A former English teacher and ECE back in Russia, Liudmila ( Mila) moved to Vancouver in Dec 2012 and now teaches People How Money Works. She believes a solid financial knowledge foundation is the key to making healthy money choices. Liudmila is passionate about helping families and individuals understand and apply Simple Financial Concepts, providing a strategy that will set them on a Path to Financial Freedom.
Adrian Wong was born and raised in Nanaimo. He loves to travel, work, volunteer and eat across the globe. Over the past few years, he lived in Shenzhen to work for a startup company developing an energy efficient smart home platform. He would love to share his experience to those who ask. Within 24 hours of attending a Toastmaster Open House event, He found a club to join in D96 and is currently the Chair for the D96 Toastmasters Conference.
Andrew Thompson is a Distinguished Toastmaster and has been a Toastmaster for the last eleven years. He has had great success in Speech Contests including placing 1st in the District 96 International Speech Contest and competing in a Semi-finals of the World Champion of Public Speaking. Andrew is also a past District 96 Table Topics Champion. In the past, he has taken on the roles of Area Director, Club Officer Trainer, Showcase Speaker and Contest Emcee and more.
Ann McDowall is an engineer, a parent, a diver and a textile artist, currently working in physical asset management. She enjoys helping others succeed, whether at work or beyond.
Her availability varies from week to week as she has a husband and two children, it’s quite variable as it depends on her commitments at work; sometimes she can be very flexible, other times less so! For now, she is only available for online presentations at present due to Covid-19.
April Soon, DTM, joined Toastmasters in March 1992. She is passionate about the art of evaluation and believes that learning this valuable skill can transform any speaker into an excellent presenter and leader. She credits Toastmasters with giving her the confidence to successfully perform stand-up comedy -- she loves to make people laugh!
I have joined the Toaster Master International since 2008 and it has been a pleasant journey on this peer-based self-development so far. I don't like to join an institution generally. However, I have found this organization is different. Over the years, I have learned quite a lot on communication and leadership by attending club meetings, TI trainings, and reading monthly magazines. Comparing what I have paid with I have got, it has been really nothing but my own time. And I won't be able to find any institution with that kind of ROI.
Experienced Director of Procurement with a demonstrated history of working in the food & beverages industry. Skilled in Negotiation, Commodity Risk Management, Business Planning, Soft Commodities, and Export. Strong purchasing professional with a Bachelor of Management focused in International Management from The University of Lethbridge.
SAA of Earth Aware Toastmasters. Member since DEC 2017.
David has been a member of Toastmasters since 2019. He joined to finally be able to speak in public without being so darn scared. But he's already noticed some bonuses such as getting rid of his crutch words and his stutter, and learning how to play the violin. He's still hoping to be able to think on his feet even though he never had that skill before.
Introducing Dawn Miller, DTM PID
Dawn Miller is a professional speaker, trainer and coach. She has enjoyed working with a variety of private companies, government agencies, not-for-profit organizations and individuals to enhance their communication effectiveness. Dawn specializes in helping clients to clearly articulate their needs, set goals and develop plans to achieve them. She uses practical tools and techniques for moving forward confidently and quickly. Dawn finds small group coaching can often be an effective approach to develop support and accountability.
Daya is an Information Technology and Project Management leader with work and consultancy experience in Canada, USA, Sri Lanka, Greece, and South Korea encompassing Enterprise Resource Planning ( ERP ) software, Banking, Oil & Gas, Telecommunication, eCommerce Retail, and Education industries for more than 20 years. He has operational level to executive level work experience.
A self-declared northerner, a two-time immigrant, and a seasoned senior government executive with extensive experience in health, education, social, and public safety services, Dennis Stavrou has chosen to make Prince George his forever home. Originally from Greece, Dennis moved to the USA in 1994 accompanying his parents in their pursuit of medical education. Dennis immigrated to Canada in 2003 to pursue his own educational, professional, and personal dreams.
Donna joined Toastmasters in 2015 to build confidence and become an effective communicator. Along her toastmasters journey, she has met many amazing mentors that empowered and encouraged her to raise the bar for herself and others. Toastmasters is the place to be if you are looking for a positive environment to develop your communication and leadership skills.
Doug began his Toastmasters journey in 2009 and since then has held all roles within his club; many of them twice. An avid woodworker, novelist and song writer Doug can often be found in his workshop crafting a custom piece of furniture as he whistles a new tune. When not in the workshop, you will often find Doug either walking in the woods outside his home or wandering through the worlds he creates in his imagination.
Elaine Crisostomo has been a member of Toastmasters for five years. As a passionate Toastmaster, she enjoyed mentoring others and helping them improve their skills. She writes code by day and stories by night. She is currently the President of SFU's Burnaby Mountain Toastmasters.
I have been a member of toastmasters off and on for ten years. I am currently a member of two clubs. Talk of The Town and Crystal Clear Speakers club in Division M. Both located in Coquitlam.
2020/2021 Assistant Area M92 Director,
2021/2022 Area M92 Director
Having spent over 20 years in the information technology field, Hector Wong has discovered that it's not just about the technology, rather it's about the people. Whether it's health, finance, or government, Hector has been able to create and lead successful teams in every organization he has been in.
I have been in Toastmasters since the last millennium. I joined in 1991. I am the Area director of Area 92 currently. I am a Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM) and I am working on the second one. I already finished one pathway, I am in the middle of my second pathway and I am starting a third one.
I have had the confident communicator award 12 times. I served on every executive position at the club level. I had been the Area Governor 4 years ago. 6 years ago in 2014 I started losing my sight and I became legally blind.
Father & Husband, Brother & Friend, I live in beautiful Vancouver, British Columbia. I am a business development, sales, and marketing professional with over 10 years of experience, spanning PR, Online Video, and Technology sales in the agency, start-up, small business, and corporate environments. I am currently in charge of growing business with BBTV in the Arab Markets, promoting and supporting content creators on YouTube, Instagram, and other platforms. I also speak 3 languages: English, French, and Arabic
Lise Minovitz, has been a Toastmaster since 2000. She joined Toastmasters while working in the publishing industry in the New York City area. She has worked as a teacher, teacher trainer, writer, and editor in Taiwan and the US. She is currently a self-employed writer, editor, and project manager, with a focus on English language teaching materials for adult learners.
For more information about Lise, please visit her LinkedIn profile at https://www.linkedin.com/in/liseminovitz/
Lucy De Pieri Ph.D., DCH., is a classical homeopath and a teacher of homeopathy. In the past she used to be a research scientist and a lecture. Lucy has joined Toast Masters in October 2018 and recently enjoyed completing Level 5 of the Dynamic leadership Pathways. In 2019 she run several training classes to make sure all the members of her TM club were introduced to Pathways.
With her words:
I joined Toastmasters May 2013. Since then I have held numerous roles in several clubs. Some of the roles included Area 90 Public Relations Manager, VPPR, VP of Membership and VP of Education, Assistant Secretary and so on.
I have completed many educational goals, which include my Competent Communicator (CC), Competent Leader (CL) as well as completing the Leadership Development in pathways. I am currently completing another two paths, Innovative Planning and Team Collaboration!