The Toastmaster of the Year award is given to a member who best exemplifies Toastmasters International values in supporting the District mission. The Toastmaster of the Year is expected to excel in a variety of leadership and communication; educational; and marketing and public relations activities.
Finalists in Alphabetical Order
Looking back it's amazing to see the wonderful journey I have been on since joining Toastmasters. When I joined in February 2011, I just wanted to gain the experience of confidently speaking to executives in my line of work and not to feel intimidated in any situation that I was in.
Little did I know that Toastmasters would have been such an indelible impact in my every day life. More importantly, I am truly humbled and blessed by what I have been able to achieve here. It's been an incredible journey that I'm enjoying with no end in sight.
Toastmasters has allowed me to branch out and fulfill my goals and desires as a speaker and a leader. It has allowed me to meet great people who have not only inspired me but encouraged me to dream big!
I am honoured to be a part of this great organization and just as others before me have gone the extra mile to help me develop my skills to succeed, I feel a sense of obligation, duty and pride to give back to those who need my help at every opportunity, to achieve their goals and dreams. "When you rise...LIFT OTHERS WITH YOU!"- Gramsie
Kevin T. Cahill is an award winning sales professional and consultant specializing in the art of managing change and achieving great results.
As the founder of The Change Revolution, this internationally bestselling author and speaker inspires men and women alike. As someone who has mastered the art of resilience and hope, Kevin’s philosophy as a self-professed clarity builder is strategic and results driven.
Kevin’s passion is to equip individuals and organizations with a renewed sense of clarity and excitement, knowing that positive change will bring about positive gains.
His exciting creation The Change Revolution offers a winning blueprint for navigating through change and achieving success. Kevin was introduced to Toastmasters in the fall of 2016 and after falling in love with the supportive environment started his own club, Speed River Toastmasters, which chartered December 2016. In his first 6 months of membership in Toastmasters, Kevin completed 40 speeches, coordinated a Youth Leadership Program, served as Club President which all helped him achieve his Advanced Communicator Gold and Advanced Leadership Bronze designations before starting as Area Director for Area 95 Division T in July 2017. He is currently working through the High-Performance Leadership Program.
I joined Toastmasters in May of 2009 to practice my communication skills. I gave workshops at one point in my career. I wanted to go back to it but felt my skills needed a refresher. What I found in Toastmasters was more than communication. As I advanced in the program I realized that my leadership skills were rusty. I took on roles that forced me to exercise leadership.I became VP Membership, President, Area Governor, mentor, helped create a club and achieved DTM in 2012. Now what?
I started mentoring new clubs and in 2015 co-chaired the Fall Conference. Saying I was out of my comfort zone is an understatement. It was the most rewarding and growth experience of my Toastmasters’ journey. That’s when I realized what it means to be a “Servant Leader”.
Today, I am having the time of my life. Being Pathways Chief Ambassador allows me to be a Servant Leader. Finding out I am a finalist for Toastmasters Of The Year is unbelievable.
Thank you to whomever nominated me. Fellow Toastmasters, my hope is that your experience is as rewarding as mine has been so far. Toastmasters is truly where leaders are made.
The finalists of the District 86 Toastmasters "Of the Year Awards" for the 2016 - 2017 Toastmasters Year as selected by the awards committee lead by Vitaliy Fursov, DTM Immediate Past District 86 Director. The winner for each award will be announced and presented after the DTM Recognition dinner on Friday night November 10th during the District 86 Fall Conference November 10th to 11th at the Kingbridge Conference Centre & Institute, King City, Ontario.
All Finalists for the 2016 - 2017 Of the Year Awards