Region of Peel Open House

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The theme was “Gratitude” and featured two amazing speakers: Region of Peel member and 2016 Humorous District winner, Patricia Williams, and Keynote speaker, Elaine Barnes. 

Patricia spoke about her journey and the benefits of Toastmasters and how it not only helped her to win the Humorous Speech Contest but also helped her confidence (both at work and in her everyday life) and has inspired her to ‘want’ to do her best. Also, a member of the Region of Peel’s Executive Leadership Team, Janette Smith, gave greetings to attendees.

Elaine Barnes spoke of the benefits of Toastmasters within the correctional institutions as well as her struggles while working within corrections facilities. It was an eye opener for many as Elaine described the daily lifestyle of an inmate and volunteers.

There were some laughs and questions and all seemed to enjoy the event. After the event, attendees had a meet and greet with the speakers while enjoying great food as well as stopping by the information desk. There were magazines as well as various informational items about Toastmasters.

The event attracted over 50 people. It was a great turnout with great food and provided for a greatopportunity for many staff and visitors to learn about Toastmasters.

I (Event & Committee Chair ) would like to thank the committee members (Asha Hassan, Ben Yee, Eucharia Igwe, Anila Lalani, Rosanna Bullock and Leslie Benfield) for all of their hard work. I would also like to thank Paul Lewkowicz, Puneet Parhar, Bill Nicholson and Agnes D’Souza who volunteered their time to help with the event.

Hilary Sandiford

Region of Peel Toastmasters – Club#583417

Grimsby Toastmasters Open House June 19th

Welcome to Grimsby Toastmasters Open House Event with Featured Speaker Roger Caesar

Date: Monday June 19, 2017
Reception: 6:30 - 7:00 PM
Presentations: 7:00 - 9:00 PM
Venue: Grimsby Secondary School - Cafeteria
Address: 5 Boulton Ave. Grimsby, ON
Featured Speaker: Roger Caesar, Two Time Semi-finalist in the World Championships of Public Speaking
Additional Guests: Greg Lewis & Charlie Kennedy - Effective Evaluation Demo
Finger Foods & Refreshments!
Grimsby TMOpenHouse


Musings of An Outgoing Executive - Lincoln Road Toastmasters

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Incoming 2017-18 Executive, Lincoln Road Toastmasters

We asked the members of our outgoing executive to send us a few thoughts on their experiences this year being part of our club leadership team. For some of us, this was our first time on an executive and others are more seasoned.

Read about their 2016-17 year at Lincoln Road:


Anthony Wikkerink - I've been SAA for a year, and was mentored for a few months in the previous year. I really enjoyed the role. I loved helping set up and clean up the room as well as the other responsibilities. I also don't like being in the spotlight that much. Sure, the SAA introduces the meeting, but no one really talks about them much elsewhere, except during the executive meeting.

I expected a light role with few responsibilities. What I got was a role with a lot of responsibility attached to it, but I grew a lot as a Toastmaster.. The SAA doesn't have to do everything, since most of the role is delegation it’s a lot of responsibility.

I would recommend anyone who wants to learn delegation and taking responsibility. The role does not set you up to fail. All the members will pitch in and help you along the way, and you will grow.


Lizzy Stohr - I felt excited about being on the executive as the secretary. My expectations were that it was only about taking notes during the executive meetings. The reality however was that it is about keeping and maintaining all of the clubs important documents. I am happy that I was able to keep up with writing down notes while people talk. I wish I could have kept up on emailing the minutes to the rest of the executive. The thing that surprised me the most is what documents the secretary has to keep track of. Yes I would recommend someone joining the exec because it is a great way to see what happens behind the scenes of a club.


VP of Membership:

Lilliane dos Santos - I enjoyed being part of the executive team this year as VP of Membership. It was a good opportunity to work on my leadership and teamwork skills since being part of the executive team involves being able to share ideas, learn different points of views from others, and collaborating to achieve goals for the club.

I realized the expectations I set for myself were unrealistic & I had a long list of goals. I would recommend that the executive team to create a list of goals and choose a couple to focus on, and to share them with the executive team in order to gain insight and help meet them. Delegation is one of the keys to learn to achieve your goals. Instead of trying to accomplish everything on your own, it'll be less stress on yourself to ask some of your club members to help you with certain tasks. It can also give your club members an opportunity to take credit for tasks in their CL manual.

I would recommend anyone to join the executive team as an opportunity to learn more about the behind the scenes a club. It will take you out of your comfort zone by being able to accomplish tasks that you otherwise wouldn't have the chance to do.


VP of Public Relations:

Julie Tauro - This was my first year on a Toastmasters executive and it was a wonderful learning experience. I served as VP of PR, and I am the incoming President for the 2017-18 year.

I have served on other executives and Boards of Directors in the community, and every time, it has been a rich learning experience. Serving on an executive or on a committee is an excellent way to ‘get the most bang for your buck’ in terms of experience. You get to know people on a different level than just participating in weekly meetings, and gain deeper understanding and appreciation for your membership and the organization.

Participating on an executive is a wonderful way to gain leadership experience that you may not have previously had in your working or volunteering life. These are true resume and skill building opportunities., and it is a great way to have influence on the direction of your club.

This has been a great year, and we are really looking forward to an even greater year in 2017-18. With the launch of Pathways in our district, we will be challenged in new ways to grow our program and membership. We look forward to this with enthusiasm!

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

Bracebridge Toastmasters

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Bracebridge Toastmasters

Reach your highest potential and Join Today. Serving Bracebridge and surrounding Area.


Benefits and Value of Joining Toastmasters

Clear communication
Improved leadership skills
Better time management
Greater self-confidence
Stronger team building skills
And much more...
Enhanced self-awareness
Unlimited personal growth



Riverwalk Restaurant Private Room - 1 Manitoba Street, Bracebridge, On P1L 2B2 
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Meeting: 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Dinner: 7:30 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. (cost $19.50 per head, incl. tax and gratuity - cash payment preferred)


Every 1st and 3rd Tuesday
Inluding June 6 & June 20, 2017 Launch Meetings


Toastmasters Club MeetingWe provide a supportive and positive learning experience in which members are empowered to develop communication and leadership skills, resulting in greater self-confidence and personal growth.

Contact Info

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Maple Toastmasters

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Maple Toastmasters

Reach your highest potential and Join Today. Serving the community of Maple and of the city of Vaughan.


Benefits and Value of Joining Toastmasters

Clear communication
Improved leadership skills
Better time management
Greater self-confidence
Stronger team building skills
And much more...
Enhanced self-awareness
Unlimited personal growth



2191 Major MacKenzie Dr, Maple, ON L6A 4W2, Canada
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Meeting: 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.


Meetings are held on Mondays


Toastmasters Club MeetingWe provide a supportive and positive learning experience in which members are empowered to develop communication and leadership skills, resulting in greater self-confidence and personal growth.

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Invite your friend, spouse, family member, co-worker to both receive 20% OFF your memberships upon registration. Email us more more information. 

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Area 42 Celebration Event


Area 42 held a Special Celebration on May 16th to celebrate the significant contributions, leadership and achievement of Andy Mayhew, a prominent Toastmaster in Area 42, well known for his Signature Lunch Hour Officer Training Sessions. Representatives of all local clubs and beyond were in attendance, as well as many former and current dignitaries.
Wonderful testimonials were shared on how Andy touched the hearts and souls of everyone he worked with and shared his Toastmasters passion with.
All the best to Andy! He is a wonderful role model and example of kindness and a True Gentleman!

Thank you to CRA English and French Clubs Teams our Fabulous Event Organizers (on the left)

Andy Mayhew & Anton Adashkevich (Former and Current Area 42 Directors on the right) 

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.


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.



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.


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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.


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

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