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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Recap: January 23 Area Contest

We had a great contest this year. Starting with the Evaluations Contest and followed up with the Speech Contest.

Our test speaker John was from KeyNote Toastmasters which is an Advance speakers club here in Toronto. The title of his speech was ‘Don’t let you alone’.

John spoke about when he met John Wayne when he was 6 years old. John Wayne made an impression on him as a role model for being self-reliant and independent. However, there is a loneliness epidemic and this image can become toxic if you refuse to turn to others. Loneliness leads to anxiety, memory loss, depression, and higher mortality rates. John Wayne would say: “When the going gets tough, it’s tougher if you’re stupid”. Our speaker would say instead : When the going gets tough, call a friend. 

This was a great speech and tough to evaluate. We had three great competitors: James, Felix and Wes. Stay tuned in because you will find out at the end of this post who won!

Lydia speech was called ‘The Beginning or the End’.

Char: Theresa & Contestant: Lydia

Lydia spoke about what life was like in 1992. There was a recent economic slowdown, and jobs were scarce. When her contract came up for renewal, her boss offered to extend it. She turned it down, to start a new adventure in Toronto. She wants to tell everyone to remember: Trust, because everything happens for a reason, and persevere. 

Amanda’s speech was called ‘Thinking in Circles’.

Contestant: Amanda & Char: Theresa

Amanda talked to us about how a circular economy would reduce waste and greatly improve our life on this planet. We should all make changes to reduce, reuse, recycle, refurbish, and repair.

Andrew’s speech was called ‘One More Step’.

Contestant: Andrew & Char: Theresa

Andrew started his speech by telling us that he reached the top of Kilimanjaro mountain, and felt like he was dying. How did he reach the top, learn to sail, teach himself to paint, run a marathon, and start Toastmasters? One step at a time. However, he has a secret. He stopped for a time when he had reached all of these peaks. How did he find the motivation to keep going after his success? Coming down from Kilimanjaro, he told himself he didn’t want to die next to this rock and kept going. Every time he wanted to stop, he would think I don’t want to die next to this rock either. Andrew suggests that every step you take, give a moment to think about where you want to be, and then—take one more step.

Congratulation to all the contestants who participated in this contest. Thanks you to all the volunteer who also donated their time to keep time, count ballets, judge and setup.

Theresa, Andrew, Amanda, Lydia, Wes, James and Felix

Our winners for the Evaluation Contest are:

Contestant: Felix & Char: Theresa

1st Place Winner: Felix Reyn

Char: Theresa & Contestant: Wes

2nd Place Winner: Wes Vick

Our winners for the Speech Contest are:

1st Place Winner: Andrew Varden

2nd Place Winner: Amanda Banks

All the area winners move on to compete in Division February 20, 2019.
Join us for the next level of competition and sushi across the street for socializing afterwards.

Sushi after the contest
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Recap: January 16, 2019

Julie was the Toastmaster for the evening and talk to us about commitment. How it’s great to set New Years resolutions but we need commitment to see progress. She gave two examples, one is of when she joined the gym last year and the second is when she started her Toastmasters journey. As a result, she saw progress after just a few months of commitment.

We had a lot guests tonight and we also inducted a new member to the Liberty Village Toastmasters Club. Welcome Mo!

We had only one speaker tonight Andrew, who gave us an informative speech from an advanced manual about how olives are processed into oil.

Table Topics is always a great part of our meeting where we get to practice our impromptu speaking skills. Tonight’s Table Topics winner was one of our guests. Good job Reese!

Next week, we have our Annual Speech and Evaluation Contest! This is always a lot of fun and a bit different than the rest of the year. See you there!

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