Forever With Us-Remembering Cindy Tate

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On September 27th, 2020 District 86 lost one of its biggest and brightest stars. Our beloved Cindy Tate passed away and has left a huge hole in the hearts of all of us here at Toastmasters. Her light was one of the brightest beacons we have seen with that infectious smile and that willingness to do anything possible to make life easier for others.

Cindy wasn’t just a Toastmaster, she was a mother, daughter, sister, a bride-to-be and a friend. She always gave her undivided time and energy to help others and now it’s time that we do the same for her and her family. Today we honour her life, her legacy, and her spirit.
Let us keep Cindy Tate’s bright Star light shining forever!

Past District Director Jacklyn Payne, DTM: "Our beloved Administration Manager, Cindy Tate left us quietly on September 27th. Cindy was serving her 2nd term when it was cut short. We will be holding a special tribute to Cindy in honor of her contribution towards the success of District 86 at the Annual Awards presentations on Oct 17th, 2020. Cindy gave unselfishly and has touched many lives throughout her 10 years with Toastmasters. We will miss her dearly."

District Director Jocelyne Vezina, DTM: “Cindy has been the pillar against which I leaned when things got stressful. Whether it was preparing for a DEC meeting, our regular weekly meetings, getting medals and trophies engraved, distributing the Minutes, mailing awards or ordering supplies, Cindy never said “no”. Her contagious smile and her support will be missed by all. Rest in peace Cindy, wherever you are.”

Roger Caesar, DTM: "We have lost one of the brightest and biggest stars this district has ever known. Cindy Tate was the true example of what Toastmasters and a friend is all about. Her infectious smile and her willingness to help in anyway that she can allowed many of us to witness her greatness and she will be greatly missed.

From the minute I came into Toastmasters I have known Cindy and she has been instrumental in many ways of helping me grow as a communicator but more importantly as a leader. She has been a mentor to me helping to develop my skills tremendously. As Division Director last year I leaned heavily on Cindy as she was the past Division Director and Division Director of the Year. Without hesitation she became my right hand, guiding me and nurturing me to make positive decisions that were necessary to continue to make our division successful. Our division contest would not have been a success if it weren’t for her guiding hand in helping me to organize and orchestrate bringing in all of the past winners and providing Isabel Hershaw with the new Division B Trophy in her name. Her desire to see others succeed was why I consider her one of the greatest people I‘ve ever known.

They say people come into our lives for a season or reason. I believe Cindy has come into our lives for a reason and that is to shine her infinite light and humility on all of us and allow us to understand how blessed we were to have had her here with us. She will be sorely missed but never forgotten."

D86 Virtual Annual Awards Presentation & Tribute 2019-2020

Date: October 17, 2020
Time: 1:00 – 4:30 PM

District 86 celebrated the 3rd annual “Of the Year Awards”. It is the District’s time to recognize and celebrate its members for their contribution and achievement inside and outside of Toastmasters.

I am very proud of our members for stepping up when the Covid-19 pandemic struck. Thank you for acting quickly to move on line so we could complete the rest of our Toastmasters year successfully. We appreciate every one of you for helping the district achieve its goals as well as your personal goals, those of your clubs, Areas and Divisions. It is your efforts that keep Toastmasters alive. Let’s celebrate the results of your labour. 

Jacklyn A. Payne DTM
Past District Director 2019-2020
Toastmaster District 86

Feel free to down load the agenda and printable PDF for a keepsake!

Here is a list of awards and winners for 2019-2020:

Toastmaster of the Year Award: Cindy Tate DTM
The Toastmaster of the Year award is given to a member who best exemplifies Toastmasters International values in supporting the District mission. The Toastmaster of the Year is expected to excel in a variety of leadership and communication; educational; and marketing and public relations activities.

Peter Crabtree President of the Year Award: Patricia Williams
The President of the Year Award is based on Toastmasters club activities and personal achievements, including educational programs, club administration, membership, and other club activities.

Area Director of the Year Award: Howard Bishansky
The Area Director of the Year is based on the Area performance and the individuals' contributions to that achievement. The achievements are measured across membership building and retention, club extensions, distinguished club program, education and training, leadership commitment and support, and public relations.

Division Director of the Year Award: Millie Leng DTM
The Division Director of the Year is based on the Division performance and the individual's contributions to that achievement. The achievements are measured across membership building and retention, club extensions, distinguished club program, education and training, leadership commitment and support, and public relations.

Club Coach of the Year Award: Bramh Memone DTM
The Club Coach of The Year Award goes to a successful Club Coach who leads their club back to Distinguished Club status. Club Coaches that make these opening criteria are measured on the breadth and depth of their activities.

Tony Bratschitsch Club of the Year Award
All clubs in good standing are eligible. There are three levels to this Award.
The Education Leadership Award will be awarded to the club with the highest number of points in the Education Leadership category. Confidently Speaking TM Club
The Membership Leadership Award will be given to the club with the highest number of points in the Membership Leadership category. Glen Abbey TM Club
The Club of the Year Award will be given to the club with the highest total number of points in ALL three categories.
Region Of Peel TM Club

Publicist of the Year Award: Somnath Bhattacharjee
This award recognizes publicity efforts by Toastmasters throughout the year. It's awarded to a member who does the best job of promoting Toastmasters through a variety of media and throughout the District.

Douglas Barclay Award 2019-2020: Michael Proudlock DTM
Awarded annually to a Past District Officer who continues to exemplify our Toastmasters values of integrity, respect, service & excellence and for their contributions and continued service as well as the promotion of Toastmasters to the outside community.

Spirit of District 86 Award 2019-2020: Lisa des Vignes, Ryan Roach, Anne Dockeray, Leslie Fitzgerald, Karen Reese, Nikolina Ivankovic
The Spirit of District 86 is awarded to a member who consistently exemplifies Toastmasters values, and who has made a significant and notable contribution to District 86's success.

The MMAD Awards 2019-2020: Nancy Movrin, Ethel de la Penotiere, Richard Lewis, Melanie Taddeo
The MMAD (Member Making A Difference) Award goes to members of District 86 who volunteer their communication and leadership skills learned at their clubs to better their communities and lives around them in a significant and notable way outside of their Toastmasters regular duties.

Communication & Leadership Award 2019-2020: Anna Silgardo
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. Read more about our recipient Anna here:

A Toastmaster’s Journey To Make a Difference

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A new "Support Local Centre Wellington” sign can now be seen on both sides of the Trestle Bridge on Wellington County Road 18 in Aboyne! The Township of Centre Wellington's program encourages residents to shop local, and help support small business owners in overcoming the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. (Left Photo)
September 17 at 7:56 AM · Just heading to the trail starting my day with a smile! Do something today that makes you smile! (Photo Of Smile Cookie)

Bio: Neil Dunsmore DTM ia member of Centre Wellington Toastmasters. Neil is a Motivational Speaker at Neil Dunsmore and Associates. He actively presents motivational speeches at other clubs and venues. 

Center Wellington Councillor Neil Dunsmore and Distinguished Toastmaster is embarking on a heart felt journey, to raise awareness for mental health issues in our community and across our country. He will walk from the Center Wellington Councillor Chamber’s in Elora to the Peace Officer’s Memorial in Ottawa, which is held this year on Sunday September 27th.

The total journey will be approximately 500 km and Neil's goal will be to keep a pace of 30 km a day.

Its Neil’s goal to not only raise awareness but to bring our community together and raise funds for the Cody Shepperd Project in support of their mental health initiatives. 

September 23rd as Neil's journey continues we will update the post with new pics. Go Neil Go! You are making a difference!

Read more about Neil's personal story published in the Wellington Advisor

Presidential Citation Award

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Aurora Toastmaster to receive the Presidential Citation at Toastmasters International Hall of Fame Ceremony

Ross Mackay, DTM, PID, AS, a seasoned Toastmaster will receive the Presidential Citation at the Hall of Fame ceremony during the 89th Toastmasters International Convention slated for August 27, 2020.

The Presidential Citation, one of Toastmasters highest awards, is given for outstanding and continued contributions to Toastmasters International's organizational growth and excellence.

Mackay, a Distinguished Toastmaster, professional speaker and trainer, started his Toastmasters Journey 29 years ago when he joined the Towns of York Toastmasters Club in Aurora, Ontario. Over the years, he sharpened his communication and leadership skills by taking full advantage of the Toastmasters educational curriculum and by helping others in his community.

His excellent oratorical skills helped Mackay place 3rd in the Toastmasters World Championship of Public Speaking in 1995 from a field of over 20,000 contestants. He is also the only Toastmaster in District 86 to have earned the Accredited Speakers Award for professionalism and outstanding achievements in public speaking.

Mackay has also served on the Board of Directors of Toastmasters International.

Toastmasters District 86 Director, Jocelyne Vezina expressed her excitement over the recognition. "Ross has spent many years guiding young Toastmasters members to excel in their professional careers", she said. "He also was instrumental in creating our District over ten years ago during the Reformation phases. This award is well deserved. We rejoice with him and his family."

Mackay's desire to help others succeed has been his driving force since he became a Toastmaster. "From my early days as a member, it became increasingly apparent to me that Toastmasters can change the lives of those who may never have a chance of doing so by any other means", he said. "It continues to be particularly relevant for all people who want to develop their self-confidence, and their communication and leadership skills."

Mackay, an author of 5 non-fictional books and 3 audio books including "Humour is No Laughing Matter." He is happily married to his wife, Margaret for over 50 years.

For more information about Ross Mackay, please contact Lisa des Vignes, District 86 Public Relations Manager.

Stabilizing & Strengthening Clubs Workshop

Reflections on the workshop by Matt Kinsey, DTM, PID

MattKinseyBlog imageOn July 29, 2020 Matt Kinsey delivered a Masterclass workshop in membership building.

We learned how to increase the members in our clubs  | "How to" attract, retain and grow our clubs membership | We learned membership Growth Strategies | CPR membership techniques and how to breathe life into our clubs | and we learned about Club Growth Initiative 

"I found some fantastic ideas to help with membership building and issues that our clubs face especially during the pandemic. The workshop was very informative and useful. Matt is a great educator with valuable experience."_Tuula Redditt 

A recording of this event is now available. Check it out!

About Matt Kinsey, DTM, PID

ENGLEWOOD, Colo., Aug. 23, 2019 — Matt Kinsey, of Coral Springs, Florida, has been elected Second Vice President of Toastmasters International, the world’s leading organization devoted to communication and leadership skills development. Kinsey was elected to the one-year term at the organization’s 88th annual International Convention, held Aug. 21-24 in Denver, Colo.

As a member of the Toastmasters International Board of Directors, Kinsey is a “working ambassador” for the organization. He works with the Board to develop and support the policies and procedures that guide Toastmasters International in fulfilling its mission.

Kinsey is the CEO of MK Tech Group in Coral Springs, Florida, which he started in 2007. Kinsey oversees all aspects of his IT consulting firm that services small and medium-sized businesses in the South Florida area.

Kinsey holds a master’s degree in computer information systems from the University of Phoenix, Arizona. He has a certificate in strategic management and was recognized with the Silver Beaver and Vigil Honor awards for his work with the Boy Scouts of America. As a Boy Scout volunteer for 23 years, he has held numerous positions within the organization including district chairman, event chairman, and currently serves as the council’s camping chairman.

A Toastmaster since 2003, Kinsey is a charter member of his home club, Outspoken Toastmasters, in Coral Springs. He has held a number of high-profile leadership positions within Toastmasters and has attained the Distinguished Toastmaster designation—the highest level of educational achievement in the organization.

“I have learned that to be most successful, you need to lead with your heart and not your head,” he says. “There is no finer program than Toastmasters for helping people build their self-confidence, communication and leadership skills.”

Toastmasters Branding Advanced CANVA Workshop

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Toastmasters District 20 and Resources for Toastmasters (RTF) Facebook Group hosted a first and unique Toastmasters Branding Workshop from Kuwait City on Wednesday, 27 May via the ZOOM video conference platform. On the heels of that very successful workshop, Training Team conducted an Advanced CANVA Workshop on Thursday, 11 June. These passionate CANVA Trainers were: DTM Cajetan Barretto, TM Roshan Lewis, TM Naram Alaradi, and TM Bijal Karia. One interesting feature was the inclusion of Jess Ruyter, London-based CANVA Product Design Manager to ensure CANVA was used appropriately. The audience were fellow Toastmasters from Toastmasters Districts, in a Public Relations role and function at the Club level, at the District level worldwide.

Workshop Learning Objectives include: (1) CANVA Elements (2) CANVA in Action (3) CANVA Tools (4) CANVA App in Mobile (5) CANVA Hands-On. The entire workshop was conducted using tools from the basic free CANVA. Even though there are far greater tools, features and storage with the subscription CANVA PRO, it is not essential to go for that expensive option. The Learning Objectives for the Experienced Users includes: Start creating branding program for participant own District, and respective Clubs.

Training Team continued with their novel learning model by getting the participants to join a specially created WhatsApp Group 10 days prior to the workshop. There were such interest that the number was limited to a maximum of 256 participants, a feature of WhatsApp upper limit. The participants were users with some exposure, experienced users, and those in between. There were many opportunities for the group to share thoughts and experience in Toastmasters branding, content creation, and everyday challenges. The WhatsApp Group Members benefitted greatly from the feedback that the trainers provided to the participants individual attempts or submissions. Training Team went beyond the call of duty, by being available before and after the workshop!

All in all, the Training Team displayed leadership by providing exceptional initiatives and services to the Toastmasters Community. So proud to be experiencing first hand - Toastmasters Helping Toastmasters, previously in a basic CANVA Workshop, and now in the Advanced CANVA Workshop. We can all learn and aspire to become a better brand ambassador, to strengthen the brand and be compliant. To summarise on the impact of the Basic CANVA Workshop and Advanced CANVA Workshop - It has ripple effects on Toastmasters Branding worldwide.

For those who miss the workshop, as well as those who were at the workshop and want to go back and try the hands-on, there is indeed opportunity to learn from watching (and re-watching) the 2-hour workshop, that was recorded (https://youtu.be/h7R-9v71ngo).

Acknowledgements: (1) Trainer DTM Cajetan Barretto, Division F Director Elect, District 20 (2) Trainer TM Roshan Lewis (3) Trainer TM Maram Alaradi (4) Trainer TM Bijal Karia (5) DTM Ali Shabaz Region 11 Advisor, Past District Director 20 (6) DTM Noor Mohammad, Resources for Toastmasters Facebook Group Administrator (7) DTM Wafaa Salman, District Director 20 (8) DTM Mohamed Saleem, District Director 20 Elect (9) TM Priscilla Dias, Workshop Chat Monitor & Quality Assurance (10) Jess Ruyter, CANVA Product Design Manager, based in London, UK.

George How Pak Hing, PEng, DTM
OTM Oakville Toastmasters, Club Founder
Area Director of the Year, 2016-2017
Blog Submitted June 15, 2020

Toastmasters Branding Online Global Workshop

George How4District 20 and Resources for Toastmasters Facebook Group hosted a unique and amazing Toastmasters Branding Workshop on Wednesday, 27 March via the ZOOM video conference platform. The Workshop were conducted by Certified Trainer TM Cajetan Barretto from Kuwait, and Certified Trainer TM Verna Bonaby from Bahamas. Why unique Workshop? The audience were fellow Toastmasters from worldwide Toastmasters Districts, in a Public Relations role and function at the Club level, at the District level.


COVID-19 has been a challenging time for the whole world, including the Toastmasters International organisation. Toastmasters have been resolute and resourceful. Lockdown has been an opportunity for Toastmasters to connect with like-minded Toastmasters around the world via online meetings. Various Districts have already carried out their Annual Business Meeting via online format. It is also an opportunity for Toastmasters to learn something new, something productive when we are in a confined mode. This specific workshop was an opportunity for Toastmasters worldwide to learn about Toastmasters Branding.


Workshop Learning Objectives include: (1) Brand Color Palette (2) Logo (3) Fonts (4) Images (5) CANVA Hands-On. With a diverse audience, the Learning Outcome for the Novice Users includes: Start creating content that gives priority to branding guidelines; the Learning Objectives for the Experienced Users includes: Start creating branding program for participant own District.


Training Team decided to make the workshop a unique learning experience by getting participants to join a specially-created WhatsApp Group 10 days prior to the workshop, where there were some preparatory work. There were such enthusiastic interest that the number was capped to a maximum of 256 participants, a feature of WhatsApp upper limit. The participants were new users, experienced users, and those in between. There were countless opportunities for the group to share information, thoughts and experience in Toastmasters branding, content creation, and everyday challenges. The whole group benefitted from group osmosis and the feedback that the Training Team provided to the participants individual attempts and submissions.


The actual Workshop was well attended by over 200 plus eager participants. One can safely say that it was likely one of the largest group of like-minded members, coming together virtually from different parts of the world, focussed on Toastmasters brand awareness. At the end, there were lively sessions on Q&A on both TM Baretto’s and TM Bonaby’s presentations. The Chat Monitor compiled all queries to ensure that all were addressed. There is so much more to learn and explore by spending time on the Toastmasters International/Resources/Brand Portal Section, and CANVA Design Tool as reference starting point.


All in all, the Training Team displayed leadership by providing exceptional initiatives and services to the Toastmasters Community. So proud to be experiencing first hand - Toastmasters Helping Toastmasters. We can all learn and aspire to become a better brand ambassador, to strengthen the brand and be compliant. To summarise on the impact of the Toastmasters Branding Global Online Workshop - It has ripple effects on Toastmasters Branding worldwide.


Acknowledgements: (1) Trainer TM Cajetan Barretto, Incoming Division F Director, District 20 (2) Trainer TM Verna Bonaby, Incoming District Director 47 (3) DTM Ali Shabaz Region 11 Advisor, Past District Director 20 (4) DTM Noor Mohammad, Resources for Toastmasters Facebook Group Administrator (5) DTM Wafaa Salman, Past District Director 20 (6) Priscilla Dias, Workshop Chat Monitor & Quality Assurance.


George How Pak Hing, PEng, DTM
OTM Oakville Toastmasters, Club Founder
Area Director of the Year, 2016-2017
Blog Submitted May 28, 2020

First Time To The Conference?

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As a First Timer to the Conference you get treated royally. A special reception is held just for you where you have the opportunity to rub elbows with the District Trio, Toastmasters International Dignitaries and the accomplished DTM’s. A team building exercise helps break the ice and helps you get to know your fellow first timers, DTM's and Dignitaries a little bit better. This is done especially for the First Timers to welcome them and make them feel comfortable in unfamiliar territory when attending their first conference.

We want the First Timers experience to be a positive one. A chance to learning, gain knowledge, experience the workshops, observe the best of the best speakers, make new friends and have a lot of fun.

I’ll be looking out for you April 24th.

Eva Britton, DTM

District 86 Conference Co-Chair 2020

LINK to register on Eventbrite

LINK to conference page

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