D86 Douglas Barclay Award 2019-2020

The Douglas Barclay Award is given annually to a Past District Officer who continues to exemplify Toastmasters values of integrity, respect, service & excellence and for their contributions and continued service as well as promotion of Toastmasters to the outside community.

The Douglas Barclay Award committee is made up of past recipients. The award began in 2009 after the split of District 60. Past recipients are:

2019 Tony Bratschitsch, DTM PDG
2018 Carol Dowell, DTM PDG
2017 Karim Premji, DTM
2016 Avis Brodie, DTM PDG
2015 John MacDonald, DTM PDG
2014 Eric Solowka, DTM
2013 Doreen Hillier, DTM PDG
2012 Eva Britton, DTM
2011 Joan Binetti, DTM PDG
2010 Isabel Hershaw, DTM
2009 Jean McAllister, DTM PDG

Each Club in good standing is entitled to nominate one member in good standing that continues to demonstrate our Toastmasters values and who meets most of the criteria. The nominee must agree to attend the Spring Conference (Full or Option 2), and the recipient must be present to receive the award.

Download the following application for more detailed information 

D86 Douglas Barclay Award Recipient 2018-2019

Tony Bratschitsch, DTM is the most recent recipient of the Douglas Barclay Award. He is a Past District Governor (2013-2014) in which District 86 achieved Distinguished District status. As well, for over ten years, Tony has been very active in the community as a volunteer. Some of his experiences are:

Royal Canadian Legion

Legion Exec 2015
The Royal Canadian Legion was created by an Act of Parliament two years after the founding of Toastmasters. The Legion has official responsibilities for supporting veterans and their families and in honouring Remembrance of the men and women who served, suffered and died doing their duty to our country.

Tony Bratschitsch has been a member of the Legion for twelve years and he has been the Dundas Branch's Chair of the Youth Education program for six years. Tony has been a member of the Branch's executive for five years. He is also a member of the Colour Party which is always front and centre of any Remembrance or other Legion public activity. His participation in the Legion is related to that of Toastmasters because the two organizations in the Town of Dundas have supported each other in many ways.

Tony was asked to be the Chair of the Youth Education program because he was a Toastmaster. During his duration as Chair, Tony has promoted the venerable Annual Poster & Literary Contest to the students and schools in the Dundas, Ancaster and West Hamilton area. This was something that he experimented with by trying different techniques in getting the Grade 1 - 12 students involved and excited about participating in the contests with their poems, essays and posters.

The way it's turned out, unknown to Tony at the beginning, is that he got involved, because he was a Toastmaster, the following has developed:

  • more students, teachers and their families got involved
  • many more students blossomed with recognition for their submissions
  • He had to make different types of presentations to the students
  • sometimes as many as eight in one day in individual classes
  • sometimes if front of large assemblies of approximately 650 people 
  • uniquely, at one exceptional family's home (home-taught students) for five straight years. Their mother recently told Tony that her kids no longer consider him as "the Legion guy" but as "their friend" - a very high compliment presentations made at Legion award ceremonies

Tony came home one day and found himself on the front cover of the Dundas Star. This is just one of many media news releases that the local newspapers have provided. Three years before, the Ancaster News posted another separate picture of Tony with students on its front page.

Of the seven Legion Branches in our Zone (Hamilton, Burlington, Dundas, Stoney Creek), Tony's Branch students win 70% of the awards, consistently.

Mohawk College
Eleven years ago, Tony was contacted by a professor at Mohawk College to provide a 45-minute presentation on public speaking. Since then, members of his club, Valley Town Toastmasters, have made such presentations every year - except for the year of the provincial strike - in which they also heavily promoted the Toastmaster program. One year, Tony and his club members made nine separate presentations at Mohawk. This past February, Tony and two more members presented to a packed-room audience of 73 students. Over the years, Tony had personally received plenty of "thank you notes" from students. One of his newer neighbors was a student in one of the presentations five years ago and she clearly remembered Tony and Toastmasters.

Air Cadets
Ten years ago, Tony was referred to the Southern Ontario Air Cadet organization because he was a Toastmaster. Since then, every year near the end of April, local Toastmasters have been judging their annual debates at Mohawk College. Last April, Tony was recognized by the Chief Judge in front of 30 other judges for his contributions. There is a photo of Toastmasters posing with Air Cadets attached to this email.

Cactus Festival Parades
In 2008, Tony initiated his club's participation in the annual Cactus Festival Parade during August in Dundas. Other local clubs have supported this initiative as well. This has brought great awareness of the Toastmaster program in the area and members have learned over the years that some people joined various clubs because they saw Toastmasters in the parade. There is a photo from the most recent parade attached.

Arthritis Society of Canada
Eleven years ago, a coordinator from the Arthritis Society of Canada sent emails to local Toastmaster clubs looking for volunteer presenters. Since then, Tony has done approximately 30 two-hour presentations on managing chronic pain. In 2015, he received the Ontario Provincial award for excellence (see the photo of him with the bouquet and trophy with the young lady). A few years ago, the Society's HQ asked for Tony, the "Toastmaster", to be the MC at a local fundraising walkathon.

Hamilton SMOG Hockey Team
Team SMOG Champions 2016This may appear to be unrelated, however, it was significant for older hockey players. As captain of the Hamilton SMOG, Tony facilitated co-ed (male and female) participation in a men's league. One year, his team won a tournament in Newmarket with a good mix. See the two photos. Activities like this are important to "social" improvement.

Young Taiwanese Merchants Association
This is one of Tony's favourite stories. At the last minute, he was "promoted" to be the primary keynote speaker at a conference for the Young Taiwanese Merchants Association of Toronto. Instead of presenting to a smaller group in a classroom, Tony made a longer presentation on "Overcoming the barriers to multi-cultural communication" in a large ballroom in front of 160 attendees, television, radio and newspaper crews. There is a photo of a newspaper article in a Chinese newspaper attached. Tony was also personally interviewed on the radio.

Over the years, Tony has also made presentations to the City of Hamilton Health Unit (6), Free Masons of Hamilton and the Women's Institute of Canada. He has also been called upon to provide advice on many speech contests and debating activities by volunteer organizations.

Communication and Leadership Award Spring 2020

Fellow District 86 Toastmasters

If you are a Toastmaster in District 86 and you know of a person who merits this award and meets the criteria listed below you may submit a nomination form. Please copy both your Division and Area Directors.
Please contact me if you have any questions.

Samaa El Sayed, ACS, ALB
Public Relations Manager District 86

The District 86 Communication & Leadership Award is a prestigious award that may be given annually to a non-Toastmaster who has made outstanding contributions in the areas of communication and leadership across District 86.

The Purpose of the Award
The purpose of the award is to honour a non-Toastmaster who has made substantial contributions in the areas of communication and leadership.

The District 86 Communication & Leadership Award, if made for the year, is given at the Spring Conference, during dinner on Friday, at which time the recipient gives an appropriate address.
The award is given in the form of a plaque, purchased by District 86 from Toastmasters International, and appropriately engraved with the winner’s name, year of the award, name of award, and other pertinent information. 

Award Recipient Criteria
Following are the criteria used for award recipient selection:

  • Must be a resident of the geographical area covered by District 86 (i.e., the heartland of Ontario from Sarnia and the Niagara peninsula to Mississauga and Markham to the Bruce peninsula to Temiskaming Shores and Timmins to Sudbury and Sault St. Marie and all communities in between.)
  • Must be a non-Toastmaster, can be a former Toastmaster
  • Should have distinguished himself/herself as a leader or spokesperson for a worthy cause or purpose, especially as it exemplified their communication and leadership skills
  • Shall have made a significant contribution to the communities within the District. The impact of this contribution must not be limited to one organization, but must be community/district wide
  • Should support Toastmasters organization
  • This award may not be presented to a recipient a second time.
  • Must be able to personally accept the award and give an acceptance address at the District 86 Conference
  • Must be a skilled communicator/speaker
  • A person who has become a public official, a business leader, an academic leader, or who is successful in other fields of endeavour would be an excellent nominee

    Nominations must be submitted by:
  • February 15, 2020
  • Award Announcement Date March 1, 2020
  • Spring Conference Dates: April 24, 25, 26, 2020
  • Spring Conference Location: Hilton Meadowvale | 6750 Mississauga Rd | Mississauga | ON | L5N 2L3  | Conference Details >>

Download the fillable application and guidlines and email it to Samaa by February 15th /2020:

Samaa El Sayed, ACS, ALB
Public Relations Manager District 86

Upcoming District Conference 2020

What’s that all about?? My first exposure to the District Conference was about 22 years ago. I joined in February and went to my first Conference in April of the same year. All because I had an invitation from a fellow member Alicia who asked me to join her for the International Speech Contest as she didn’t want to drive all the way from the Brampton to Markham by herself. WOW, what an event!!!
OMG, what an eye opener!!! Not just an eye opener I think my mouth was wide opened all the time I was there. The venue classy… people friendly and welcoming, having fun… the quality of presenters on stage!! The contest was a m a z i n g! After that I wanted to take in what else was in the offering and realized …… there was more than meets the eye. I only came for the International Speech Contest but there was an Evaluations contest too!!! Then I checked out the write ups about the presenters and workshop. You can learn about being a better leader, self improvement, become a better present, speaker a n d sooo much more??? My company would have paid thousands of dollars for a few hours workshop and here I could pay a hundred or so (don’t forget 22 years ago) for a three-day event and get so much more including food, entertainment, Keynote speakers, awards, networking, meeting new people and making friends.

Toastmaster conferences aren’t stuffy and snobby, unlike some other conferences I’ve gone to especially for a shy person where you feel lost and left out. At Toastmaster conferences, people actually are friendly, they greet you, welcome you and they talk to you. Talk, surprised!! We’re Toastmasters!!

Never a dull moment, if you like you have something to do you can or can just sit back network or observe.
I was hooked!

Looking for more? I have another installment coming soon.

Eva Britton, DTM
2020 Conference Co-Chair, District 86

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

Algoma Toastmasters Club #2648 Holds Fall Open House

Open House AlgomaToastmasters

Algoma Toastmasters had a successful Open House utilizing their regular scheduled meeting time and location. Although only 2 guests attended, one has since joined the club and the other has attended 2 subsequent meetings with intentions to join! Given that conversation rate, Algoma Toastmasters is incredibly proud of the success of this event.

Wanting to give guests the complete Toastmasters meeting experience, a full agenda was planned with inclusion of all the typical meeting roles. The Word of the Day – ‘Actualize’ was chosen by the executive in advance, allowing the regular members to incorporate the theme into their roles easily and also providing a theme for the night. Table Topics were based around inspirational quotes one could use to ‘Actualize’ their potential! The planning process was led by V.P. of Education, Ryan Walker ACS, CLB, MS2 – who used this event to complete his High Performance Leadership project.

For speeches, 2 educational presentations were given from members of the executive, first an overview of the benefits of Toastmasters membership by President Matthew Lance, CC, CL, IP1. Next our V.P. of Education, Ryan Walker ACS, CLB, MS2 delivered a deep dive into the Pathways Program. Finally, we had an example of a typical speech given by one of our newest club members, Kelly Legault. All of the speeches and roles were trialed at the previous weeks’ meeting. This allowed our speakers to get valuable feedback from their fellow Toastmasters before the day of the event. We were quite happy with the extra preparation we took for this event, as it ensured smooth sailing and a professional presentation for our guests.

For more information on Algoma Toastmasters Club #2648, visit https://saultalgoma.toastmastersclubs.org/

by Maggie Gasparett

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.


Is West Nipissing Ready For A Toastmasters Club?

West Nipissing, a municipality of amalgamated towns and villages with a population of 14,000 is very bilingual and is in the news. Check it out!

Colleen Charland, DTM PM4
North Bay & Area Toastmasters

Toastmasters Tribune

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