How OPS North Bay Toastmasters is Surviving and Thriving

The 2019-2020 year was a very eventful one for OPS North Bay Toastmasters and we’re happy to say that we’re still here!

Many of our members achieved their personal Toastmasters goals ─ whether it was giving their first Ice Breaker speech in Pathways, finishing the final few speeches for their Competent Communicator award, or completing a variety of challenging projects to achieve Distinguished Toastmaster status. The club was excited to cheer these members on from the sidelines!

We had three members celebrate the birth of children, which sometimes necessitated pausing their Toastmasters involvement. A few others earned promotions in the OPS and stepped away to attend to their new duties. Several others moved on from Toastmasters to embark on new learning adventures.

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                                                           Lisa Wilson, DTM & Colleen Charland, DTM

As a result, our small club grew even smaller and we were perilously close to not reaching our club growth target. With the help of our District Director, Lisa Wilson, who was also one of our club coaches and the encouragement of our Area Director, Colleen Charland, we set to work on building our membership.

Our efforts really paid off! We expanded our membership criteria to include individuals working at all levels of government plus a percentage of non-government employees. Our online meetings were advertised across the OPS to appeal to colleagues from other cities who were interested in joining a corporate club. Finally, we reached out to former members and a number of them signed on as inactive to help boost our numbers.

All clubs experience membership challenges at one time or another. The push that each of our members made during the last few months of the Toastmasters year has reminded us that our small corporate club has a valuable place in the OPS. As we continue to draw new members and enrich our club further, we aim to be an inspiration for others!

And, if you’d like to join us online during the noon hour on the second and fourth Thursday of the month, email Anthony Akomah at for an invite. We’d be overjoyed to welcome you!

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