Congratulations to Elaine Barnes, Communication & Leadership Award Recipient
The Communication and Leadership Award is by the District to a non-Toastmaster in the community who is an outstanding communicator or leader - and who best exemplifies Toastmasters values.
The recipient for the 2016 Fall Conference is Elaine Barnes, Volunteer Services Organizer at Ontario Correctional Institute in Brampton.
Elaine will be honored by District 86 Toastmasters for her achievement in the field of communication and leadership. The event will be held at the Communication & Leadership (C&L) Luncheon on Saturday November 26, during the District 86 Fall Conference November 25 to 27 at the Marriott Gateway on the Niagara, In Niagara Falls, Ontario.
Barnes leads volunteers and incarcerated men to become better communicators, citizens, and leaders. Elaine is the Volunteer Services Organizer (VSO) for the Ontario correctional institute (OCI) which houses approximately 200 incarcerated men receiving rehabilitation treatment. Much of this rehabilitation treatment is delivered through volunteer run programs – Elaine leads and communicates with the 189 volunteers that run and support these numerous programs. These programs foster person growth, leadership, communication, and fellowship. Elaine has been VSO since Feb 2008. These volunteer programs including Toastmasters help inmates become better communicators and leaders before they reenter society.
"Through her on-‐going, dedicated effort, Elaine is a shining example of communication and leadership in District 86 and she has touched and changed the lives of many incarcerated men and volunteers for the better. " says District 86 Public Relations Manager Dennis Bartel.
The Toastmasters program at OCI is the oldest running volunteers program, and has been in place for over 33 years. Elaine has been the biggest supporter of the program. OCI Toastmasters has seen tens of thousands of men go through the program, some of which later became members of Toastmasters club within the community. Every year at the volunteers dinner, Elaine has selected inmates that were members of OCI Toastmasters as Masters of Ceremonies and speakers. These men acknowledge that this was made possible by their time in Toastmasters.
Elaine is constantly receiving ongoing leadership, communication, and rehabilitation training. Elaine also conducts training and orientation for volunteer and resolves problems that may arise between the men, volunteers and staff. She also conducts training and orientation for volunteers and resolves problems that may arise between the men, volunteers, and staff.