Mission & Vision

Mission & Vision


District 96 (serving 1/2 of British Columbia) is part of the family of 115+ Toastmasters International Districts with over 15,900 clubs in the World. The mission of Toastmasters International is to empower individuals to become more effective communicators and leaders. Here's a media sheet from Toastmasters International with the latest stats. 

Each District is challenged to support the overall mission with the purpose of building new clubs and supporting all clubs in achieving excellence.

This translates into three Toastmasters goals in our District …

  1. Paid Clubs – at least 150 active clubs by May 30, 2019
  2. Payments – at least 6,200 membership payments by May 30, 2019
  3. Distinguished Clubs – at least 65 clubs achieving the Distinguished Club level by May 30, 2019

Personal growth and development happens at the Club Level while using the educational resources, participating in the meeting, and gaining from valuable feedback all in a fun, supportive and positive learning environment. This helps you grow and refines your communication and leadership skills, resulting in greater self-confidence. We track the results through the Distinguished Club Program, improve the quality of our clubs by using the Moments of Truth as well as other Successful Club series modules and share inspirational stories of members experiencing personal change from applying the Toastmasters communication and leadership resources.

In District 96 Toastmasters, we have no paid staff … we are all volunteers. With 140+ clubs in the District and 7 club officers in every club that’s a lot of volunteering? Why? We believe there are two overriding reasons why …

  1. for our own personal growth and development and
  2. to help and support the personal growth and development of others.

In other words Making a Difference in Your Life and in the Life of Others.

We have a strong legacy of leadership in District 96 with the original creation and communication of the Toastmasters coin to illustrate our four core organizational values of Integrity, Respect, Service and Excellence and LEO the LION to illustrate that The Leaders Empower Others.

In the 2016-2017 term, we ask you to join us in living out these great Toastmasters foundations as we bring to life the Toastmasters slogan “Where Leaders Are Made”. Are you a leader? Did you aspire to be a leader? What is a leader? John Quincy Adams gives us some insight … If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.

Dream More – seeing the opportunities and potential in making a difference
Learn More – improving your communication and leadership skills and abilities
Do More – increasing productivity and results like # of educational awards or a club becoming President’s Distinguished
Become More – growing to be your best, a level of greatness

We are looking forward to seeing lives changed, leaders multiplying leaders, more and better clubs, increasing membership renewals and all our clubs becoming distinguished in our District.

Your trio.

District 96

With approximately 2500 members meeting in Yukon and half of British Columbia, District 96 is one of the province's chapters of Toastmasters (alongside with District 21 south of the Fraser River). Home to one of the first clubs outside of the United States and a history of results in leadership development and communication excellence, District 96 facilitates Toastmasters' growth within its territory within British Columbia and Yukon.

District Mission

We build new clubs and support all clubs in achieving excellence.

District Vision

District 96 to become a world-class district. This means being one of the top-ranked districts in the world for distinguished clubs.

District Success 

The impacts of Toastmasters within the province has been prominent such that the district has received recognition from the province and many municipalities year after year with February recognized as Toastmasters month.

Clubs within District 96 fall within 9 divisions spanning multiple municipalities including Vancouver, Burnaby, Tri-Cities area, Whistler, southern Sunshine Coast, Squamish, Whistler, "everything north of Kamloops in British Columbia” and Whitehorse in the Yukon. Each Division is typically divided into 4 to 6 Areas. Each Area is typically home to 4 to 6 clubs.

Types of Clubs

The Toastmasters family consists of three types of clubs: Community, Corporate and Advanced clubs.

Community clubs- Community clubs make up the majority of Toastmasters clubs. These clubs are generally casual clubs where Toastmasters gather with a shared mission to become better communicators and leaders.

Corporate clubs- Corporate clubs draw membership from employees of an organization and depending on the charter may be open to non-employees.

Advanced clubs- Advanced clubs are for advanced Toastmasters wishing to meet with other advanced speakers and work on their speaking, communication and leadership skills with feedback from more experienced members and the opportunity to give long speeches. In order to give members the opportunity to belong to more than one club, advanced clubs often meet monthly instead of every week or every two weeks. 

Club culture varies between clubs and prospective members are encouraged to visit a club multiple times to get a good grasp of the culture and atmosphere.

Part of a club already?

Toastmasters are encouraged to visit different clubs, discover the whole Toastmasters family and bring any inspiration from other clubs back to their home clubs.

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Can't find a club near you? Find out how you can start a new club