Members Making a Difference and Distinguished Toastmasters

On November 23 2019, District 86 honoured all it’s Of The Year Award winners. We had an amazing night of celebration recognizing the successes of our leaders and members from the 2018-2019 Toastmaster year. In addition to the Of The Year Awrds we also recognized Members Making A Difference, Distinguished Toastmasters and Directors who's areas and Divisions received Distinguished status. 

Members Making a Difference Awards

Members Making a Difference

Starting from the left: Ken KlunderACG, ALB | Dennis Bartel, DTM | Gaby Mammone ACB, CL, PM4 | Louisa Steele, DTM | Tuula Redditt, DTM

DTMs

High fives went around the room with so many Distinguished Toastmasters being recognized, Congratulations!

Distinguished Directors

Check all these Distinguished Directors representing Distinguished Areas and Divisions for 2018-2019

Congratulations to all these inspiring members!

Of The Year Awards 2018-2019

OTYAwards 2

On November 23 2019, District 86 honoured all it’s Of The Year Award winners. We had an amazing night of celebration recognizing the successes of our leaders and members from the 2018-2019 Toastmaster year.

This year we had many nominees, I would like to identify each nominee before naming the winners of each category:

Alvin Abawan | Aurie Contosta | Brian Patton | Cal Lockhart | Candu Toastmasters | Cindy Tate | Confidentially Speaking TM | Deridor Collier |  Felicia Ketcheson | Firdaus Walele | Grant Bouchard | Halton Hills TM | Leslie Benfield | Margaret Waechter | Matthew Ogbulafor | Nancy Movrin | Peter Day | Ram Lakhanpal | Shamela Shah | Tim Douglin | Tuula Redditt | Vasu Desikachary

District Publicist of the YearMatthew Ogbulafor
Our District Publicist of the Year award celebrates the individual who made the biggest impact in helping promote Toastmasters in the community. Public Relations is challenging for some people and this year we were blessed with a wide range of novel ideas. We had clubs reaching out to their local media, we had several cities recognize Toastmasters Month and so much more. Matthew Ogbulafor has helped the District is a wide array of formats. Heplayed an integral part in Emailing all District members, was responsible for the distribution of the Newsletter, was a key coordinator in arranging the interview and subsequent promotion of the video of our International 1st Vice President Richard Peck DTM, managed some of our social media content on Facebook, and created 8 Press Releases and distributed them to the media.

Club Coach of the YearRam Lakhanpal
Our Club Coach of the Year submissions this year were amazing. I was amazed at how many awesome people were submitted. It makes me feel all warm inside knowing we have so many great coaches supporting our clubs. This year, club coaches were asked to submit a club recovery plan so that the Club Growth Director knew the coach and club were a good match and had a plan to achieve success. Ram Lakhanpal identified that new members needed a 10-step plan to their success in Toastmasters provided to them on the first day of membership, that additional Pathways support was needed, there were several opportunities to promote the club in the community using posters, Facebook, Meetup, as well as identifying many different little ways the club could take things they were doing to the next level. Evidently, they succeeded. Seven different club members with many of them being new achieved multiple educational awards, the club added 12 new members, the club achieved President’s Distinguished status, its club officers were trained in both rounds of training, hosted workshops on Pathways, Evaluations, Member Engagement, Motivating People, Meeting Roles, and Beginning Meetings with a Bang. Wow it made me out of breath just saying all this when I presented the award.

Club President of the YearLeslie Benfield
Leslie Benfield left me breathless with everything he has achieved. He has helped take their club to new heights. This club has 80% of its members enrolled in Pathways now, grew its membership by 18%, and has been promoted in many unique ways to promote its presence and establish relationships with clubs in many different locations in order to learn and adopt as many best practices as possible. Leslie earned seven educational awards on his own, coached a club to success, travelled all over to promote his club including Kitchener, Sudbury, Ottawa, Miami, Chicago, Dominican Republic, Georgetown in Guyana, was on television, attended multiple marketing expos, multiple contests, District 86 conference, the International Convention in Chicago, created a Gavel Club, the list could go on. Most importantly, Leslie led his club to President’s Distinguished status for the first time in the Chez Nous Toastmasters club history.

Area Director of the YearAurie Contosta (Area 44)
Aurie Contosta can be summarized in many different ways-a ray of sunshine, the Energizer Bunny, and someone who is always on the go. She has taken the role of supporting her clubs and Division to a whole extra level. The Area grew its membership by 3%, has 67% of its officers enrolled in Pathways, found a corporate sponsor for their Division’s Marketing Expo, provided an extra level of support to their fellow Area Directors, and supported their clubs so well that for the first time their area had two President’s Distinguished Clubs and one Distinguished Club. Additionally, she demonstrated the value of Toastmasters by earning 5 different educational awards, being a member of 3 different clubs-one of which is a French club, serving as a club officer in two of her clubs, , serving as a club coach, and more. Aurie enjoyed her Area Director role so much, she’s stepped up and is now serving as a Division Director.

Division Director of the YearCindy Tate (Division B)
Cindy Tate can be described as always willing to help and go the extra 100 miles to support her team. She had substantial Pathways support amongst her Division Leadership with 55 % of the club officers and members enrolled, earned two levels in two different paths herself, had several Area Directors earn levels in Pathways, had substantial Area Director Representation at all District Executive Council meetings and Division Council meetings, led 5 of 7 Area Directors to achieve Distinguished or better status, hosted the most successful Marketing Expo in District 86 as Division B’s was the only one to have many guests, served as a successful club coach, supported the oh-so-close creation of a club that added 21 new members to other clubs, created a second corporate club at their company that charted a few weeks late due to a few key individuals being on vacation, served as Assistant Area Director to one of their Area Directors going thru some very serious medical treatments, mentored members across 4 different clubs, is a member of 3 different clubs, had 21 clubs achieve Distinguished Status or better, and did all this while also serving as the District Alignment Chair where she also contributed well over 100 hours of service in addition to being the Division Director.

Toastmaster of the YearTuula Redditt
Tuula Redditt is always seen with a smile on her face and extending a helping hand. Tuula has shown dedication and leadership in regards to membership, education, and leadership. She has developed membership by providing workshops for their club Speak to Inspire, conducting membership building campaigns, sponsoring 3 new members, and supporting the marketing expo initiative throughout the District. In terms of education she has helped develop it throughout the District by providing club officer training, coordinating three different Speechcraft Programs,  a Youth Leadership Program, volunteering at club, area and Division contests, She earned 3 different levels in the Pathway program, and facilitating communication of all District education communication on the website. Tuula has served as a strong leader throughout the District by serving as a vital part of the District PR team last year as an assistant to the Public Relations Manager, serving on the Conference Committee, serving as a mentor and coach to multiple Area Directors in her Division, serving as a club officer, and mentoring 5 different members. In terms of public relations, she is immensely valuable. Tuula served as the Blog & Newsletter editor for her club and the District, served as the graphics coordinator for all District created materials for contests, business cards, the Go for Bold program, website banners and modules, and more. In addition she helped promote the District through her local Rotary club, her local Senior’s Center, and her local YMCA. Over and above all this, she went far beyond her own boundaries and learned how to help manage the District website so she could make updates to various forms, the District calendar, banners, modules, events, and more. When I presented the award, I was out of breath just thinking, never mind saying how Tuula Redditt has influenced people throughout our District.

Club of the Year Awards
For Club of the Year for District 86, this award is split into three categories – Membership Leadership, Education Leadership, and Overall Club of the Year. This award is based solely on the total number of points and we had fantastic candidates this year.

Clubs of the Year

Membership Leadership AwardHalton Hills Toastmasters Club
Our Membership Leadership Award recognizes overall membership growth and retention, District Support, Membership Years of Service, Community Programs, and Club Officer Training. Halton Hills has 11 members with 3 or more years of membership, 21 new members, two members served on the District Executive and on District Committees, one member served as a Club Coach and had all its club officers trained in both Phase 1 and Phase 2.

Education Leadership AwardCandu Toastmasters Club
Our Education Leadership Award recognizes overall Education Achievement in terms of the number of awards by combining the total number of awards in the Legacy and the Pathways programs. Candu had 26 awards last year between the Legacy and the Pathways programs with 21 of them coming from Pathways. They are a true leader in the adoption of the new Toastmasters Education program.

Club Of the YearClub of the YearConfidentially Speaking Toastmasters Club
Our Overall Club of the Year recognizes achievement in both the Membership and Education categories. This is the third time that Confidentially Speaking has earned this award and this year they earned 40 awards between the Legacy and the Pathways programs and they are a club that believes in maintaining its members with 18 having three or more years of membership and they also had 40 new members. They also had all seven club officers trained in both Phase 1 and Phase 2.

The Conference Experience by Carl J Naus

Are you getting the most from Toastmasters?

You can get added value by attending the District’s Conference where we come together to compete, learn, network and socialize. You will see inspiring keynote speakers, learn through educational workshops and experience fantastic speech contests. (The speech contest may inspire you to step out of your comfort zone and compete yourself). You will learn from each other's best practices and how to enhance your club experience (practical ideas that you can take back to your club). Corporations can sponsor their members who will be invigorated by the great speakers they will see. Personally, I have attended over 10 Conferences and have always enjoyed myself. I have gained so much from the workshops and have been inspired to become a better speaker.

The Conference is at the Hilton Meadowvale April 24-April 26, 2020 and is valued at $299.00 until Dec 31 when prices will rise!

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Carl J Naus
District 86 Spring Conference Sponsorship Chair

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.

Reflections of the TLI (Toastmasters Leadership Institute) June 1st 2019

TLI June 1st 2019

Reflecting back many years to our officer training sessions we used to have I have to say there is such a great improvement and it's more of an experience than just an education session. I remember back in June 1st 2013 our district transformed its officer training sessions and launched it's first TLI training session. Carolyn Hoxie, D86 Lieutenant Governor of Education at the time came up with this wonderful idea that we have prided ourselves on ever since. The school auditorium was packed with standing room only for some of us. It was a record breaking success. The District presented a skit on 'Toastmasters Behaving Badly' which I was a part of and enjoyed thoroughly giving a bad evaluation for a bad speech. The District 86 Executive stepped up and presented quality workshops and training. They brought in caterers feeding hundreds of hungry Toastmasters a delicious hot lunch satisfying all special diets. We increased the cost of attending to accomodate great food and venue costs. This was the beginning of our District's future to present quality training for our clubs.

Fast forwarding to June 1st 2019 TLI training at the Meadowvale Secondary School which I attended with several our club's newly elected executive. Not much has changed since our first TLI in 2013. We still provide the same quality training, entertainment ...and great food. Leading me to express my gratitude for having the pleasure of working with great leaders all these years. Why mess with a good process! If the event draws in 100's of people I think we are doing something right don't you think?

Finally I'd like to share with you all my very first NEWSLETTER. In this newsletter there is a great article about our first TLI event.  I have been taking care of the Newsletters and Blog posts all these years and have enjoyed reading and sharing the great news from our District. If you have a story you would like to share check out how to do that here BLOG PAGE.

Testimonial by Felicia Simpson incoming Secretary for Speak To Inspire Toastmasters Club in Brampton

Felicia attended the June 8th Training session in Malton and this is what she had to say:  It was excellent.  I enjoyed the day!  Learned a lot.  Especially loved the two speeches in the afternoon by the blind lady, Melanie Taddeo.  Her speech was very emotional and the  title was "The Unforeseen Journey" and also the very inspiring speech by Steve Hopkinson, "DIG Plant Grow."  It was encouraging to see so many people out so early on a Saturday morning!  I saw two ladies whom I had met previously at the Mississauga Toastmasters held at the Mississauga Civic Centre. One of these ladies led the Secretary Training.  Her training was excellent and it was nice to see that there were a few male secretaries as well. 

 

 

Candu Toastmasters Hosts Their First Speechcraft Series

In January 2018, the Candu Toastmasters Executive met to discuss possible OpenHouse activities - traditionally we'd either invited guest speakers or hosted workshops, but we were ready to try something different. We'd heard a great deal about Speechcraft but weren't certain that we could cover the content in six, one-hour sessions. Our Club President, François Cussac, took the lead in tailoring the program while the remaining Club Officers agreed to both serve as mentors and deliver the program presentations.

From our first session held on March 7th, it was clear that the Speechcraft program is the necessary jumping off point for new members under Pathways; it was amazing to see how each student’s confidence improved and, by the final session, each of them had become comfortable public speakers (two of the students have gone on to join Toastmasters, one at our club). The most memorable feedback from one of the students was "It wasn't at all what I was expecting … it was FUN!"

To celebrate their (and our) success, the following was posted on Nuclear Canada’s Intranet:
Let's congratulate Candu Toastmasters Speechcraft graduates

SpeechcraftersOn April 17, seven Nuclear Canada employees successfully completed the six-week Speechcraft program that was organized by Candu Toastmasters club:

Simer Jawandha

Emma MacDonald

Padmashri (Anu) Paranjape

Grace Tineo

Teodora Narvaez

Fabiola Jimenez

Kal Elenein

The graduates learned the basics of both speech development and evaluation as well as several techniques to improve the impact of their presentations. Their mastery of these basic skills was demonstrated during presentations where one student would provide an introduction, a second would deliver a speech and a third would evaluate both the speech content and its delivery.

Vincent Tume BSc CD LD4 ACG ALB CSEPM
VP Public Relations, Candu Toastmasters Club
Area 81 Director

Education Session by Pat Johnson at TLI

Speaker Bio Pat Johnson

Pat Johnson, past international president, is the owner of Pat Johnson & Associates, where she coaches leaders to help them find their greatest versions of their authentic selves. She works to help individuals overcome their self limitations and to aspire to more in life. She is also an affiliate and mentor coach at Accomplishment Coaching.

From 2004 to 2006, Pat was elected and served as International Director on the Board of Directors for Toastmasters International. She continued in Vice President roles until 2010/11, when she served this non-profit educational organization as their International President and Chairman of the Board. She is the only Canadian woman to serve in this prestigious role.

During the past 15 years, Pat has been a keynote speaker and educator in a long list of countries around the world. She was the manager for Learning Masters, who provided expertise for the new Toastmasters Pathways learning experience program. Most recently, she held the role of Host District Convention Chair for the 2017 International Convention in Vancouver, Canada.

TLI Education Sessions – Building and Sustaining Vibrant Corporate Clubs.

How Mentors and Coaches from Community clubs Communicate with Corporate clubs.

Approximately 60 percent of our Toastmasters clubs are in corporate environments – yet many of these clubs struggle. That’s because we support them using the techniques and knowledge that has worked for community clubs.

To help these struggling clubs, we must:

  • Think like a genuine stakeholder within the corporation
  • Meet their expectations of us as their education program provider
  • Have expectations of them beyond providing a meeting facility and tuition being paid

Join Pat for an informative discussion that can change your interaction with, and expectations of, your corporate programs.

District 86 Douglas Barclay Award-2018-2019:

Tony B DB award

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.
Congratulations to this year’s recipient Tony Bratschitsch, DTM. Tony has been a Toastmaster for 12 years and has held many officer roles including District Governor, Division Governor and numerous club officer roles. He delivered seventeen training sessions since 2010 and continues to promote the Toastmasters program wherever possible. Tony is a well-respected Toastmaster in District 86 and continues to demonstrate the Toastmaster values whenever he can.
The award was presented to Tony at the District 86 Toastmaster’s Spring Conference, April 14, 2019 held in Mississauga.


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

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

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