About District 86

Toastmasters International is the world’s leading organization devoted to the improvement and development of individual communication and leadership skills.

Toastmasters District 86 serves the heartland of Ontario from Sault Ste Marie 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.  Created in 2008, District 86 has over 200 Clubs and growing, with 5,000 members, 10 Divisions, and 54 Areas.  Our clubs include community clubs, corporate clubs, university / college clubs, government clubs, and bilingual clubs.


District Executive Committee



Learn more about our organization:

District Director, District 86

Program Quality Director District 86

Club Growth Director District 86

Public Relations Manager 

Administration - Finance Manager , Administration Manager, Logistics Manager, Parliamentarian

Divison Directors / Area Directors




How We Service Members

Members are the heart and foundation of Toastmasters International. Below is a representation of each service level in support of the membership and how they work within Toastmasters International.


Member Opportunities

Members have opportunities to:

  • Gain speaking experience that relates to specific career needs.
  • Develop and practice a variety of leadership skills.
  • Sharpen their listening and evaluation skills.
  • Give regular impromptu talks on assigned topics.
  • Learn and practice techniques of effective public speaking.
  • Prepare and deliver formal speeches on subjects of their own choosing.
  • Learn and practice proper parliamentary procedures.
  • Preside over meetings, gaining experience in running effective meetings.
  • Gain personal confidence that will help when speaking to one person or one thousand.

About Toastmasters International

District 86 is part of Toastmasters International, a growing organization serving 332,000 members in more than 15,400 clubs in 135 countries.  Toastmasters International (www.toastmasters.org) was founded in October 1924 by Dr. Ralph C. Smedley at the YMCA in Santa Ana, California. It is registered as a not for profit educational organization in the state of California.

District 86 General Business Meetings

District 86 Council Meetings are held at the District 86 Conferences in person at the annual conference in the spring and a virtual meeting in September. 

The next business meeting will be at the Spring Conference: Saturday, April 28, 2018

Why Vote?

  • It is a privilege to be a part of Toastmasters International and be able to take an active role in the future of the organization
  • To participate in decisions affecting the members of District 86
  • To have your say in matters that will affect you and your club
  • To enable the district to carry on its business of serving you, the member

Who Can Vote

  • District executive members
  • Club presidents and club vice presidents education
  • An active member of a club who has been assigned a proxy

Your Club's Vote Counts

  • Each club has 2 votes.  These are sent from the district director, 30 days before the Business Meeting, to the president and vice president education.
  • These votes can be assigned by PROXY to any active member who plans to attend the General Business Meeting in person and vote.
  • One active member may carry both votes for the club.

Voting Proxies

  • To assign a proxy, download this proxy form: 
  • President and VP education complete their form and assign their proxies to an active member who will check into the credentials desk, get the ballots and vote at the General Business Meeting.

Voting Process At The General Business Meeting

To vote, you must register and pick up ballots at least one hour before the Business Meeting at the Credentials Desk (next to conference registration desk).

  • If you are the president or vice president education, the credentials desk will give you your ballots.
  • If you are a representative from the club, please present your proxy forms, and you will be given your ballots.

For further information please see Toastmasters International information on credentials / voting / proxy.

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

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