OF THE YEAR AWARDS

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From the left: Spirit Award and Publicist of the Year-DENNIS BARTEL, DTM | Toastmaster OTY – MARK HAYES, DTM | Division Director OTY - KYLA WERRETT, DTM | Area Director OTY - LOU MULLIGAN , ACS,ALB | Club OTY for Education Leadership - PORT CREDIT TOASTMASTERS(Steve Eliot) | Club Coach OTY - DERIDOR COLLIER, ACS,ALB | Club OTY - ENERGETICS TOASTMSASTERS(Clifford Graham, DTM)  | Club OTY for Membership Leadership - BRAMPTON TOASTMASTERS(Eva Melakuova )  | Club President OTY - YOSHITH PERERA, ACS, ALB

Each year district 86 recognizes members whose exceptional dedication and enthusiasm supported the district mission.
The nomination and selection process is very challenging with so many outstanding nomination submissions to consider.
Here are the finalists who have contributed to their club, area, division and district.

District Spirit Awards

The Spirit of District 86 is awarded to a member who consistently exemplifies Toastmasters values, and who has made a significant and notable contribution to District 86's success.
Any member in good standing may be eligible for this award, except for elected District leaders. There were two nominees:
Lisa Hennessy, DTM, nominated by her Sudbury Area Clubs and Dennis Bartel, DTM, who won the award.

Dennis set the bar high when he served the district as the Public Relations Manager 2017-2018.
Always willing to help Dennis mentored his replacement Matthew Ogbulafor, designed the district backdrop and the 10th anniversary logo among others.

Publicist Of The Year

This award recognizes publicity efforts by promoting Toastmasters throughout the year toward achieving the district mission.
It's awarded to a member who does the best job of promoting Toastmasters through a variety of media and throughout the District.

Dennis Bartel was the recipient of this award, as he arranged for the city of Brampton to proclaim Toastmasters month and personally led a PR campaign with publicized visits to each of the clubs in Brampton.
He continues to personally promote the consistency of using the Toastmasters branding across the district.

Club Coach Of The Year

The Club Coach of The Year Award goes to a successful Club Coach who led their club back to Distinguished Club status. Club Coaches that make these opening criteria are measured on the breadth and depth of their activities. The nominees for
CLUB COACH OF THE YEAR were, Deridor Collier, Ambitious City and Jeanie Lai Sheridan Park. It was awarded to DERIDOR COLLIER, ACS,ALB

Collier, supported the Ambitious City club to grow and retain their membership to qualify for distinguished status along with 9 education awards. She participated at club meetings and executive meetings and mentored club members to achieve their goals. And became a highly valued member of the club.

Club President of the Year

The President of the Year Award is based on Toastmasters club activities and personal achievements, including educational program, club administration, membership, and other club activities.
The nominees were: Millie Leng DHL, Sonia McGregor Creekside TD and Yoshith Perera Brampton
YOSHITH PERERA was named the CLUB PRESIDENT OF THE YEAR. Leading this club to achieve president’s distinguished -
Hereès what one of his club members had to say about him,
“As president this past year I watched as a young man grew into the role of a leader seamlessly. He invoked confidence in his team and a desire to push forward by his members. He lead by example and allowed us as members to grow with him.

Club of the Year

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There are three levels to this award AND THREE DIFFERENT WINNERS.

Education Leadership won by PORT CREDIT TOASTMASTERS

The members of this club achieved 19 education awards in the legacy program AND 6 Pathways program for a total of 25 awards.

Membership Leadership, awarded to BRAMPTON TOASTMASTERS

This club has an overwhelming 20 members with over 3 years tenure, the club sponsored 2 youth leadership programs and 2 Speechcraft programs, has 2 new club mentors and members serving on the district executive and conference committee.

ENERGETICS Toastmasters won the Club of the year award.

This club achieved president’s distinguished by April 30, 2018 and achieved 42 educational awards # 14 in the world with 28 legacy and 14 Pathways awards including 3 DTM’s.

This club also focused on Strong membership building and retention efforts with 3 members serving on district executive, officer training, and district committees

Area Director of the year

The Area Director of the Year is based on the Area performance and the individuals' contributions to that achievement. last year there were 63 area directors.
The nominees were: Lou Mulligan Area D87, Cindy Tate Area 34, Muktha Tumkur Area D82

Lou Mulligan was the receipient of this award. He went above and beyond to support the members in the Area and became the club coach for one of the struggling clubs.

Of the 3 clubs to achieve presidents distinguished 2 of the clubs did so for the first time in recent years with this directors training and coaching.


Division Director of the year

This award recognizes the division director whose dedication, commitment and area team significantly contributed to achieving the district mission.
The nominees were: Maheeza Mohamed Division B and Kyla Werrett DTM Division D

The award went to Kyla Werret who achieved Presidents distinguished status, FIRST IN THE DISTRICT with 67% of the clubs achieving distinguished or better. Though two clubs were suspended early in the YEAR by April 3 new clubs were started. Providing opportunity for many members to serve as club sponsor and mentor.
She also took on the demanding role of the district’s alignment committee chair.

Toastmaster of the year – the top award of the district

This award recognizes one Toastmaster whose dedication, commitment significantly contributed toward achieving the district mission. Criteria include membership, education, leadership, public relations and Commitment and support of district, division and area events.

The nominees were: Dennis Bartel, DTM Hershaw, Raising Champions, Mark Hayes, DTM Port Credit and Sheridan Park and Thomas Mathai, Mississauga Sales and Marketing

MARK HAYES, DTM was pronouncedTOASTMASTER OF THE YEAR

A member of 2 clubs, his usual week will find him at club meetings or events 3 to 4 times a week.

Serving as leadership to HELP rebuild a struggling club to achieve presidents distinguished, participating at several prospective club demo meetings, mentoring a new club AND serving at contests. This toastmaster is always willing to help OUT.

A TRUE Supporter of the Toastmasters education program, Delivering dozens of manual speeches completing 12 personal education awards this year to earn his second DTM and is very close to his third.

October Declared Toastmasters Month in Sudbury

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Special Thank you to Timmins Mayor Steve Black, North Bay Mayor Al McDonald, and Sudbury Mayor Brian Bigger for helping Division N promote Toastmasters, and proclaiming October “Toastmasters Month” in your respective cities.

Mayor Brian Bigger proclaimed October as Toastmasters month in Sudbury.

Educational Webinars by Albert Chang

District 86 will be holding its first of several educational webinars beginning on Sep 27th.

To view the list of topics, please visit the webinar page http://www.toastmasters86.org/programs/program-quality/webinar  

Our first topic will be getting to know the Distinguished Club Program or commonly known as the DCP. The session will begin at 8pm, with a Q&A afterwards. 

If you are not able to attend, there's no need to worry as all webinars will be available for viewing on the webinar page afterwards. 

To join please use the following link: https://join.me/toastmasters86PQD
or you can dial in by phone 647 977 2648 & enter the conference ID 800 443 639 #

87th Annual Toastmasters Convention

The 87th annual Toastmasters Convention was a great experience. I recommend that every Toastmaster attend one International Convention in their life time.

Hosting a conference of this size requires lot of planning and commitment. The Convention was attended by over 2,000 delegates from all over the world. There were 500 helping hands. I was very lucky to be part of the Helping Hands Team, which included over 10 people from District 86. I was also lucky to cover the events in the convention. I promoted the various events via Facebook posts in the group page. This year, more than 30 people attended the convention. We all wore our red and white on the inaugural day. We proudly supported our country and the District. The national anthem of the US was followed by the Srilankan anthem. The flag procession was an epic scene. It was indeed an awesome and beautiful sight.

Kristina Johnston, our District 86 Director, was recognized in the “Excellence in Program Quality for 2017-2018”. Outgoing International President Balaraj Arunasalam presented this award. There were 105 recipients this year. This was presented at the Hall of Fame Awards. Jocelyne Vezina Club Growth Director presented the new International President, Lark Doley with New Club charter papers.

Roger Caesar did our District 86 proud as one of 106 semifinalists around the world. Roger has represented our District for the third time. Dennis Bartel, Cindy Tate and the team back here organized great viewing event, partnering with the Brampton Library for Roger’s speech. Roger's family joined the party. There were over 60 people who saw this via live streaming. This was a District PRM initiative.

With a speech titled, 'Still Standing' Ramona J. Smith, a high school teacher from Houston, Texas, won the Toastmasters World Championship of Public Speaking on Saturday, August 25th. For the first time in the Contest's history, female competitors swept the top three positions. Smith is only the fifth woman to capture the World Champion of Public Speaking title since the contest began in 1938. The second place was taken by Zifang Su D88, China and Third Place, Anita Fain Taylor D47, USA.
The finalists were:
Ramona J. Smith, D56
Zifang Su, D88
Anita Fain Taylor, D47
Wiwiek Najihah Binte Hairudin, D80
J. A. Gamache, D61
Kenny Ray Morgan, D6
Eric Feinendegen, D30
Al Frederick Lacorte, DF
Kwong Yue Yang, D89
Kevin Matthew Johnson, D37

Some of the other features in the Convention were:

  1. An amazing presentation by Keith Ferrazzi, 2018 Golden Gavel Recipient. Ferrazzi's extensive influence in encouraging individuals and organizations to build trusting, mutually beneficial relationships. As chairman and founder of ‘Ferrazzi Greenlight’, a research institute focusing on behavioral science and its effects on business, Ferrazzi works to determine how companies can eliminate behaviors that hinder progress and instead adopt those that foster growth. His research on relationships, along with decades of experience as an entrepreneur and chief marketing officer for multinational corporations, helped him develop his influential leadership techniques for “Leading Without Authority”. Ferrazzi says connection is the driving force behind all success both personal and professional.
  2. The other Convention presenters were: Pat Johnson, Steve Gilland, Sarah Khan, Johnny Campbell, Michelle Tillis-Lederman, Lars Sudman, Mohammed Murad and Eldonna Lewis-Fernandez.
  3. There was the 'Smedley Step Challenge' to promote the Smedley Foundation.
  4. There were networking lunches.
  5. The marketplace, and the candidates' corner was awesome:
    • We learned so much about leadership by just attending the candidates’ corner. 
    • We met the various Regional Advisors, International Presidents and our very own Canadian Second Vice President, Margaret Page. 
    • We have a new International Director now, thank you Vera Johnson for an awesome job! 
    • Carol Prahinski is the new International Director Region 6 who has joined the Board of Directors. 
    • Melissa McGavick joined Jeff Sobel as Region 6 Advisor.
  6. The hotel and the river tour were great, it was an awesome experience.

The next Toastmasters Convention is at headquarters, Denver, Colorado. Thereafter it will be in Paris so, hopefully after reading this, that you will plan your next convention.

Mallika Sothinathan  DTM
District 86, PRM

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Announcing District 86’s 2017-18 “Of The Year” Awards Finalists

Congratulations to the nominees for an OF THE YEAR award for dedication, commitment, and contribution towards achieving the District mission. The recipient of each award will be announced and awards presented at the District 86 Marketing Expo on September 29th, 2018. CONGRATULATIONS! 

Publicist Of The Year: Dennis Bartel DTM Hershaw/ Raising Champions
Club Coach of the Year: Deridor Collier Ambitious City | Jeanie Lai Sheridan Park
President Of The Year: Millie Leng DHL # 06545120 | Sonia McGregor Creekside TD # 864603 | Yoshith Perera Brampton # 2347
Area Director Of The Year: Lou Mulligan Area D87 | Cindy Tate Area 34 | Muktha Tumkur Area D82
Division Director Of The Year: Maheeza Mohamed Division B | Kyla Werrett DTM Division D | 
Club Of The Year: Brampton # 2347 | Energetics # 4826 | Port Credit # 1474
Toastmaster Of The Year: Dennis Bartel DTM Hershaw/ Raising Champions | Mark Hayes DTM Port Credit/ Sheridan Park | Thomas Mathai Mississauga Sales and Marketing

These individuals and their clubs have gone above and beyond in their participation in the Toastmasters program. The efforts of these members have enabled them to shine as leaders in our District. Thank you for your service to District 86!

See more about awards and past winners here

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

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