District 86 Council Business Meeting - November 11, 2017

Come to the best part of the Fall 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, November 11, 2017 at 4:00 PM

Where: Kingbridge Conference Centre & Institute

Address: 12750 Jane Street, King City, ON   L7B 1A3 ( 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 King City, 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 participate in discussing District related matters and decisions.

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. November 11, 2017

  • 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, Avis Brodie, DTM, PDG at programqualitydirector@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. 11, 2017, Kingbridge Conference Centre & Institute); 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, November 10: 2:00 PM - 6:45 PM and 9:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Saturday, November 11: 7:00 AM - 7:50 AM and 1:00 PM - 3:45 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 November 11, 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 4:00 PM on Saturday, November 11, 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 November 3, 2017. You can register here.

We look forward to seeing you there!

pdfDistrict Council Meeting November 11, 2017 Agenda.pdf

pdfD86 Spring Conference Business meeting minutes April 29, 2017


Business Meeting

Welcome Message from D86 Historian 2017-18 Mike Proudlock

I first want to thank District Director Cathy Herschell for honouring me with the appointment of District 86 Historian. I also want to thank previous District 86 Historian David T. Shaw for his many years of service in this role.

So far as my own relevant background is concerned, I have an Honours BA Degree in History from York University. I also earned certifications in both Archives Management and Records Management and served as both Regional Archivist and Corporate Records Manager for the Regional Municipality of Peel during my 34-year career at that institution. My most recent role in Toastmasters was as District 86 Program Quality Director (2015-2016).

The District Director and I will be working to document specific responsibilities with respect to information/document/records management for both this position (Historian) and also for clubs. I do want to emphasize that responsibility for managing club records will remain with the clubs themselves. More on this in the future.

You may be aware that July 1, 2018 will mark the 10th Anniversary of District 86! We are looking for “a few good Toastmasters" to coordinate recognition of this important event! It could even be an HPL project for a person willing to head up this initiative!

Are you interested? Are you keen to see our history celebrated? Want to get involved and have a fun experience with other Toastmasters? Just email me historian@toastmasters86.org to indicate your interest - and we're also accepting ideas on HOW to celebrate our Anniversary, so put on your Thinking Caps!

Mike Proudlock DTM
District 86 Historian

District 86 Beyond Boundaries Recognition Program

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How the Program Works

There is a whole world beyond your own toastmaster club and to help you explore District 86 there is the Beyond Boundaries recognition program. Activities range from Conferences, Visiting other clubs/events, planning other Toastmaster activities, Pathways, Mentoring, Contests, Training, blogging, and more.

Get each activity initialed as you complete it-the more you do the bigger the prize.

Complete 7 or more, set $10 gift certificate for Toastmasters International
Complete 12 or more, get a $50 gift certificate for Toastmasters International
Individuals would be eligible for one prize per person
For submission:
1) Send them to Kristina Johnston programqualitydirector@toastmasters86.org
2) Bring them to the Spring 2018 Conference and give them to me (April 28-30 2018)

For more information about receiving an electronic copy of the Beyond Boundries card download pdf below


Congratulations Distinguished Clubs 2017-2018

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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


  • 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 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 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 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.



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 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!


Karen croppedKaren Wood

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 Toastmasters

President: Bhaskar Joshi

Club Club Number: 00005961, District 86, Area B31

Charter Date: Feb. 1, 1990



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

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