The Toastmasters program at its best - educational, inspirational, sensational! Experience a weekend conference of creative thinking on leadership, ways to shake up the status quo, and ideas to tackle your own challenges in innovative ways.

The Toastmasters program at its best - educational, inspirational, sensational!
Experience a weekend conference of creative thinking on leadership, ways to shake up the status quo, and ideas to tackle your own challenges in innovative ways.


Thank You Everyone For A Great Fall Conference


We are so pleased to have been your 2014 Fall Conference Co-Chairs. 

We would like to thank and appreciate:

All our Keynote and Workshop Presenters who were such an important component of the great program.

Our many Sponsors that generously contributed to make the conference a success

All the hard work of the Conference Team and their Committees/Volunteers in making this conference one of the best ever.  We know how much time you contributed and how hard you worked.  The result was fabulous - be proud of your accomplishments.

We enjoyed the opportunity to meet with many of you during conference planning, sit with you in the workshops, have meals with you, and share a good laugh during breaks - all part of a memorable Toastmasters experience. 

Thank you all for offering your Voices of Leadership.

Keith and Jane Stoltz District 86 Fall Conference 2014 Co-chairs


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Fall Conference 2014 - The Voice of Leadership Program

Friday November 7, 2014

The following services are located in the Atrium:

Registration: ( 2:00 pm - 6:45 pm)
Credentials: (2:00 pm - 6:45 pm) 
Authors Corner:(2:00 pm - 6:30 pm)

Hospitality: (2:00 pm - 7:00 pm)

Time Event / Location
4:30 pm

Agristaffing presents Network Break - Coffee/Tea served (Atrium)

5:00 pm Workshops #1 - See Speakers >> (Regency A,B,C & Chelsea Room)
5:45 pm

Comfort Break** Wine reception 6:00 pm (Atrium)

6:00 pm First Timers and all Distinguished Toastmasters Meet & Greet (Oak Room)
6:45 pm

Comfort Break

7:00 pm Opening Ceremonies / Parade of Banners (Crystal Ballroom) 
7:30 pm DTM Recognition Dinner (Crystal Ballroom) 
8:25 pm DTM Presentations (Crystal Ballroom)
8:45 pm

Comfort Break

9:00 pm Roaring 20's Dance - Music Direct DJ (Crystal Ballroom)

Saturday November 8, 2014

The following services are located in the Atrium:

Registration: (7:00 am - 7:50 am) & (1:00 pm - 2:00 pm)
Credentials: (7:00 am - 7:50 am) & (3:40 pm - 4:00 pm)
Hospitality: (7:00 am - 4:00 pm)
Spring Conference 2015 Advance Registration: (12:30 pm - 4:00 pm)

Authors Corner: (8:00 am - 6:00 pm)

Time Event / Location
7:00 am Buffet Breakfast & Breakfast Brag (Crystal Ballroom)
8:00 am Keynote Speaker - Tony Bratschitsch (Crystal Ballroom)
8:45 am

Comfort Break

9:00 am Workshops #2 - see speakers >> (Regency A,B,C & Chelsea Room)
9:55 am

Geoffrey Sim Real Estate presents Network Break-Coffee, Tea served (Atruim)

10:15 am Workshops #3 - see speakers >> (Regency A,B,C & Chelsea Room)
11:10 am

Comfort Break 

11:30 am Communication & Leadership Recipient Luncheon(Crystal Ballroom)
12:30 pm MMAD Awards Presentation (Crystal Ballroom)
1:00 pm

Comfort Break

1:15 pm Education Session - Maureen Zappala (Crystal Ballroom)
1:55 pm

Comfort Break 

2:10 pm District Humourous Speech Contest (Crystal Ballroom) 
3:40 pm

Tony Bratschitsch Consulting presents Network Break (Atrium) 

4:00 pm Business Meeting(Regency A/B/C)
5:30 pm

Comfort Break

6:00 pm Wine Reception (Atrium)
7:00 pm Governor's Banquet and Ball (Crystal Ballroom)
7:55 pm Of the Year Awards Presentation (Crystal Ballroom)
8:30 pm

Comfort Break

9:00 pm Governor's Ball formal affair - Music Direct DJ (Crystal Ballroom)

Sunday November 9, 2014

The following services are located in the Atrium:

Hospitality: (7:00 am to 11:45 am)
Spring Conference 2015 Advance Registration: (7:00 am - 11:45 am / 2:00 pm to 2:45 pm)

Authors Corner: (8:00 am to 4:00 pm)

Time Event / Location
7:00 am Breakfast & Breakfast Brag (Crystal Ballroom)
8:00 am Presentation - Harold Usher (Crystal Ballroom)
8:45 am Education Session - Linda Marlene Eales (Crystal Ballroom)
9:40 am

Life presents Network Break-Coffee, Teaserved (Atrium)

10:00 am District Table Topics Contest (Regency A/B/C)
11:15 am

Comfort Break

11:35 am Champion Luncheon (Crystal Ballroom)
1:20 pm Conference Keynote Speaker - Maureen Zappala (Crystal Ballroom)

Awards Presented At The Fall Conference

Awarded for the 2013 - 2014 year

Toastmaster of the Year Award: Vitaliy Fursov, ACG, ALB
Peter Crabtree President of the Year Award: Kristina Johnston, ACB, ALB
Division Governor of the Year Award : Karim Premji, DTM
Area Governor of the Year Award: Rowan Faludi, ACG, ALB
Publicist of the Year Award: Bud Brown, DTM
Club Coach of The Year: Paul Lynott, DTM
Club of the Year Award: Confidently Speaking (#5456) President: Rebecca Castelino, CC, ALB
Education Leadership of the Year: Port Credit Club (#1474) President: Kristina Johnston, ACB, ALB
Membership Leadership of the Year: Confidently Speaking - President: Rebecca Castelino, CC, ALB
Communication and Leadership Award (Non-Toastmaster): Chris Moss See Blog Post
Members Making A Difference (MADD) Award - Fall Conference 2014: Katherine Weaver DTM See Blog Post
District 86 Legacy Award - Reema Duggal, ACB, ALB

Twitter: #TM86Fall2014

District Speech Contest Winners

Humorous Speech

Winner – Roger Caesar, Division B, Brampton Club

2nd Lance Mercer, Division S, Podium Pros Club #3782

3rd Carolyn Anne Smith, Division M, Towns of York Toastmasters Club


Table Topics

Winner – Michelle Koop, Division S, London Western Club

2nd Brian Brennan, Division M, Towns of York Toastmasters Club

3rd Cheryl Hendsbee, Division C, Risky Business Club

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Maureen Zappala

Maureen ZappalaDTM

Educational Session: Sat, Nov 8 at 1:15 pm

Add S.P.I.C.E. to Your Speeches!

In this workshop, Maureen hammers home the significance of telling our own stories.

Keynote Presentation: Sun, Nov 9 at 1:20 pm

Leadership Is NOT Rocket Science!

Maureen Zappala, DTM, is an award winning speaker, author and presentation coach. She is a former NASA propulsion engineer, and founder of High Altitude Strategies, a leadership development service that helps organizations propel their teams to peak performance by discovering where their members can find their fit and get fired up.

A native of NYC, she has a BS in mechanical engineering from the University of Notre Dame, and she spent more than 13 years at NASA’s Lewis Research Center (now Glenn Research Center) conducting jet engine research.

She became the first female manager of NASA’s Propulsion Systems Laboratory, a jet engine test facility.

She lives in northeast Ohio, (District 10) and has been in Toastmasters for almost 10 years. In 2009, she was in the top 10 of 30,000 contestants in the Toastmaster International World Championship of Public Speaking contest. She is the author of 2 books, and is a contributing author in the book “Heart of a Toastmaster.” As a presentation coach, she works with people who want to launch their speaking skills to the next level. 

TonyBratschitsch DTM IPDG

Tony Bratschitsch, DTM, IPDG

Keynote Presentation: Sat, Nov 8 at 8:00 am

Step Up and Step Out!

In this keynote, Tony will immediately introduce you to some of the most inspirational leaders that you will ever meet - your fellow Toastmasters. These are people who have made dramatic changes to their lives by stepping up with the Toastmaster program and then stepping out in the real world with new successes. Such leaders have made a difference to their own lives as well as to those around them, including their families, friends and you. These great examples of leadership are very relevant because they are happening every day all around us.

Tony was our District Governor last year which achieved Distinguished Status and was the strongest performing district in Region VI and Canada. He implemented "Members First" as an operating theme for the district and he actively supported our front-line leaders, the Area and Division Governors. Tony introduced and sponsored the inaugural "Spirit Awards" last year and during this keynote, he will be presenting the district's first "Legacy Award".

Tony is an independent management consultant involved in many aspects of business, association and union affairs. Over the last few years, he started to present environmental regulatory cases in the Federal Court of Canada and he has recently enrolled in law school. Tony is the Youth Education Chair for The Royal Canadian Legion branch in Dundas which saw great success with school children winning provincial and national awards last year. He is an experienced workshop presenter for The Arthritis Society of Canada and he is involved with a number of community groups, as well. Tony is also Captain of The Hamilton Smog Hockey Team. Although not politically active, he will be the campaign chair for a major federal party candidate for the upcoming elections.

No matter what we do, there are always more opportunities to Step Up and to Step Out!

Harold Usher DTM

Harold Usher, P.Eng., DTM, PDG City Councillor - Ward 12 (London ON)

Keynote Presentation: Sun, Nov 9 at 8:00 am

BEING the Voice of Leadership!

Founder and Past President: London City Hall Toastmasters Club PRESIDENT: "Adventures in . . ." SEMINARS & SPEECHES Board Member: Consortium for Belizean Development Honorary Chair - Father's Day Walk/Run Event for Prostate Cancer Research Fundraising (London, Ontario) CO-AUTHOR: PROSTATE! PROSTATE! PROSTATE! A Problem of Men Valuable reading for men suffering with a prostate problem - and their families.

Considered the most patient-friendly, easy-to-read, informative and inspiring Book about man's prostate. Order from Harold at husher@rogers.com or e-copy at Amazon.com I am committed to: ìDo all the good I can, By all the means I can, In all the ways I can, In all the places I can, At all the times I can, To all the people I can, As long as ever I can.î - Adopted from John Wesley I am also committed to making my community stronger, more vibrant and a better place to live, work, and play.

Recognize that what makes an Exceptional Team is a Great Group that embraces Differences.

Linda Marlene Eales

Linda Marlene Eales AdvCBP, ParBP

Educational Session: Sun, Nov 9 at 8:45 am

Speaking from the Heart with Purpose and Passion – What is Stopping You?

What is preventing you from speaking authentically, from your heart? What is stopping you from deeply connecting with your audience, and your leadership potential?

The most persuasive leaders are those that speak with passion and authenticity: They are speaking from the heart.

They speak to us as if they are having a conversation with an old friend, building trust through emotional rapport and enthusiasm.

Every facial expression and body movement communicates the belief they have in the words they are saying. We remember their message and are more likely to act on it. Why are they able to do this?

Join Linda Marlene Eales, for a fascinating journey exploring the science of our beliefs, how they impact our authentic expression and leadership potential, and how to overcome these limitations.  Learn about techniques that will help you connect with your purpose and passion, and share your message in a meaningful, powerful and memorable way.

Linda Marlene Eales, AdvCBP Certified BodyTalk Practitioner and ParBP PaRama BodyTalk Practitioner. For over 20 years, Linda has served on boards and committees, and acted as spokesperson, speaker and educator, for numerous organizations. She operates a full-time BodyTalk practice in Toronto, and facilitates employee wellness programmes for organizations and charities. Linda served as President of TAIE Toastmasters Club in 2013, and currently serves as Secretary of the Board of the Roncesvalles BIA and Vice-Chair of the Ontario BodyTalk Association. She is a member of the International BodyTalk Association, and Director of the Toronto BodyTalk Community Clinic.


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

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