Welcome From Our President
Celebrations of Past and Future
It is with great pleasure that I anticipate representing Southern Lights Toastmasters as President in the 2019-2020 year. This will be a year of celebrating the club’s 40th anniversary. I cherish the foundations of our club, with its commitment to excellence.
My history with Southern Lights is short; I joined in 2016 thanks to a club member telling me of the laughter and personal growth opportunities. I vividly remember the warm welcome I received as a guest. Little did I know the path towards new friendships, enthusiasm, challenges, and confidence, that I had taken. Although too nervous to attempt a table topic, I admired the people who took part in the meeting. I had a faint hope that perhaps one day, I could speak with such poise.
I am pleased that Toastmasters has changed me. In communication and leadership, there is always room to grow, but I now actually have fun when giving a speech! Skills I have learned have offered opportunities in my personal and professional life.
In addition to personal growth, I have delighted in the people I have met through Southern Lights. It is a pleasure to meet people of varying ages and walks of life, hear their stories, and be part of their achievement of goals.
I have always appreciated that each Southern Lights meeting begins with the Sergeant-of-Arms reading the club mission. It bears repeating because it is the heart of what we represent, to “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.”
I welcome the new executive team, consisting of Nigel, Wayne, Danny, Kirsten, Diane, Rhonda, and Noel. We look forward to a year of celebrating the past of excellence and building new bridges of success in the future.
When and Where Do We Meet?
The Southern Lights Toastmasters Club meets Wednesday nights from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM at the Providence Renewal Centre, 3005 119 Street.
Guests should arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the start of the meeting.
Meetings run from September each year to June the following year.
Southern Lights does not meet during July and August.