District 86's newest DTM's were presented with their Distinguished Toastmaster medals at the DTM Recognition Dinner and High Five ceremony at the Fall conference Friday November 13, at the Blue Mountain Resort.
The Distinguished Toastmaster award is the highest our organization bestows. The DTM recognizes a superior level of achievement in both communication and leadership. To be eligible for the award they must have earned both the Advanced Communicator Gold and the Advanced Leader Silver.
|Julie E. Whitely||Hospitable Club||Sarnia|
|Heather Skoll||Golden gavel Toastmasters||Richmond Hill|
|Dianne Holdaway||Riverspeak Toastmasters||Sarnia|
|Saqib N. Cheema||Burlington Advanced||Burlington|
|Lynne M. Raven||Sudbury Noon Hour Toastmasters Club||Sudbury|
|Rose A. Weinberg||Hilltop Toastmasters||Richmond Hill|
|Al Parsai||Inclusive Toastmasters||Richmond Hill|
|Colleen Charland||North Bay and Area Club||North Bay|
|Shelli Donofrio Ubriaco||OLG Lottotalkers Toastmasters Club||Sault Ste Marie|
|Carolyn E. Hoxie||MTO St Catharines Toastmasters Club||St Catharines|
|Suzanne Dansereau||Energetics Toastmasters Club||Kitchener- Waterloo|
|Sharon D. D'Souza||Meadowvale Toastmasters Club||Mississauga|
|Jane B. Harnadek||Confidently Speaking Toastmasters Club||Mississauga|
|Kristina Johnston||Port Credit Club||Mississauga|
My DTM - A Journey of Finding My Voice.
Before Toastmasters and as a yoga teacher, I was not afraid of standing up in front of a room of people. However, I lacked the ability to speak succinctly, to write easily and truly express the deep messages inside me.
Since joining Golden Gavel Toastmasters in 2009, my confidence and skills have soared. I have been able to find my voice and communicate my messages more clearly and with passion.
I have started up a new business, founded a local organization raising funds for Free the Children while engaging youth the volunteer, become leaders and take social action. I even recently became an official author of the handbook "Ground Your Feet".
For me DTM also stands for "Dreams Toastmasters Manifests".
Heather Skoll, DTM
"For me I would say that my DTM journey has been a whirlwind of opportunity and leadership growth. When I joined Toastmasters 3 years ago I had the opportunity to be mentored by Karen Minty who took me under her wings helping me not only achieve my CC but more importantly my confidence. I then stepped outside the club and joined a second club with my husband Mark. It was there that my next mentor Gail Gustin educated, encouraged and equipped me on my DTM path.
Last year as Area 74 Governor, I heard several times Carolyn Hoxie talking about the DTM role as Duty to Member.
What does DTM mean to me personally...Developed Through Mentorship.
My DTM designation will be a constant reminder to pay it forward through mentoring others."
Dianne Holdaway, DTM
"Whether you are speaking to a group of people or one person, it is public speaking. The number one skill required in professional career is public speaking and unfortunately the number one fear is also public speaking.
I joined Toastmasters to learn how to step out of comfort zone and conquer my fear. I am glad I made the right decision. Toastmasters have a systematic approach to transform personalities and boost confidence. The only requirement is to attend meetings consistently and follow the guidelines. Everyone in Toastmasters is there to support you and to help you grow.
Toastmasters is a learning organization and DTM is a journey towards learning and during this journey a DTM has a portfolio of skills ready to be applied in real life situation."
Saqib Cheema, DTM
"Part of my achieving DTM has fulfilled an opportunity for me to inspire and mentor 100's of Toastmasters, with the purpose of them achieving all that they choose through their Toastmaster's journey."
Rose A. Weinberg, DTM
"Achieving "Distinguished" status is about much more than completing dozens of speeches (!). It is about leadership, specifically, leading by example and walking the talk."
Shelli Donofrio Ubriaco, DTM
"My DTM journey has been filled with many joys, surprises, twists and turns. Four years ago when I joined Toastmasters ready to be a sponge. A sponge for new knowledge and new experiences.
In my DTM journey I have changed and grown as a communicator, a leader and as a coach and mentor. I'm amazed at my journey, love where I am today and look forward to where I will be tomorrow."
Kristina Johnston, DTM
"I first joined the Toastmasters Organization to improve my communication skills. Leadership achievements were not part of my plan. However, as I progressed with the Education Tracks, I became more aware of my Leadership talents. When I was asked to be Area Governor by our future Division Governor, I hesitated; saying yes was taking me outside of my comfort zone. It was a year of great learning.
And again, I had not projected to reach the DTM accreditation, until I was inspired by another Toastmasters to do my HPL; a few more speeches, and I was on my way.
So many people to thank for their inspiration, support and dedication. My mentors, Doris Tuckett, Bud Brown and Kathleen McKenzie; my fellow Club members of The Energetic Toastmasters and Les Toastmasters Volubiles."
Suzanne Dansereau, DTM
"Many people have congratulated me on achieving my DTM. The truth is that the letters may be behind my name but many many people - Toastmasters and non-Toastmasters - helped to put them there. And for that, I will remain forever grateful."
Dawna Bate, DTM
On a recent cooking competition TV show one of the judges told a competitor "If your dreams don't scare you they are not big enough".
When I joined Toastmasters my dreams did not scare me "public speaking did".
Now that I have attained my DTM I will dream up some scary goals to reach for as I continue my Toastmasters journey and help others.
Colleen Charland, DTM