Karim Premji DTM Receives Presidential Citation Award

Amazing News, District 86!

Karim Premji2016-2017 International President, Mike Storkey, DTM has informed us that member of District 86, Karim Premji, DTM has been selected to receive the Presidential Citation, which will be presented to Karim at the 86th International Convention in Vancouver, BC. This award is presented in recognition of Karim's outstanding achievements in representing the goals and ideals of Toastmasters International and is one of Toastmasters' highest honors.

Please help me congratulate Karim on his outstanding contributions and dedication to Toastmasters International.


Presentation of Awards at the Div A COT on Jun 13th to Karim Premji, DTM For His Outstanding Achievements

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5 awards were presented to Karim Premji, DTM at the Div A COT on Jun 13th. This included the Douglas Barclay Award, a very special recognition from Toastmasters International which Cathy Herschell arranged and recognition from Division A Director.

Douglas Barclay Award Trophy & Plaque 2016-2017
District 86
Toastmasters International
Douglas Barclay Award
Presented to Karim Premji, DTM

Awarded annually to an active Toastmaster for their contribution and continued service within Toastmasters District 86 as well as promotion of Toastmasters to the outside community.

Toastmasters Letter:
Dear Toastmaster Premji:
We think you are phenomenal!
Please accept this plaque and our gratitude for your outstanding service to Toastmasters.
We appreciate all of your hard work, dedication, and commitment to the organization.
You truly are the epitome of the Toastmasters Promise and Core Values.
Thank you for everything you do.
We look forward to sharing many more years with you.

Best regards,
Michelle Faucher
Education Service
Toastmasters International

Toastmasters International
Presented to Karim Premji For Remarkable Services and Dedication to Toastmasters May 2017

Mike Storkey, International President  

Daniel Rex Chief Executive Officer

Outstanding Toastmaster Pin

Triple Crown Pin

Beyond Boundaries

beyond boundariesI’d like to thank everyone at the Spring Conference for all the Beyond Boundaries nominations on the yellow, orange, and green cards. People were able to nominate anyone they felt who went Beyond their Boundaries. The nominees did not have to be present at the conference and the different colours were used for a visual display on the black background where they were displayed at the conference. People also had the option of taking some of the cards with them to present to someone not in attendance at the conference. In total, we had a total 96 different names submitted by 70 different people.

logo beyond boundariesThis was fantastic. I’d like to call out one particular person who had the most nominations-Dennis Bartel. He was nominated a total of 7 times. We had 3 people nominated 4 times, 7 people nominated 3 times, and 18 people nominated twice. It is amazing how many people were recognized for going Beyond their Boundaries. It just goes to show that we are all capable of inspiring each other to try new things on our own Toastmasters journey.

The list of people nominated are:

• Nikolina
• Lena Shaw
• Lydia Schulenberg
• Amparo Cifuentes
• Jale Fancey
• Martina Chen
• Dee Gulati
• Roger Caesar
• Cathy Herschell
• Dennis Bartel
• Mina Yoon
• Asha Hassan
• Sue Wright
• Mallika Sothinathan
• Vitaliy Fursov
• Alvita Bennett
• Gloria Whittaker
• Franka
• Leona Wilson
• Richard Lewis
• Saima Malik
• Joyce Lang
• Jim Chapman
• Len Bulmer
• Joe Piazza
• Carl Naus
• Karen Wood
• Najah Shuqair
• Sivam
• Veronica Taylor
• Kyla Werrett
• Steve Karnis

• Kevin
• Hari
• Conrad Rodrigues
• Catherine Ronchin
• Jaclyn Payne
• Kevin Cahill
• Chris Brown
• Justine Dresser
• Nancy Parkhill
• Susana Almeida
• Jena Krukowski
• John Wang
• Maheeza Mohamed
• Margaret Waechter
• Laura Vaivaia
• Meena Pandit
• Pat Bromby
• Hilary Sandford
• Bev Lewis
• Esther Song
• Brian Capstick
• Glynis D'Souza
• Tiffany Chen
• Cindy Tate
• Marlena Den Engelsman
• Yudara Weerakoon
• John DeMarco
• Candice Kirkbride
• Madeleine Sauve
• Mike McNeil
• Bhaskar Joshi
• Natalia Kolodenko

• Mikael Gatje
• Lisa de Vignes
• George Hong
• Colin MacEachern
• Annie Bai
• Susan Antoff
• Heidi Biscott
• David Parrott
• Louis Li
• Chris O'Brien
• Jennifer Aucoin
• Neila Pen
• Neil Dunsmore
• Lisa Hennessy
• Lou Mulligan
• Erica Jurus
• Satinder Chane
• Jane Harnadek
• Rose-Anne St. Jean
• Pat Bolduc
• Joanne Houston
• Myrna Barthe
• John Ribeiro


by Kristina Johnston, DTM
District 86 Club Coach Chair 
and Spring 2017 Conference Chair, District 86

2nd Youth Inspirational Speech & Evaluation Contests from Gavel Clubs a Success

The second public speaking contest that brought together six Gavel clubs in the GTA including Brampton, Junior Masters, Malton Community Building Project, Mississauga, Northern and The Voice Gavel Clubs, was held Saturday May 13, 2017 at the head office of Loblaw Companies Limited, to showcase the public speaking talents of the young members in the clubs.

Three groups of six students each competed for first, second and third place awards; two groups participated in a “Inspirational Speech Contest” for Grades 5-8 and Grades 9-12 categories, and one group competed in a “Speech Evaluation Contest”.

Ryan Belluz, Counsellor for the Brampton Gavel Club, Amparo Cifuentes, Founder & Counsellor for for the Junior Masters Gavel Club at Loblaw and Karina Peterson, Contest Organizer and Coordinator for the Junior Masters Gavel Club, said the students did a great job showcasing the public speaking and critical thinking skills they are developing in their clubs, where members follow the Toastmasters International educational program.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for the kids to continue building their confidence and speak about topics they are passionate about,” Mrs. Peterson said.

The event also featured keynote speaker Kwesi Millington, Winner of Toastmasters District 86 Evaluation Contest (2017) and Certified World Class Speaking Coach, and counted with the support of many dignitaries and volunteers from the District.

Youth Gavel clubs provide the Toastmasters experience to students under 18.  Meetings are typically held weekly, and the clubs operate in the same way adult Toastmasters clubs do. Members follow similar Toastmasters club protocols, use club officer titles and education manuals, but members are called “Gaveliers”. Participants increase their self-confidence as they become better speakers and leaders.


Grades 5-8 Inspirational Speech Contest, from left to right: 

Contest Chief Judge, Mallika Sothinathan; 3rd Place Winner, Simran Dhal; 2nd Place Winner, Lina Siddiqi; 1st Place Winner, Onizish Shahbaz; Toastmasters District 86 Club Growth Director, Glynnis D’Souza; Master of Ceremonies, Karina Peterson.



Grades 9-12 Inspirational Speech Contest, from left to right: 

Contest Chief Judge, Mallika Sothinathan; 1st Place Winner, Raniya Siddiqi; 2nd Place Winner, Eddy Ji; 3rd Place Winner, Nitin Alagu; Toastmasters District 86 Club Growth Director, Glynnis D’Souza; Master of Ceremonies, Karina Peterson.


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Master of Ceremonies, Karina Peterson; Contest Chair, Anirudh Moolya; 3rd Place Winner, Jaleelah Amaar; 2nd Place Winner, Somesh Karthi; 1st Place Winner, Areez Bhanji; Contest Chair, Zaynah Bhanji; Toastmasters District 86 Public Relations Manager & Contest Chief Judge, Dennis Bartel.


Reach For The Stars

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Congratulations to the 69 members who participated and submitted their reach for the stars cards for 2016-2017.
Recognition will be distributed starting at TLI May 27.

Check out the winners below

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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


Cathy Herschell, DTM

Cathy Herschell, DTM

Program Quality


Kristina Johnston, DTM

Club Growth

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Jacklyn A. Payne, DTM

Division A


Lisa des Vignes, ACB, ALB
Division B


Zeenathul Maheeza Mohamed

Division C

Mallika Sothinathan, ACS, ALB

Mallika Sothinathan, ACS, ALB

Division D


Kyla Werrett, DTM

Division L

Myrna Barthe, DTM

Myrna Barthe, DTM

Division M


Patricia Burness, ACB, ALB

Division N


Natalie Champagne, CC, CL

Division S


Clifford Graham, ACB, ALB

Division T


Satinder Chane, CC, ALS

Division W

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


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

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