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

 

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Confidently Speaking Toastmasters

President: Yun Annie Bai

Club Number: 00005780, District 29, Area C32

Charter Date: Oct. 1, 1989.

 

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Hershaw Toastmasters

President: Bhaskar Joshi

Club Club Number: 00005961, District 86, Area B31

Charter Date: Feb. 1, 1990

 

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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.
 

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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

 

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

Plaque
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.

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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.

 

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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.

 

gavelcontest3Evaluation Contest, from left to right: 

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

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