D86 Distinguished Toastmasters

DTMs May 2017

Congratulations to the following District 86 Toastmasters for completing their DTM designation:

Ross Cunningham | Strathroy Toastmasters Club & London TaxMasters Club
Anne Dockeray | Maple Leaf Toastmasters
Hariharan Iyer | Raising Champions Advanced Toastmasters & Brampton Speakeasy Toastmasters
Raghunath Kamath | Tangri Toastmasters
Shanthi Oommen Kuruvilla | Brampton Alpha Toastmasters
Michelle Ricard | Greater Sudbury Speakers
Conrad Rodrigues | Confidently Speaking Toastmasters Club
Madeleine S. Sauve | Greater Sudbury Speakers
Laura Vaivada | The Court of Blarney
Tina Weidelich | Northern Lights Toastmasters Club
Kyla Werrett | Comfortably Speaking

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New Distinguished Toastmasters Receive High Fives For Their Achievement

By the time a Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM) award is granted, a Toastmaster has presented a minimum 40 speeches between their Competent Communicator, Advanced Communicator Bronze / Gold and the Advanced Leadership Silver designations plus the large volume of speaking opportunities required to complete the leadership track. By the time we receive a DTM, we have provided many Toastmaster peers with very effective evaluations. It involves taking on leadership roles at the club, area and the district level. In achieving the DTM many of us become better individuals.

The Toastmasters experience gives you so many real life exercises in which you have to learn and apply leadership skills in numerous ways along the Communication and Leadership tracks. A key takeaway from the program is learning how to work effectively with many different people on teams; an invaluable career skill because we rarely get to choose all of the people we want to work with.

Raghunath Kamath received his DTM at the District 86 2017 Spring Conference DTM Recognition Dinner held on April 28, 2017. I spoke to him after he received his DTM and he noted, “The journey of Toastmasters does not end after becoming a DTM, it actually begins at this point. It is like going on the peak and realizing the beauty of where you started from.” When I asked what lies ahead for him, he said, “I wish to use this platform to further the cause of helping members and youth to be better communicators and leaders.”

A symbolic part of the DTM recognition dinner was a gesture for the current DTMs to give a “high five” for those being recognized. It was like an inauguration, and like a flame being passed on from seasoned DTMs to those just receiving it. All of these individuals have just completed a long, challenging yet rewarding journey, however, for all of them their journey of learning, leadership and volunteering in their communities, their careers and within their Toastmasters community is just beginning!

The DTM award is the highest our Organization bestows. The DTM recognizes a superior level of achievement in both communication and leadership. A hearty congratulations to the following District 86 Toastmasters for completing their DTM designation:


For information about the DTM designation, please visit: https://www.toastmasters.org/education/distinguished-toastmaster

Muktha Tumkur, P. Eng., MBA, ACS, ALB

District 86 Officers Elect: 2017-2018

District
Director

Cathy Herschell, DTM

Cathy Herschell, DTM

Program Quality
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KristinaJohnston

Kristina Johnston, DTM

Club Growth
Director

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Jacklyn A. Payne, DTM

 
Division A
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Lisa des Vignes, ACB, ALB
Division B
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Zeenathul Maheeza Mohamed
CC, ALB

Division C
Director

Mallika Sothinathan, ACS, ALB

Mallika Sothinathan, ACS, ALB

 
Division D
Director 

KylaWerrett

Kyla Werrett, DTM

Division L
Director 

Myrna Barthe, DTM

Myrna Barthe, DTM

Division M
Director 

PatriciaBurness

Patricia Burness, ACB, ALB

 
Division N
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Natalie Champagne, CC, CL

Division S
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Clifford Graham, ACB, ALB

Division T
Director

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Satinder Chane, CC, ALS

 
Division W
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Chris Brown, ACS, ALB

Chris Brown, ACS, ALB

 

District 86 International and Evaluation Contests Results 2017

International Speech Contest

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The District 86 International Speech contest was held on Saturday April 29, 2017 during the 2017 Spring Conference at the Crowne Plaza, in Kitchener. Thousands of members across District 86 competed in their club, area, and division contests. The winners of each division competed to be the District 86 champion. Saturday's International speech contest decided who will go on to compete in the 2017 International Speech Contest Semifinals in Vancouver B.C. and a chance to be in the World Championship of Public Speaking. Over 30,000 will compete world wide, for the title of World Champion of Public Speaking. 

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District Evaluation Contest

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The District 86 Evaluation contest was held April 30, 2017 in Kitchener during the 2017 Spring Conference in Kitchener with 10 contestants from each division competing.  The Evaluation Contest demonstrated the best in giving feedback, in a 2 to 3 minute speech.

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Semifinalist search for the world's largest speech contest begins with raising a Toastmasters flag

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Over 250 members across Southwestern, Central & Northern Ontario will gather in Kitchener on April 28 to 30 for workshops, contests, Keynote Speaker Kelly Swanson and to recognize excellence in leadership and communication.

This year's District 86 Toastmasters 2017 Spring Conference, will be held at the Crowne Plaza, April 28 to April 30 in Kitchener. Conferences provide communication and leadership training, networking, exchange of ideas, recognition and celebration of members' achievements and contributions.

The event will begin on Friday, April 28th with the raising of a Toastmasters flag at Speaker's Corner, 17 Benton Street and will remain up during the 3-day conference. "It is very exciting that the we are able to have our flag with the Toastmasters logo fly directly across the street from our conference! This has never been done before in our District." says Dennis Bartel, District 86, Public Relations Manager.

Bartel adds, "The City of Kitchener allows for non-profits that contribute to the community to fly their flag. Toastmasters contributes by empowering individuals to become more effective communicators and leaders at work, at home, and in other organizations". The flag raising will be at 1 pm across the street from the Crowne Plaza. In attendance will be Vitaliy Fursov, DTM, District 86 Director, District leaders, and Toastmasters from the district. "I invite anyone to come join and take part, it is the perfect way to start a weekend of learning and networking", Bartel says.

On Saturday, the District's International Speech Contest will be held to determine who will be our semifinalist at the world's largest speech contest. The District's winner will advance to the semi-final rounds at the Toastmasters International Convention, August 23-26th, at the Vancouver Convention Centre, in Canada.

The winner will compete with 101 other winners from districts around the world, who advanced to the 2017 semifinal rounds after a six-month process of elimination through club, area, division and district speech contests. Their five- to seven-minute speeches were judged on content, organization, gestures and style. The winner of our District International Speech contest will vie for one of the 10 coveted spots to compete in the World Championship of Public Speaking®.

"Speech contests provide an opportunity for individuals to further develop their speaking skills by leaving the comfort of their home clubs and performing to larger audiences." - Cathy Herschell, DTM, Program Quality Director, District 86.

The Toastmasters International Speech Contest began in 1938 and is the world's largest speech contest, involving 30,000 participants from 142 countries. It culminates with the popular World Championship of Public Speaking held annually at the organization's International Convention.

Members and the public are invited to attend the District 86 International Speech Contest in Kitchener, on Saturday, April 29th, 12:45 pm. Tickets are available at http://www.toastmasters86.org/conferences or at the door of the Crowne Plaza, 105 King St E, Kitchener, ON N2G 2K8.

About Toastmasters District 86

District 86 is one of 102 districts, representing the heartland of Ontario comprising of over 235 community and corporate clubs, with over 5,000 members, from Timmins in the north to Welland in the south, from Sarnia in the west to Markham in the east - and all communities in between - except Toronto. To learn more about District 86 please visit: http://www.toastmasters86.org/

About Toastmasters International

Toastmasters International is a worldwide, non-profit educational organization that empowers individuals to become more effective communicators and leaders. Headquartered in Rancho Santa Margarita, California, the organization's membership exceeds 345,000 in more than 15,900 clubs in 142 countries. Since 1924, Toastmasters International has helped people from diverse backgrounds become more confident speakers, communicators and leaders. For information about local Toastmasters clubs, please visit toastmasters.org. Follow @Toastmasters on Twitter.

Dennis Bartel - Public Relations Manager
District 86 Toastmasters 2016-2017

 

District 86 Council Business Meeting - April 29, 2017

Come to the best part of the Spring 2017 Conference - The District 86 Council Business Meeting! It's free and open for anyone to attend! However, please note, only ballot holders can participate in the meeting, such as make motions, participate in debates, and vote.

When: Saturday, April 29, 2017 at 3:30 PM

Where: Crowne Plaza Kitchener-Waterloo, Kitchener Suite

Address: 105 King St E, Kitchener, ON N2G 2K8 (Google Map)

You can't afford to miss District 86 Council Business Meeting! It will be an amazing learning opportunity and lots of fun!  It alone will be worth the trip to wonderful Kitchener, Ontario! The event is free and open to all.  It will be a great networking opportunity for you, as you will meet the leaders from across the district and hear the reports from your district leaders. If you are looking to introduce something exciting to your club, come to the business meeting, learn the Toastmasters songs, and witness the election of the District Officers for the program year 2017-2018. Please review the District Leadership Committee Report and visit the Candidates Corner.

Who Can Vote

  • The president and vice president education of each club have one vote. If neither can attend the District 86 Council Business Meeting, another active member of the club can be assigned both proxies. Once assigned the proxy holder cannot transfer the proxy to another member.
  • District Executive Committee members have one vote. This vote cannot be assigned via proxy.

The Proxy

  • The proxy is emailed one month ahead of time to all voting members
  • To assign a proxy, you can use the proxy form attached in the email or it is available as a download here

pdfClub Proxy form Sat. April 29, 2017.pdf

  • The president and vice president education completes the form and assigns the proxy to an active member of their club who will be attending the District 86 Council Business Meeting
  • If the proxy-holder forgot the proxy at home it can be emailed to Credentials Committee Chair, District 86 Immediate Past District Director, Janice McDonald, DTM at IPdistrictdirector@toastmasters86.org  
  • If the president or vice president education forgot to assign the proxy, the information can be emailed from the club president or vice president education to the proxy-holder. The email must contain: the district number; a description of the event (i.e. District 86 Council Business Meeting); the date and location of the meeting (i.e. Nov. 14, 2015, Blue Mountains); the club name and number; the name of the club president or vice president education; the name of the active member who will be attending as the proxy-holder. The date of the email will be the date of the proxy. The proxy-holder must print out the email and present the printed copy to the credentials desk.

How to Vote

You must register at the credentials desk (next to registration desk). The hours are:
Friday, April 28: 3:00 PM - 6:45 PM and 9:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Saturday, April 29: 8:00 AM - 11:30 AM and 12:30 PM - 3:15 PM

At the credentials desk:

  • The president or vice president education will be given their ballot(s)
  • The proxy-holder will be given their ballot(s) in exchange for their completed proxy form
  • The District Executive Committee members will be given their ballot
  • Copies of the reports and minutes will be available as well. 

If you are attending the District 86 Council Business Meeting onlyplease be at the credentials desk no later than 3:00 PM on Saturday April 29, 2017. If you arrive at 3:15 PM you will not be in time to receive your ballot.

The credentials desk will close at 3:15 PM in order to allow sufficient time to calculate attendance and establish whether there is quorum. 

The District 86 Council Business Meeting will start at 3:30 PM on Saturday, April 29, 2017.
Rather than attending only the District 86 Council Business Meeting, we encourage you to attend the entire conference!

The last day to register is April 21, 2017. You can register here.

We look forward to seeing you there!

 pdfDistrict Council Meeting April 29 2017 Agenda.pdf

 pdfD86 Spring Conference Business meeting minutes November 26, 2016.pdf

 

Chris Brown - Member Making a Difference

Kitchener Resident Chris Brown is a Toastmaster Member Making a Difference

The Members Making A Difference Award is awarded to a District 86 Toastmaster member who volunteer their Toastmasters communication and leadership skills to better the lives of those in their community in a significant and notable way

chris brown member making difference2KITCHENER, Ontario - March 30, 2017 - PRLog -- Chris Brown will be one of two to be honored by District 86 Toastmasters for his involvement in bettering the lives in those in his community. The event will be held at the Communication & Leadership (C&L) Luncheon on Saturday April 29, during the District 86 Spring Conference April 28 to April 30 at the Crowne Plaza in Kitchener, Ontario.

Chris Brown joined Toastmasters in January 2014 and is currently just a few months away from earning his Distinguished Toastmaster designation. When asked "why" he joined, he said "I knew I was a good communicator already, but I knew there was still lots of room for improvement. I wanted to close those gaps. I'm a firm believer in adding value to others everywhere I go. Improving my communication and leadership skills has allowed me to be even more effective with that, both in my professional and volunteer work."

In the heart of downtown Kitchener is a small agency making a big impact: Community Justice Initiatives (CJI) popularized the Restorative Justice movement which has spread around the world. It aims to bring healing to communities by connecting perpetrators of crimes with both their victims and their community so all can heal collectively.

Chris began volunteering with Community Justice Initiatives in 2010, working within their Revive Program which focuses on supporting people affected by sexual trauma, including survivors and also people who have committed sexual offenses. Chris has held various volunteer roles, co-facilitating peer support groups for men who have committed offenses (both pre-sentence and after they've left institutions like Ontario Correctional Institute, and other provincial or federal correctional institutions), groups for women who have chosen to stay with their husbands who committed offenses, support groups for individuals with intellectual difficulties who have committed offenses, facilitated dialog between victim/survivor who wants to reconcile with their offender, education groups on self awareness and for helping men deal with the rising problem of cyber sexual activity particularly where it has resulted in offenses, as well as helping refine the training curriculum materials used within the agency.

When asked about how Toastmasters has impacted his volunteer work, he had this to say: "Peer support is as much about effective listening and empathy as it is about speaking. Being comfortable as a communicator lets me listen actively and respond to impromptu questions or situations that may arise. Teaching classes from whiteboards or from workbooks require varied skills, and I find group participants have an even better learning experience since I've been working on my communication skills. Even more, we always work with a co-facilitator, and developing my leadership skills has helped me and my co-facilitators work even more effectively together as we support our group members."

"I'm often asked: 'Why do you do this work? Why work with these people?'. It's a loaded question of course, as CJI's clients are a very misunderstood population. The average citizen thinks offenders have no remorse for their wrongdoing … and yet at CJI we meet people all the time who know what they've done is wrong and don't want to commit future offenses. Our work directly reduces recidivism, which in turn contributes to greater community safety.

I'm acutely aware that we all make mistakes in life. Some of them more 'epic' than others. Some with more far-reaching consequences than others. But at the end of it all, we're all Human. Despite your mistakes, my mistakes, their mistakes, we're all needing of love and acceptance and being treated with dignity and respect regardless of our shortcomings. Every year I witness amazing transformations as I walk with people along some part of their journey to healing. The resilience of the human spirit is amazing. It's very rewarding work. I usually answer this question by quoting from the lyrics of a song by Tenth Avenue North, which says: 'You are more than the choices that you make. You are more than the sum of your past mistakes. You are more than the problems you create.' I think we all need to hear and personalize that for ourselves. I dream of the day when I can get this message to more people. For my part, I try to embody that message every day. It's my way of 'being the change I want to see in the world.'"

Cindy Rocca - MMAD Award Winner!

Toastmasters awards Sudbury Resident Cindy Rocca for Making A Difference!

Cindy Rocca, one of two award recipients, will be celebrated by District 86 Toastmasters for compassionately helping the youth of her community.

cindy rocca mmad award winner2SUDBURY, Ontario - March 29, 2017 - PRLog -- Cindy Rocca, member of Greater Sudbury Speakers, joined Toastmasters in January 2014 for the purpose of professional development. Since then, she has taken her membership very seriously and has greatly benefited the community with her speaking and leadership skills.

As a teenager, Cindy lived in foster care, then on her own at a very young age. Until she joined Toastmasters, Cindy rarely spoke about this trying time in her life. Toastmasters has helped her to find the ability to speak out and raise awareness for youth in foster care. Since joining Toastmasters, she has been a spokesperson at events for the Children's Aid Society, encouraging youth in care to be the best version of themselves. In the fall of 2016, Cindy wrote an article for the local newspaper about life in foster care, and later spoke at a Foster Parent Appreciation Event. As a former youth in care, Cindy donates to student bursaries and was honored to present this year's Evelyn Koski Crown Ward bursary to a deserving student at Cambrian College.

Toastmasters has given her the voice to speak about her past and encourage others in similar situations to do the same. Cindy also uses her Toastmasters skills as a volunteer for the Canadian Cancer Society. For the past several years, she has been a Master of Ceremonies at the Relay for Life and Teddy Bear Picnic in Sudbury, volunteering her time and talent for the good of the community.

In January 2016, Cindy ran a twelve week youth leadership program started a Gavel Club for youth in Sudbury. She is extremely passionate about Gavel Club and truly believes the sky is the limit for young individuals. She uses her own time to share her love of Toastmasters with the Gaveliers. She also organizes several special events to encourage them and keep them motivated. She is very proud of these individuals, and goes out of her way to make sure they are recognized in the community and ensure their success. She is often heard saying "Gavel Club makes Monday my favourite day of the week!"

It is without a doubt that we look forward to seeing Cindy acknowledged for her contributions to the lives of the young people she has empowered with such open heartedness. Cindy truly embodies everything that the MMAD award stands for. She has had such a positive impact and truly made a difference. The award ceremony will be held at the Communication & Leadership (C&L) Luncheon on Saturday April 29 at the Crowne Plaza in Kitchener, Ontario.

The Members Making A Difference Award is awarded to a District 86 Toastmaster member who volunteer their Toastmasters communication and leadership skills to better the lives of those in their community in a significant and notable way.

Congratulations Cindy from all of us at District 86!

Frank Austin to receive Toastmasters District 86 Communication and Leadership Award

The Communication and Leadership Award is awarded by the District to a non-Toastmaster in the community who is an outstanding communicator or leader - and who best exemplifies Toastmasters values.

frankaustinFrank Austin, Founder, The Expressive Café ® will be honoured by District 86 Toastmasters for his achievement in the field of communication and leadership. The event will be held at the Communication & Leadership (C&L) Luncheon on Saturday April 29, during the District 86 Spring Conference April 28 to 30 at the Crowne Plaza in Kitchener, ON, Canada.

The ability to communicate is vital – no one understands this better than a Toastmaster.

Now – imagine that your ability to communicate was taken away from you. As a result of a stroke in 2008, this was Frank Austin's situation. The stroke affected the "language centre" of the brain and resulted in a condition called "Aphasia". This condition hampers the ability to connect words to their meaning – in some cases, the afflicted person can`t talk, can`t read, can`t write. Shortly after the stroke, Frank could not even say his own son's name. Within a couple years and with amazing determination, Frank was volunteering as a peer visitor, and speaking at Stroke Recovery groups to share his strategies and struggles – slowly regaining his speaking ability, gaining confidence, offering hope. Frank taught himself to regain his speech by reading to his son.

Four years after his stroke, and frustrated from a shortfall in resources at home in Elmira, Ontario, Frank founded The Expressive Café ® - a facilitated conversation group for people with Aphasia. Toastmasters know the positive effect of having people participate and communicate in a safe and supportive environment. "The Mission of the Expressive Café ® is to improve communication skills using expressive and receptive activities in a safe environment."  It helps give people with Aphasia the confidence to try to communicate and reconnect their lives – either by steadily improving their pre-stroke methods or by rewiring their brain's language centres to discover and hone new skills using methods available to them post-stroke. The outcomes through participating in these groups are hopeful return and reconnection to their communities, less isolation, and a happier, positive outlook on life.

Rick Guzik DTM, offers this: "I've worked with Frank as a volunteer with Stroke Recovery KW and have observed sessions at The Expressive Café ® and seen Frank lead the group in various engaging activities. Their participation is almost miraculous …  truly touching and inspiring. These folks' lives now have more joy, confidence, and hope".

"Frank's belief that to be a great leader you need to be a great communicator makes him an excellent choice to receive the Spring 2017 Communication and Leadership Award" says Dennis Bartel, Public Relations Manager District 86.

Frank wrote a book, "When the Milk Sours ", published in 2014. "It tells us about his and others' accounts of some of the realities of what it's like to have a stroke and, primarily, how to deal with aphasia."  Why "Sour Milk"? In Frank's own words," When the milk sours, make cheese!"

He has appeared on radio and television, always with a hopeful message.

As Harold Albrecht, MP Kitchener-Conestoga, said it so well in a 2012 congratulatory certificate … "Communication with language is so much part of our lives that we take it for granted …  When it breaks down, we suddenly realize how crucial it is to our existence. …  Thanks to Frank Austin and the Woolwich Seniors' Association. Your passionate service helps provide the resources needed to assist people as they take control of their lives, and build hope as they meet their own life dreams and goals."

From not being able to pronounce nor spell his son's name in 2008, Frank is a now a motivational speaker, author, and advocate. He continues to be a peer mentor to stroke survivors in hospitals and our communities, and continues serving people with Aphasia via The Expressive Café ®.

Frank Austin is a leading spokesperson for Aphasia and founded The Expressive Café ® - a supported conversation group for Aphasiacs. He partnered with many health and charitable agencies as a spokesperson for Aphasiacs and has consulted for and with Stroke Recovery associations. He is the Voice for Aphasia programs and provided input to the Waterloo-Wellington LHIN and is always enriching communities, giving back as a volunteer with Grand River Hospital, past executive with Stroke Recovery KW (Kitchener-Waterloo) a peer visitor in the Linking Survivors With Survivors program. Frank lives with his family in Elmira, Ontario. Learn more at the website for The Expressive Café ® http://www.kwstrokesurvivor.com/

Toastmasters International Values:  Respect • Integrity • Service • Excellence
Our Principles:  Lead By Example • Work / Play as a Team 

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