Congratulations Distinguished Clubs 2017-2018

Congrats PresidentsDistinguishedClubs

District 86 has achieved Presidents Distinguished for distinguished clubs with 125 clubs achieving distinguished in 2017-2018!

Presidents Distinguished

  • • Advanced Speakers on the Hill
    • Ambitious City Toastmasters Club
    • Bolton Banter Toastmasters Club
    • Brampton Club
    • Brampton Speakeasy Toastmasters
    • Brampton Talks Toastmasters
    • Burlington Advanced
    • Burloak Toastmasters
    • Callisto Toastmasters
    • Candu Toastmasters
    • City Centre Club
    • Comfortably Speaking
    • Confidently Speaking Toastmasters Club
    • Cornell Markham Toastmasters
    • Creekbank Toastmasters Club
    • Destiny Toastmasters Club
    • DHL Toronto Toastmasters
    • Energetics Toastmasters Club
    • Ericsson Toronto Toastmasters
    • Feel Good Toastmasters
    • Fellowship Toastmasters Club
    • First Oakville Toastmasters Club
    • Fluid Communicators & Leaders
    • Garden City Toastmasters of St. Catharines
    • GE Markham Toastmasters
    • Glen Abbey Toastmasters
    • Golden Gavel Toastmasters
    • Grand River Toastmasters Club
    • Greater Sudbury Speakers
    • Grimsby
    • Hershaw Toastmasters Club
    • Hilltop Toastmasters
    • Horizon Toastmasters
    • London City Hall
    • London Speakeasy Toastmasters Club
    • Markham SweetTalkers Club
    • Markham Toastmasters Club
    • Meadowvale Toastmasters Club
    • Milton Club
    • Mississauga Sales & Marketing Toastmasters
    • MTO St Catharines Toastmasters Club
    • One London Place Toastmasters
    • Own the Moment Oakville Toastmasters
    • Porcupine Toastmasters Club
    • Port Credit Club
    • Region of Peel Toastmasters
    • Richmond Hill Toastmasters
    • Risky Business Club
    • Rogers Park Toastmasters
    • Sheridan Bruins Oakville Toastmasters
    • Sheridan Park Toastmasters Club
    • Skyway Toastmasters Club
    • Soar To Excellence Toastmasters Club
    • Speaking For Success Toastmasters Club
    • Speed River Toastmasters
    • Steeltown Toastmasters Club
    • Stoney Creek Toastmasters
    • Strathroy Toastmasters Club
    • Sudbury Toastmasters Club
    • The Court Of Blarney
    • Thornhill Club
    • Trafalgar Club
    • Trillium Toastmasters Club
    • True North Toastmasters
    • Woodbridge Toastmasters

Select Distinguished

  • 7120 Speakers Corner
  • Axis Communications Toastmasters
  • Barrie Toastmasters Club
  • Black Walnut Toastmasters Club
  • Brant Toastmasters
  • Cementation Toastmasters
  • Citi Orators
  • City of Brampton Toastmasters
  • Club Toastmasters FrancoFun
  • Collingwood Toastmasters Club
  • COMET Toastmasters Club
  • Creekside TD Toastmasters
  • DiverseCity Toastmasters
  • First Class Toastmasters Club
  • Forest City Toastmasters
  • Halton Hills Toastmasters
  • Inclusive Toastmasters
  • IPC Toastmasters Club
  • Malton Community Toastmasters Club
  • Mansion Toastmasters Club
  • Momentum Toastmasters
  • Mount Forest Motivators Toastmasters Club
  • Power Speaking Toastmasters Club
  • Raising Champions Advanced Toastmasters
  • Rose City Toastmasters
  • Speak To Inspire Toastmasters
  • Talk Of The Town Club
  • The Co-operators
  • Unionville Toastmasters Club
  • Wood Oakville Toastmasters Club

Distinguished

  • Atos Toastmasters Club
  • Brock Toastmasters
  • Chez Nous Toastmasters Club
  • Discovery Toastmasters Club
  • Dr. Roberta Bondar Toastmasters Club
  • Echoes Of The Bay Club
  • Edge of the Wedge
  • First Burlington Toastmasters Club
  • HatchMasters
  • Honeymoon City Club
  • IBM Toronto Lab Club
  • Kitchener-Waterloo Toastmasters
  • LHSC Toastmasters Club
  • London TaxMasters Club
  • London Western Club
  • Mississauga Valley Toastmasters Club
  • PointClickCare Toastmasters
  • Progressive Toastmasters
  • Roche MVPs Club - Corporate 
  • Sarnia Club
  • Speak, Spark, and Spirit Club
  • Speakers of the Hill
  • Sudbury CRAzy Talkers
  • Sudbury Noon Hour Toastmasters Club
  • Tech Data Toastmasters
  • The Talk of Alliston Club
  • Town and Gown Toastmasters
  • Towns Of York Toastmasters Club
  • Troy Toastmasters Club
  • Valley Town Toastmasters Club

2016 - 2017 Finalists for Area Director of the Year Award

The Area Director of the Year is based on the Area performance and the individuals' contributions to that achievement.  The achievements are measured across membership building and retention, club extensions, distinguished club program, education and training, leadership commitment and support, and public relations.

Finalists in Alphabetical Order

 

sueSue Faludi

I joined Toastmasters when Hilltop Toastmasters was being started in the spring of 2011. The meetings were going to be held on Tuesday nights and I didn’t have to work on Tuesday nights. It was perfect. I had heard of Toastmasters before then because my husband was already a member. I joined because it seemed like it would be a lot of fun and that it would be educational as well.

With a job in the customer service industry, I felt that it could help me relate better to my clients and co-workers. Since joining, I have achieved my ACG ALB. What I have really achieved though is much more. I have greater confidence in my ability to communicate with others. I use the leadership and evaluation skills that I have learned not only in Toastmasters but also at work. The skills are so transferable.

I plan to get my DTM, continue with the new Pathways and likely take on more leadership roles. In every meeting I attend, I learn something. I don’t see that changing. If in the process of learning I can help someone else to learn something then it is a win/win situation.

 

George

George How

George is a registered professional engineer, graduated in mechanical engineering in England. He has worked on many engineering facets of the Canadian nuclear industry. George is bilingual and likes to play bridge as a form of relaxation. His two passions are Toastmasters and Rotary.

George has been a Toastmasters Member since February 2011. He was Area Director for Area 35, 2016-2017. George learned a lot from the many educational and leadership opportunities, that are available beyond the Clubs. As a very engaged Area Director, George contributed to making District 86 a Distinguished District, 2016-2017. George was instrumental in getting Mayor Rob Burton to proclaim March 2017, as Toastmasters Month in the Town of Oakville. George is also the proud founder of Oakville Toastmasters Club, chartered on April 11, 2017.

 

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Mina Yoon

Mina Yoon (ACB/ALB) joined Confidently Speaking Toastmasters in November 2013 after seeing someone deliver a phenomenal speech. Mina was inspired to improve her own speaking skills but soon learned that there was much more that Toastmasters could offer. In addition to the educational track, Mina began taking on leadership roles at the club level, first as VP Membership (2014-2015) and then President (2015-2016). It was during her presidency role that Mina grew the most, learning about all the resources available to members from the Area, Division, District and World Headquarters.

Last year (2016-2017), Mina took on the role of Area 45 Director, motivated by a desire to go beyond the club and meet and work with other Toastmasters. As Area Director, Mina most enjoyed the club visits and contest season. Visiting each club more than the minimum requirement, Mina got to know many of the members by name. As part of the Division C team, Mina took part in organizing contests, training and volunteered with the Fall Conference, all of which allowed her to further grow as a leader and communicator. Seeing her Area complete the year strong as a President’s Distinguished Area, and achieving the Club Growth challenge of “Grow by One” was a sweet finish to an already wonderful year as Area Director. Mina’s next Toastmasters goals include continuing to work towards her DTM and also competing at an upcoming contest!

 

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. 

All Finalists for the 2016 - 2017 Of the Year Awards

2016 - 2017 Finalists for Toastmaster of the Year Award

The Toastmaster of the Year award is given to a member who best exemplifies Toastmasters International values in supporting the District mission. The Toastmaster of the Year is expected to excel in a variety of leadership and communication; educational; and marketing and public relations activities.

Finalists in Alphabetical Order

 

roger

Roger Caesar

Looking back it's amazing to see the wonderful journey I have been on since joining Toastmasters. When I joined in February 2011, I just wanted to gain the experience of confidently speaking to executives in my line of work and not to feel intimidated in any situation that I was in.

Little did I know that Toastmasters would have been such an indelible impact in my every day life. More importantly, I am truly humbled and blessed by what I have been able to achieve here. It's been an incredible journey that I'm enjoying with no end in sight.

Toastmasters has allowed me to branch out and fulfill my goals and desires as a speaker and a leader. It has allowed me to meet great people who have not only inspired me but encouraged me to dream big!

I am honoured to be a part of this great organization and just as others before me have gone the extra mile to help me develop my skills to succeed, I feel a sense of obligation, duty and pride to give back to those who need my help at every opportunity, to achieve their goals and dreams. "When you rise...LIFT OTHERS WITH YOU!"- Gramsie

 

kevin

Kevin Cahill

Kevin T. Cahill is an award winning sales professional and consultant specializing in the art of managing change and achieving great results.

As the founder of The Change Revolution, this internationally bestselling author and speaker inspires men and women alike. As someone who has mastered the art of resilience and hope, Kevin’s philosophy as a self-professed clarity builder is strategic and results driven.

Kevin’s passion is to equip individuals and organizations with a renewed sense of clarity and excitement, knowing that positive change will bring about positive gains.

His exciting creation The Change Revolution offers a winning blueprint for navigating through change and achieving success. Kevin was introduced to Toastmasters in the fall of 2016 and after falling in love with the supportive environment started his own club, Speed River Toastmasters, which chartered December 2016. In his first 6 months of membership in Toastmasters, Kevin completed 40 speeches, coordinated a Youth Leadership Program, served as Club President which all helped him achieve his Advanced Communicator Gold and Advanced Leadership Bronze designations before starting as Area Director for Area 95 Division T in July 2017. He is currently working through the High-Performance Leadership Program.

 

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Jocelyn Vezina

I joined Toastmasters in May of 2009 to practice my communication skills. I gave workshops at one point in my career. I wanted to go back to it but felt my skills needed a refresher. What I found in Toastmasters was more than communication. As I advanced in the program I realized that my leadership skills were rusty. I took on roles that forced me to exercise leadership.I became VP Membership, President, Area Governor, mentor, helped create a club and achieved DTM in 2012. Now what?

I started mentoring new clubs and in 2015 co-chaired the Fall Conference. Saying I was out of my comfort zone is an understatement. It was the most rewarding and growth experience of my Toastmasters’ journey. That’s when I realized what it means to be a “Servant Leader”.

Today, I am having the time of my life. Being Pathways Chief Ambassador allows me to be a Servant Leader. Finding out I am a finalist for Toastmasters Of The Year is unbelievable.

Thank you to whomever nominated me. Fellow Toastmasters, my hope is that your experience is as rewarding as mine has been so far. Toastmasters is truly where leaders are made.

 

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. 

All Finalists for the 2016 - 2017 Of the Year Awards

2016 - 2017 Finalists for Club Coach of the Year Award

The Club Coach of The Year Award goes to a successful Club Coach who lead their club back to Distinguished Club status. Club Coaches that make this opening criteria are measured on the breadth and depth of their activities.

Finalists in Alphabetical Order

 

anthony

Anthony Delvecchio

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.

 

Kelley McIntyre

Kelley McIntyre

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!

 

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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. 

All Finalists for the 2016 - 2017 Of the Year Awards

2016 - 2017 Finalists for Tony Bratschitsch Club of the Year Award

There are three levels to this award. The Education Leadership award will be awarded to the club with the highest number of points in the Education Leadership category. The Membership Leadership award will be given to the club with the highest number of points in the Membership Leadership category. The Club of the Year award will be given to the club with the highest total number of points in ALL three categories.

Finalists in Alphabetical Order

 

confidently speaking

Confidently Speaking Toastmasters

President: Yun Annie Bai

Club Number: 00005780, District 29, Area C32

Charter Date: Oct. 1, 1989.

 

hershaw

Hershaw Toastmasters

President: Bhaskar Joshi

Club Club Number: 00005961, District 86, Area B31

Charter Date: Feb. 1, 1990

 

msm

Mississauga Sales & Marketing

President: Daniel Connell

Club Number: 04353901, District 86, Area D82

Charter Date: Feb. 12, 2015

 

 

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. 

All Finalists for the 2016 - 2017 Of the Year Awards

2016 - 2017 Finalists for Peter Crabtree President of the Year Award

The President of the Year Award is based on Toastmasters club activities and personal achievements, including educational program, club administration, membership, and other club activities.
 

Finalists in Alphabetical Order

Annie Bai

Yun Annie Bai

Annie Yun Bai, ACG, ALB, is a member of Confidently Speaking Toastmasters in Mississauga. She joined the club in September 2007 upon her first visit. Over the past ten years, she has taken on leadership roles at the club, as Vice President Public Relations in 2008-2009, Club Secretary in 2015-2016, and most recently as President in 2016-2017. She joined Toastmasters hoping to become a better English speaker, but today she truly believes that Toastmasters has far exceeded those expectations.

Toastmasters has made her an effective communicator, a competent leader, and a better person. Wanting to share the benefits of Toastmasters with young people, she founded the Mississauga Gavel club, a youth club affiliated to Toastmasters, in September 2015. Since then, she has been working as the club counselor and helping youth to become better speakers.

In September 2016, she was a sponsor and was part of the team that founded a brand-new advanced Toastmasters club in Mississauga, the Great Minds Advanced Toastmasters Club (GMAT). This year, she is the Area Director for Area 46, helping clubs in the area to have a successful Toastmasters year. By July 2018, Annie will achieve her Distinguished Toastmaster award.

 

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Daniel Connell

Toastmasters has been instrumental in my personal and professional development as it has provided me with the skills necessary to excel past the norm and achieve many goals.

Toastmasters is not just about improving your speaking and leadership skills but identifying the right strengths within a person and amplifying them to new heights. Even the best leaders and communicators need improvement.

 

WilliamWilliam Moseley

Overcoming my speech impediment was my foremost challenge growing up. I joined Toastmasters in December 2003 to face the music and confront my inner fear head-on. Over the years as an active member of Meadowvale Toastmasters Club, I developed a greater awareness of my weaknesses and tendencies and whet my passion for public speaking. With the help of experienced Toastmasters I was able to hone my communication skills to the extent that I, not only enjoy speaking, but eagerly look forward to opportunities for public speaking engagements.

I am particularly proud of being the first to represent Meadowvale Toastmasters Club at an Area contest. It was my icebreaker speech in a competitive environment. After the event, I was approached by a member of the audience who told me that she felt my speech was “the best.” It was at that moment that I realized that I have the capacity to positively affect the lives of others through public speaking.

My joining Toastmasters helped me advance my self-confidence and become a better speaker. It also developed my listening and leadership skills as I have held multiple executive roles which include two stints as club president. In both years, the Meadowvale Toastmasters achieved Presidents Distinguished Status. Besides achieving my speaking goals and developing the ability to “think on my feet”, I have had the good fortune of improving the experiences of our club members being coach and mentor to many individuals who have in turn, moved on to achieve their personal goals and advance their personal and professional lives.

I am particularly grateful to be a part of the Toastmasters family - to hear the beautiful stories and to witness the growth and development of others. Looking forward, I will always be in search of new meaning and materials as I view every interaction as a possible mentoring and learning moment. When asked why I am at toastmasters, my response is always the same: I have nothing better to do.

 

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. 

All Finalists for the 2016 - 2017 Of the Year Awards

2016 - 2017 Finalists for Publicist of the Year Award

This award recognizes publicity efforts by Toastmasters throughout the year. It's awarded to a member who does the best job of promoting Toastmasters through a variety of media and throughout the District.
 

lyndsy

Lyndsy Johnson

Lyndsy Johnson has been a proud Hershaw Toastmaster since March 2015 when she joined to conquer her fear of public speaking in preparation of her best friends wedding. Since joining she has held the executive positions of VP PR and VP Membership and in 2016 she was awarded the Triple Crown for accomplishing her CC,CL and ALB.

 

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. 

All Finalists for the 2016 - 2017 Of the Year Awards

Cast Your Vote: Annual Business Meeting

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Attention Toastmasters Club President and Club Secretary,

Cast Your Vote

2017 Toastmasters International Convention- Vancouver Canada August 23-26, 2017

Your club has an important vote to cast during the Annual Business Meeting at the Toastmasters International Convention Clubs will vote to elect international officers and directors to the 2017–2018 Board of Directors as well as vote on Proposals A through G: (see them here>>)

Amendments to the Bylaws of Toastmasters International and the Club Constitution for Clubs of Toastmasters International. Please plan to attend on Saturday, August 26, at 1 p.m. in Ballroom AB at the Vancouver Convention Centre, Vancouver, British Columbia. To learn and understand the roles, attributes and responsibilities, please review the Leadership Roles.  As provided in the Bylaws of Toastmasters International, Article X, Section 1, a Toastmasters club in good standing is entitled to two votes at the Annual Business Meeting. To make your club’s vote count, assign your proxy and cast your votes in one of three ways:

1. Send a delegate from the club who is attending the Annual Business Meeting to carry your club votes.

2. Designate the 2017–2018 district director to act as your club proxy. The district director, program quality director and club growth director will be attending. If (and only if) the district director is not in attendance, the next senior district officer attending the Annual Business Meeting will act as your club proxy.

3. Designate an active member from another club to act as your club proxy.

NOTE: The club president or secretary must assign the club votes. If the votes are not assigned, they cannot be cast. Votes must be assigned even if you are assigning the votes to yourself. To assign the club votes, go to www.toastmasters.org/clubcentral, log in, choose the club(s) you are assigning proxies for and click on Club Proxy.

More information and resources here>>.

If you have any questions or need help please contact me.

Cathy Herschell, DTM
District 86 Director

 

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