Forever With Us-Remembering Cindy Tate
Collage created by graphic artist Lucia Yglesias
On September 27th, 2020 District 86 lost one of its biggest and brightest stars. Our beloved Cindy Tate passed away and has left a huge hole in the hearts of all of us here at Toastmasters. Her light was one of the brightest beacons we have seen with that infectious smile and that willingness to do anything possible to make life easier for others.
Cindy wasn’t just a Toastmaster, she was a mother, daughter, sister, a bride-to-be and a friend. She always gave her undivided time and energy to help others and now it’s time that we do the same for her and her family. Today we honour her life, her legacy, and her spirit.
Let us keep Cindy Tate’s bright Star light shining forever!
Past District Director Jacklyn Payne, DTM: "Our beloved Administration Manager, Cindy Tate left us quietly on September 27th. Cindy was serving her 2nd term when it was cut short. We will be holding a special tribute to Cindy in honor of her contribution towards the success of District 86 at the Annual Awards presentations on Oct 17th, 2020. Cindy gave unselfishly and has touched many lives throughout her 10 years with Toastmasters. We will miss her dearly."
District Director Jocelyne Vezina, DTM: “Cindy has been the pillar against which I leaned when things got stressful. Whether it was preparing for a DEC meeting, our regular weekly meetings, getting medals and trophies engraved, distributing the Minutes, mailing awards or ordering supplies, Cindy never said “no”. Her contagious smile and her support will be missed by all. Rest in peace Cindy, wherever you are.”
Roger Caesar, DTM: "We have lost one of the brightest and biggest stars this district has ever known. Cindy Tate was the true example of what Toastmasters and a friend is all about. Her infectious smile and her willingness to help in anyway that she can allowed many of us to witness her greatness and she will be greatly missed.
From the minute I came into Toastmasters I have known Cindy and she has been instrumental in many ways of helping me grow as a communicator but more importantly as a leader. She has been a mentor to me helping to develop my skills tremendously. As Division Director last year I leaned heavily on Cindy as she was the past Division Director and Division Director of the Year. Without hesitation she became my right hand, guiding me and nurturing me to make positive decisions that were necessary to continue to make our division successful. Our division contest would not have been a success if it weren’t for her guiding hand in helping me to organize and orchestrate bringing in all of the past winners and providing Isabel Hershaw with the new Division B Trophy in her name. Her desire to see others succeed was why I consider her one of the greatest people I‘ve ever known.
They say people come into our lives for a season or reason. I believe Cindy has come into our lives for a reason and that is to shine her infinite light and humility on all of us and allow us to understand how blessed we were to have had her here with us. She will be sorely missed but never forgotten."