Open Letter to Area D-83

Congrats on meeting your goals this year! You and your club members showed great agility and determination.

  • Horizons is on track for President's Distinguished and achieved the new Silver Online Ovation Education Award (4 Education DCP) - on track for Gold
  • Glen Abbey has achieved President's Distinguished, the new Gold Online Ovation Education Award (6 Education DCP), Membership Resiliency Award (net growth of 1 or more)
  • Sheridan Toastmasters on track to achieve Distinguished status (membership targets to be met soon), on track to achieve Silver Online Ovation (3 out of 4 education DCP goals), and has met the new Membership Resiliency Award (lag in TI updates)
  • Own the Moment Toastmasters has met Presidents' Distinguished, the new Gold Online Ovation Education Award
  • Triple Crown award to ME- Sasha-Li - thanks to everyone for contributing their time to my HOIST event for my HPL- Happy Oakville Interclub Summit for Toastmasters (Lou/ Louis - First Oakville and Trafalgar are interested in participating next year)
  • Area 83 has achieved Select Distinguished Area
  • DTM hopefuls - Katia, Sasha-Li, Prashant

Look at you guys with all your fancy awards!

It's a very busy time of the year. Horizons, Glen Abbey, Sheridan Trafalgar, and Own the Moment are all planning End Of Year Online meetings to recognize the wonderful member and club achievements.
I have visited club online meetings for Horizons, Sheridan Trafalgar, and Own the Moment. I owe Glen Abbey a visit. Celebrate in ZOOM style!

Welcome to the incoming Division D Director - Lou Mulligan and incoming Area 83 Director - Louis Li.

We all appreciate the efforts you have put in to achieve the long list of accomplishments. Please take time to relax. With Louis, I have shared the Area Director reports, Area Success Plan, and Club Success Plans for the 2019/2020 year. With all these resources, Louis has plenty to make his first draft of his Area Success Plan. This is a live document that can be updated. It is understood not to expect progress on the Club Success Plans for the 2020/2021 until after July 14, 2020. Anything before is a bonus.

Congrats to all! Let's celebrate all we have accomplished as individuals, clubs, and as an Area.

TableTopics idea - Sheridan Trafalgar had a great TableTopics where the TTmaster flashed a topic and participants had to come up with conspiracy theory. I thought this was such a fun idea!

Thanks - Area Director, Sasha-Li Chinloy, ACS ALB

Une occasion inouïe pour vous en français Sharpen Your French Speaking Skills

Le club Toastmasters Mots du Midi offre par visioconférence un séminaire d'expression orale (Speechcraft) d'une durée de 4 semaines soit du 4 au 25 juin de 12 h à 13 h 15. Ce programme intensif vous permettra de travailler les compétences suivantes: organiser un discours, varier la voix, évaluer un discours et utiliser l'espace et les mains. Alexandre Matte, du club Mots du Midi qui a représenté à deux reprises le District 86 au concours du discours international, se joint à l’équipe des formateurs du District 61 de grande renommée tel que J. A. Gamache, Delphis Babin et Daniel Gélinas pour présenter des ateliers de formation. Vous allez ainsi recevoir des astuces importants afin que vous puissiez parfaire vos compétences en communication. Pour vous inscrire, veuillez remplir le formulaire : Le frais d’inscription de 70 $ vous donne droit à une adhésion au club jusqu’au 30 septembre 2020.


Toastmasters Mots du Midi club is offering by ZOOM Conferencing a 4 week Speechcraft on Thursdays from June 4 to June 25th, 12 :00 pm to 1 :15 pm. This program will specifically address the following points : organizing your speech, vocal variety, speech evaluation and use of space and hands. The team presenting the educational sessions is comprised of our own Alexandre Matte, two time District 86 winner of the International Speech Contest, and formidable Toastmaster members from District 61, J. A, Gamache, Delphis Babin and Daniel Gélinas. They will share helpful tips to perfect your communication skills. Please complete the registration form : The 70$ cost covers the membership fee to the club until September 30, 2020.

Download the PDF flyer


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We joined Toastmasters primarily to become more effective communicators and stronger leaders, in every area of our lives. But why confine ourselves to just the home Club environment and experience? I was humbled and thrilled to go beyond the Club environment and experience, when I was called upon to be the Chief Judge at Toastmasters District 60, Division G, Area 63 International and Evaluation Speech Contests. The Area 63 Contests were held at the Etobicoke Civic Centre, February 12, 2020, with Area 63 Director Nancy McInnis, ACS, CL as Contest Organiser, and Mashaal Effendi, EC4 as Contest Chairs (part of his HPL Project), under the leadership of Division G Director Angela Ho, DTM.
People often say, “A picture is worth a thousand words”. The collage captures the spirit and essence of the contests. The Organisers and Speaking from Experience Advanced Toastmasters # 1818485, the hosting Club did an amazing job of running a cool and flawless event, with support from Volunteers from numerous Clubs in both District 60 and District 86 - with lots of fun, camaraderie and inspirational speeches.
Congratulations to all the District 60 Area 63 Contestants! Congratulations to the Area 63 Winners moving forward to the next Division G level contests. There were a number of familiar faces, including the District 86 Leadership Team. The contests introduced those from District 86 to “new” Speakers, Speaker Champions and a World Class Speaking Coach. The contests provided a unique opportunity to connect and network, across boundaries, with fellow Toastmasters and District Leaders from District 60. All in all, it was a most rewarding experience. A synergistic win for Toastmasters and the Community!
For additional information, please refer to:

George How Pak Hing, PEng, DTM
OTM Oakville Toastmasters # 5940499, Club Founder
Area Director of the Year, 2016-2017
February 15, 2020

HOIST - Happy Oakville Interclub Summit for Toastmasters


Ever since we lost our Fall Conference, there has been a very noticeable void in the District's social calendar between September and December. No worries, the District's Toastmasters are very social people and will always find a party. This is what happens at every single Open House that is hosted by my home club, Own the Moment Oakville Toastmasters. This is how HOIST - Happy Oakville Interclub Summit for Toastmasters - was born.

As Area D83 Director, I decided to host a truly Interclub meeting with all 4 clubs from Area 83. The goal was to have an event where Toastmasters within Area 83 could meet, listen to great speeches, and network. Our success was measured by having an event where all clubs were represented on the agenda and all Toastmasters enjoyed themselves in a productive environment. One barrier we successfully removed was having individuals pay an admission fee. This was done be the generous donations from clubs. All in all, the Toastmasters and guests that did come, enjoyed the speakers, food, and especially the Games.

Every club participated and better yet, all 4 clubs sponsored the event to keep admission free with great food, drinks, and prizes. Krista Rowan, expertly delivered the appropriate theme, Community. Furthermore, I'd like to acknowledge the off-the-day participants:

Krista Rowan, President Glen Abbey Toastmasters - Toastmaster/ MC
Doug Flowers, President, Horizons Toastmasters - TableTopics Master
Zach Gray, President, SAA
Sasha-Li Chinloy, Area 83 Keynote Speaker,
Alisha Braund, Glen Abbey Toastmasters Speaker & Madonna fan
Shobith Johnson, Own the Moment Toastmasters, Speaker
Rosanne Garrido, Keeping-Everyone-Fed-and-Happy-Master
Elvis Gregov, FunMaster, Name that Tune
Peter Day, AudioMaster

Special shout-out goes to Sheridan Trafalgar Toastmasters. This club was the second-most represented club, behind only the host club. This is especially big since the event was hosted during Reading Week at Sheridan College.

While we had fancy equipment and great speeches and interactive games, the success of the event is, without question, because of the great people at this Toastmasters event. Elvis Gregov's, "Name That Tune" got everyone energized and competitive. We had 3 guests come to this event and 2 returned the very next Thursday at Own the Moment to join. This may very well become an annual event.

Sasha-Li Chinloy, ACS ALB
Area D83, Area Director, Own the Moment Toastmasters, IPP
November 1, 2019

Division A & B Laugh Off LOL Festival

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LOL?  Yes, Laughing Out Loud.... A Laugh Off Festival! Against Division B. Division B will bring their four (4) best speakers to “laugh off” Against our four (4) best Division A-Speakers.



  • Date: THURSDAY, OCT 24TH 2019
  • Time: 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
  • Admission: $10.00 PER PERSON Before October 16 | $15.00 at the Door | First Come, First Served Only 150 Seats
  • Refreshments will be served

Register and get your tickets on Eventbrite to reserve your seat

Here is a sneak peak at the Division B presenters:

Patricia Williams BPatricia has been a Toastmaster for 3 years. She is a Business Operations Analyst at the Region of Peel, and is currently the President of the Region of Peel Toastmasters Club. She loves rock concerts and fast cars.





Dennis Bartel DTM CDennis joined Hershaw Toastmasters in Oct of 2007, achieving his DTM on December 8th, 2017. He has competed in all four contest types at club, area, becoming the Division B 2017 Humorous Speech Contest Champion, and Division B 2015 Table Topics Champion. Dennis has received the 2009-2010 District 86 President of the Year, 2014 & 2018 Spirit of District 86 Award, and 2017-2018 Publicist of the Year  Award. He also served as the District 86 Webmaster from 2010 to 2016 and as the 2016-2017 Public Relations Manager. Along with Sue Hopcroft Co-Founded Brampton Talks Toastmasters. Dennis also designed the District 86 10-year logo, Toastmasters Flag for the 2017 Spring Conference, and various conference logos and printed programs. He has served as club President 3 times. 


Tuula Redditt DTM BTuula started her Toastmaster journey in November of 2006. Working as a digital media and fine artist for Atlantis Aerospace in Brampton they chartered a corporate toastmaster club. Since then the company closed and the club continued as a public club changing the name to Speak to Inspire Toastmasters in Brampton. Tuula received her DTM award in 2013 and the District 86 Spirit Award in 2015. She is the District 86 Blogmaster and newsletter editor and continues to support the conference committee with graphics and program support. 



Cal Lockhart DTM BCal has been retired since May, 2000 and has been a Toastmaster since May, 2012. He has been a member of two clubs for most of that period and is currently a member of his home club "Speak to Inspire". His 2nd club is "Brampton Alpha" and his 3rd club is "Raisng Champions Advanced Toastmasters. He has had the honour of serving as VPE for 4 terms between clubs. In addition he served for two terms as Sergeant At Arms for Medix Toastmasters (now Brampton Alpha). Cal has also served as a new Club Mentor for Citi Orators TM and was area 34 Director in 2018-19. He was awarded a DTM in July of 2019.


The World Championship of Public Speaking Live Stream

Join Us To Watch 'The World Championship' Live Stream

Be a confident speaker, build a better you!
Watch Toastmasters from around the world vie to be the World Champion of Public Speaking!

Each year, more than 30,000 Toastmasters compete in a contest. Watch contestants from all over the world deliver 5 to 7 minute  speeches that are evaluated by a panel of experienced Toastmasters. After a year of competing in club, area, division, district, region and semi/final competitions, these contestants have advanced for the chance to be the World Champion of Public Speaking.

  • Presented by: Brampton Talks Toastmasters Club
  • Date: Saturday, August 24th, 2019
  • Time: 2:30 PM to 5:30 PM
  • Location: Brampton Library | Four Corners Branch | 65 Queen Street East |  Brampton | ON | L6W 3L6
  • Register on Eventbrite Fee is $10
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Own the Moment (OTM) Oakville Toastmasters Elvis Gregov Wins 2019 Mary Heary Invitational Tall Tales Contests

Traditionally the Clubs in the Oakville area have been holding the Mary Heary Oakville Invitational Tall Tales Contests in the month of May for the past 10 years or so. The Tall Tales Contests would start at the club level in the month of April / May, and the club winner will go on to represent the home club. The contests venue would rotate from year to year amongst various, willing community clubs.

For the 2019 edition of the Mary Heary Oakville Invitational Tall Tales Contests, Area 83 Director Prashant Lal and Organising Team wanted to try something different from previous years. Let the contests venue be the pub! Accordingly, the Contests were held on Monday, May 27th, 7.30 to 9.30 pm at the Abbey Arms Pub Restaurant, 481 North Service Road W, Oakville.

Invited Oakville Clubs

The invited Clubs with the Representative in bracket, included the following:

• Glen Abbey Toastmasters (Krista Rowen)
• Horizon Toastmasters (Doug Flowers)
• Sheridan Bruins Oakville (Mashaal Effendi)
• Own the Moment (OTM) Oakville Toastmasters (Elvis Gregov)
• First Oakville Toastmasters (Rebecca Valero)
• Callisto Toastmasters (Muhammad Asif)
• Burloak Toasmasters (Did not participate)
• SUEZ Toastmasters (Victoria Oswell)
• Trafalgar Toastmasters (Iryna Boyco)
• Mansion Toastmasters (Paul Wouters)

Mary Heary Invitational Tall Tales ContestContestants Speaking Order

1 Victoria Oswell, SUEZ Toastmasters
2 Muhammad Asif, Callisto Toastmasters
3 Doug Flowers, Horizon Toastmasters
4 Mashaal Effendi, Sheridan Bruins Oakville
5 Iryna Boyco, Trafalgar Toastmasters
6 Rebecca Valero, First Oakville Toastmasters
7 Paul Wouters, Mansion Toastmasters
8 Elvis Gregov, OTM Oakville Toastmasters
9 Krista Rowan, Trafalgar Toastmasters


2019 Mary Heary Tall Tales Contests Winners

1st Place: Elvis Gregov, R E A F Remover
2nd Place: Iryna Boyko, A Careful Driver Appreciation Day
3rd Place: Rebecca Valero, The Micro Manager

Elvis Gregov Winning Speech R A E F Remover

The Winning Speech R A E F (read backwards as F E A R) Remover synopsis, per Elvis Gregov: “A travelling salesman comes into town with an invention, which will help the local town folk change their lives forever. Common fears like flying, going to the dentist office, and sleeping in the dark are tackled with this genius invention. There is a twist thought, we all have the individual power to remove F E A R, and not rely on a gadget to do this for us”.

Pub Environment Advantage

The Pub Owner did not charge for the venue. We enjoyed some fine British food and beer. The Pub Owner was happy to offer the venue on a Monday night, which unless there was a game, is usually a slow night for them. In a sense, it was a win for Toastmasters, a win for the Pub Owner. The positive experience from the many feedback received suggest that we will certainly entertain holding future contests in similar venues. Contestants are well advised to refrain from any alcohol consumption prior to their speeches. This guideline is not applicable to others. The rest of us can consume alcohol before, during and after the contests!


The 2019 Mary Heary Oakville Invitational Tall Tales Contests were a highly successful event. Kudos to the Organising Team, that includes Prashant Lal, Area 83 Director, Shelley Orchin, Area 87 Director, Carol Todd-Skuce, DTM, former Division L Governor, and Linda Rossi, DTM, Incoming Division D Director. Thanks and appreciation to Contest Team: Contest Chair Supritha Pai, Chief Judge George How Pak Hing, Timers and Ballot Counters Jeff Turk and Anna Meyers, the Internal and External Judges and Tie-Breaking Judge (that shall remain anonymous). Huge Thank You to the Contestants for giving their very best performance. Thank You to Toastmasters and non-Toastmasters for being there.
George How Pak Hing, PEng, DTM
OTM Oakville Toastmasters Founder & IPP

Town of Oakville Proclamation June 2019 as Toastmasters Month

On May 30, 2019 the Town of Oakville Mayor, Rob Burton proclaimed June 2019 Toastmasters Month in Oakville. George How Pak Hing, DTM, Founder of Own the Moment (OTM) Oakville Toastmasters began the process by contacting the Mayor's office in April 2019. George was instrumental in getting the Town of Oakville Proclamation, three years in a row.

Community and Corporate Clubs from Area Clubs in Area 83 and Area 87 that are in Oakville

  • Glen Abbey Toastmasters (A83) (Community)
  • Horizon Toastmasters (A83) (Community)
  • Sheridan Bruins Oakville Toastmasters (A83) (College)
  • Own the Moment (OTM) Oakville Toastmasters (A83) (Community)
  • First Oakville Toastmasters (A87) (Community)
  • Callisto Toastmasters (A87) (Corporate)
  • Burloak Toastmasters (A87) (Corporate)
  • GE Toasters (A87) (Corporate)
  • Trafalgar Toastmasters (A87) (Community)

Oakville Proclamation

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Our Principles:   Lead By Example • Work / Play as a Team

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