Soohyun Park crowned Canada's Top Speller

    Toronto speller withstands 21 rounds of spelling live on Global
    Television and wins with the correct spelling of hypobulia

    OTTAWA, April 14 /CNW/ - Soohyun Park of Toronto stands alone tonight as
Canada's best speller. The 13 year old student representing the National Post
beat out 40 other top spelling finalists to win the coveted CanSpell Cup and a
$10,000 RESP contribution.
    Soohyun went down to the wire with Amrit Sampali, an 11 year old from
Halifax representing The Daily News. Amrit went out on the word moiety while
Soohyun got the word cerumen correct. She then correctly spelled hypobulia, a
word meaning the lowered ability to make decisions or to act.
    Viewers watching on Global and NTV were able to play along with the
spellers, and compete for five prizes of $4,000 in AIC RESPs, through the
TELUS Spell It contest. Viewers either used their TELUS phones to text message
their spelling answers, or played along online during the broadcast. The
winners will be announced on ET Canada on Monday, April 16. All the text
proceeds from the TELUS Spell It contest will be donated to CanWest
    Moya Greene, President and CEO of Canada Post, along with David Asper,
Executive Vice President and Chairman of the National Post, delivered the
CanSpell Cup to the winner onstage at the Canadian Museum of Civilization.
Canada Post has been instrumental in the spellers' journey as the presenting
sponsor for the program, signing on last September in the lead role.
    AIC Limited, a Canadian company with a home-base in Burlington, Ontario,
has provided education awards to the top two spellers in each regional event.
On Saturday night Jonathan Wellum, AIC President and CEO awarded Soohyun a
$10,000 RESP contribution.
    In addition Duncan Dee, Senior Vice President Corporate Affairs, ACE,
delivered twenty of the spellers their Air Canada tickets to Washington D.C.,
where they will represent Canada in the Scripps National Spelling Bee in late
    Spellers and their immediate family members arrived via Air Canada from
destinations across the country and spent three days touring historic sites in
the National Capital Region, meeting national dignitaries and getting to know
fellow competitors.
    The students and their family members toured the Canadian War Museum, the
House of Commons and other historic sites in the city. All the competitors
were celebrated at a luncheon hosted by Canada Post where they met Olympian
and gold-medalist skier Jennifer Heil. They also attended a gala reception at
the Canadian Museum of Civilization.

    CanWest Global Communications Corp. (, (TSX: CGS
and CGS.A, NYSE:   CWG) an international media company, is Canada's largest
media company. In addition to owning the Global Television Network, CanWest
also owns, operates and/or holds substantial interests in Canada's largest
publisher of daily newspapers, and conventional television, out-of-home
advertising, specialty cable channels, web sites and radio stations and
networks in Canada, New Zealand, Australia, Turkey, Singapore, the United
Kingdom and the United States.

For further information:

For further information: Bruce Leslie, VP, Community and Public
Relations, CanWest Global Communications Corp., Tel: (204) 953-7713 or (204)
229-5601, or to arrange an interview call: Judie Dahl,
(604) 790-0251

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