Mission & Vision

Mission & Vision

Excelling Together!

Fellow Toastmasters of D96!

It’s amazing what has happened in the 2.5 years since I started as an officer for D96:

  • ended and started 3 jobs…and looking at ending/starting another this summer
  • lost my Grams to cancer
  • moved away from a relationship…
  • …so now I’m single
  • have never lived alone before…and now I am
  • finished my BSc
  • started my MA
  • had a rollover car accident…no injuries and only lost my car
  • found out I’m going to be a Grandma in December 2021

Have I always been excellent in dealing with the above situations? No. There’s a quote that I absolutely love! Apologies to Rumi for changing it up a bit however I find this particular one to allow for deep meaning.

“Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.”  Rumi

With my thoughts on excellence this upcoming year, I was curious how adding this to Rumi’s quote could bring new meaning:

“Your task is not to seek for (excellence), but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.”

I believe we are excellent at our core. Naturally. Wholly. When we name what’s holding us apart from excellence and remove it, excellence will show up automatically!

I’m curious about what holds me back. Distractions? Not always eating the best food? Thinking I have to sit in front of my computer and churn out the work to be loved by my Team? Not taking breaks because I’ll seem more committed?

This year, I’d love for you to be curious about what your barriers are. How are they keeping you from excellence in your own life? I’m holding space for you and encouraging you to hold space for yourself and your fellow Toastmasters as compassionate witnesses to any movement toward removing these barriers.



District 96 - Serving Vancouver, Northern BC & Yukon

About District 96

We are home to one of the first clubs to be established outside of the United States. Meeting in the Yukon and part of British Columbia, we have approximately 2,700 member (alongside District 21 which is south of the Fraser River). Toastmasters International is broken down into 14 regions around the world, with several districts in each Region.  District 96 is in Region 1 - which covers western North America, from northern Califoria and Utah, British Columbia and the Yukon to Alaska.

District 96 has a long history of results in leadership development and communication excellence.

District Mission

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

District Success 

Our District receives recognition from the province and many municipalities year after year for the impact Toastmasters has brought to British Columbia. As a result, February is now recognized as Toastmasters month.

There are 7 divisions spanning multiple municipalities within District 96. These include: Vancouver, Burnaby, Tri-Cities area, 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.


District 96 area map


Types of Clubs

The Toastmasters family consists of four types of clubs: Community, Corporate, University/School and Advanced 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 - draw membership from employees of an organization and depending on the charter may be open to non-employees.

University clubs - Universities and colleges across the province host clubs of staff and students. They function like community clubs and run year-round.

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.

Start a new club:

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