Lower Mainland South Regional Championships (Junior)20205th Place

Fuliya Liu | Teaching Assistant

After ranking at the bottom of her first tournament, Fuliya was left with a weird sense of inspiration to keep debating until they see progress. Since then, they’ve competitively debated for a year and a half in multiple tournaments, and in styles including Canadian National Debate Format and British Elementary. Debating has lead them to gain knowledge, confidence, and the love for speaking that they definitely wouldn’t have gotten anywhere else. They believe that acquiring the ability of analytically expressing your own opinions and having the confidence to do so is something truly great to have. Outside of debate, Fuliya enjoys playing deafening sounds on her guitar and piano, tutoring, and making digital artwork (and occasionally going on Reddit to look at memes). They aim to continue bettering themselves at Debate, while also helping students to do so as well!

Tournament/EventYearResult
UBC Spring Elementary School Tournament (Open)2019Semi-Finalist
UBC Spring Elementary School Tournament (Open)20193rd Place
Burnaby Mountain Invitational (Junior)20194th Place
Lower Mainland East Regional Championships (Junior)20197th Place
IndividualYearResult
UBC Spring High School Tournament (Junior)20204th Place
UBC Spring Elementary School Tournament (Open)20196th Place
Burnaby North Invitational (Junior)20195th Place
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