I don’t know how many Toastmasters would do the amount of commuting Michael McAra, DTM does from Toronto to his club in Mississauga. I’d guess more than a few, especially for the Toastmasters living outside major cities.

Another question is how far would you go?

Meena Gurung, a Toastmaster since November 1, 2017, lives in Chapleau. Meena first learned about Toastmasters in her native Nepal while working in the National Parks and Wildlife Conservation Program. The long distance made it too far to travel to Kathmandu. Meena returned to university for graduate studies in forestry. Fortunately, she had highly marketable skills needed in Canada and moved to Canada in 2005 with her husband and two daughters. She found employment in Hornepayne in 2008.

Recently Meena was hired by the Ministry of Natural Resources in Chapleau, about three and a half hours south of Hornepayne and only a little over a two-hour drive to the nearest Toastmaster Club in Timmins.

Porcupine Toastmasters now has a new member, who made the 200 km trip from Chapleau to deliver her Ice Breaker speech. Meena told the members of Porcupine Toastmasters, the story of her journey to find a club. Meena grew up on a subsistence farm in Nepal. Most girls of her generation did not have the opportunity to attend school yet Meena was able to complete university, emigrate to Canada and begin a new path of learning as a Toastmaster. Where will Pathways take her?

Colleen Charland, DTM

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