District 86 Program Quality

Kristina JohnstonjpgProgram Quality Director District 86 - Kristina Johnston, DTM

Welcome to each and every single member of District 86!

We are at the start of a brand new Toastmaster year and we are going to make it a great year. We have an excellent example to follow from the year that has just finished and we are making plans for the year ahead.

Currently, it is the magical time of our year where we each establish our goals for the year and determine what educational awards we wish to achieve. As your Program Quality Director I want to support each of you as work towards your goals. I have personally benefited from setting goals for each year and I always make sure to stretch myself beyond my boundaries and break new frontiers. I welcome the opportunity to learn about your own Toastmaster journeys and to hear about your goals. I encourage you to set two types of goals this year-ones you feel very confident you can achieve and one that is more of a stretch that you would feel fantastic about achieving. I would also encourage every club to set similar goals-it would be amazing to see every club stretch beyond their past achievements.

Our year ahead will also see the introduction of Pathways, two amazing conferences and some fantastic contests. These opportunities are just a few of the events that will allow members to grow and experience new things.

In order to support each of you along your Toastmaster journey I'd like to introduce you to the PQD team:

Toastmasters Pathways Chief Ambassador: Jocelyne Vezina
Education Training Chair: Leona Wilson
Education Engagement Chair (Moments of Truth support): Bob Moore
Chief Judge Chair: Brian Brennan
Easy-Speak Chair: Al Steele
Fall Conference Co-Chairs: Kelley McIntyre, Shawn Salokannel
Spring Conference Co-Chairs: Al Steele, Louisa Steele

On behalf of myself and the rest of the PQD team, we look forward to supporting each and every single member of District 86 so that all our clubs can be strong. Working together we can ensure all our clubs are successful and vibrant.

Kristina Johnston DTM
Program Quality Director
District 86 2017-2018

Press Release - Kristina Johnston DTM, a member of Port Credit Toastmasters and Great Minds Advanced Toastmasters in Mississauga, was elected at the District 86 Council Business Meeting on Saturday April 29. The annual elections were held during the three-day 2017 spring conference in Kitchener, Ontario. The Toastmasters District Leadership manual describes the Program Quality Director as "responsible for all aspects of education and training within the district. This includes supporting quality club programming efforts, promoting the Distinguished Club Program and planning, organizing and executing the district conference. "Johnston will plan, organize, and direct the district's training programs for the 63 areas in 10 divisions. "Program Quality Director will appoint a district conference chair, training coordinators and committee chairs to promote education achievements within clubs".

In response to, "Why do you want to be a district officer?" Johnston wrote,  "I've benefited so much along my Toastmasters journey that I have a very strong desire to return the favour and in turn serve others along their own journey. I've learned to listen to the little voice that nudges you and I want to serve others while continuing along my own journey too. Helping others achieve their own goals and realize a growth that they never thought possible is a strong passion of mine. I want to help others achieve their own dreams and break new frontiers."  She is now appointing coordinators and committee chairs.

Johnston, a Toastmasters member since 2011, has taken on leadership roles at the club and district level. At the Port Credit Toastmasters Club, she was the vice president membership in 2011-2012, VP education 2012-2013, and president in 2013-2014. Her leadership experience on the District Executive includes being an area governor in 2014-2015 & 2015-2016, division l director 2015-2016.  She was appointed the Club Coach Coordinator 2016-2017 and the Spring 2017 Conference Chair. Kristina is currently a club mentor for Oakville Toastmasters, a new club chartered on April 11, 2017. In addition to Toastmasters experience, Johnston has over 14 years in sales and marketing,  "My 17 years in the scientific and medical industries (14+ in sales and marketing) has given me the ability to rapidly adapt to changing situations, become a servant leader, develop keen analytical skills, develop and support differing strategic initiatives, mentor and educate."

Johnston was given the 2014–2015 Area Governor of the Year Award and the 2013-2014 President of the Year Award for going above and beyond.  She led Area 57 to Select Distinguished in 2015–2016 and Area 53 to Distinguished in 2014-2015. As Port Credit Toastmasters club president the club became Presidents Distinguished and recipient of the 2013-2014 Education Leadership Award. In October 2015, Johnston achieved her Distinguished Toastmaster award, the highest award Toastmasters bestows.


District 86 PQD Join.me Webinars


We plan on having many other sessions throughout the year and this list along with the recording will always be able to be found here as it gets updated. I'm looking forward to a great year and please be sure to reach out to me with questions if you need. 

District 86 PQD Joinme Webinars Phone Numbers to use to dial in:

  • Main: 647-977-2648
  • Conference ID: 800 443 639

Login Information:

Join the meeting: join.me/toastmasters86PQD

Others Available in Canada

  • Brantford: 226-401-9363
  • Charlottetown: 902-200-0149
  • Edmonton: 587-415-0177
  • Montreal: 514-800-1233
  • Ottawa: 613-699-9318
  • Quebec: 581-705-4251
  • Saskatchewan: 306-400-1019
  • Toronto: 647-977-2648
  • Vancouver: 778-654-8779
  • Winnipeg: 204-500-0399
  • US and other countries - contact Kristina for link


  • Sept. 3-7pm: How to host a Contest by Leona Wilson DTM, D86 Education Chair
  • Sept. 3-8:15pm: How to be a Chief Judge by Leona Wilson DTM, D86 Education Chair
  • Sept. 10-7pm: Judging by Leona Wilson DTM, D86 Education Chair
  • Sept. 10-8:15pm: Distinguished Club Program by Leona Wilson DTM, D86 Education Chair
  • Sept. 17-7pm: Table Topics by Richard Lewis DTM, 2015 District 86 Table Topic Contest Champion
  • Sept. 17-8:15pm: Eliminating the Confusion-How do I find resources on TI and D86 websites?
  • Sept. 24-7pm: Old School DTM-Requirements & Strategies by Clifford Graham DTM, Division S Director
  • Sept. 24-8:15pm: Pathways-What is in it for me and the club-Overcoming Objections by Jocelyne Vezina DTM, D86 Chief Ambassador
  • Oct. 1-7pm:Moments of Truth-what is it, how do I use it and why? by Robert Moore ACG, ALB, D86 Education Engagement Chair
  • Oct. 1-8:15pm:Moments of Truth-Part 2-Now what do I do with the results? by Robert Moore ACG, ALB, D86 Education Engagement Chair
  • Oct. 8-No Joinme Webinars-Happy Thanksgiving Everyone
  • Jan. 21-7pm: Contest Chair-Tips and Tricks, Q&A by Brian Brennan DTM, D86 District Chief Judge
  • Jan. 21-8:00pm: Chief Judge-Tips and Tricks, Q&A by Brian Brennan DTM, D86 District Chief Judge


Please use Chrome or Firefox to access the recordings. It is best to watch/listen from your computer instead of a tablet.

Upcoming Topics

  • Best Practices for Meetings
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District 86 - Area and Division Success Planning

Cover 1490 2016 07 06 13.33.53Area and Division teams develop their success plans based on the needs and goals of the members they serve.  The Area and Division Success Plans evaluate current situations, establish specific goals, and develop strategies to achieve success. 

The Toastmasters International document "District Recognition Program" (available on this page) includes templates for District, Division, and Area success plans. 

revision 3/2016

Area--Division-Success-Planning-1Also available on this page is the webinar presentation prepared and delivered by Mike Proudlock, DTM last year's PQD on September 30, 2015 on "Area Success Planning", which includes examples of how an Area Success Plan/Division Success Plan templates could be completed.  

pdfArea Division Success Planning.pdf 

pdfDistrict Recognition Program.pdf

District 86 - Distinguished Club Program

The Distinguished Club Program is an annual program - running from July 1 to June 30 - that consists of 10 goals all Toastmaster's clubs strive to achieve. The 10 goals are grouped into four areas:  Education, Membership, Training, and Administration.  Based on the number of goals achieved, clubs may be recognized as Distinguished, Select Distinguished, or President’s Distinguished Club.

Learn more about:

Click on the District 86 Dashboard image on the left to go to the District 86 Dashboard on the Toastmasters International site.  From there, you can drill down to find your club, area, or division performance.

TIPS To Stay Focused

How to Keep Members Engaged and Committed to their Toastmasters Communication & Leadership Goals. Tips from Lance Miller 2005 World Champion Public Speaking, James Clear and LGET.




VP Education - Resources

2017 - 2018 Club Planning  Calendar

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Help plan your club meetings,contests and events using this weekly planner. Complete with dates for club level contests.

Click on the image to download your own club spreasheet.


Mentoring New Toastmasters - A How To Guide

Pages from Mentoring New MembersA great resource for every club. Mentoring and Coaching “is to support and encourage people to manage their own learning in order that they may maximize their potential, develop their skills, improve their performance and become the person they want to be.” Eric Parsloe, The Oxford School of Coaching & Mentoring.

Mentoring can be a very positive experience for the Mentee, the Mentor, and the Toastmasters Club. When effectively implemented new members gain the support they need to understand the culture of the Toastmasters Club they have just joined and to set realistic, achievable goals aligned with the reasons/ purpose they had when joining the club and ultimately to reach these goals.

When a Mentoring Program is implemented in an effective manner, new members are likely to feel welcome, be more engaged in the club, become active earlier and stay with the club for longer periods of time. This in turn contributes to a healthier club with more engaged members and lower turnover. Click on the image to view and download.

Easy Speak

easy-speak.orgEasy-Speak is a meeting management software program written by a Toastmaster for Toastmasters designed to minimize human effort in the administration of the club and maximize the data available to run the club effectively.

Contact District 86 Easy Speak Chair  - if you are interested in learning more about the product.  He is a very knowledgeable about the software and how it can help your club and make the entire meeting management process for VPE's easier and more productive.

The Art Of Effective Evaluation - Workshop Presentation

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Fillable 6th Speech Certificate 2016-2017

6Speech Certificate 2017 18All clubs are encouraged to congratulate members and recognize their achievement in giving the 6th speech in the Competent Communicator (CC) manual. They are over half way done!  6th speech certificates are provided by the Program Quality Director District 86, to area directors. On the back are printed the advanced manuals with an outline of the projects in each manual.  Members are encouraged to think ahead about their education goal after completing the CC manual. There are many choices!  Your VPE will want to know which 2 advanced manuals to order when submitting your CC education achievement.
The 6th speech certificates are available from your area director. 

New this year - French version available for download here>> 

Please contact me if you need more. Kristina - programqualitydirector@toastmasters86.org

Toastmasters Speech Contests

Quality speech contests are an important part of the Toastmasters educational program. They provide an opportunity for Toastmasters to gain speaking experience, as well as an opportunity for other Toastmasters to learn by observing proficient speakers.

2017/2018 Speech Contest Rulebook

Be sure to read the new rule book. Download it here. This is the authority for all contests and changes are made every year. This years changes are marked with ♦. NOTE  Form #1177 is the Official note sheet for the contestants to use in the evauation contest. There is a new results form #1168 in the speech kit.

District 86 Evaluation and International Speech Contest dates: Club January 1 - February 3, / Area February 4 - March 3 / Division March 4 - April 8 - click here for Area Contest Dates and here for Division Contest Dates.

1171 rulebook 2017 2018    NEW results form 1168 Form 1177 Evaluation Contestant Notes

NEW - Speech Contest Eligibility Checker

Contestants , All Judges - Rule book page 5-7

Speech Contest Eligibility Checker

Club and district officers can use the Eligibility Checker to determine if members are in good standing---and belong to a club in good standing---and thus eligible to compete in a speech contest or be a proxy. Please note, club officers can only check the eligibility of members within their own club and cannot use this tool to determine the eligibility of other members. The same type of restriction applies to district leaders: Area directors can only check the eligibility of members within their area; division directors can only check the eligibility of members within their division; and district directors can only check the eligibility of members within their district.

How to Organize a Club Contest

Pages from 2016 How to Organize a Club Contest(And not lose your mind or your cool!)  

This newly revised contest resource will help you organize any contest. Please download and use to make your club contests a resounding success! Area directors and division directors will find this resource to be extremely helpful as well.  Enjoy!

Click on the image to view and download

Revised 2016


Humorous Speech and Table Topics Contest

Humorous speeches are 5 to 7 minutes long.  They must be original, clean humour, and not a monologue.  Table Topics are 1-2 minutes long.  They are impromptu speeches. The Humorous Speech and Table Topics Speech Contests are held at the Club, Area, Division, and District.

Area Contest Fillable Flyer for Print and Online 



Downlaod the Area flyer and customize to your area contest information. The header image can be used on website, social media and more. 

pdfArea Flyer Template.pdf

pdf Header Online Display.pdf


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International Speech and Evaluation Contest

The International Speech Contest is the most important of all Toastmasters Contests.  The speech is to be an original speech of 5-7 minutes.  It can be serious, funny, and inspirational. The International Speech Contest is held at the Club, Area, Division, District, and International level.  The International Speech Contest is the only one that goes all the way to the International competition level - and where the World Champion of Public Speaking is decided!

The Evaluation Contest is 2-3 minutes in length. A test speaker gives a speech which all the evaluation contest contestants listen to and then evaluate. The contestants are taken from the room and give 5 minutes to prepare their evaluations (using form #1177). They are called back to the room one by one according to the predetermined speaking order and deliver their evaluations. The Evaluation contest is held a t club, area , division and district level.

More information & resources about speech contests.

Download the International Speech Contest kit: 2017/2018

Download the Evaluation Contest kit: 2017/2018

Speech Contest tutorials

Speech Contest Script

Area Contests Promotional Items and Program

Download fillable flyer, Eventbrite banner, or Facebook banners and use to promote your Area Contests. Upload flyer to Google Drive, Dropbox or other storage sites, and share the link on in your Area Contest information. 

Use the banners and post on club / area / division Facebook Pages along with link or contests information. 

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Click in the section # and add your area. Click in content with < > and change for your contest. Delete if you you want empty. Open in Acrobat Reader or other PDF reader that allows for fillable forms.

pdfArea Contests Flyer A v2.pdf

pdfArea Contests Flyer B.pdf



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Division Contests Promotional Items and Program

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Click in the section ? and add your division. Click in content with < > and change for your contest. Delete if you you want empty. Open in Acrobat Reader or other PDF reader that allows for fillable forms.

pdfDivision Flyer A.pdf

pdfDivision Flyer B.pdf

pdfDivision Contest A2.pdf (use for morning or afternoon contests can change - enjoy a ... )


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Tall Tales Contest

Tall Tales Speeches are 3 to 5 minutes in length. They are full of exaggerated truths and unbelievable stories.

According to Westside Toastmasters who have this great article about Tall Tales, a Tall Tale should Include the following features:  a  character with extraordinary abilities and a specific goal; a problem that is solved in a humorous way; a careful blend of exaggerated and credible details; and a  comical endingThis is an optional contest that is hosted by some Clubs and Areas - but not at the Division or District level.




D86 Toastmasters Learning Institute + Winter Club Officer Training - Round 2

Date: January 20, 2018 
Time: Registration 8:15 am, Start time 8:50 am to 4:00 pm
Location: Lincoln M Alexander S.S.  3545 Morning Star Drive , Malton , Mississuaga  MAP
Contact: Kristina Johnson or Leona Wilson

Toastmasters Learning Institute is the largest training event of phase 2. We sell out every time so don't wait.  The day includes 2 rounds of club officer training breakouts, club enhancement workshops and more. Cost recovery includes lunch and refreshments.

  Click here to sign up for the training.

  Click here for the agenda


D86 Toastmasters Learning Institute - Summer Club Officer Training - Round 1

Date: May 27, 2017 
Time:  8:45 am - 4:00 pm; 
Location: 3545 Morning Star Drive, Mississauga, On, L4T 1Y3
Contact:  Mark Hayes District 86 Education chair 2016-2017

Click here to Register

Register early as this event sells out quickly.

Clubs with all 7 of 7 officers trained at this TLI will have an opportunity to win a full set of club officer pins. (all must attend the training for their role AND the club officer list must be entered for the 2017-2018 year before the training.)

Program available here>>>. Includes full day of club officer breakout training by role, educational workshops, keynote speakers and more. Light lunch included. 


When club officers are well trained to perform their duties, club members are better served. This makes the member experience more positive, which leads to increased member retention. 

A minimum of four club officers trained during each of the two training periods 

Your club achieves Goal 9 when at least four of its club officers—president, vice president education, vice president membership, vice president public relations, secretary, treasurer and sergeant at arms—are trained in their responsibilities. 

Officers must attend and fully participate in two district-sponsored training sessions. Credit is not given for non-officers attending in place of elected officers, and credit is given only for one person per office. Officers must be trained for the position to which they were elected. 

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

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