Area 27 – International Speech and Evaluation Contests

A few weeks ago, we had our Area International Speech and Evaluation contests.   Special thanks to our volunteers, and organizers, notably, contest chair James Tran, Chief Judge John Kjarsgaard, and Area Director Mohan Gunarajah for a well organized event.

With such great volunteers and speakers, it was easy to see why the event was a success.  Congratulations to all our contestants for their admirable performances.

We were definitely proud to have Mark Pilkington and John Krissilas representing our club.

If you thought the Area contest was fun, check out our Division contest.

Come and support John Krissilas from our club and speech winner Lalita Dixit from Liberty Leaders.

Division C – International Speech and Evaluation contests.

When:       Thursday March 23rd, 2017

Time:         6:30pm – 9:00pm

Where:      Metro Hall, 55 John Street, 3rd Floor, room number 308 (corner of John & King)

James Tran, our Area Contest Chair.

Mark Pilkington, a lucky Canadian and speaker.

Our Area Director Gunarajah and John Krissilas (Evaluation contest winner!)


Lalita Dixit representing Liberty Leaders and winner of 2017 Area 27 Speech contest!

Voluteers (Alex, Bina, John, Be, James, Mohan, Olga, Wes and Luke).  Other volunteers were hiding behind the camera.

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Meeting Recap March 15, 2017

Meeting Recap March 15, 2017

Reminder- our Division contests on Thursday, March 23, 2017 18:30 – 21:00, Metro Hall, 55 John Street, 3rd Floor, Room 308, Toronto, Contests commence at 6:30p.m., Be there 6:15p.m.

thumbnail_IMG_4736Our relocated meeting went off without any issues. Thank you Lillian H. Smith Library! The meeting was as wonderful as ever. Our first time Toastmaster Sarah Yang gave a great speech to start things off, and made sure the meeting had quick and smooth transitions, which ultimately made for a very productive meeting. Well done Sarah!


IMG_4737Our first speaker was Luke Talaba, shedding light onto the interesting topic of driver-less cars. Luke captured his audience with key phrases like “send a car to Ikea to pick up your order”. Thanks Luke for blowing my mind!

IMG_4732.PNGNext we had James Tran, giving us a speech about, and demonstrating, body language and both verbal and non-verbal language. Lots to take in with this one, thanks James.

IMG_4738Lastly in formal speeches, Bob Stewart gave a rousing speech on NOT waiting for life, and making things happen! You can’t wait for all your ducts to be in a row, you have to trust that they will fall in line, just like a Mother Duck. In a speech with life lessons and analogies, Bob was operating on all cylinders. Great work Bob!


Our Table Topics Master Olga had some interesting questions to challenge the club with, and ultimately it was John Krissilas who took the prize! Great job John!


See you next week, regular location of

Waterfront Neighbourhood Centre

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Wednesday, March 15, 2017 Meeting Location

This week, Waterfront Neighbourhood Centre is closed for March break but have no fear, our meeting will be relocated.

Wednesday March 15 meeting’s will be at Lillian H. Smith Toronto public library.

239 College Street, Toronto, ON
M5T 1R5 Auditorium room, basement.

6:15 pm to 8 pm

Sarah will be our toastmaster with 3 speakers. As always, guests are welcome!

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Meeting Recap March 8 2017

Meeting Recap March 8 2017

This meeting was full of guests, speeches and fun! Our Toastmaster Mark Pilkington started off the meeting with a speech about perseverance and trying something new when hitting a roadblock.

Mark (1)

Next we had Bina Bath give a memorable speech about having a positive attitude, and how this can help in so many ways, throughout one’s life and hardships.  She even had a great visual aid. Great job Bina!

The second speech of the evening was presented by Wes Vick, always a crowd pleaser! Wes gave us savvy business knowledge,  based on the success and failure of a few examples of recognizable companies. Don’t be like Enron!

Our last formal speech of the evening was delivered by future DTM and master speaker, James Tran. With his acting shoes on, James half-transformed into Alex Baldwin and gave an interpretation of a famous scene from the movie GlenGarry Glen Ross. James is always pushing himself and his creativity to the next level. Great work James!


And lastly, first time Table Topics Master, Jueun Kim led a great session!


See you next week! 

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Our club is pleased to host the Area 27 – International and Evaluation contests on Wednesday, March 1, 2017.

5 clubs will be competing for the best speaker and evaluator in the area!

Doors will be closed at 6:30 PM.

Contestants and volunteers, please come at 6:00 PM to be briefed.

Members and guests who do not have a role, please come at 6:15 PM or before our door closes at 6:30 PM.

See you all there!

Contest details:

Date:  Wednesday, March 1, 2017 at 6:30 PM

Location:  Medium Assembly room (big room near front desk) at the Waterfront Neighbourhood Centre, located at 627 Queens Quay West at Bathurst St., Toronto

Contests hosted by: 

Contest Chair –  James Tran

Chief Judge  – John Kjarsgaard

Assisted by our Area Director, Mohan Gunarajah

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