Semifinalist search for the world's largest speech contest begins with raising a Toastmasters flag

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Over 250 members across Southwestern, Central & Northern Ontario will gather in Kitchener on April 28 to 30 for workshops, contests, Keynote Speaker Kelly Swanson and to recognize excellence in leadership and communication.

This year's District 86 Toastmasters 2017 Spring Conference, will be held at the Crowne Plaza, April 28 to April 30 in Kitchener. Conferences provide communication and leadership training, networking, exchange of ideas, recognition and celebration of members' achievements and contributions.

The event will begin on Friday, April 28th with the raising of a Toastmasters flag at Speaker's Corner, 17 Benton Street and will remain up during the 3-day conference. "It is very exciting that the we are able to have our flag with the Toastmasters logo fly directly across the street from our conference! This has never been done before in our District." says Dennis Bartel, District 86, Public Relations Manager.

Bartel adds, "The City of Kitchener allows for non-profits that contribute to the community to fly their flag. Toastmasters contributes by empowering individuals to become more effective communicators and leaders at work, at home, and in other organizations". The flag raising will be at 1 pm across the street from the Crowne Plaza. In attendance will be Vitaliy Fursov, DTM, District 86 Director, District leaders, and Toastmasters from the district. "I invite anyone to come join and take part, it is the perfect way to start a weekend of learning and networking", Bartel says.

On Saturday, the District's International Speech Contest will be held to determine who will be our semifinalist at the world's largest speech contest. The District's winner will advance to the semi-final rounds at the Toastmasters International Convention, August 23-26th, at the Vancouver Convention Centre, in Canada.

The winner will compete with 101 other winners from districts around the world, who advanced to the 2017 semifinal rounds after a six-month process of elimination through club, area, division and district speech contests. Their five- to seven-minute speeches were judged on content, organization, gestures and style. The winner of our District International Speech contest will vie for one of the 10 coveted spots to compete in the World Championship of Public Speaking®.

"Speech contests provide an opportunity for individuals to further develop their speaking skills by leaving the comfort of their home clubs and performing to larger audiences." - Cathy Herschell, DTM, Program Quality Director, District 86.

The Toastmasters International Speech Contest began in 1938 and is the world's largest speech contest, involving 30,000 participants from 142 countries. It culminates with the popular World Championship of Public Speaking held annually at the organization's International Convention.

Members and the public are invited to attend the District 86 International Speech Contest in Kitchener, on Saturday, April 29th, 12:45 pm. Tickets are available at http://www.toastmasters86.org/conferences or at the door of the Crowne Plaza, 105 King St E, Kitchener, ON N2G 2K8.

About Toastmasters District 86

District 86 is one of 102 districts, representing the heartland of Ontario comprising of over 235 community and corporate clubs, with over 5,000 members, from Timmins in the north to Welland in the south, from Sarnia in the west to Markham in the east - and all communities in between - except Toronto. To learn more about District 86 please visit: http://www.toastmasters86.org/

About Toastmasters International

Toastmasters International is a worldwide, non-profit educational organization that empowers individuals to become more effective communicators and leaders. Headquartered in Rancho Santa Margarita, California, the organization's membership exceeds 345,000 in more than 15,900 clubs in 142 countries. Since 1924, Toastmasters International has helped people from diverse backgrounds become more confident speakers, communicators and leaders. For information about local Toastmasters clubs, please visit toastmasters.org. Follow @Toastmasters on Twitter.

Dennis Bartel - Public Relations Manager
District 86 Toastmasters 2016-2017

 

District 86 Council Business Meeting - April 29, 2017

Come to the best part of the Spring 2017 Conference - The District 86 Council Business Meeting! It's free and open for anyone to attend! However, please note, only ballot holders can participate in the meeting, such as make motions, participate in debates, and vote.

When: Saturday, April 29, 2017 at 3:30 PM

Where: Crowne Plaza Kitchener-Waterloo, Kitchener Suite

Address: 105 King St E, Kitchener, ON N2G 2K8 (Google Map)

You can't afford to miss District 86 Council Business Meeting! It will be an amazing learning opportunity and lots of fun!  It alone will be worth the trip to wonderful Kitchener, Ontario! The event is free and open to all.  It will be a great networking opportunity for you, as you will meet the leaders from across the district and hear the reports from your district leaders. If you are looking to introduce something exciting to your club, come to the business meeting, learn the Toastmasters songs, and witness the election of the District Officers for the program year 2017-2018. Please review the District Leadership Committee Report and visit the Candidates Corner.

Who Can Vote

  • The president and vice president education of each club have one vote. If neither can attend the District 86 Council Business Meeting, another active member of the club can be assigned both proxies. Once assigned the proxy holder cannot transfer the proxy to another member.
  • District Executive Committee members have one vote. This vote cannot be assigned via proxy.

The Proxy

  • The proxy is emailed one month ahead of time to all voting members
  • To assign a proxy, you can use the proxy form attached in the email or it is available as a download here

pdfClub Proxy form Sat. April 29, 2017.pdf

  • The president and vice president education completes the form and assigns the proxy to an active member of their club who will be attending the District 86 Council Business Meeting
  • If the proxy-holder forgot the proxy at home it can be emailed to Credentials Committee Chair, District 86 Immediate Past District Director, Janice McDonald, DTM at IPdistrictdirector@toastmasters86.org  
  • If the president or vice president education forgot to assign the proxy, the information can be emailed from the club president or vice president education to the proxy-holder. The email must contain: the district number; a description of the event (i.e. District 86 Council Business Meeting); the date and location of the meeting (i.e. Nov. 14, 2015, Blue Mountains); the club name and number; the name of the club president or vice president education; the name of the active member who will be attending as the proxy-holder. The date of the email will be the date of the proxy. The proxy-holder must print out the email and present the printed copy to the credentials desk.

How to Vote

You must register at the credentials desk (next to registration desk). The hours are:
Friday, April 28: 3:00 PM - 6:45 PM and 9:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Saturday, April 29: 8:00 AM - 11:30 AM and 12:30 PM - 3:15 PM

At the credentials desk:

  • The president or vice president education will be given their ballot(s)
  • The proxy-holder will be given their ballot(s) in exchange for their completed proxy form
  • The District Executive Committee members will be given their ballot
  • Copies of the reports and minutes will be available as well. 

If you are attending the District 86 Council Business Meeting onlyplease be at the credentials desk no later than 3:00 PM on Saturday April 29, 2017. If you arrive at 3:15 PM you will not be in time to receive your ballot.

The credentials desk will close at 3:15 PM in order to allow sufficient time to calculate attendance and establish whether there is quorum. 

The District 86 Council Business Meeting will start at 3:30 PM on Saturday, April 29, 2017.
Rather than attending only the District 86 Council Business Meeting, we encourage you to attend the entire conference!

The last day to register is April 21, 2017. You can register here.

We look forward to seeing you there!

 pdfDistrict Council Meeting April 29 2017 Agenda.pdf

 pdfD86 Spring Conference Business meeting minutes November 26, 2016.pdf

 

Chris Brown - Member Making a Difference

Kitchener Resident Chris Brown is a Toastmaster Member Making a Difference

The Members Making A Difference Award is awarded to a District 86 Toastmaster member who volunteer their Toastmasters communication and leadership skills to better the lives of those in their community in a significant and notable way

chris brown member making difference2KITCHENER, Ontario - March 30, 2017 - PRLog -- Chris Brown will be one of two to be honored by District 86 Toastmasters for his involvement in bettering the lives in those in his community. The event will be held at the Communication & Leadership (C&L) Luncheon on Saturday April 29, during the District 86 Spring Conference April 28 to April 30 at the Crowne Plaza in Kitchener, Ontario.

Chris Brown joined Toastmasters in January 2014 and is currently just a few months away from earning his Distinguished Toastmaster designation. When asked "why" he joined, he said "I knew I was a good communicator already, but I knew there was still lots of room for improvement. I wanted to close those gaps. I'm a firm believer in adding value to others everywhere I go. Improving my communication and leadership skills has allowed me to be even more effective with that, both in my professional and volunteer work."

In the heart of downtown Kitchener is a small agency making a big impact: Community Justice Initiatives (CJI) popularized the Restorative Justice movement which has spread around the world. It aims to bring healing to communities by connecting perpetrators of crimes with both their victims and their community so all can heal collectively.

Chris began volunteering with Community Justice Initiatives in 2010, working within their Revive Program which focuses on supporting people affected by sexual trauma, including survivors and also people who have committed sexual offenses. Chris has held various volunteer roles, co-facilitating peer support groups for men who have committed offenses (both pre-sentence and after they've left institutions like Ontario Correctional Institute, and other provincial or federal correctional institutions), groups for women who have chosen to stay with their husbands who committed offenses, support groups for individuals with intellectual difficulties who have committed offenses, facilitated dialog between victim/survivor who wants to reconcile with their offender, education groups on self awareness and for helping men deal with the rising problem of cyber sexual activity particularly where it has resulted in offenses, as well as helping refine the training curriculum materials used within the agency.

When asked about how Toastmasters has impacted his volunteer work, he had this to say: "Peer support is as much about effective listening and empathy as it is about speaking. Being comfortable as a communicator lets me listen actively and respond to impromptu questions or situations that may arise. Teaching classes from whiteboards or from workbooks require varied skills, and I find group participants have an even better learning experience since I've been working on my communication skills. Even more, we always work with a co-facilitator, and developing my leadership skills has helped me and my co-facilitators work even more effectively together as we support our group members."

"I'm often asked: 'Why do you do this work? Why work with these people?'. It's a loaded question of course, as CJI's clients are a very misunderstood population. The average citizen thinks offenders have no remorse for their wrongdoing … and yet at CJI we meet people all the time who know what they've done is wrong and don't want to commit future offenses. Our work directly reduces recidivism, which in turn contributes to greater community safety.

I'm acutely aware that we all make mistakes in life. Some of them more 'epic' than others. Some with more far-reaching consequences than others. But at the end of it all, we're all Human. Despite your mistakes, my mistakes, their mistakes, we're all needing of love and acceptance and being treated with dignity and respect regardless of our shortcomings. Every year I witness amazing transformations as I walk with people along some part of their journey to healing. The resilience of the human spirit is amazing. It's very rewarding work. I usually answer this question by quoting from the lyrics of a song by Tenth Avenue North, which says: 'You are more than the choices that you make. You are more than the sum of your past mistakes. You are more than the problems you create.' I think we all need to hear and personalize that for ourselves. I dream of the day when I can get this message to more people. For my part, I try to embody that message every day. It's my way of 'being the change I want to see in the world.'"

Cindy Rocca - MMAD Award Winner!

Toastmasters awards Sudbury Resident Cindy Rocca for Making A Difference!

Cindy Rocca, one of two award recipients, will be celebrated by District 86 Toastmasters for compassionately helping the youth of her community.

cindy rocca mmad award winner2SUDBURY, Ontario - March 29, 2017 - PRLog -- Cindy Rocca, member of Greater Sudbury Speakers, joined Toastmasters in January 2014 for the purpose of professional development. Since then, she has taken her membership very seriously and has greatly benefited the community with her speaking and leadership skills.

As a teenager, Cindy lived in foster care, then on her own at a very young age. Until she joined Toastmasters, Cindy rarely spoke about this trying time in her life. Toastmasters has helped her to find the ability to speak out and raise awareness for youth in foster care. Since joining Toastmasters, she has been a spokesperson at events for the Children's Aid Society, encouraging youth in care to be the best version of themselves. In the fall of 2016, Cindy wrote an article for the local newspaper about life in foster care, and later spoke at a Foster Parent Appreciation Event. As a former youth in care, Cindy donates to student bursaries and was honored to present this year's Evelyn Koski Crown Ward bursary to a deserving student at Cambrian College.

Toastmasters has given her the voice to speak about her past and encourage others in similar situations to do the same. Cindy also uses her Toastmasters skills as a volunteer for the Canadian Cancer Society. For the past several years, she has been a Master of Ceremonies at the Relay for Life and Teddy Bear Picnic in Sudbury, volunteering her time and talent for the good of the community.

In January 2016, Cindy ran a twelve week youth leadership program started a Gavel Club for youth in Sudbury. She is extremely passionate about Gavel Club and truly believes the sky is the limit for young individuals. She uses her own time to share her love of Toastmasters with the Gaveliers. She also organizes several special events to encourage them and keep them motivated. She is very proud of these individuals, and goes out of her way to make sure they are recognized in the community and ensure their success. She is often heard saying "Gavel Club makes Monday my favourite day of the week!"

It is without a doubt that we look forward to seeing Cindy acknowledged for her contributions to the lives of the young people she has empowered with such open heartedness. Cindy truly embodies everything that the MMAD award stands for. She has had such a positive impact and truly made a difference. The award ceremony will be held at the Communication & Leadership (C&L) Luncheon on Saturday April 29 at the Crowne Plaza in Kitchener, Ontario.

The Members Making A Difference Award is awarded to a District 86 Toastmaster member who volunteer their Toastmasters communication and leadership skills to better the lives of those in their community in a significant and notable way.

Congratulations Cindy from all of us at District 86!

Frank Austin to receive Toastmasters District 86 Communication and Leadership Award

The Communication and Leadership Award is awarded by the District to a non-Toastmaster in the community who is an outstanding communicator or leader - and who best exemplifies Toastmasters values.

frankaustinFrank Austin, Founder, The Expressive Café ® will be honoured by District 86 Toastmasters for his achievement in the field of communication and leadership. The event will be held at the Communication & Leadership (C&L) Luncheon on Saturday April 29, during the District 86 Spring Conference April 28 to 30 at the Crowne Plaza in Kitchener, ON, Canada.

The ability to communicate is vital – no one understands this better than a Toastmaster.

Now – imagine that your ability to communicate was taken away from you. As a result of a stroke in 2008, this was Frank Austin's situation. The stroke affected the "language centre" of the brain and resulted in a condition called "Aphasia". This condition hampers the ability to connect words to their meaning – in some cases, the afflicted person can`t talk, can`t read, can`t write. Shortly after the stroke, Frank could not even say his own son's name. Within a couple years and with amazing determination, Frank was volunteering as a peer visitor, and speaking at Stroke Recovery groups to share his strategies and struggles – slowly regaining his speaking ability, gaining confidence, offering hope. Frank taught himself to regain his speech by reading to his son.

Four years after his stroke, and frustrated from a shortfall in resources at home in Elmira, Ontario, Frank founded The Expressive Café ® - a facilitated conversation group for people with Aphasia. Toastmasters know the positive effect of having people participate and communicate in a safe and supportive environment. "The Mission of the Expressive Café ® is to improve communication skills using expressive and receptive activities in a safe environment."  It helps give people with Aphasia the confidence to try to communicate and reconnect their lives – either by steadily improving their pre-stroke methods or by rewiring their brain's language centres to discover and hone new skills using methods available to them post-stroke. The outcomes through participating in these groups are hopeful return and reconnection to their communities, less isolation, and a happier, positive outlook on life.

Rick Guzik DTM, offers this: "I've worked with Frank as a volunteer with Stroke Recovery KW and have observed sessions at The Expressive Café ® and seen Frank lead the group in various engaging activities. Their participation is almost miraculous …  truly touching and inspiring. These folks' lives now have more joy, confidence, and hope".

"Frank's belief that to be a great leader you need to be a great communicator makes him an excellent choice to receive the Spring 2017 Communication and Leadership Award" says Dennis Bartel, Public Relations Manager District 86.

Frank wrote a book, "When the Milk Sours ", published in 2014. "It tells us about his and others' accounts of some of the realities of what it's like to have a stroke and, primarily, how to deal with aphasia."  Why "Sour Milk"? In Frank's own words," When the milk sours, make cheese!"

He has appeared on radio and television, always with a hopeful message.

As Harold Albrecht, MP Kitchener-Conestoga, said it so well in a 2012 congratulatory certificate … "Communication with language is so much part of our lives that we take it for granted …  When it breaks down, we suddenly realize how crucial it is to our existence. …  Thanks to Frank Austin and the Woolwich Seniors' Association. Your passionate service helps provide the resources needed to assist people as they take control of their lives, and build hope as they meet their own life dreams and goals."

From not being able to pronounce nor spell his son's name in 2008, Frank is a now a motivational speaker, author, and advocate. He continues to be a peer mentor to stroke survivors in hospitals and our communities, and continues serving people with Aphasia via The Expressive Café ®.

Frank Austin is a leading spokesperson for Aphasia and founded The Expressive Café ® - a supported conversation group for Aphasiacs. He partnered with many health and charitable agencies as a spokesperson for Aphasiacs and has consulted for and with Stroke Recovery associations. He is the Voice for Aphasia programs and provided input to the Waterloo-Wellington LHIN and is always enriching communities, giving back as a volunteer with Grand River Hospital, past executive with Stroke Recovery KW (Kitchener-Waterloo) a peer visitor in the Linking Survivors With Survivors program. Frank lives with his family in Elmira, Ontario. Learn more at the website for The Expressive Café ® http://www.kwstrokesurvivor.com/

Welcome to the 21st century

Since 2010 Toastmasters International has been working on a new educational program. After many delays and frustrating false starts, we finally have a new education program that, in my opinion, brings Toastmasters International in the 21st century. This program allows TI to compete with some of the best leadership skills programs on the market.

Pathways Learning Experience is a robust education program that will give you opportunities to grow your skills as a leader. The program is divided in five core competencies:

  1. Public speaking
  2. Interpersonal communication
  3. Strategic leadership
  4. Management
  5. Confidence

You will have a choice between ten paths:

  1. Dynamic leadership 
  2. Effective coaching 
  3. Innovative planning 
  4. Leadership development 
  5. Motivational strategies 
  6. Persuasive influence
  7. Presentation mastery
  8. Strategic relationships
  9. Team collaboration
  10. Visionary communication

Each path has five levels:

  1. Level 1. Mastering fundamentals. This level is the same for everybody regardless of the path you choose. That’s where you will do your Ice Breaker, learn how to evaluate and give feedback and acquire skills on how to research and present your topic.
  2. Level 2. Learning your style. On this level, you will be introduced to the Toastmaster mentoring program, you will start understanding your leadership/communication style.
  3. Level 3. Increasing knowledge. On this level, the projects are related to the path you have chosen. For example, if you have chosen Motivational strategies, on Level 3 you will learn about Emotional Intelligence.
  4. Level 4. Building skills. On that level, you will accelerate your understanding of the subject you choose. For Motivational strategies it means projects around motivating others.
  5. Level 5. Demonstrating expertise. On that level, you will be asked to reflect on the knowledge and skills you have acquired throughout the Path.

Starting on Level 3 you will be able to add electives to explore other areas you might be interested in that are not part of your path. For Motivational strategies for example, at Level 3 you can choose 2 electives among 12 suggestions. On Level 4 you can choose one among 8 suggestions and on Level 5 you can choose one among 6 suggestions.

Pathways is an exciting new way for you to gain new skills and competencies that you will use in your daily life. At your own pace, you will explore such subjects as: How to Create effective visual aids, how to Create a podcast or how to Prepare for an Interview.

See you on the Path!

Jocelyne Vezina

Pathways Chief Ambassador

Learn more at: https://www.toastmasters.org/Pathways-Overview

The Town of Oakville Proclaims March 2017 Toastmasters Month in Oakville

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ProclamationwebOn February 13, 2017 the Town of Oakville Mayor, Rob Burton proclaimed March 2017 Toastmasters month in Oakville. Area 35 Director George How Pak Hing, began the process by contacting the Mayor's office in December 2016.

A joint effort between Area 35 and Area 36 the following Toastmasters were on hand  to receive the proclamation. 

Tracey Harding (Division B Director) , George How Pak Hing (Area 35 Director), and Renata Noronha (Area 36 Director)

Chelsea Shen (Member of Trafalgar club), Nikolina Ivankovic (President Horizon Toastmasters), Taylor Poulin (President of Callisto Toastmasters), Ben Reimer (President of Sheridan Bruins Toastmasters), Allan Osborne (Member of First Oakville Toastmasters), Carol Edelkoort (President of Burloaks Toastmasters), and Paul Van Oosten (Member of GE Toasters).

Community and Corporate Clubs from Area Clubs in Area 35 and 36 that are in Oakville

  • Trafalgar Club
  • Horizon Toastmasters
  • Glen Abbey Toastmasters
  • Callisto Toastmasters
  • Sheridan Bruins Oakville Toastmasters
  • First Oakville Toastmasters
  • Burloaks Toastmasters
  • GE Toasters 

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A New Club in Oakville

Toastmasters Month is in conjunction with the launch of a new community-based club, Oakville Toastmasters. A first launch meeting was held on Thursday, Feb. 9, from 7 to 9 p.m. at Joshua's Creek Arenas, 1663 North Service Rd. E. Another launch meeting is scheduled for Feb 23 at same time and location. "Twenty members are required before the club can receive a charter" says George How, Area 35 Director. 

Toastmasters International was founded in 1924 and the First Toastmasters Club in Oakville was founded 60 years ago.

 

Have a Quality Club - Club Growth February 2017 Message

Club Growth Director District 86 - Glynis D'souza DTM

We are embarking into the 8th month of the Toastmasters year, with just 4 more months to go.  We have already started 9 new Toastmasters Clubs, and are working on several new prospective clubs! 

This is a crucial turning point for your club. It’s time to make sure you have a Quality Club with VFTM – Variety, Fun, Timely Meetings and Manual Speeches Time to check if all your officers have been trained and you’re on track for DCP!  Talk Up Toastmasters Membership Contest runs from Feb 1 to Mar 31, a chance to add members and win prizes.  Open Houses, Guest Packages, Incentive programs will get you there! You snooze you lose. Make sure you grab the chance to put your club in the winning spot! I can’t wait to see you on stage at Spring Conference and celebrate your success!

Membership Contest

The Talk-Up Toastmasters Membership Contest runs from February 1 to March 31, 2017. This is an excellent opportunity to host Open Houses, give out Guest Packages, run Membership Building Contests and earn prizes from both Toastmasters International and District 86 for adding 5 new, dual or reinstated members. Prizes include a ribbon for your banner, 10% discount at the TI Shop and as a bonus, District 86 is offering a special prize of a $25 USD Gift Certificate to any club that adds 5 new members!

Officer Training and Incentives

If you and your fellow club officers haven’t had a chance to attend Club Officer Training, additional opportunities are available for Round 2 training until Feb 28, 2017. Pay renewals for all members to WHQ on or before March 15, 2017. Be one of the first clubs to do this or pay your full membership renewal for 20 or more members by March 15, 2017 and earn a chance to receive up to $100 USD in Gift Certificates! 

Please also encourage club members to sponsor five, 10 or 15 new members as part of Sponsor Awards where they receive a special pin from TI.

Hosting 2 Open Houses this term, adding 5 members and completing the year at charter strength of 20 or more members will also make the club eligible for $50 USD in Gift Certificates.

As your club adds new, dual or reinstated members, please make sure you help them complete and sign the latest approved Membership Application Form.

For more information about our District’s Club and Membership Incentives, click here. For a list of the Smedley Award and Membership Retention Awards winners, click here.

Thank you for all your efforts to ensure that all your members get the most out of their Toastmasters experience. I hope to see you at the Spring Conference in April in Kitchener where we can celebrate your success and hand out some of these prizes!   

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

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