Toastmaster History in Colbourg

First Female Town Crier Appointed in Cobourg

Toastmasters is on the job as usually - it helped this Town Crier to nail her position. This is history in my small town of Cobourg.
This may be hard to read, but the gist of this in my opinion, emphasizes how Toastmasters allows one to tap into their own personality, creativity, self-assurance ... and change lives.

Cobourg Town Crier

Surprises & Adventure with SPEECHCRAFT

Workshop Presenter Caroline Beren, DTM Shares Her I.D.E.A. at the D86 Spring Conference

Caroline Beren DTM has been a Toastmasters for 20 years. As a leader she has continually faced surprises that led, willingly and not so willingly, into adventure. One adventure in Toastmasters is coordinating and supporting a Speechcraft program (not crafting a speech) with non members and members. Caroline has an I.D.E.A. to implement a Speechcraft program. New ideas are a part of the equation, but excellent execution is necessary for a Speeccraft success.

Caroline inspired the chartering of the Mount Forest Motivators and has been a mentor to Saugeen and Centre Wellington Toastmaster clubs. She has held many executive roles within her club and held District positions. She has completed two DTM’s and #3 is within sight. Through all her experiences in Toastmasters, she believes Speechcraft is a surprising jewel in the Toastmaster program. Learn how to stretch leadership skills, develop membership, raise community awareness, and inspire surprising outcomes from Speechcraft participants. Caroline’s I.D.E.A. Speechcraft... A surprising adventure!

Don't miss Caroline at the District 86 Spring Conference on Saturday April 25, 10:15 am 


Club News February - 2015

Newly Chartered Mississauga Sales And Marketing Toastmasters Club's First Meeting

Our first meeting went well with 2 Ice Breaker speeches, 2 evaluations, 7 table topics, business session with 3 motions and 1 amendment, and of course, plenty of fun! Meet and greet.

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Mississauga Sales & Marketing Toastmasters Club members with Club Mentor Jocelyn Vezina, DTM

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Lincoln Road Toastmasters Open House Event

Guests and members are invited to out to hear Judy Suke present at Lincoln Road Toastmasters Open House

Date: Tuesday March 17th.
Time: Meeting starts at 7 pm ends at 8:30.
Location: Lincoln Road Toastmasters_145 Lincoln Road, Waterloo - Mandarin Room (#235)
Cost: Free! Reserve yourself a spot on eventbrite

Members are encouraged to bring guests to hear about Toastmasters. There will be a demonstration meeting with a speaker, evaluation and table topic session.  Please spread the word and let’s fill the room for Judy!

Visit the Lincoln Road Toastmasters website for more details about this great event!

Lincoln Road Toastmasters is Hosting it's Second Speechcraft Event

Dates: starting Tuesday March 24th ending the last week of April
Time: Meeting starts from 7 ending at 9pm
Cost: $50.00 or 6 weeks.

Supplies will be provided, if unable to pay online, payments can be accepted at the first night of the workshop.
Any questions please contact Kelley McIntyre at

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Register for this event on Eventbrite!

Visit the Lincoln Road Toastmasters website for more details about this great event!

Port Credit Toastmasters Celebrates 60 Years

Come and celebrate as Port Credit Toastmasters turns 60 years old. We are the oldest Toastmaster club in Mississauga and one of the oldest in District 86. There will be some special speeches, some appetizers and a special cake cutting ceremony. 

  • Date: Friday, February 27, 2015
  • Time: Doors open at 6:45 and festivities start at 7:15, ending around 8:30pm
  • Location: Port Credit Memorial Arena, 40 Stavebank Rd N, Mississauga, Mississauga, Ontario L5G

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Please RSVP to Kristina Johnston

Dr. Roberta Bondar Toastmasters Club Celebrates with Their Charter Party

The Celebration was held in Sault Ste. Marie on Wednesday, February 11, 2015. Congratulations on this great accomplishment!


The Spring Conference in April is Fast Approaching

Spring is in the Air!

Groundhog Day has passed us by and we are now only TEN weeks from A Surprising Adventure, our District Spring’15 Conference!

We are finding the Conference team experience to be a very fulfilling and challenging journey, fraught with surprises and many opportunities for leading and learning while making plans and preparations. Have you had a look at the beautiful Conference page on the District 86 website lately? It is a vivid and vibrant advertisement of the value and variety coming your way at the Sheraton in April.

We would like to offer a PERSONAL INVITATION to every Toastmaster we meet and introduce the Conference 5 W’s as we see them.

  • WHO – you will learn from – workshop presenters, and keynotes – especially Craig Valentine DTM, 1999 WORLD Champion of Public Speaking
  • WHAT – attending the International Speech and Evaluation Contests will provide to you inspiration and delight!
  • WHERE – The Sheraton Parkway, paradise right in the midst of the big city. A fabulous venue for you to bring your family to celebrate spring.
  • WHEN – April 24, 25, 26 – the gateway to great Canadian weather!
  • WHY – The Spring’15 Conference will be a once in a lifetime experience – A Surprising Adventure!

Register now – you’ll be glad you did!

Spring’15 Conference Co-Chairs
Frank Gustin DTM
Gail Gustin DTM

Opportunity to Sell your Books, CDs and DVDs at the Spring Conference 2015

Our District 86 Spring’15 Conference, A Surprising Adventure! Is just weeks away, April 24 to April 26. We look forward to hearing your educational presentation and are certain that everyone will enjoy and learn from your workshop. We are excited to offer you and other Toastmasters the opportunity to sell your books, CDs and DVDs at the conference.

See the guidlines on the Spring Conference Page

April 1, 2015 is the DEADLINE. Please remit all your information today!!

Thank you, Jale Fancey ACS, ALB Author's Corner Chair

What Toastmasters Has Done For Me


It was July 2007, my friend Doreen Feeney and I walked into a room full of strangers.

We were greeted by a friendly handshake and smile and a "Welcome To Toastmasters".  The first person I met was the greeter, the friendly handshake and smile welcoming me and putting me somewhat at ease. As each member stood up to explain their role I became nervous, thoughts of uncertainty filled my head," what am I doing here?"

I was asked to give my name and explain what bought me to Toastmasters. I tried to compose myself; I felt my mind racing to not sound like a blubbering idiot.  I answered the questions without any recollection.

By the end of the meeting I was impressed, but unsure if this was for me. My friend Doreen convinced me to give it another try; I did and stayed for 7 years. The knowledge and confidence and support that Toastmasters gave me and along with my mentor Peter Graham, who being a published Author , helped me to self publish my first book called "Heartstrings" a book of poetry. I then went on to publish two more books and started my own business "Just Case".

Toastmasters are people from all walks of life, and working towards the same goal gives the club a family atmosphere, everyone is there to help. I felt very safe making my mistakes in front of fellow Toastmasters while growing and learning.

Thank you Toastmasters!

Explore The District 86 Website!

We've created a 4 minute video for all District 86 members to take a quick tour of the District 86 website.  There are tons of resources on this website to help you run successful clubs.  We hope you'll watch and share with all club members.

Member News January - 2015


Where are you in your Toastmaster Program?

Perhaps you have achieved your Competent Communicator and Competent Leader designations. Maybe you are unsure about the direction you want to take in your Advance Toastmaster Program. Are you feeling just a little bored? Have you become just a little complacent?

If you answered “YES” to any of the above questions then it’s time to “Boost” your leadership potential; step outside your comfort zone; grow your leadership muscles and explore the opportunities available to you outside of your Toastmasters Club. Take your communication skills to the next level.

David Letterman always had a top 10 list; it’s time for District 86 to create one too.

Here it is: The Top 10 Ways to Boost Your Toastmaster Leadership Potential:

  1. Become a Test Speaker for one of the upcoming Club Contests
  2. Participate in the Toastmaster Learning Institute
  3. Explore and learn about upcoming executive positions in your club
  4. Attend Club Officer Training
  5. Get involved in the upcoming conference – join a committee
  6. Take on a role in the upcoming Area and Division Contests
  7. Participate in your own Club Contest
  8. Participate in the District 86 Face book discussions
  9. Become a mentor to a newer toastmaster
  10. Start a Youth Leadership Program

I am sure there are many more leadership opportunities that could be added to this list. Create your own. The Toastmaster’s Program has so much to offer. So, what are you waiting for? Boost your Leadership Potential now.

Veronica Hislop ACS, ALB
Area 34, B, District 86

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