District 86 International and Evaluation Contests Results 2017

International Speech Contest

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The District 86 International Speech contest was held on Saturday April 29, 2017 during the 2017 Spring Conference at the Crowne Plaza, in Kitchener. Thousands of members across District 86 competed in their club, area, and division contests. The winners of each division competed to be the District 86 champion. Saturday's International speech contest decided who will go on to compete in the 2017 International Speech Contest Semifinals in Vancouver B.C. and a chance to be in the World Championship of Public Speaking. Over 30,000 will compete world wide, for the title of World Champion of Public Speaking. 

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District Evaluation Contest

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The District 86 Evaluation contest was held April 30, 2017 in Kitchener during the 2017 Spring Conference in Kitchener with 10 contestants from each division competing.  The Evaluation Contest demonstrated the best in giving feedback, in a 2 to 3 minute speech.

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Semifinalist search for the world's largest speech contest begins with raising a Toastmasters flag

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Over 250 members across Southwestern, Central & Northern Ontario will gather in Kitchener on April 28 to 30 for workshops, contests, Keynote Speaker Kelly Swanson and to recognize excellence in leadership and communication.

This year's District 86 Toastmasters 2017 Spring Conference, will be held at the Crowne Plaza, April 28 to April 30 in Kitchener. Conferences provide communication and leadership training, networking, exchange of ideas, recognition and celebration of members' achievements and contributions.

The event will begin on Friday, April 28th with the raising of a Toastmasters flag at Speaker's Corner, 17 Benton Street and will remain up during the 3-day conference. "It is very exciting that the we are able to have our flag with the Toastmasters logo fly directly across the street from our conference! This has never been done before in our District." says Dennis Bartel, District 86, Public Relations Manager.

Bartel adds, "The City of Kitchener allows for non-profits that contribute to the community to fly their flag. Toastmasters contributes by empowering individuals to become more effective communicators and leaders at work, at home, and in other organizations". The flag raising will be at 1 pm across the street from the Crowne Plaza. In attendance will be Vitaliy Fursov, DTM, District 86 Director, District leaders, and Toastmasters from the district. "I invite anyone to come join and take part, it is the perfect way to start a weekend of learning and networking", Bartel says.

On Saturday, the District's International Speech Contest will be held to determine who will be our semifinalist at the world's largest speech contest. The District's winner will advance to the semi-final rounds at the Toastmasters International Convention, August 23-26th, at the Vancouver Convention Centre, in Canada.

The winner will compete with 101 other winners from districts around the world, who advanced to the 2017 semifinal rounds after a six-month process of elimination through club, area, division and district speech contests. Their five- to seven-minute speeches were judged on content, organization, gestures and style. The winner of our District International Speech contest will vie for one of the 10 coveted spots to compete in the World Championship of Public Speaking®.

"Speech contests provide an opportunity for individuals to further develop their speaking skills by leaving the comfort of their home clubs and performing to larger audiences." - Cathy Herschell, DTM, Program Quality Director, District 86.

The Toastmasters International Speech Contest began in 1938 and is the world's largest speech contest, involving 30,000 participants from 142 countries. It culminates with the popular World Championship of Public Speaking held annually at the organization's International Convention.

Members and the public are invited to attend the District 86 International Speech Contest in Kitchener, on Saturday, April 29th, 12:45 pm. Tickets are available at http://www.toastmasters86.org/conferences or at the door of the Crowne Plaza, 105 King St E, Kitchener, ON N2G 2K8.

About Toastmasters District 86

District 86 is one of 102 districts, representing the heartland of Ontario comprising of over 235 community and corporate clubs, with over 5,000 members, from Timmins in the north to Welland in the south, from Sarnia in the west to Markham in the east - and all communities in between - except Toronto. To learn more about District 86 please visit: http://www.toastmasters86.org/

About Toastmasters International

Toastmasters International is a worldwide, non-profit educational organization that empowers individuals to become more effective communicators and leaders. Headquartered in Rancho Santa Margarita, California, the organization's membership exceeds 345,000 in more than 15,900 clubs in 142 countries. Since 1924, Toastmasters International has helped people from diverse backgrounds become more confident speakers, communicators and leaders. For information about local Toastmasters clubs, please visit toastmasters.org. Follow @Toastmasters on Twitter.

Dennis Bartel - Public Relations Manager
District 86 Toastmasters 2016-2017

 

District 86 Council Business Meeting - April 29, 2017

Come to the best part of the Spring 2017 Conference - The District 86 Council Business Meeting! It's free and open for anyone to attend! However, please note, only ballot holders can participate in the meeting, such as make motions, participate in debates, and vote.

When: Saturday, April 29, 2017 at 3:30 PM

Where: Crowne Plaza Kitchener-Waterloo, Kitchener Suite

Address: 105 King St E, Kitchener, ON N2G 2K8 (Google Map)

You can't afford to miss District 86 Council Business Meeting! It will be an amazing learning opportunity and lots of fun!  It alone will be worth the trip to wonderful Kitchener, Ontario! The event is free and open to all.  It will be a great networking opportunity for you, as you will meet the leaders from across the district and hear the reports from your district leaders. If you are looking to introduce something exciting to your club, come to the business meeting, learn the Toastmasters songs, and witness the election of the District Officers for the program year 2017-2018. Please review the District Leadership Committee Report and visit the Candidates Corner.

Who Can Vote

  • The president and vice president education of each club have one vote. If neither can attend the District 86 Council Business Meeting, another active member of the club can be assigned both proxies. Once assigned the proxy holder cannot transfer the proxy to another member.
  • District Executive Committee members have one vote. This vote cannot be assigned via proxy.

The Proxy

  • The proxy is emailed one month ahead of time to all voting members
  • To assign a proxy, you can use the proxy form attached in the email or it is available as a download here

pdfClub Proxy form Sat. April 29, 2017.pdf

  • The president and vice president education completes the form and assigns the proxy to an active member of their club who will be attending the District 86 Council Business Meeting
  • If the proxy-holder forgot the proxy at home it can be emailed to Credentials Committee Chair, District 86 Immediate Past District Director, Janice McDonald, DTM at IPdistrictdirector@toastmasters86.org  
  • If the president or vice president education forgot to assign the proxy, the information can be emailed from the club president or vice president education to the proxy-holder. The email must contain: the district number; a description of the event (i.e. District 86 Council Business Meeting); the date and location of the meeting (i.e. Nov. 14, 2015, Blue Mountains); the club name and number; the name of the club president or vice president education; the name of the active member who will be attending as the proxy-holder. The date of the email will be the date of the proxy. The proxy-holder must print out the email and present the printed copy to the credentials desk.

How to Vote

You must register at the credentials desk (next to registration desk). The hours are:
Friday, April 28: 3:00 PM - 6:45 PM and 9:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Saturday, April 29: 8:00 AM - 11:30 AM and 12:30 PM - 3:15 PM

At the credentials desk:

  • The president or vice president education will be given their ballot(s)
  • The proxy-holder will be given their ballot(s) in exchange for their completed proxy form
  • The District Executive Committee members will be given their ballot
  • Copies of the reports and minutes will be available as well. 

If you are attending the District 86 Council Business Meeting onlyplease be at the credentials desk no later than 3:00 PM on Saturday April 29, 2017. If you arrive at 3:15 PM you will not be in time to receive your ballot.

The credentials desk will close at 3:15 PM in order to allow sufficient time to calculate attendance and establish whether there is quorum. 

The District 86 Council Business Meeting will start at 3:30 PM on Saturday, April 29, 2017.
Rather than attending only the District 86 Council Business Meeting, we encourage you to attend the entire conference!

The last day to register is April 21, 2017. You can register here.

We look forward to seeing you there!

 pdfDistrict Council Meeting April 29 2017 Agenda.pdf

 pdfD86 Spring Conference Business meeting minutes November 26, 2016.pdf

 

Chris Brown - Member Making a Difference

Kitchener Resident Chris Brown is a Toastmaster Member Making a Difference

The Members Making A Difference Award is awarded to a District 86 Toastmaster member who volunteer their Toastmasters communication and leadership skills to better the lives of those in their community in a significant and notable way

chris brown member making difference2KITCHENER, Ontario - March 30, 2017 - PRLog -- Chris Brown will be one of two to be honored by District 86 Toastmasters for his involvement in bettering the lives in those in his community. The event will be held at the Communication & Leadership (C&L) Luncheon on Saturday April 29, during the District 86 Spring Conference April 28 to April 30 at the Crowne Plaza in Kitchener, Ontario.

Chris Brown joined Toastmasters in January 2014 and is currently just a few months away from earning his Distinguished Toastmaster designation. When asked "why" he joined, he said "I knew I was a good communicator already, but I knew there was still lots of room for improvement. I wanted to close those gaps. I'm a firm believer in adding value to others everywhere I go. Improving my communication and leadership skills has allowed me to be even more effective with that, both in my professional and volunteer work."

In the heart of downtown Kitchener is a small agency making a big impact: Community Justice Initiatives (CJI) popularized the Restorative Justice movement which has spread around the world. It aims to bring healing to communities by connecting perpetrators of crimes with both their victims and their community so all can heal collectively.

Chris began volunteering with Community Justice Initiatives in 2010, working within their Revive Program which focuses on supporting people affected by sexual trauma, including survivors and also people who have committed sexual offenses. Chris has held various volunteer roles, co-facilitating peer support groups for men who have committed offenses (both pre-sentence and after they've left institutions like Ontario Correctional Institute, and other provincial or federal correctional institutions), groups for women who have chosen to stay with their husbands who committed offenses, support groups for individuals with intellectual difficulties who have committed offenses, facilitated dialog between victim/survivor who wants to reconcile with their offender, education groups on self awareness and for helping men deal with the rising problem of cyber sexual activity particularly where it has resulted in offenses, as well as helping refine the training curriculum materials used within the agency.

When asked about how Toastmasters has impacted his volunteer work, he had this to say: "Peer support is as much about effective listening and empathy as it is about speaking. Being comfortable as a communicator lets me listen actively and respond to impromptu questions or situations that may arise. Teaching classes from whiteboards or from workbooks require varied skills, and I find group participants have an even better learning experience since I've been working on my communication skills. Even more, we always work with a co-facilitator, and developing my leadership skills has helped me and my co-facilitators work even more effectively together as we support our group members."

"I'm often asked: 'Why do you do this work? Why work with these people?'. It's a loaded question of course, as CJI's clients are a very misunderstood population. The average citizen thinks offenders have no remorse for their wrongdoing … and yet at CJI we meet people all the time who know what they've done is wrong and don't want to commit future offenses. Our work directly reduces recidivism, which in turn contributes to greater community safety.

I'm acutely aware that we all make mistakes in life. Some of them more 'epic' than others. Some with more far-reaching consequences than others. But at the end of it all, we're all Human. Despite your mistakes, my mistakes, their mistakes, we're all needing of love and acceptance and being treated with dignity and respect regardless of our shortcomings. Every year I witness amazing transformations as I walk with people along some part of their journey to healing. The resilience of the human spirit is amazing. It's very rewarding work. I usually answer this question by quoting from the lyrics of a song by Tenth Avenue North, which says: 'You are more than the choices that you make. You are more than the sum of your past mistakes. You are more than the problems you create.' I think we all need to hear and personalize that for ourselves. I dream of the day when I can get this message to more people. For my part, I try to embody that message every day. It's my way of 'being the change I want to see in the world.'"

Club Toastmasters FrancoFun Portes Ouvertes

Veuillez vous joindre à nous pour une soirée amusante et inspirante

Le Club Toastmasters FrancoFun est très heureux d’accueillir Jacques Brunet, DTM, et co-animatrices Patricia Abergel, CC, CL, et Anne Eason.

Jacques Brunet porte plus qu’un chapeau. Il a été animateur d’émissions télévisées. Il a publié quatre livres. Ses séminaires et sessions de formation sont reconnus comme étant très motivants. Mais c’est pour son approche très concrète que vous vous rappellerez de Jacques. Venez écouter comment parler en public avec aise et brio!

Patricia Abergel et Anne Eason sont des animatrices certifiées de yoga du rire qui adorent partager la joie de rire en groupe. Le rire met de bonne humeur et nous donne confiance en nous. Venez découvrir les bienfaits du rire sur la santé physique, mentale et émotionnelle!

Date: Jeudi 4 mai 2017
Time: 19h30 - 21h30
Lieu: Bayview Hill Community Centre, Program Room
114 Spadina Road, Richmond Hill, Ontario, L4B 2Y9

Jacques Brunet

Cindy Rocca - MMAD Award Winner!

Toastmasters awards Sudbury Resident Cindy Rocca for Making A Difference!

Cindy Rocca, one of two award recipients, will be celebrated by District 86 Toastmasters for compassionately helping the youth of her community.

cindy rocca mmad award winner2SUDBURY, Ontario - March 29, 2017 - PRLog -- Cindy Rocca, member of Greater Sudbury Speakers, joined Toastmasters in January 2014 for the purpose of professional development. Since then, she has taken her membership very seriously and has greatly benefited the community with her speaking and leadership skills.

As a teenager, Cindy lived in foster care, then on her own at a very young age. Until she joined Toastmasters, Cindy rarely spoke about this trying time in her life. Toastmasters has helped her to find the ability to speak out and raise awareness for youth in foster care. Since joining Toastmasters, she has been a spokesperson at events for the Children's Aid Society, encouraging youth in care to be the best version of themselves. In the fall of 2016, Cindy wrote an article for the local newspaper about life in foster care, and later spoke at a Foster Parent Appreciation Event. As a former youth in care, Cindy donates to student bursaries and was honored to present this year's Evelyn Koski Crown Ward bursary to a deserving student at Cambrian College.

Toastmasters has given her the voice to speak about her past and encourage others in similar situations to do the same. Cindy also uses her Toastmasters skills as a volunteer for the Canadian Cancer Society. For the past several years, she has been a Master of Ceremonies at the Relay for Life and Teddy Bear Picnic in Sudbury, volunteering her time and talent for the good of the community.

In January 2016, Cindy ran a twelve week youth leadership program started a Gavel Club for youth in Sudbury. She is extremely passionate about Gavel Club and truly believes the sky is the limit for young individuals. She uses her own time to share her love of Toastmasters with the Gaveliers. She also organizes several special events to encourage them and keep them motivated. She is very proud of these individuals, and goes out of her way to make sure they are recognized in the community and ensure their success. She is often heard saying "Gavel Club makes Monday my favourite day of the week!"

It is without a doubt that we look forward to seeing Cindy acknowledged for her contributions to the lives of the young people she has empowered with such open heartedness. Cindy truly embodies everything that the MMAD award stands for. She has had such a positive impact and truly made a difference. The award ceremony will be held at the Communication & Leadership (C&L) Luncheon on Saturday April 29 at the Crowne Plaza in Kitchener, Ontario.

The Members Making A Difference Award is awarded to a District 86 Toastmaster member who volunteer their Toastmasters communication and leadership skills to better the lives of those in their community in a significant and notable way.

Congratulations Cindy from all of us at District 86!

Apr. 26th Open House - Burlington Skyway Club

Open House - Burlington Skyway Club, Division L, Area 56, Club #3301

Burlington Skyway Toastmasters (The “Fun” Club) nurtures the best you!

Here is your VIP invitation to join us for our free Open House! 

Date: Wed. Apr. 26th
Time:  7-9:30 pm 
Venue: Cedar Springs Health and Racquet Club
Address: 960 Cumberland Avenue (off Harvester Road) in Burlington, ON

  • Down the stairs to the Harvester Room in the basement
  • When you arrive, please tell the front desk you're here for the Toastmasters meeting, and they'll let you through the turnstiles

Why invest in you?
Sharpen your skills giving better presentations at work, speaking off the cuff, chairing meetings and build your professional network.

We guarantee results and that you will bust a gut each meeting!

For more information, please go to www.skywaytm.com.

Eve McDonald, VP of PR for Skyway Toastmasters Club

Developing Great Community Citizens

Developing Great Community Citizens by Muktha Tumkur, P. Eng., MBA, ACS, ALB

Air Cadet League Of Canada

From left to right: Carl Naus, Muktha Tumkur, John Silvaroli, Chandra Movva, Aryan Suvarna, John Wang, Pavan Jayasinha, Rithik John Sathiaseelan, Alice Dods, Karen Ryan, Hollis Jailal

As part of the Port Credit Toastmasters Club, I recently had the privilege to serve as a speech contest judge for the 845 Avro Arrow Squadron of the Royal Canadian Air Cadets. Chandra Movva organized the contest, and other volunteers who served with me included John Wang, Carl Naus, Hollis Jailal from Port Credit Toastmasters and Karen Ryan from Creekside TD Toastmasters. I had first heard of the term “air cadets” when I was in grade school, but all I knew was that it had some connection to the Canadian Armed forces. I was curious to learn more about the air cadets before the contest and my research uncovered the full breadth and depth of the organization. The most interesting thing I learned was how well the visions of the Royal Canadian Air Cadets and Toastmasters aligned.

The Air Cadet League of Canada is a civilian, non-profit, community-based and volunteer-led organization that in collaboration with the Department of National Defence and their partners, is dedicated to supporting the objectives of the Royal Canadian Air Cadet program . The Royal Canadian Air Cadets is seen as Canada’s premier and a world-class youth development movement. Being attuned to societal changes, it strives diligently to be a totally dedicated, proactive and innovative partner to encourage and enhance the development of well-adjusted, civic-minded youth to undertake leadership roles in a great Canada and a better world . Their values are stated as, “The Air Cadet League of Canada fosters development in youth of the values of self-confidence, self-discipline and leadership . With the Toastmasters vision to “…empower individuals to become more effective communicators and leaders” and values such as integrity, respect, service and excellence, I can’t see a better organization than Toastmasters to help air cadets deliver on their vision while meeting their values!

The air cadets’ contestants ranged from grade eight to eleven. Their prepared speeches were well thought out and profound. They were like “mini Toastmasters” because they encompassed vocal variety, gestures, pauses and facial expressions. They all delivered their speeches with no notes and they moved about the stage making strong eye contact with the audience. Their confidence level was truly outstanding! Chandra had dedicated countless hours in coaching their future leaders in delivering quality speeches.

The best thing I learned about this contest was related to the rich rewards of collaboration between the two organizations. There was mutual benefit for the 845 Avro Arrow squadron and for the Port Credit Toastmasters Club because we each had a forum in which we were able to achieve our respective visions. Think about how much more we can all benefit and achieve when we collaborate with others who have similar visions to ours!

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

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