Congratulations to Jonathan Hood, Communication & Leadership Award Recipient
The Communication and Leadership Award is by the District to a non-Toastmaster in the community who is an outstanding communicator or leader - and who best exemplifies Toastmasters values. The recipient for the 2016 Spring Conference is Jonathan Hood, former CFL athlete, motivational speaker, youth mentor, and corporate goal coach.
Jonathan began his professional football career with the Edmonton Eskimos in 2009. Later, he went on to play for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in 2010, and finally the Toronto Argonauts in 2013. He retired in May of 2015 and has since been focused on shifting his on-field experiences to developing and inspiring people off the field.
Jonathan quickly realized his talent and passion for motivational speaking when he and his football teammates began making appearances at public school engagements.
Jonathan’s natural ability to influence people provided him the opportunity to be an effective mentor. In 2011, he founded Ahead of the Game, a youth mentorship program designed to empower youth and promote positive change. Jonathan and his team of athlete facilitators continue to appear at schools all over the GTA (York and Peel Region) and have served over 1000 youth and young adults.
Jonathan has been mentored under the leadership of business professionals such as John Maxwell and CFL Hall-of-Famer Michael ‘Pinball’ Clemons. He now uses his skills and expertise to assist in the corporate world speaking at corporate events, conferences, and fundraisers. He also works with businesses to assist employees and leaders with personal development and encourages people to reach their highest potential! He facilitates corporate workshops to discuss topics such as: effective communication, teamwork, and leadership. Jonathan’s clients range from young aspiring football players to leadership team members of major banks. No matter what your goals are Jonathan challenges you to connect with your true self.
He is currently working on his first book titled ‘Level the Playing Field’ which expresses how to effectively communication with the youth of today. To learn more about him visit www.jonathanhood.ca and www.aheadofthegame.ca
Congratulations to Members Making A Difference Award (MMAD) Recipient Amparo Cifuentes DTM
Toastmaster Amparo Cifuentes DTM
is the Sprig Conference MMAD recipient. The Madd award goes to members who volunteers their Toastmasters communication and leadership skills to better their communities and lives around them in a significant and notable way outside of their Toastmasters regular duties.
Read more about Amparo Cifuentes DTM on our blog at Members Making A Difference Award M.M.A.D.
Looking for Nominees
Douglas Barclay Award
The District 86 Douglas Barclay Award is awarded each year, at the Spring Conference, to recognize an active Toastmaster with a history of contribution and continued service to Toastmasters both within and outside the District.
Nominations must be submitted by: March 25, 2016
Douglas Barclay received a Toastmasters Presidential Citation in 1981. He was a very dedicated Toastmaster who served the organization and the District for many years. He was District 60’s Governor (twice!), and an International Director. He was a tireless contributor and promoter of the organization.
More Information and Submit Nominees
Our District 86 Spring’16 Conference, the Power of Teamwork ! will be here before we know it! We look forward to hearing your educational presentation and are certain that everyone will enjoy and learn from your workshop. We are excited to offer you and other Toastmasters the opportunity to sell your books, CDs and DVDs at the conference.
Deadline for Submission is April 15, 2016. Please remit all your information today!!
The guidelines for the District 86 Conference Author's Corner are:
- You reap 100% of your profits
- You are responsible for selling and supervising your own products. Your table in the Author’s Corner display will be available from Friday 2:00 pm until Sunday 2:00pm and you must be registered at all times your wares are available for sale. Any other person selling on your behalf must also be a Conference registrant in that time slot. You may want to bring a table cloth to cover your books , CD’s or DVD’s as we are not responsible for any losses.
- If you wish to participate in this opportunity, we need the following information from you as soon as possible:
- The title of your book(s), CDs, DVDs
- The subject matter
- The dates you are registered for the conference (full or partial registration),
- We will have 4’, 6’ and 8’ tables available for displays. Please let me know which size you will need; (we reserve the right to reduce the size depending on available space.)