Message from 2018 International Speech Champion - Roger Caesar

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This past Sunday at the District 86 Spring Conference I had the honour and privilege, as the 2018 International Speech Champion, to be the contest chair for the 2019 International Speech competition. We watched as 10 very accomplished speakers competed for the title of District 86 International Speech Champion for 2019. Congratulations to all those who competed. You continue to show why District 86 is one of the strongest districts in Toastmasters International. 

With so many great messages, I found myself sitting there wanting to give something back to the audience. Traditionally, as a contest chair, I try to comprise all the messages of each speaker and put it together in a nice compact summary. By popular demand many of you have asked for me to send the summary that I had for this year‘s international speech contest. It is my pleasure and honour to do so.
“ There are many lessons that we can take away from what we heard today. In life, don’t allow others negative words to deter you from reaching your goals. Remember that the river of doubt will always creep in and try to persuade you in the wrong direction. When you feel that fear just remember in order to beat it, Meet it! You do this by finding your motivation, your preparation, and your faith to allow you to overcome your fears and just JUMP! Never let the dream killers in your life to assassinate your dreams… Just Simply WALK AROUND THEM! Understand that no matter how many times you feel you can’t do it… Just say YES and figure it out after! Above all else LOVE YOURSELF!! Please never judge a book by its cover. Our different cultures make us unique! Love and respect ALL IDENTITIES!!! When you feel good about giving to others, you feel good about yourself. You will have moments in life where your own personal troubles or demons will battle within you.  NEVER STAY SILENT! And if you see someone who might be suffering… It just takes a cup of coffee to Help them open up. You don’t have to change the world you just have to change YOUR WORLD! When you do that the world will become a better place. But if you are ever seen talking to yourself in a public place… Please Please WEAR EARPIECES!!!! After all… BALL DON’T LIE!!!!!”

Best Regards,

Roger Caesar, ACG, ALB
Speaker/ Speech Coach
3 time International Speech Award Winner
District 86 Speakers Bureau Chair 2018-2019

Brampton Toastmasters/ Raising Champions Advanced Toastmasters

Memoirs from the North

Go For Bold Challenge by Colleen Charland

Inspired by OPS Toastmasters and their kick off to 2019 with Moments of Truth, North Bay and Area Toastmasters chose March 20, the first day of spring, a time of renewal and regrowth as the perfect time for Moments of Truth.

In addition to the need for more members, we decided we needed more social activities especially those that included family, friends and Toastmasters from other clubs. I went home that night wondering what social events might interest our Toastmasters and possibly attract new ones.

Low and behold within 36 hours, a “Call to Dinner” appeared in my inbox. Edwin a Mining Engineer/Estimator (PEng) for Cementation Canada North Bay, ON and VP of Education of Cementation Toastmasters invited our members to a fellowship dinner where he was the guest speaker. I’m happy to report four members with four guests attended to support and evaluate a fellow Toastmaster with his speech “Keep Your Fork the Best Is Yet To Come. Pretty impressive for a club with only ten members.

Less than a week later I received another email from the other corporate club requesting help with Pathways. I offered to do a Q&A session or a speech and was given a speaking spot. My level 4 speeches did not fit the time allocated so I signed up for my second path and broke the ice.

In the right place at the right time, good karma, or divine intervention? I'm not sure but I’m going for BOLD! and more inter club events.

Colleen Charland DTM
North Bay and Area Toastmasters

Go For Bold Challenge Blog

Memoirs of a Toastmaster by Tuula Redditt

The journey in Toastmasters for many of us is like a wild roller coaster ride. You start off with a coin operated pony ride and gradually build up the courage to take a ride on the 'Wild Side' and discover courage within yourself to step foot into the 'Bahemoth' of Toastmasters rides. This was my journey and I have shared this journey with many opportunities throughout our district.

Our Go For Bold challenge gives us the opportunity to benefit from going outside our clubs, outside our districts and outside our comfort zones AND get rewarded. Going through the list of challenges I realized that as I earned my education awards in Pathways, competed in club contests and allowed my message to spread through the district as a test speaker, I achieved many missions. I was rewarded for speaking at other clubs and I received amazing feedback on how I can make my message heard EVEN better.

As the Spring Conference approaches and I feverishly complete the artwork for this amazing event program, I get a behind the scenes look at what's to come. I have to say it will be an awesome event and I hope you all who read this blog take advantage of these great opportunities at your fingertips and make this year a memorable one. As your district blogmaster I look forward to reading some of your memoirs. 

Tuula Redditt DTM
Speak to Inspire Toastmaster Treasurer
D86 2019 Spring Conference Program master

Speechcraft at Waterloo Silver Tongue

During one of our exec meeting’s, the executive was facing two challenges. We were looking for ideas on how to grow our membership. We also identified that the current membership was not progressing well on presenting prepared speeches. It was identified that we should offer a Speechcraft program which also included any of our current membership participating. The result exceeded all our expectations.

I called the Speechcraft program “Toastmasters on Steroids”. Not only did we attract new members, our current membership embraced the program and accelerated their own development. In the span of 6 weeks, several of our members presented 3 speeches. Prior to Speechcraft, we were averaging members presenting a speech about every 3 months! Some had been members for some time and had yet to do their Ice Breaker.

One of the issues we had in running the Speechcraft program was that most of our club’s membership base were fairly new. To assist with the mentoring, we brought in mentors from other clubs to assist with the program. Each participant was provided an experienced Toastmaster mentor. These mentors assisted in speech development, evaluations and in providing the education sessions. The result was a very successful Speechcraft program which ended with an Open House/Graduation Night. We had so many guests attend this event that we needed more chairs!

Based on how successful our first Speechcraft program was, it was decided to run a second program starting in January 2019. We promoted this Speechcraft at our Open House Graduation and on social media. We were able to attract a high number of participants, most of which have become members. One of the most impressive parts of Speechcraft was seeing the progression in speech presentations through the program. At the first graduation, we had the participants present a speech on “what they had learned” through the program. It was not intended as a sales pitch, but after hearing the testimonials, we did attract a large interest in our upcoming January Speechcraft.

The first Speechcraft was offered in lieu of our regular meetings. As not to disrupt the club’s normal meetings, the second Speechcraft was offered on alternating weeks. In addition to guests experiencing a normal club meeting, the two-week separation provided our Speechcraft participants time to prepare for their next speech project.

Since conducting Speechcraft, I have found the club fellowship seems stronger and members are more engaged. Our club’s motto was “We May Be Small In Size, But We Are Mighty In Energy”. I think we need to change our slogan as we are not small in size anymore. Speechcraft has assisted our club in growing membership and keeping the current members highly engaged in a warm, friendly and motivating environment.

Our “Small Club That Thinks Big”, is now “A Big Club That Thinks Members Come First”.

Russell Deacon, CC, PI L1
Club President, Waterloo Silver Tongue

Speechcraft Works!

Speechcraft at Maple Leaf Poultry in Brampton by Tuula Redditt DTM

MLF Speechcrafters

Speak To Inspire Toastmasters Club has had a wonderful few months delivering speechcraft sessions for Maple Leaf Poultry in Brampton. The experience of delivering communication and leadership skills to a employees of this large corporation was truly gratifying. Here is a list of advisors that we had help out from Speak to Inspire TM and other clubs in District 86:

Cal Lockhart | Dimitra Bolton | Firdaus Walele | Gerry Phillips | Novlette Evans | Olusola Adeosun | Pauline Bourne | Phil Coakley | Razina Patel | Tuula Redditt | Veronica Hislop | Zeina Kdouh

With our collective efforts we were able to deliver two (2hr) sessions every Thursday for 8 weeks from Jan 10th to Mar 7th, 2019. The reason for 2 sessions was the shifts that the speechcrafters were working and the size of the boardroom to accomodate two separate groups. Here is a list of the Maple Leaf Food Employees that participated in the speechcraft program:

Alvaro Figueroa | Ana Silva | Chris Sajda | Elaine Reyes | Enzo Calipa | Johnny Ho | Nerissa Baligod | Nelson Cabral | Paulo Sousa | Phani Gannamaneni | Ron Basu | Saru Vaikuntharajan | Sonia Lourenco | Sophia Peng | Stephen Costa | Vikas Kashyap

Thank you to all our advisors who took the time out of their busy work schedules to come out and volunteer their time to the success of this great program. We would also thank all the speechcrafters for successfully going above and beyond and capturing the true essense of the Toastmasters program and proving to Maple Leaf Foods that we are all leaders and can achieve success in our workplace. Outstanding efforts and congratulations everyone!

Once the program was completed we approached the speechcrafters to see if there was an interest to continue on their journey as future Toastmasters. The response was positive and although forming a corporate club in Maple Leaf Foods would be difficult, Speak to Inspire Toastmasters club has invited those interested to join our club which is located just a block away. We conveniently meet every Wednesday from 12-1pm in the Education and Training Centre at the corner of Ruthorford and Queen. The future of Speechcraft continues on with our club starting another 9 weeks starting the beginning of April on Tuesdays from 12-2pm at One World in Mississauga. For more information about the Speechcraft program please contact the D86 Speechcraft Chair Margaret Waechter, ACG, ALB at

Talk up Toastmasters - Its PIZZA time


Check the following winning clubs.

Congratulations to:

Destiny Toastmasters Club
Brampton Speakeasy Toastmasters
Halton Hills Toastmasters
City of Brampton Toastmasters
Creekbank Toastmasters Club
Confidently Speaking Toastmasters Club
Hatch Mississauga
Stoney Creek Toastmasters
London City Hall
One London Place Toastmasters
Guelph Public Speakers
Waterloo Silver Tongue Club



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Tangri Toastmasters Steeltown Toastmasters Club
Baylis Medical Toastmasters Honeymoon City Club
Creekbank Toastmasters Club Niagara College Toastmasters
Confidently Speaking Toastmasters Club Burlington Advanced
Sheridan Park Toastmasters Club Voix du Nord  


Mots du Midi   Village Toastmasters  
London Western Club Centre Wellington  
London City Hall   Guelph Public Speakers  
One London Place Toastmasters High Noon Toastmasters
First Class Toastmasters Club KW Communicators Toastmasters
Tillsonburg Toastmasters Club Waterloo Silver Tongue Club
Strathroy Toastmasters Club          


What’s Happening in Speechcraft?

Are you conducting OR have you conducted a Speechcraft Program yet? If yes, let me know ASAP at I want to let District 86 Toastmasters know of YOUR team collaboration, time management, dynamic leadership and effective coaching skills. WOW – you’re amazing!! [I’m being sincere here!]

Are you still “thinking” about co-ordinating a Speechcraft (SC) program? I have heard that some Toastmasters are thinking that conducting a Speechcraft program would satisfy the requirements for their HPL. SORRY, NO CAN DO. Jocelyne Vezina, DTM, Club Growth Director was informed by Toastmasters International that the High-Performance Leadership Project (HPL) must be a project that is NOT created by Toastmasters International such as Youth Leadership Program or SPEECHCRAFT. Why not connect with me at for some ideas that could be considered when organizing a SC program?

To Area Directors and Division Directors – have you considered conducting an Open House event that leads to announcing a community Speechcraft program? Maybe your clubs are experiencing low membership and don’t have enough experienced Toastmasters to co-ordinate and lead a CLUB Speechcraft program. Well – why not ‘pool’ those resources and conduct a SC program? On Speechcraft Graduation Night, conduct another “open house”, showcasing the rewards of participating in a SC program [SC participants giving testimonials on what they’re taking away from the program]. Have a chart showing your Area/Division Toastmasters Clubs contact information available at the door. Another tool to building membership.

One night after leaving a SC session, I experienced an epiphany moment…don’t get them often! As you may know, each week, the participants receive a fundamental or tool to help them craft a speech. Then, they would go home, write a speech that incorporates those principles/fundamentals learned and present their speech at the next session. When the SC program is finished, they get a Certificate of Achievement and an invite to join the Toastmasters club. I felt that the non-Toastmaster needed something MORE…something to tie each session together…something to jog their memory of the fundamentals for crafting a speech.

Now here’s the epiphany – why don’t I prepare an easy to follow checklist or summary that captures the fundamentals or principles that were taught in Speechcraft. This memory jogger could get the creative juices flowing, putting thoughts into a logical sequence and adding some enhancements to keep their audience engaged. YESSS – even novice Toastmasters can use this CHECKLIST. WOW – what an idea! Have a looksee.

Ta Ta For Now,
Margaret Waechter, ACG, ALB
District 86 Speechcraft Chair

Survivors and Self-Advocates Toastmasters - Club Launch

Did you know that, according to the World Health Organization, that 15% of the world’s population live with a disability?

I don’t know about you, but I live with some serious {dis}Abilities and attending a brick and mortar club is sometimes not possible because of my health or physical limitations.

I think I was extremely lucky to have rolled through the doors of Cambridge Toastmasters ( club 2728) and found a room full of people who were accepting and willing to adjust their norms, just slightly, so that I could become a member of their club. The changes weren’t huge, but they made all the difference in the world to me!

Now picture a world that is soundless, a world that is dark, a world in which you have no voice, or a world where pictograms are your only form of communication! Does Toastmasters have a place for people like this?? The answer is now…. YES!!

With the support of Toastmasters International, a TI Past President, 2 Sponsors (both from District 86), and 2 club mentors, we are working towards an open and supportive online club for people who might need extra time, need interpreters, may not speak the way you or I do, and anyone else interested in this club. A special thanks goes out to Jennifer Aucoin for developing and nurturing this concept and turning into a reality!

My call to action for you District 86, is to think about your loved ones, your friends, and other people who have touched your life who might benefit from being a Toastmaster or who may benefit from a club that is trying to meet their needs.

Ralph Smedley said: “Ours is the only organization I know dedicated to the individual, we work together to bring out the best in each of us and then we apply these skills to help others.”

Survivors and Self-Advocates Toastmasters inaugural meeting as we work to found this new club is:

Thursday March 14th at 11:30 am EST.
The meeting begins at 12pm EDT (-4 GMT).

Please arrive early so we can help you overcome technical issues and get everyone settled in :)

You can find us at:

Have any Questions?? Contact

CJ Janzen
Pathways EC5, PM5, IP1, Pathways Mentor

Toastmasters International Values:  Respect • Integrity • Service • Excellence
Our Principles:  Lead By Example • Work / Play as a Team 

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