Club News March - 2016

Recruitment Can Be Fun!

The Woodstock Toastmasters participated in the Community Volunteer Recruitment Fair at Cowan Park in Woodstock on Sunday, March 20th. Several of our members were in attendance and available to assist with questions. Valerie Durston from the Tillsonburg Toastmasters was also there to help out!
We had a lot of people stop by our table. Some people had heard about Toastmasters and wanted further information on becoming potential members, others did not know of our organization and were curious to learn more. Two people from this event stopped in as guests at our regular scheduled meeting the next night!
We even captured a picture of Woodstock Mayor, Trevor Birtch at our table! It was certainly well worth the effort to participate in an event such as this.


Grand Rivers Toastmasters 30th Anniversary Celebration

We are thrilled to invite you to our club’s is 30th Anniversary Party.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Date: Friday April 8th 2016
Time: Cocktails 6:00 pm
Dinner 7:00 - 10:00 pm
Venue: Grand Valley Golf Course
Address: 1910 Roseville Road, Cambridge, ON, N1R 5S3
Tickets: $35/ticket + cash bar + prizes

Keynote Speaker Rob Nickel
We are pleased to present our keynote speaker Rob Nickel, former Grand River Toastmaster. He also appeared on Oprah and the Dr Phil Show!


To order tickets Contact Brant Danard at 519-620-1855 or email

Trillium Toastmasters 40th Anniversary Celebration

Date: Friday | April 1st | 2016
Time: Cocktails 6:30 pm | call to order 7:00pm
Venue: Ancila's Restaurant
Address: 6905 Millcreek Drive | Mississauga
Tickets: $35/ticket | cash bar | Order tickets online at eventbrite

The evening will be filled with food, fun, speeches and prizes!

Are you a current member, former member, or friend of Trillium? No matter how your life intersected with Trillium Toastmasters, we invite you to join us in celebration of this milestone year.

Cocktails will be at 6:30pm and call to order at 7pm. A detailed agenda is being planned, but there will be food! There will be fun! And there will be prizes!

There might even be some speeches.

Guests are welcomed. We look forward to seeing you there!

Random fun fact: We share the same "birthday" as Apple Computers! (Apple Inc. was founded on April 1st, 1976!)

Questions? Contact Nicole at 416-886-5904 or

Trillium 40th anniversary flyer

Les Toastmasters Volubiles Open House

Premier club Toastmasters francophone de Kitchener-Waterloo

Porte ouverte mars 2016

Contact: Suzanne Dansereau by email: or call: 519.589.8805

Club News February - 2016

Northern Lights Advanced Toastmasters Invites You to Our Open House

"Stepping Up, Speaking Out and Having Fun"

Date: Monday, March 21st, 2016
Time: 7:00pm to 9:00 pm
Venue: Town of Aurora - Leksand Room
Address: 100 John West Way, Aurora, ON L4G 6I1

What is an Advanced Toastmaster Club?
We are an Advanced Toastmaster Club where members have achieved their Competent Communicator Award and are looking for more in depth feedback to further improve their speaking and presentation skills.
We also welcome Toastmasters who may not have completed their CC but we are advanced speakers who could benefit from our special evaluation formats and are willing to audition for membership. We also welcome guest speakers who feel they could benefit from our thorough evaluation formats.

Ross MackaySpecial Presentation by Ross Mackay

Tips on how to make it to the International Stage:
In 1995, Mackay took 3rd place in the Toastmaster World Championship of Public Speaking.




Featured Speakers: Susan Armitage & Colin Ross

Susan Armitage


Susan Armitage: Susan Armitage, M.Div., R.M.F.T. has a masters of Divinity degree with a major in counselling from Tyndale University College and Seminary in Toronto. She is a clinical member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapist (AAMFT). Susan is one of the newest members of the Northern Lights Advanced Toastmasters club.


Colin Ross


Colin Ross: Colin is President of DTG, a UGL Company. He joined Northern Lights Toastmasters in July 2015 and is currently working his way through the Competent Communicator manual with
a goal of improving his public speaking ability and completing the manual in 2016.


This is a MUST SEE EVENT!!!
For more information and RSVP contact: Cindy Stradling, DTM - VP Public Relations  416-290-5227

Club News January - 2016

Snapd Caledon Visits Bolton Banter Toastmasters Open House

Once again Bolton Banter Taostmasters is in the news. This is fantastic publicicty for the city of Bolton and Bolton Banter Toastmasters.

Check out the article in snapd Bolton.

The Welcoming Club by Jennifer Aucoin

As VP of Education for Brant Toastmasters, and a graduate of the Disabilities Studies program at Ryerson, I often present workshops on inclusion and accommodations for people with disabilities.

It has been said that you have 7 seconds to create a first impression. Our clubs make a good impression in many ways. We may have a greeter, we have welcome packets, and a plethora of introductory information on our websites, magazines, print and social media. Our district 86 clubs can consider themselves some of the most welcoming and comfortable clubs for visitors & new members.

There may be one more area where our clubs can become even more welcoming. Our clubs can be even more inclusive by working to make Toastmasters more welcoming for people with disabilities. Did you know that Toastmasters has large print manuals, and some of our clubs are accessible for wheelchair users.

There is even more that we can do. Some of our visitors and members may be sensitive to scents. In our smaller rooms, the smell can be overpowering. Clubs can consider noting on their meeting information that they adhere to scent free environment. Some people may be uncomfortable with extended eye contact. This can be easily ignored during parts of the meeting that are not evaluated. If the member is being evaluated, then this can be excluded from the evaluation.

There are many ways to become a more welcoming and inclusive club. Most of these are available at little or no cost, or can be created. A little outside the box thinking can go a long way to making our clubs more inclusive and welcoming for everyone.

Thank you
Jennifer Aucoin, VP Education, Brant Toastmasters

Stoney Creek Celebrates 25th Anniversary

“Stoney Creek Toastmasters has celebrated an incredible milestone in November 2015, with 25 years of service to the community. The theme for the anniversary meeting was “Celebrate!”. The meeting was different than the normal Toastmasters events our club is used to as it centered around what we do and how we do it. A larger than normal break allowed for networking. We saw a huge turnout for our club that evening and we welcomed guests, both new and current members as well as some alumni. A great night had by all with very interesting speeches, table topic participation and toasts!

Stoney Creek TM

Meadowvale Toastmasters is in the News

In December 2015, the first ever Credit Valley Hospital Youth Leadership Program, run by Meadowvale Toastmasters : Aman Sangha and Ananthalakshmi Krishnaswami came to a very successful conclusion!
This was sponsored by the Trillium Health Partner Volunteer Board. At the final session Cathy Herschell and Rick Guzik joined me in acknowledging both the students and Aman and Anathalakshmi for their terrific efforts. So very proud of you!!!!
Check us out on Snapd


Club News December - 2015

OLG Brantford Chat Pack Toastmasters Celebrates!

Congratulations to Charter Club President Eddy Day and OLG Brantford Chat Pack Toastmasters on your Charter Party December 15, 2015! It was a great event!


Welcome New Club : Les Toastmasters Volubiles

Welcome New Club : Les Toastmasters Volubiles - Area 61 Division W District 86

The first French Club in Kitchener/Waterloo was the dream of a French Canadian Toastmaster who understood the need to create a French Club for the Francophones and Francophiles communities of the region.

Last February, with the support of her fellow Toastmasters who came together and shared the dream, a first meeting was organized and promoted in the region for the creation of such a club. 25 people showed up at that first meeting. The club was born.

At first, these dedicated people met every other week; however, this past September it became obvious to the founding members that there was enough enthusiasm and dedication to meet on a weekly basis.

The founding members pulled their efforts together to get membership to the requested number of 20 and apply to Toastmasters International for their Charter. Their charter was awarded to Les Toastmasters Volubiles October 1, 2015 and the club stands now at 22 members and continues to grow.

Our mission is to keep on building this club to be strong, solid and progressive. We will advocate the benefits of the Communication and Leadership programs, which help our members to become more confident people, to learn to communicate better with family, co-workers and to develop leadership qualities to serve in their communities or beyond.

Our Club meets every Tuesday at 7:00 pm at Kitchener City Hall - 200 King St. West - Heritage Room - ground floor. We look forward to you visiting us.
Contact us >>>

Suzanne Dansereau, DTM
Energetics Toastmasters
Vice-President, Public Relations
Past Area 61 Governor

Suzanne Dansereau, DTM
Les Toastmasters Volubiles
Presidente - Trésorière

Club News November - 2015

Talbot Trail Toastmasters Celebrates Their 5th Anniversary

On October 22nd 2015 Talbot Trail Toastmasters celebrated their 5th Anniversary! We celebrated with past and current members and friends coming from as far away as Calgary. Mayor Heather Jackson declared October Toastmaster month and a certificate awarded to President Ethel De La Penotiere from local MPP Jeff Yurek. A good time was had by all, with great food and fun.  Taken at Elgin County Youth For Christ/Youth Unlimited or visit Tablot Trail TM on facebook.


Candu Toastmasters Club Special Event Celebration

Submitted by Vince Tume:

On October 17th 2015, the Candu Toastmasters hosted a special event where Preston Swafford, Executive Vice President and Chief Nuclear Officer of SNC-Lavalin’s Nuclear division, spoke. His talk, “Acknowledge the Fear, Then Do It Anyway” was attended by nearly eighty guests and prompted a lively discussion. Mr. Swafford has been a strong supporter of the Toastmasters Club since assuming his current role at Candu in 2014. This on-going support was recognized by District 86 Director Janice McDonald in awarding Mr. Swafford a ceremonial plaque on behalf of the district.
The meeting was also attended by Mark Hayes, Cathy Herschell and Jim Czegeny who, along with Candu Toastmasters President Tracy Zhang, awarded CC, AC and AL certificates to several club members.

D86 Director Janice McDonald awards Preston Swafford a ceremonial plaque recognizing his on-going support for Toastmasters.

Clubs In The News

Stoney Creek club celebrates their 25th - In the News

Check out this great article on Stoney Creek Toastmasters celebrating 25 years of building better speakers, leaders.

Hamilton Community News

Speak for Success Toastmasters Win Big in the Bradford Times

Also check put this great article about Speak  for Succee Taostmaster contest winners! 

The Bradford Times 

Club News October - 2015

Glen Abbey Toastmasters - Halloween 2015


Glen Abbey Toastmasters in Oakville (Area B-35) recently held their annual Halloween themed meeting - Monster's Ball - on October 28, 2015.  Everyone got into the spirit wearing their orange, black, purple, and masks. As always, it was lots of fun with spooky tales, haunting music, candy - and of course great speeches from great Toastmasters!.
Learn more about our club at 

Mount Forest Motivators Open House

Exciting evening for the Toastmasters Club Mount Forest Motivators open house at the Wellington North library on Oct. 6th. Distinguished Toastmaster, Dorothy Dennis opened the evening with the singing of O Canada. Chairperson, Distinguished Toastmasters Caroline Beren delivered opening remarks followed by her introduction of Neil Dunsmore, guest speaker. Neil is a motivational speaker having been a salesperson, small business owner, correctional officer, hostage negotiator (10 years). He also promotes anti-bullying programs for businesses. He advocates using real life events into speaking activities. His address entitled "Does Your Elevator Go all the Way to the Top?"

Successful businesses require effective communication skills for both workers and owners.An address to business people is called an elevator speech - 60 seconds - or people will lose interest. An effective speech or presentation needs a great opening. You need a plan. Pay attention to the perception of your business. Poor miscommunication about a business will last for a long time. Consistently brand who you are! Customers need to know why you do what you do. Apple is number 1 in this department. What business customer service do you supply? Neil suggested that people write down daily happenings which, in turn, can be used in a speech or presentation. Good stories have a message with which the listener can relate.

Neil continued to explain that toastmasters is a world wide organization of over 332, 000 members in 15 000 clubs in 135 countries. Toastmasters helps members to discover their talents and create effectiveness in speaking.

During the break, people enjoyed refreshments and conversation. At this time, a specially decorated cake, marking Caroline Beren's 20th anniversary in Toastmaster was enjoyed by all. Caroline was seated in a special chair, complete with a tiara. Shawn Salokannel, Division W. Director, presented a brief history of Caroline's accomplishments in her 20 association with Toastmasters: 1994 - joined Listowel Linguistics, 2002 - organized and helped charter the Mount Forest Motivators, Charter member of an Advanced club. 2004 Area 18 Governor, 2005 Mentored Saugeen Toastmasters, 2006 received first DTM, 2010 Secretary to District 86 , 2011 received her second Distinguished Toastmaster, 2014 Mentored Centre Wellington Toastmasters, been on 3 District Conference planning committees and is presently the 2015 Area 65 Director and continues to be on the Mount Forest Motivator’s executive.

Shawn , Division Director, thanked Caroline for her many years of service. Caroline replied that a zest for life has helped her meet these milestones."Never give up! New people give you new energy and the solid long standing Toastmasters have been the encouraging, inspiring mentors for Toastmasters and life."

The impromptu portion of the meeting, known as Table Topics was led by Marge Seawright, president of the Mount forest Motivators, and Tammy Hunt from the Hanover Saugeen Toastmasters. They previously had given everyone a sheet of paper on which to write how Caroline had touched their lives. These were presented to Caroline in a memory box for her to read. She received a resounding round of applause. The meeting was concluded with this presentation.

Caroline Beren 20years

Lincoln Road Toastmasters Waterloo Open House

Join us at Lincoln Road Toastmasters OPEN HOUSE and learn what Toastmasters can do for you! Come hear international keynote speaker Bill Cassels speech, “The Competent Communication Manual; The key to Success, Wealth and Even Health.” He will leave you inspired and ready to persevere through life’s many challenges!

Bill joined Toastmasters at a time that he had a stammer so bad, he wrote notes on scraps of paper while in conversation. For him to join Toastmasters was insane. Nevertheless, after years of persistence he is now an International speaker. He has spoken in three countries, five U.S.states, five Canadian provinces, thee cruise ships and what makes it more surprising is that people his age are in retirement homes

Date: Tuesday October 20th, 2015
Time: 7:00 – 9:00 PM – Doors open at 6:45 PM
Location: Lincoln Road Chapel - 145 Lincoln Road, Waterloo, ON

Lincoln Road Toastmasters Waterloo Speechcraft 

Date: Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015
Time: 7:00 to 9:00 PM
Location: Lincoln Road Chapel - 145 Lincoln Road, Waterloo, ON

Would you like to become a better public speaker? Join us for this 6 week program that will run Tuesdays beginning on Nov. 3, 2015 from 7-9pm. During SpeechCraft you will learn through practice and by studying the materials provided. Your mentor will help you prepare for short talks. You will gain confidence in all aspects of communication, including written and impromptu speeches, body language and listening.
Your skills gained through SpeechCraft will improve your performance conducting and participating in business meetings, motivating people, interviewing, sales and problem solving. Cost is $50 and includes materials. Payment due at first meeting. Cheque or cash.

Barrie Toastmasters 1603 Presents

Keynote Speaker: Brian Brennan, DTM has been a Toastmaster for almost 10 years, a member of Towns of York in Aurora. Outside of Toastmasters Brian works extensively with business owners to help them become better leaders and deliver better results in their organizations. He is regarded as an expert business coach and team developer. At Toastmasters you might have seen Brian competing in various contests. He is active in competitions and delivering educational workshops in District 86, and host of “Business Fix” which is currently airing on Rogers TV – York Region.

Keynote Speaker: Renaud Durand, CC was raised near Montreal and joined the Canadian Forces in 2004 and graduated Royal Military College in 2009. Currently working as an Aerospace engineer with the Canadian Forces and teaching the Aerospace engineer course to students who just completed university. Renaud joined Toastmasters when two different people talked about it in the same day. He placed 3rd in District 86 at the 2015 Spring International Speech Contest.

Live Music: Chantal Preston, after hearing her brother exult about his night after returning home from his Toastmasters meetings her father turned to Chantal and said that it might be helpful for her music career down the road. Chantal joined Toastmasters sometime in October ‘2014, experiencing what a lot of our guests say; It wasn’t at all what I expected!

Location: MacLaren Art Centre, 37 Mulcaster St., Barrie, ON L4M 3M2
Date: Thursday, 22nd October 2015
Time: 6:30 PM to 10:00 PM (EDT)
Cost: $35.00 for tickets at the door ($30.00 for early bird)

Purchase tickets on Eventbrite

Club News September - 2015

Axis Communications Toastmasters Charter Party Celebration

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Congratulations To AXIS Communications Toastmasters! They celebrated their charter party on Monday, September 14, 2015
Guest Speaker Jocelyne Vezina, DTM did a speech called 'To be or not to be; it's your choice.'

Axis Communications chartered June 25, 2015

Celebrating 40 years with Bluewater Toastmasters!

Cake! Entertainment! Speeches!
Let's Celebrate 40 years with Bluewater Toastmasters

Location: St. Mary's Parish Hall, 554 15th St. East, Owen Sound
Date: Saturday, October 17
Time: 7 to 9 pm
Fee: Free

Chartered in October 1975, Bluewater Toastmasters is celebrating 40 years of helping people in Owen Sound, Grey and Bruce Counties to become better speakers and leaders. Join original charting members past and present Bluewater Toastmasters, Toastmasters from area clubs, local dignitaries and others in helping us celebrate 40 successful years. Make it a day or weekend outing by enjoying Owen Sound's lovely fall. For information on Owen Sound including accomodations, events, attractions, and where to eat, check out Owen Sound Tourism 

Or visit us on facebook

Meg Dean, ACB, 40th Anniversary Chair

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Woodstock Toastmasters News by Theresa Entz

WoodstockTM News

Zannatul Moiet Hasib and Nujhat Abedin came to Canada in 2011 and 2012 from Bangladesh.
They are a couple that has recently joined our club.

Anthony Galipeau is a university student.
We said farewell-for-now to Anthony as he heads off to Ottawa to continue with his education.

Mississauga Sales And Marketing Toastmasters Club Presents

The Art Of Selling II: Sales Leadership – Creating Order out of Chaos

Location: Youth Room at South Common Community Centre, 2233 South Millway, Mississauga
Date: Friday, September 18
Time: 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Fee: Complimentary

Everyone is in sales and everyone is a leader. But not everyone has the skills to set them up as a top producer.

Sales is the most noble of professions and every one in "sales" aspires to being a “Top Producer”. There is no limit to the number of sales courses offered yet, there remains an
undefinable, almost chaotic, gap between those struggling to sell their ideas or wares and the Top Producers. This presentation will shed light on a top producers experience and insights
to teach how to create order out of the chaos.

If you want to be a "Top Producer" then this complimentary presentation is a must attend.

For more information about this club visit us on Facebook

Soirée portes ouvertes avec Les Toastmasters Volubiles

Premier club Toastmasters francophone de Kitchener-Waterloo

Appel à tous les FRANCOPHONES ET FRANCOPHILES! Immerse yourself in a French speaking environment! ALL ARE WELCOME!

  • Vous voulez maintenir ou renforcer la qualité de votre langue française dans une atmosphère amicale?
  • Vous cherchez un emploi exigeant le bilinguisme? Vous aimez la culture française?
  • Venez rencontrer des francophones et francophiles et découvrez l’art de parler en public en français.

Venez êtes invités: Mardi le 15 septembre 2015 à 19h00
Hôtel-de-Ville de Kitchener, 200, rue King Est - Salle Héritage, rez-de-chaussée
Conférencier invité: Monsieur Jacques Brunet, DTM
Des breuvages et grignotines seront servis – l’entrée est gratuite

INFORMATION: Jean-Philippe Chartré  - 226-808-5132

Visit us on Facebook Les Toastmasters Volubiles

We're also on Meetup at MeetUp de langue française de Kitchener-Waterloo

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

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