Finalists in Alphabetical Order
Of the Year Award Finailists for:
Club Coach Of The Year
Publicist Of The Year
President Of The Year
Area Director Of The Year
Division Director Of The Year
Club Of The Year
Toastmaster Of The Year
All Finalists 2016 - 2017
I have been a Toastmaster for 5 years. My journey began at Skyway Toastmasters club #3301 in Burlington. I did not know what to expect but after my first meeting, I knew I would be getting a lot out of Toastmasters more than just public speaking. Within a few months of joining, I became the VP of Education. I then took on the role as President, then Area Director and this past year Club Coach for Grimsby Toastmasters club #1415201.
I have gained so much from each role and not only has it helped me as a public speaker but also provide skills and opportunities that I otherwise wouldn’t have had anywhere else. I hope to earn my DTM and continue my path to become an even stronger leader, communicator and mentor.
I joined Toastmasters at the first meeting I attended. I was asked to go to a meeting with a friend through work. They had been to meetings before at other clubs and thought I would enjoy it and it would be of help to me with my career as a Trainer. Thinking it would be an opportunity for an evening out something different. Never would I have thought by signing my registration form I was taking the first step on an incredible journey. That was the fall of 2011. Since then I have grown in so many ways I never thought imaginable and discovered things about myself I didn't realize I had in me. I discovered I can compete in speech contests, the power words have on people, as Toastmasters allowed me an outlet for my love of writing. I've learned that persistence pays off in more ways than one.
I have been the fortunate recipient of true honest mentorship, friendship, and guidance through membership in Toastmasters. Toastmasters have helped me see my potential that others could see in me but I hadn't yet. What's next? Achieving my DTM by next spring! Just 29 speeches left!
Why I joined Toastmasters: (Valley Town Toastmasters (#9709) - February 2009) In 2007, after our son died from an aggressive form of Acute Myeloid Leukemia, I considered some of the needs required to grant his wish; to form a Foundation to support hematology patients and their families with financial needs.
It was clear to me that I would need to be able to speak comfortably and knowledgeably in public if I was to help with this venture.
I have been involved in my club in numerous ways. I was the Club Secretary, VP Membership, and was the Club President twice. I mentored many members as the Youth Leadership Coordinator and assisted other coordinators several times.I also chaired the Valley Town Toastmasters 20 th Anniversary Celebration.
In my communitiy, I assisted at Speech Craft at Adult Learning Centre in Hamilton and served as a judge at Air Cadets Provincial Debate Contest.
Have spoken outside the club in the community on several occasions, at IODE, Masons, at the Community Food Advisors Graduation, my 50yr. Nursing Reunion and presented Toastmaster Skills at Mohawk College to Business Students x 7.
Outside the Club (Area/Division/District):
- Presented at Division L - COT -- Secretary, SAA and plenary session
- Served as a Club Mentor
- Served as judge at Area and Division level contests
- Chief Judge at Brampton Gavel Club Speech Contest
- Area 53 Director
I accepted the position of Coach Club to Steel Town Toastmasters because they are family. It was members of this club who started Valley Town Toastmasters 23 years ago and I wanted them to remain viable.
My goal in Toastmasters is to attain my DTM next year. In the future, I would like to work with underprivileged youth in local high schools to improve their self confidence through improved speaking skills.
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.