Welcome to the beginning of the 2017-2018 Toastmasters year.
Congratulations to every member and club that completed their goal for the year ending June 30, 2017. Across the district we have plenty to celebrate. The power of teamwork was demonstrated by achieving Distinguished district and reaching Presidents Distinguished clubs with 70 clubs achieving Presidents Distinguished status.
The focus now is on the year ahead.
Newly installed club officers are trained and ready to meet the needs of their club members and grow their club membership. Members have planned to achieve their educational goals and compete in the upcoming speech contests. Division and Area directors across the district are trained, have set their goals and are ready to help clubs to be Distinguished or better in the upcoming year.
We are ready to start new clubs and coach others that need help.
On behalf of the district trio of myself, Kristina and Jacklyn all of the division and area directors we wish you every success in the upcoming year.
We are all here to help you to reach your goals.
Let's have a great year!
Cathy Herschell, DTM
District Director, District 86 2017-2018
Press Release - Cathy Herschell DTM, a member of Port Credit Toastmasters in Mississauga, was elected at the District 86 Council Business Meeting on Saturday April 29. The annual elections were held during the three day 2017 spring conference in Kitchener, Ontario. The Toastmasters District Leadership manual describes the district director as "responsible for directly administering and overseeing the district's day-to-day operations, finances and human resources." Herschell will lead the District Executive Committee that consists of various administration leaders, 63 area and 10 division directors. "The district director supervises and guides all elected and appointed district leaders and is responsible for their success. "
In response to, "Why do you want to be a district officer?" Herschell wrote, "I enjoy helping others to achieve and exceed their personal goals and have fun along the journey. I am committed to continue to learn best practices from other districts and leaders from around the world that will ensure that District 86 continues to grow and be successful."
Herschell, a Toastmaster member since 2009, has taken on leadership roles at the club and district level. At the Port Credit Toastmasters club was the Vice President Public Relations in 2010-2011, VP Education in 2011-2012, and President in 2012-2013. Her leadership experience on the District Executive includes being an Area Governor in 2013-2014, Division D Governor and District Alignment Chair in 2014-2015. In 2015-2016 she was appointed as the Public Relations Manager followed by being elected as Program Quality Director for 2016-2017. In addition to Toastmasters, Herschell has been in senior leadership roles at the Hudson's Bay Company.
Herschell was given the 2014 – 2015 Division Governor of the Year Award for going above and beyond. She led her area to Select Distinguished in 2013 – 2014 and as Port Credit Toastmasters Club president 2012 – 2013 the club became Presidents Distinguished. Achieving her Distinguished Toastmaster award December 17, 2014 the highest Toastmasters bestows. The DTM recognizes a superior level of achievement in both communication and leadership.