Welcome to each and every single member of District 86!
We are at the start of a brand new Toastmaster year and we are going to make it a great year. We have an excellent example to follow from the year that has just finished and we are making plans for the year ahead.
Currently, it is the magical time of our year where we each establish our goals for the year and determine what educational awards we wish to achieve. As your Program Quality Director I want to support each of you as work towards your goals. I have personally benefited from setting goals for each year and I always make sure to stretch myself beyond my boundaries and break new frontiers. I welcome the opportunity to learn about your own Toastmaster journeys and to hear about your goals. I encourage you to set two types of goals this year-ones you feel very confident you can achieve and one that is more of a stretch that you would feel fantastic about achieving. I would also encourage every club to set similar goals-it would be amazing to see every club stretch beyond their past achievements.
Our year ahead will also see the introduction of Pathways, two amazing conferences and some fantastic contests. These opportunities are just a few of the events that will allow members to grow and experience new things.
In order to support each of you along your Toastmaster journey I'd like to introduce you to the PQD team:
Education Training Chair East (Divisions A, B, C, D, M): Leona Wilson
Education Training Chair West (Divisions L, N, S, T, W): Diane Gordon
Education Engagement Chair (Moments of Truth support): Bob Moore
Chief Judge Chair: Brian Brennan
Easy-Speak Chair: Al Steele
Fall Conference Co-Chairs: Kelley McIntyre, Shawn Salokannel
Spring Conference Co-Chairs: Al Steele, Louisa Steele
On behalf of myself and the rest of the PQD team, we look forward to supporting each and every single member of District 86 so that all our clubs can be strong. Working together we can ensure all our clubs are successful and vibrant.
Kristina Johnston DTM
Program Quality Director
District 86 2017-2018
Press Release - Kristina Johnston DTM, a member of Port Credit Toastmasters and Great Minds Advanced Toastmasters in Mississauga, was elected at the District 86 Council Business Meeting on Saturday April 29. The annual elections were held during the three-day 2017 spring conference in Kitchener, Ontario. The Toastmasters District Leadership manual describes the Program Quality Director as "responsible for all aspects of education and training within the district. This includes supporting quality club programming efforts, promoting the Distinguished Club Program and planning, organizing and executing the district conference. "Johnston will plan, organize, and direct the district's training programs for the 63 areas in 10 divisions. "Program Quality Director will appoint a district conference chair, training coordinators and committee chairs to promote education achievements within clubs".
In response to, "Why do you want to be a district officer?" Johnston wrote, "I've benefited so much along my Toastmasters journey that I have a very strong desire to return the favour and in turn serve others along their own journey. I've learned to listen to the little voice that nudges you and I want to serve others while continuing along my own journey too. Helping others achieve their own goals and realize a growth that they never thought possible is a strong passion of mine. I want to help others achieve their own dreams and break new frontiers." She is now appointing coordinators and committee chairs.
Johnston, a Toastmasters member since 2011, has taken on leadership roles at the club and district level. At the Port Credit Toastmasters Club, she was the vice president membership in 2011-2012, VP education 2012-2013, and president in 2013-2014. Her leadership experience on the District Executive includes being an area governor in 2014-2015 & 2015-2016, division l director 2015-2016. She was appointed the Club Coach Coordinator 2016-2017 and the Spring 2017 Conference Chair. Kristina is currently a club mentor for Oakville Toastmasters, a new club chartered on April 11, 2017. In addition to Toastmasters experience, Johnston has over 14 years in sales and marketing, "My 17 years in the scientific and medical industries (14+ in sales and marketing) has given me the ability to rapidly adapt to changing situations, become a servant leader, develop keen analytical skills, develop and support differing strategic initiatives, mentor and educate."
Johnston was given the 2014–2015 Area Governor of the Year Award and the 2013-2014 President of the Year Award for going above and beyond. She led Area 57 to Select Distinguished in 2015–2016 and Area 53 to Distinguished in 2014-2015. As Port Credit Toastmasters club president the club became Presidents Distinguished and recipient of the 2013-2014 Education Leadership Award. In October 2015, Johnston achieved her Distinguished Toastmaster award, the highest award Toastmasters bestows.