Congratulations Distinguished Toastmasters and Contest Winners

Congratulations on all those who achieved their Distinguished Toastmaster Award from the 2017 Spring Conference to the 2017 Fall Conference. There were 30 people who earned their medal during this time. The medals were presented at the Friday DTM Dinner & Director Banquet. Each recipient then celebrated their achievement with the High 5 line.

Alvita L. Bennett                                       Mallika Sothinathan
Anthony Delvecchio                                 Mark Hayes
Cheryl D. Bates                                       Muzaffar H. Matloob
Chris Brown                                             Hulda Mullings
Chris Burns                                              Nikita Pchelin
Clifford Robert Graham                           Orest Nahacziwec
David Bruce Bray                                     Richard H. Lewis
David R. Weber                                        Robert G. Moore
Doris Tuckett                                            Steven Karnis
Glen Oxford                                             Tammy M. J. Hunt
Joanne Houston                                      Theresa D. Kennedy
Keith Rabey                                             Tracey L. Harding
Lena Shaw                                              William A. Brodie
Linda P. Rossi                                          Zack Dawood
Lisa Hennessy

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Table Topics and Humorous Speech Contest Winner Announcement

Saturday November 11 was a day full of fantastic speech competitions. In the morning we had the Table Topic Contest chaired by Sean Browne (2016 District Table Topics Winner) and in the afternoon we had the Humorous Speech Contest chaired by Patricia Williams (2016 District Humorous Speech Winner). The competition was fierce and every competitor did an amazing job. The auditorium was filled to capacity for each contest and the energy in the room was infectious.

A big thank you goes to the Contestant Chair Carl Naus and the Judges Chair Al Steele for coordinating the contestants and the volunteers. A big thank you also goes to all the ballot counters, timers, judges, and SAAs who helped.

The winners of the Contests were:

Table Topics:
1st: Tammy Hunt, Division T
2nd: Sherrie Sweeney Division W
3rd: Joe Vanderkooi, Division L

Humourous Speech:
1st: Jonathan Siegel, Division C
2nd: Hassan Wadi, Division D
3rd: Mario Keriakedes, Division A

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Fall is a Time for Change

The last Fall Conference for District 86 went out with a bang! The Kingbridge Conference Centre in King City was an idyllic venue because it was somewhat 'remote' but close enough to be a reasonably short drive. I have been to this venue for other professional conferences and have formed a lot of fond memories here. Built as a spa in 1989, the buildings have many quiet nooks where I could tuck myself away with a good book or just enjoy the beautiful view outside. The food throughout the weekend was delicious!

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I enjoyed the two day layout for the Conference because the Friday evening was 'downtime' for all Toastmasters to rekindle friendships and networking. November 10th was sold out with all of the great events that were planned. The TM Talks was a new event and very engaging and we learned about self-development, the impact of our appearance on first impressions and Pathways. The Parade of Banners kicked off the Opening Ceremonies and it was wonderful to see that we have four new Clubs, namely, Algoma Steel Makers, The Blue Mountains, City of Burlington and Toronto PCL. The DTM Recognition Dinner had 30 new Distinguished Toastmasters getting 'high-fived' by current DTMs. The 'Of the Year Awards' was uplifting to see the people and Clubs be recognized for being committed to the Toastmasters Vision. I had the pleasure of meeting George How Pak Hing earlier this year and was proud and happy to see him receive 'Area Director of the Year'. He has helped countless clubs with one thing or another so this award was well deserved!

The awards ceremonies closed off with the masquerade ball and the DJ had Toastmasters dancing until close to 1:00 am!

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Day Two offered more highlights with the day starting off with a Plenary Humorous Workshop presented by NRG (Neil Dunsmore, Roger Caesar and Gregory C N Smith). All three presenters gave us great tips on how to continue uplifting our audiences, but interjected so much laughter. We learned great pointers such as helping your audience feel your story, caring about your audience, personalization, practicing and how being in the moment through your day will help you see that you have many great speech topics right under your nose. Forrest Willett delivered an impactful keynote address and I don’t think that there was one dry eye in the audience… Forrest’s message showed us “how to get from where we are to where we want to be”, showing gratitude, success principles and that in order to get what we want, we need to give it away. Forrest also mentioned how our lives can be very different if we help ourselves, our family and strangers everyday. Fall is a time for change, we have so many opportunities through Toastmasters to improve our communication and leadership skills, embrace it!

Muktha Tumkur, ACS, ALB

Announcing District 86’s 2016-17 “Of The Year” Awards

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At the Director’s Banquet on Friday, November 10th at the District 86 Fall Conference, in King City, at The Kingbridge Hotel and Conference Centre, Toastmasters of District 86 and guests applauded 2016 - 2017 Of the Year Award Finalists and honoured 2016 - 2017 Awards Recipients.

CONGRATULATIONS! 

Publicist Of The Year: Lyndsy Johnson, CC, ALB - Hershaw Toastmasters Club
Club Coach of the Year: Kelley McIntyre, CC, ALS - Progressive Toastmasters Club
President Of The Year: Yun Annie Bai, ACG, ALB - Confidently Speaking Toastmasters Club
Area Director Of The Year: George How Pak Hing, ACS, ALS - dual member of Oakville Toastmasters Club and Horizon Toastmasters Club
Division Director Of The Year: Saima Malik, DTM - Markham SweetTalkers Club
Club Of The Year:  Confidently Speaking Toastmasters Club Division C, Area 45 - President Yun Annie Bai, ACG, ALB
Membership: Confidently Speaking Toastmasters Club
Education: Confidently Speaking Toastmasters Club
Toastmaster Of The Year: Jocelyne Vezina, DTM - member of Mississauga Sales & Marketing Toastmasters, Comfortably Speaking and Lambs to Lions Clubs

These individuals and their clubs have gone above and beyond in their participation in the Toastmasters program. The efforts of these members have enabled them to shine as leaders in our District. Thank you for your service to District 86!

See more about awards and past winners here

Thank you to the “Of the Year Award” Committee listed below by their 2016-17 role titles.

Alvita Bennett, ACS, ALS, Administration Manager
Dennis Bartel, ACG, ALB, Public Relations Manager
Glynis D'Souza, DTM, Club Growth Director
Cathy Herschell, DTM, Program Quality Director
Vitaliy Fursov, DTM, District Director

Art of Effective Evaluation Workshop November 1, 2017

Michael McAra, DTM, held a workshop on the Art of Effective Evaluations on November 1, 2017. He had 11 eager Toastmasters attend, all very interested to raise the bar on their evaluations. It was a very informative night and we also learned some history about Plato, Socrates and Aristotle! The purpose of the workshop was to understand the need and value of effective speech evaluations and to identify ways to improve our evaluation skills through group discussion. There was invaluable discussions through the evening. We were asked to keep in mind our own reasons for wanting to become a more effective speaker (how powerful - treat and respect others how we would expect to be treated and respected) and that we need to provide quality evaluations to help a speaker improve. Jocelyne Vezina, DTM, was a test speaker and with a “round robin” type of evaluation, the group offered both verbal and written feedback for the test speaker.

Through reflective exercise, we worked through a club “climate” questionnaire about how our own clubs address evaluations. We learned a lot of great evaluation tips to add to our toolbox. These tools will help us all to improve evaluations, but most importantly, improve the experience for the speakers who we evaluate. We learned tips on how to leave our speakers feeling motivated and inspired after an evaluation. We also discussed the importance of providing a key area of improvement that would elevate the quality of the speech.

We spent some time talking about how clubs should try to match the speech evaluator with the speaker, where possible (i.e. not preferred to assign a person who has completed one or two speeches to evaluate an advanced speaker, unless you know the person is capable). One thing that was stressed a lot was the point of responsibility of the speaker to contact the evaluator days before the speech to let them know about the speech topic and send them a scan of the project objectives and evaluation guide. The evaluator also has responsibility to prepare in advance by reading the material the speaker sends and to gauge if there are any areas of concern that the evaluator should be cognizant of during the speech.

The Workshop was well delivered, I look forward to improving my evaluations based on what I learned. Michael added his own personal flair which made the evening very interesting and engaging!

Please let me know if you need anything else!

Muktha Tumkur, ACS, ALB

The Strong Silent Type

Carl NausYou know this type of person. It is someone at your workplace, in your neighbourhood or in your Toastmaster community. They are the type of person that keeps a low profile, yet they are so reliable and dependable and in their quiet way, they let you know that they are there to help you and you know you can always count on them. Carl Naus, ACS, ALB is that strong, silent Toastmaster type. He has Toastmaster years of experience behind him which he is willing to allow others to benefit from. He can always be seen taking on one role or another whether it be at a club, area, division or district level. Kyla Werrett notes, "Carl is also integral to every DEC meeting stepping in to help out as SAA or logistics coordinator. He's been at many Conferences. It’s a real honour to have Carl on the Division D Area Director team."

He is the epitome of what Toastmasters is all about. He doesn’t take on a major role just once like many of us do just to earn a credit. He mentioned to me that he takes these major roles on twice because it gives him the opportunity to apply what he learned from his first experience. As an example, he served as Area Director last year, but he took on the role again so that he can apply what he learned and truly grow from his experience. How many of us do that as Toastmasters?

To me, he is an example of someone who constantly goes beyond club, area, division and district boundaries fluidly helping in many forums. I’m sure like many of us, he has a busy life outside of Toastmasters, but he makes the time to help. He can also be found at so many events as an attendee, which is also another great way to support an event. He has helped me with several recent key events bringing projectors, timing devices or power bars. Thank you Carl, for everything that you do and for everything that you do for so many of us!

Muktha Tumkur, ACS, ALB

The Blue Mountains Toastmasters Open House Event

The Blue Mountains Toastmasters is hosting an Open House on November 7th in Thornbury. Come out and enjoy an evening of fun and learning.

When: November 7, 2017
Where: L.E. Shore Library Gallery, 173 Bruce St S, Thornbury, ON N0H 2P0
Time: 7:00 - 9:00 PM

Featuring Dr. George McMaster

Growth vs Fixed Mindset:
How to create and support success in yourself and others

The Blue Mountains Toastmasters invites you to this inspirational presentation by Dr. George McMaster. Dr. McMaster will share his passion for a growth mindset and the impact it can have on personal success in all areas of our lives including relationships, education, business and athletics. Read more...

Progressive Toastmasters FALL OPEN HOUSE - TUE OCT 24TH!

This fall kicks off the countdown to Progressive Toastmaster's in Waterloo, Ontario (formerly known as Lincoln Road Toastmasters) celebration of our 5th ANNIVERSARY, which is happening June 2018!! We are planning a great year of events and invite our friends, supporters, new or past members, and fellow Toastmasters to join us along the way to celebrate!

We would LOVE to invite you to visit us at our fall open house next week!

When: Tuesday, October 24 at 7:30 pm
Where: 170 Erb Street West, Waterloo, ON, in the activities room of the Waterloo Heights Retirement Apartments
What: A fun evening of speakers, table topics and refreshments. We have a keynote speaker, Craig Dubecki, presenting a speech for us during the festivities.
As well, one of our NEWEST members will be presenting an ice breaker speech (and she has an AMAZING story to tell). We will have a fun evening and of course, will be having a chance to win the honour of the "best table topics presenter' at our open house (the designation doesn't come with a cash reward or an Oscar, but you will always have the pride in the accomplishment, we are sure!)

Please join us for a fun evening of sharing and learning and help us kick off our celebrations for our anniversary!

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Going Beyond Boundaries to celebrate Toastmaster Month

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In honour of Toastmasters month, Dennis Bartel, provided the City of Brampton with a plethora of information about the positive impact Toastmasters makes for the residents of the City and asked that they declare October Toastmasters Month. Brampton City Council voted to grant this request and provided a framed proclamation which Dennis took on a tour spanning five areas and encompassing all fifteen clubs located in the City of Brampton.

The October 2017 is Toastmasters Month in Brampton tour was launched at the newest, soon to be chartered club, Brampton Talks Toastmasters on September 19th. Over the course of twenty-four days, Dennis visited all the clubs in the city making sure that everyone had an opportunity to celebrate Toastmasters month with the proclamation in attendance. Every visit was documented with photos and commentary posted to Facebook to further promote Toastmasters in the City. He wrapped up his tour at Brampton Speakeasy on October 12th.

 

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

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