Our meetings on Wednesday, August 28 and Wednesday, September 4 will be at temporary location:

650 Queens Quay West, Main Floor Party Room
(north-west corner of Queens Quay West and Bathurst St), M5V 3N2

We will return to our regular location at Waterfront Neighbourhood Centre on Wednesday, September 11.

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Club Elections: May 29th

Hello Fellow Liberty VillageToastmasters,

Wednesday, May 29th is our election day for our new executive team (term ending June 30th).  On Election Day, we need at least for 50% +1 of our members to be present to reach quorum, so please make an effort to attend.

Joining the executive team is an opportunity for you to develop leadership and executive skills, as well as contribute to our club.  Our club relies on our executive team to reach to the level of excellence and growth we all want to achieve. 

Training will be provided for each position. Make an impact and nominate yourself or someone by either replying to this email, or being present to submit your nomination.  

The Positions available with core responsibilities are listed as follows (and you are welcome to contact our current officers for any questions):


· Provide supportive leadership for all of the club’s activities.

· General supervision of the club’s operations.

Current officer: Olga Sannikov

VP of Education

· Coordinate and schedule meetings.

· Keep track of our members’ progress.

· Mentorship program.

Current officer: Heidi Vandermeer

Secretary/ Assistant VP of Education

· Assist VP of Education with scheduling and coordinating events.

Current officer: Amanda Bankes


· In charge of financial policies, procedures and controls. 

· Collect dues and pay dues to Toastmasters International, and maintain records. 

· Make financial reports to the Club at least quarterly. Receive and disburse. with approval of the Club, all Club funds.  

Current officer: Andrew Varden

VP of Membership

· Attend meetings regularly.

· Recruit new members.

· Provide membership information to guests.

Current officer: Desi (DES) Codinera

VP of Public Relations

 · Promote our club through different forms of social media and networking.

· Update our website weekly.

Current officer: Theresa Pinter

Sergeant of Arms 

· Prepare meeting room for weekly meeting. Maintain Club property, including banner, name tags, and supplies. 

· Greet visitors. Chair of Social and Reception Committees.  

Current officer: Esra Basol

Both new and current members are welcome to nominate themselves for any role.  See you every Wednesday, and most especially Election Day!

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Recap: March 13 2019

Esra introduced today’s theme: ‘Inspiring Female Writers’. Watch what she had to say about that here:

Amanda who carried over the theme did a speech on ‘No Longer So Radical’ where she talked about historical women and how their struggles has effected today’s women by paving the way for women in Canada to follow their dreams.


Bob gave us an extended speech called ‘My HPL’ where Bob explained how he plans to organize the Division Contest, how the contest work and how each level of contests increase within Toastmasters. If you ever wanted to know more about what is possible in the upper levels of Toastmasters Bob explains it here:

Today’s Table Topic was held by Mohamed who gave random questions to our contestants. Thanks you to all our contestants who participated, especially our guests: Julie, Natalia Denise, Steven, Lydia, Sarah, Milda and Kevin.

This week we had two winners who tied for first place: Julie who won by talking about the kind of person she has admiration for is by their kindness and values and Sarah for sharing how her parents used to tell her that if she did not eat her food it will chase her in the afterlife. Congratulations!

Julie, Mohamed and Sarah

See you next Wednesday!

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Recap: February 20th Speech & Evaluation Contests for Division 60 Area 26

Everyone who participates in Toastmasters all support the same club mission, however there are some who may not be as familiar with it as others. Our club missions are all pretty much the same with some slight variations on it.

The Basic Toastmaster Mission: We provide a supportive and positive learning experience in which members are empowered to develop communication and leadership skills, resulting in greater self-confidence and personal growth.

Thanks you to everyone who attended our Area Contest and those who helped with making this event happen. We had a great turnout. There are two parts to this contest: the first half is dedicated to the evaluations of one speaker and the second half of the contest is a competition between individual speeches.

Contest Char: James Tran

Our Contest Chair James Tran kick-started the Evaluation section of the Contest by explaining the rules and introducing our test speaker: John Hallett who gave us his speech named “The Maple Leaf Lottery”. Please watch the video below!

Keep your eyes peeled and we will announce the winners all together!

Thanks you to all the Evaluation Contestants: Felix Reyn, Janet Law, Ryan Bowdridge and Abbas Qureshi.

Felix Reyn
Janet Law
Ryan Bowdridge
Abbas Qureshi

Now that James warmed everyone up with the Evaluations Contest, he moved us all on to the Speech Contest! Once again we reviewed the rules and picked the order of the contestants: Alysa Giebsbrecht Janet Law, Andrew Varden, Amanda Banks, Tracy and Abbas Qureshi.

Here are some of their speeches:

Alysa speech is about her journey in becoming a public speaker. Starting with the challenges of taking off the training wheels from her bike as a child, to driving a car and public speaking as an adult. She has persevered in taking on bigger challenges and turning her ‘I can’t.. to an I can’.

Charlie Brown for president! Are you a Charlie Brown supporter from the Peanuts Comic book? Well you should be and Janet Law tells you why because a leader require the triple H formula: humanity, humility and hardiness. We need more of these kinds of leaders within our communities. Janet has used Charlie Brown to inspire her journey in Toastmasters, her community and encourages you to do the same.

Andrew was on top of the highest mountain in Africa and he thought he was going to die. In reflection of his accomplishment he realized that after he meet his goal that he would just stop. To over come this, he would take another step forward down the mountain. Watch the video and see what goals Andrew has recommitted to.


Amanda speech delivered her speech on how she had to face her fear of travailing by herself internationally. Her opportunity came to travail to Paris France where she she shared three tips on how to travail and get home safely. They are using tools to make your trip easier, research areas you will be in and be flexible. Anything can happen! Watch the video and see what happened to Amanda.


Tracy’s speech was about how she had orchestrated her perfect life and how it hasn’t quite unfolded as planned, even though she has achieved so much: a masters degree, experience with an international company, speaks at least three languages and has good looking partner. She was told by someone ‘you need to be more likable’. Everything looked good on paper and she got done what needed to be done however people stopped wanting to work with her and her good looking partner wasn’t putting a ring on it either. The two area’s in her life she invested into the most was not fulfilling. Taking some time off she came to Canada for a fresh start where she joined Toastmasters and is now becoming the person she really wants to be. She is working on accepting constructive criticism gracefully and her interpersonal skills. Her speech was quite charming.

Listen to Abbas who talks about how he used be into sports and lost his ability to walk. This is his long journey back to being able to walk again. Never give up.

Now for what we all have been waiting for: Who are the Winners of this years Division 60 Area 26 Contest!

Thanks you and congratulations to all the participating in this years contest.

Abbas, Tracy, Alysa, Janet, Amanda, Andrew, Felix, Ryan and Chair: James

The Winners for the Evaluation Contest are: 1st, 2nd and 3rd

Chef Judge: Bob Stewart, Abbas Qureshi, 1st Place Ryan Bowdridge, and Janet Law

The Winners for the Speech Contest are: 1st, 2nd and 3rd

Chef Judge: Bob Stewart, 3rd Place: Andrew Varden, 2nd Place Abbas Qureshi and 1st Place: Janet Law

The Winners of this contest will move on to the next level up, which is the

Division C Evaluations & International Speech Contests

When: Wed. March 20th, 2019

Where: 55 John Street, 3rd Floor (room number TBA)

Time: 6:30pm – 9:00pm

If you still want more and want to see the next level of winners, come to:

District 60 Spring Conference

When: Sat. April 13th to Sun. April 14th, 2019

Where: 3550 Pharmacy Ave. Scarborough, ON

Time: All-day event


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February Speech Event: Area Speech & Evaluation Contest

This is a great time a year for guests and members because this is where we get to shine and show off our speaking abilities. If you are not speaking, you can just come watch, meet the speakers and other club members near by. Each club in our area help each other out to chair, judge, count ballets and keep time.

The winners from the Liberty Village Toastmasters (LVTM) Contest are now moving on to the Area Contest where we have four clubs and their winner are coming to compete at Waterfront Community Center but in a different room. The winners from this contest will go on to the Division, and possibly District levels. The District speech contest finals run during the Annual Conference in April 2019.

The International Speech competition has two additional levels with the potential for contestants to advance to the world stage at Toastmasters International Convention held every August.

February 20: Speech & Evaluation Contests


627 Queens Quay West (SE corner of Bathurst Street and Queen Quay)

When you arrive at the Waterfront Neighborhood Center follow the signs to the Dance Studio. When you walk in the front doors turn Right past the Gym and at the end the ramp on your Left will be the Dance Studio.

Come watch the winners of each Toastmaster Club compete against each other here at the Area Competition. We will have an Evaluation followed by a Speech Contest. See you all there!

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