Presidential Citation Award

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Aurora Toastmaster to receive the Presidential Citation at Toastmasters International Hall of Fame Ceremony

Ross Mackay, DTM, PID, AS, a seasoned Toastmaster will receive the Presidential Citation at the Hall of Fame ceremony during the 89th Toastmasters International Convention slated for August 27, 2020.

The Presidential Citation, one of Toastmasters highest awards, is given for outstanding and continued contributions to Toastmasters International's organizational growth and excellence.

Mackay, a Distinguished Toastmaster, professional speaker and trainer, started his Toastmasters Journey 29 years ago when he joined the Towns of York Toastmasters Club in Aurora, Ontario. Over the years, he sharpened his communication and leadership skills by taking full advantage of the Toastmasters educational curriculum and by helping others in his community.

His excellent oratorical skills helped Mackay place 3rd in the Toastmasters World Championship of Public Speaking in 1995 from a field of over 20,000 contestants. He is also the only Toastmaster in District 86 to have earned the Accredited Speakers Award for professionalism and outstanding achievements in public speaking.

Mackay has also served on the Board of Directors of Toastmasters International.

Toastmasters District 86 Director, Jocelyne Vezina expressed her excitement over the recognition. "Ross has spent many years guiding young Toastmasters members to excel in their professional careers", she said. "He also was instrumental in creating our District over ten years ago during the Reformation phases. This award is well deserved. We rejoice with him and his family."

Mackay's desire to help others succeed has been his driving force since he became a Toastmaster. "From my early days as a member, it became increasingly apparent to me that Toastmasters can change the lives of those who may never have a chance of doing so by any other means", he said. "It continues to be particularly relevant for all people who want to develop their self-confidence, and their communication and leadership skills."

Mackay, an author of 5 non-fictional books and 3 audio books including "Humour is No Laughing Matter." He is happily married to his wife, Margaret for over 50 years.

For more information about Ross Mackay, please contact Lisa des Vignes, District 86 Public Relations Manager.

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