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Grey-Bruce residents vie to compete in the Toastmasters International World Championship

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Two Grey-Bruce residents are competing to advance to the semi-final round of the 2021 World Championship of Public Speaking.

Lishui Springford, from Durham, and Jane Herron from Tara, have already won in two local rounds competition at area Toastmasters International clubs. They then earned the opportunity to participate in the District 86 Division T International Speech contest on March 26, 2021.

Springford and Herron will compete against six other people from Waterloo Region and Wellington County in the 2021 Division T event:

  • Piyush Nanda, Cambridge, Ontario
  • Sue Wright, Kitchener, Ontario
  • Neil Dunsmore, Fergus, Ontario
  • Lynne Hollett, Fergus, Ontario
  • Steve Dyck, Guelph, Ontario
  • Tim O'Connor, Guelph, Ontario

Register on Eventbrite for free admission to the online event.

The winner from the March 26 Division T contest next competes online at the District 86 Toastmasters Conference, April 18, 2021, against speakers across much of Ontario. That’s the final hurdle to competing in the World Championship's semi and final rounds during the annual Toastmasters International Convention, Aug. 23-28, 2021.

"Speaking contests are bedrock part of the personal growth members experience in Toastmasters International,” said Dave Weber, a member of High Noon Toastmasters in Cambridge. Weber is also director of Toastmasters District, 86 Division T, overseeing 16 clubs across Waterloo Region and Wellington, Grey and Bruce counties.

Toastmasters International members learn, practice and receive feedback about their public speaking and presentation skills during weekly club meetings. “At Toastmasters, we support members as they challenge themselves with speaking projects, building confidence to speak in front of audiences, both online and in-person,” Weber said. “Whether it’s delivering a multi-million-dollar business pitch at work or a toast at a family event, Toastmasters members learn communication skills for success.”

Toastmasters International is a non-profit educational organization that teaches public speaking and leadership skills through a worldwide network of clubs. Headquartered in Englewood, Colo., the organization's membership exceeds 357,000 in more than 16,600 clubs in 143 countries. Since 1924, Toastmasters International has helped people from diverse backgrounds become more confident speakers, communicators, and leaders.

Guests are always welcome at Toastmasters club meetings, including virtual meetings. Find a local club by searching


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