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

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