Fall 2015 Conference DTM Recognition Dinner

DTM Group Fall 2015

District 86's newest DTM's were presented with their Distinguished Toastmaster medals at the DTM Recognition Dinner and High Five ceremony at the Fall conference Friday November 13, at the Blue Mountain Resort.

The Distinguished Toastmaster award is the highest our organization bestows. The DTM recognizes a superior level of achievement in both communication and leadership. To be eligible for the award they must have earned both the Advanced Communicator Gold and the Advanced Leader Silver.

Julie E. Whitely Hospitable Club Sarnia
Heather Skoll Golden gavel Toastmasters Richmond Hill
Dianne Holdaway Riverspeak Toastmasters Sarnia
Saqib N. Cheema Burlington Advanced Burlington
Lynne M. Raven Sudbury Noon Hour Toastmasters Club Sudbury
Rose A. Weinberg Hilltop Toastmasters Richmond Hill
Al Parsai Inclusive Toastmasters Richmond Hill
Colleen Charland North Bay and Area Club North Bay
Shelli Donofrio Ubriaco      OLG Lottotalkers Toastmasters Club  Sault Ste Marie
Carolyn E. Hoxie MTO St Catharines Toastmasters Club St Catharines
Suzanne Dansereau Energetics Toastmasters Club Kitchener- Waterloo
Sharon D. D'Souza Meadowvale Toastmasters Club Mississauga
Jane B. Harnadek Confidently Speaking Toastmasters Club      Mississauga
Kristina Johnston Port Credit Club Mississauga
Dawna-Lee Bate Manumax Waterloo

My DTM - A Journey of Finding My Voice.
Before Toastmasters and as a yoga teacher, I was not afraid of standing up in front of a room of people. However, I lacked the ability to speak succinctly, to write easily and truly express the deep messages inside me.
Since joining Golden Gavel Toastmasters in 2009, my confidence and skills have soared. I have been able to find my voice and communicate my messages more clearly and with passion.
I have started up a new business, founded a local organization raising funds for Free the Children while engaging youth the volunteer, become leaders and take social action. I even recently became an official author of the handbook "Ground Your Feet".
For me DTM also stands for "Dreams Toastmasters Manifests".
Heather Skoll, DTM

"For me I would say that my DTM journey has been a whirlwind of opportunity and leadership growth. When I joined Toastmasters 3 years ago I had the opportunity to be mentored by Karen Minty who took me under her wings helping me not only achieve my CC but more importantly my confidence. I then stepped outside the club and joined a second club with my husband Mark. It was there that my next mentor Gail Gustin educated, encouraged and equipped me on my DTM path.
Last year as Area 74 Governor, I heard several times Carolyn Hoxie talking about the DTM role as Duty to Member.
What does DTM mean to me personally...Developed Through Mentorship.
My DTM designation will be a constant reminder to pay it forward through mentoring others."
Dianne Holdaway, DTM

"Whether you are speaking to a group of people or one person, it is public speaking. The number one skill required in professional career is public speaking and unfortunately the number one fear is also public speaking.
I joined Toastmasters to learn how to step out of comfort zone and conquer my fear. I am glad I made the right decision. Toastmasters have a systematic approach to transform personalities and boost confidence. The only requirement is to attend meetings consistently and follow the guidelines. Everyone in Toastmasters is there to support you and to help you grow.
Toastmasters is a learning organization and DTM is a journey towards learning and during this journey a DTM has a portfolio of skills ready to be applied in real life situation."
Saqib Cheema, DTM

"Part of my achieving DTM has fulfilled an opportunity for me to inspire and mentor 100's of Toastmasters, with the purpose of them achieving all that they choose through their Toastmaster's journey."
Rose A. Weinberg, DTM

"Achieving "Distinguished" status is about much more than completing dozens of speeches (!). It is about leadership, specifically, leading by example and walking the talk."
Shelli Donofrio Ubriaco, DTM

"My DTM journey has been filled with many joys, surprises, twists and turns. Four years ago when I joined Toastmasters ready to be a sponge. A sponge for new knowledge and new experiences.
In my DTM journey I have changed and grown as a communicator, a leader and as a coach and mentor. I'm amazed at my journey, love where I am today and look forward to where I will be tomorrow."
Kristina Johnston, DTM

"I first joined the Toastmasters Organization to improve my communication skills. Leadership achievements were not part of my plan. However, as I progressed with the Education Tracks, I became more aware of my Leadership talents. When I was asked to be Area Governor by our future Division Governor, I hesitated; saying yes was taking me outside of my comfort zone. It was a year of great learning.
And again, I had not projected to reach the DTM accreditation, until I was inspired by another Toastmasters to do my HPL; a few more speeches, and I was on my way.
So many people to thank for their inspiration, support and dedication. My mentors, Doris Tuckett, Bud Brown and Kathleen McKenzie; my fellow Club members of The Energetic Toastmasters and Les Toastmasters Volubiles."
Suzanne Dansereau, DTM

"Many people have congratulated me on achieving my DTM. The truth is that the letters may be behind my name but many many people - Toastmasters and non-Toastmasters - helped to put them there. And for that, I will remain forever grateful."
Dawna Bate, DTM

On a recent cooking competition TV show one of the judges told a competitor "If your dreams don't scare you they are not big enough".
When I joined Toastmasters my dreams did not scare me "public speaking did".
Now that I have attained my DTM I will dream up some scary goals to reach for as I continue my Toastmasters journey and help others.
Colleen Charland, DTM



Members Making A Difference Award M.M.A.D. Fall 2015

Sandi Emdin


I joined the Greater Sudbury Speakers Club Toastmasters Club in January 2004. I was working as a Caseworker at the local Big Sisters Agency when the Director resigned and I stepped into the “acting” Executive Director position.
The role of Director included a lot of public speaking to increase public awareness and appeal to funders via community presentations. I heard about Toastmasters and decided to join to get the “Coles Notes” of Public Speaking. This meant I thought I would get in and get out - learn what I needed to - and be done in my estimation - about six weeks. Eleven years later and I am still going strong!
My goal in life is to continue to become the best I can be - empowering others - to be the best that they can be AND together create a culture of kindness, compassion and “community".
Whether time, money, knowledge, skills or experience - when you give it away - you always get more back. You want to change the world, live in a great community - step up - Be the change.

Saqib Cheema

Saqib Cheema2Saqib is a Distinguished Toastmaster who first joined Toastmasters in 1999. He left after just 2 months deciding that he would never be able to speak in front of a group of people. Still having to conduct presentations in the workplace, he decided to return to Toastmasters in 2009. Strongly motivated to overcome his weakness, he decided he would learn to speak in front of a group of people.
In the last 5 years, Saqib has served with the Compassion Society of Halton. The Compassion Society provides free clothing, food and referrals for approximately twelve hundred needy people a month in the Halton Region. He has served as Chair of the Board for 4 years. In that short time, he developed the Board and improved operations. The organization went from a small charity to one with comparable standards as set by Imagine Canada. In the last three years, the charity has more than doubled in size! Saqib continues to serve on the Advisory Board. He believes that true happiness and fulfillment come when you feel that you are making a valuable contribution to your world. "I found this world a much better place to live as compared to generations before me because of consistent improvement of life for generations to come, so I am under obligation to continue this process. I strongly believe in this quote: "someone's sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago."

Announcing District 86 Meetup

Meetup October BlogWe are pleased to announce that a Meetup.com account has been arranged for District 86 and that all divisions and clubs will have the opportunity to use this social media tool to attract more guests to visit their clubs.

MeetUp.com is a highly recommended public social media tool to use to attract guests to attend/ visit Toastmasters club meetings by those that have accounts in District 86. There is a cost for this account and clubs have been very successful attracting guests with their own accounts.

About MeetUp.com

Meetup is the world's largest network of local groups. Meetup makes it easy for anyone to organize a local group or find one of the thousands already meeting up face-to-face. More than 9,000 groups get together in local communities each day, each one with the goal of improving themselves or their communities.
Every club will have the opportunity to be represented within their division account through the division directors. All VPPR's are encouraged to participate by developing and managing a page for their club. For those clubs that already have their own account, this will be additional exposure.

Division W has been set up by Shawn Salokannel – Division W Director who has made this possible by his hard work over the past few months. Thank you Shawn! See the Division W MeetUp here>>>

Communications are underway to all division directors and clubs about how to access the account and details about how to set up club pages from Shawn. How_to_get_started_promoting_your_Toastmasters_club_with_MeetUp.pdf

Ensure that you follow the Toastmasters International branding guidelines for your club's page. Learn more>>>

This is a great opportunity for all clubs. If you would like to help with your division account setups please contact your division director, Shawn or myself.

Cathy Herschell, DTM
Public Relations Manager – District 86

District 86 Council Business Meeting - November 14, 2015

Come to the best part of the Fall 2015 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.

When: Saturday, November 14, 2015 at 4:00 PM
Where: Blue Mountain Resort
Address: 108 Jozo Weider Blvd., Blue Mountains, Ontario L9Y 3Z2

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The latest international news from the 2015 International Convention in Las Vegas, Nevada, as well as what's happening in District 86 will be presented. Stay informed!

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 14 2015.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 faxed to the Blue Mountains Resort Fax: 705.444.1751
  • 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, November 13: 2:00 PM - 6:45 PM and 9:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Saturday, November 14: 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 only, please be at the credentials desk no later than 3:20 PM on Saturday. If you arrive at 3:45 PM you will not be in time to receive your ballot.

The credentials desk will close at 3:45 PM in order to allow sufficient time to calculate attendance and establish whether there is quorum. Coffee will be available as a courtesy.

The District 86 Council Business Meeting will start at 4:00 PM on Saturday, November 14.
Rather than attending only the District 86 Council Business Meeting, we encourage you to attend the entire conference!

The last day to register is Nov. 6th. You can register here.
We look forward to seeing you there!

Julie Christiansen, Communication & Leadership Award Recipient for Fall Conference 2015

Congratulations to this years reciepent of the Communication and Leadership Award (for non-Toastmasters) Julie Christiansen, M.A.; R.P. - Author, Speaker, Coach. Julie will receive the award at the Fall 2015 Conference held November 13 to November 15.

Julie ChristiansenAn internationally recognized speaker, psychotherapist, published author, adjunct professor of psychology. Julie Christiansen brings over 15 years' experience in group and individual counseling, to your boardroom. Branded as "Oprah for the Office" and "The Anger Lady" by her clients, Julie educates and entertains audiences throughout Canada, the United States, and the Caribbean. Julie has an energetic, humorous, and insightful style that is all her own.

The youngest of three children, Julie was born in Jamaica but immigrated with her family to Canada at the age of 6 to escape political unrest in her home country. Having grown up against the backdrop of familial aggression, poverty, and financial struggle, Julie is no stranger to hardship. Early in her life, she committed her future to finding and sharing real solutions to stress and anger.

After 15 years of working the front lines as a counselor, Julie successfully merged her previous career with her passion for helping people to create radical, positive, lasting change in their lives. Julie's personal and corporate mission is to leverage people and organizations into open communication so they can live free of conflict, tension, anger, and fear.

Julie's private sector background includes public relations, communication, and small business ownership/management. A guest expert in the media she has had numerous appearances on radio, television programs and print articles in Canada and the United States.

website: http://angersolution.com/

October is Toastmasters Month, Spread the Word!

An (Exceedingly) Brief History of Toastmasters
By David T. Shaw, District 86 Historian

October is Toastmasters Month!

The first official Toastmasters club, circa December 1924.

Why? Well, on October 22nd, 1924 there was the maiden Toastmasters meeting in Santa Ana, California. This was the first meeting of Club #1 – the "Smedley Chapter One Club". The Smedley Chapter One Club is not only the oldest club in Toastmasters International, it is also where men visited, and then took the idea elsewhere to create new clubs. It is the birthplace of Toastmasters International.


But the Toastmasters story actually started elsewhere and a couple of decades earlier.

After graduating from University in 1903, Ralph Smedley started working at the Bloomington, Illinois YMCA as its Educational Director. He saw a need for the Y's boys and young men to learn how to speak at meetings, and how to run them. He decided to call this club the Toastmasters Club. Although most (if not all) participants in the club would be too young to join a modern Toastmasters Club, the structure and intent (as well as the name) of the club was the same as the club formed in California, 21 years later.

Mr. Smedley (he hadn't received his Honorary Doctorate yet) was promoted to the position of YMCA General Secretary and transferred to Freeport, Illinois in May 1906. Here he raised the idea of starting a Toastmasters Club at the YMCA. The members decided that the training the club would provide was needed by the adult members of the Y, and thus the first Adult Toastmasters Club was created.

As Mr. Smedley went from YMCA to YMCA, he started Toastmasters Clubs – one in Rock Island, Illinois before WWI, another in San Jose, California in 1919. Whenever he moved however, the clubs quickly faltered, mainly due to lack of support from the YMCA hierarchy, and to the fact that there was no one with Mr. Smedley's vision and organizational skills to run the clubs.

We now return to October 22,1924 and Santa Ana. The idea spread, first in California, then north and east of the state. Conveniently, the first Canadian club was also chartered in October – on October 24, 1935, in Victoria, British Columbia. So in Canada, we have two reasons for celebrating October as Toastmasters Month. It is the anniversary of the first ever Toastmasters club to be formed, as well as the anniversary of the first club in Canada to be chartered.

The oldest clubs in District 86 (and the two oldest surviving clubs in Ontario), Garden City and Hamilton No. 1, both chartered in June 1952.* Now, 63 years later, District 86, which didn't even exist until 2008, has 233 clubs.

Although the manuals, educational programs, and even the sex of club members (Toastmasters was pretty much male only until 1973) has changed, the basic goals of the organization – leadership and public speaking in a fun, friendly environment – haven’t changed from Dr. Smedley's first vision of what such a club should be, and what it could achieve.

Addendum *Formation of District 86

Over the next four years more clubs formed in and around the golden horseshoe until finally in 1956 a group of Canadian Toastmasters from the then District 34, which included upper New York State, Ontario, and Quebec, decided to try for an
all-Canadian district. Their efforts paid off in 1957 when two groups of Canadian clubs were spun off from District 34 and granted Provisional District status with the numbers 60-P and 61-P. By July 1st, 1958 District 60 lost the 'P' and became a full-fledged District.

After almost half a century of growth and success, the Board of Directors approved a recommendation to reform (split) the district into two smaller districts effective July 1, 2008, fifty years after the birth of the District 60. The reformation would be effective July 1, 2008, with clubs in Toronto and points east retaining the designation of District 60, whilst the rest of the clubs would form a new district, District 86.


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Roger Caesar Appearance on Global TV's The Morning Show

The Morning Show

World Championship of Public Speaking 2015 semi-finalists Roger Caesar - Brampton Toastmasters, District 86 and Ande Clumpus - District 60 appeared on Global TV's The Morning Show on Wednesday August 19, 2015.
Congratulations to both gentlemen!

Special thanks to Carolyn MacKenzie of Global News - The Morning show for making this happen!


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