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
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.
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.
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