Perfect Moments – May 31 Meeting Recap

Have you ever had a moment where everything was just so perfect? This rarely happens but instead of waiting for it to happen, Toastmaster John encouraged us to make it happen. He referenced, the movie Amelia, where the star decided to make perfect moments for others.

John also gave a real life story example of a 9 year boy named Caine, who spent his whole summer waiting for customers to play at his cardboard arcade.  Caine’s dream become a reality when his first customer organized a flash mob and recruited 100+ more customers.

This week, we had two ice breakers: Catarina and Laurent.

Like a true gemini, Caterina has a personality with contrasting attributes.  Her personality is significantly influenced by her contrasting experiences, where she grew up living with several different families with different lifestyles.  Whistler, Tokyo, Germany, Calgary, China and Toronto, she has it all in her.  Now, she’s back in Toronto, and plans to blend her experiences and skills to create something from it.  Knowing her, it would be something brilliant!

Laurent, who was once a Real Estate agent, shared us a personal story of himself and his obstacles. From it all, he learned to rise above it.  He now reads a lot more and is more ambitious than ever before.  His obstacles helped to shape the person he is right now. Although he knows that he still has a few more molding to do, he is faithful that his obstacles will lead the way.

Tabletopic session was led by Louise with Andre winning the ribbon.  Congrats Andre!

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Do You Know What You Want? May 24th Meeting Recap

Success starts with knowing what you want, but most people do not know what they want.  Fortunately, we have Toastmaster Bob here to remind us that we do not need to be one of those people.  He gave us a simple assignment to do, which is write down what we want.  Write down every little detail. including the spouse you want to be with, the house you want to own, and person you want to become. Write it all down! We know, most people won’t do this, but the successful ones will.  Are you one of them?

We then had two speakers: Theresa and Luke, each tackling on a different project.

Theresa did her Icebreaker. She told us a story of how she learned about Toastmaster.  While bumming around,  contemplating on what she wanted to do with her life, she met someone who opened her eyes. He was a confident go-getter, and a Toastmaster member.  She realized she too can change her life around, and become quite an achiever herself.  Now she plans to go on this Toastmaster journey to further develop herself.  It sounds like she’s been writing down her goals.

Luke did his body language speech project on his red Toyota.  After 11 years, 250,000 km, and many memorable experiences, Luke had to let go of his car. It was a sad story (well not really).  Good journeys, camping trips… and a speech, his car has brought him very far, but it is time to say good bye.

Our table topic session was held by Heidi, and won by Camila.  Congrats Camila!


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‘Getting a job’ – May 17, 2017 Meeting Recap

As promised, this week’s meeting was just as exciting as our election.  We had another full meeting, including a new member induction, 3 prepared speeches (each earning a standing ovation) and a Table topics session.

To start off, our first time Toastmaster, Camila revealed her secrets for getting a job.  All we need is a goal and determination. Well, of course it wasn’t easy but if we persist just like her, we will land your dream job too.


IMG_1536This week, we inducted 2 new members: Andre and John.  Welcome Andre and John!

Our first speaker Heidi presented her ice breaker.  She shared a few interesting facts about herself including the first time she met her fiance.  Her Canadian and Dutch identities influenced her personality and values.  Although she ended up doing something entirely different than what she expected, she is still quite an achiever. Just to name a few, completing Biomedical Sciences at the University of Waterloo, running a business and being a responsible role model for her 3 siblings.

Her 10 year old self may be disappointed but we are impressed.  And who knows maybe she will achieve those 3 goals one day. Perhaps when she retires, she can be a cat breeder and a painter while living in Mars?  Whatever she ends up doing,  we are confident that she`ll be awesome at it.

3 Speakers: Heidi, Bob (with the ice and cup) and James.


The next two speakers completed their advanced bronze level (10th advanced speeches) . With their expertise and experience, they taught us something worth knowing and even gave us homework to do.  Truly great teachers..

From Bob, we learned that it’s a myth.  Is Global warming a problem, or is it plastic? What is the real problem?  Do your homework and find out.

A little more than a year ago,  Bob new year’s resolution was to work on his public speaking skills. and unlike most, he followed through.  He completed both CC and advanced bronze level and he did exceptionally well through them.

Bob always educate and entertain us from his vast knowledge in history, biographies and global affairs.  Congrats Bob! Thanks for sharing your wisdom and thought provoking ideas. You also showed us that you walked your talk.

Our third speaker was James.  This time he wasn`t selling us anything…  Phew..Or was he? Find out here.

Our assignment from him was to call our loved ones and tell them how much we appreciate them.  Awww… It takes a final speech to find out this side of James eh?

Congratulation James for completing the advanced bronze! Two weeks ago, James also completed his cc. This certainly takes tremendous dedication.   It was quite a marathon, speaking almost every week to complete 20 speeches. But just like what Olga said, he did it! And remarkably, James did!

We are proud of our speakers for going through the toastmaster journey by taking the courage to start or finishthe manual.

IMG_1568Finally, our table topics session was led by Dave.  He got us to work on our articulation, giving us topics to debate or ponder about.  Our guest Tom, won us over, by cleverly answering the question of which are more valuable, pets or babies?  Congrats Tom!

IMG_1573Beautiful weather this Wednesday…and yet we choose to be inside with our members.

Next meeting, Saad will be presenting his Ice Breaker and Luke focusing on body language.

Don’t forget to do your homework!  Otherwise you may not be allowed to attend next meeting (enforced by our current President).

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‘Because we care’ – May 10th Election Day Meeting Recap

Happy Mother’s day!  This week, we dedicated our meeting to thanked those who have cared for us, including our mothers and mentors. Mothers or anyone who have made a difference to our lives are real leaders who care. As Be’s mother said, ‘life is better when you care.’

Care enough, we can turn our lives around, care enough, we can make a difference in someone’s life, and care enough, we can be great leaders.

Thank you to all the members who have cared for this club.  This club is better because of you.

IMG_1466We listened attentively while our new elected President Wes spoke.


We are proud to welcome our new team commencing July 1, 2017:

Camila as our VP of membership

Wes our President

Sarah our VP of Education

Amanda our Secretary/Assistant of VP of Education

Olga our Sergeant of Arms

Heidi our VP of Public Relations


To complete the meeting, Be lead the Table Topics session, asking members to give toast to other members in congratulating on their life mile stones (including first son, graduation and getting a driver’s license).  In the end, we had two winners!  Congrats Alex and Silvio!

IMG_1531Cheers to our growing family!

Next meeting will be just as eventful as Camila will be hosting with 3 speakers (Heidi, Bob and James).

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The Power of Why – May 3, 2017 Meeting Recap


Toastmaster Catarina encouraged us to ask questions, particularly questions that transform us.  Questions starting with why.  ‘How’ is easy to find but why is what empowers us.  The answers to why questions give us purpose and reasons.  Next time, dig deep and ask yourself why?

This week we had 3 inspiring speeches:  2 came from project 10 (inspire your audience) and 1 from the third project (get to the point), which was equally as powerful.

It was indeed an exciting week as our club gained not 1, not 2, not even 3, but 5 new members!


President Be with 5 new members (Laurent, Mike, Adrian, Heidi, and Saad) and VP of Education Wes.

Three speakers: Camila, ‘So rich yet so poor’. Wes, ‘A place to be’, and James, ‘Leader in you.’

Click here to watch Camila’s speech. 

Our first speaker Camila explored the devastating economic condition currently crippling Venzuela.  She made us realize how fortunate we are to be living in Canada and at the same time, taught us 3 core economic terms, including scarcity, inflation and purchasing power.  Economic teachers and professors take note! Real economics explained in a way that is easy and interesting to hear.

We then had back to back 10th speeches from Wes and JamesWes spoke about a place for where we all should be. Where would that be? Toronto! It may not be that obvious us as we sometimes can take it for granted.  Wes gave us a few surprising statistics about Toronto, including being the city with the highest condomium development and one of the best nature scenarios. It is no wonder, many of our club members travelled from different parts of the world, even from opposite end to live here.  For Wes, it was also a place where he first met his true love in 2012.  heart

We can always count on James for getting us excited to be part of our club. James shared us his experience of being part of toastmaster executive team.  There were ups and downs, but in the end, the experience made him become a better leader and a better person. Being part of the executive team or taking on any leadership role is rewarding in so many levels.

IMG_1457As always, our meeting ended with a table topics session.  This time, Naada led a motivating session, getting us to think about our bucket list.  Louise won again…second week in a row.  Congrats Louise!

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