New venue for Jan. 10th 18′ at the Bond Hotel

Hi everyone,

Happy New Year 2018!! It is the seasons of a fresh year, and we wish you have rested well in the holidays seasons!! On this new start of year, on January 10th 2018, we will be hosting our Grosvenor Toastmaster event at the Bond Hotel. We look forward to see you!!

Address: 65 Dundas Street East, Toronto, Ontario M5B 2G8

Time: 6:00pm to 8:00pm


Happy Holidays from Grosvenor Toastmaster

We had a beautiful Grosvenor Toastmaster December Holidays party.

It was filled with candies, drinks, decorations and lovely people! We had a recurring repeat of the word “Rejoice” in celebration of the holidays seasons. Luis created amazing holidays games that made the whole Grosvenor team go into a frenzy to win. It was a “battle” between team Superwinners and Winners, but in the end everyone came out of the game as a winner!

White Space

Recently, Meaghan discussed about the notion of “White space”.
We often lead busy lives, and cause our lives to have certain chaos and clutter.
As meaghan puts it: White space is defined as a period to reflect, go for a walk or breath deeply for a few moments. This pauses gives us a moment to have a deeper understanding of our lives as a whole.

During this holiday seasons, hope you will enjoy some period of white space. To pause and to reflect on the great wonders of your upcoming year 2018!!

Keynote Speaker – Kathryn Mackenzie Sept 13th 2017 – 6:00pm

Hope everyone had a lovely summer! In the upcoming September 13th Grosvenor Toastmaster meeting, happening at 6:00pm, at the Marriott 475 Yonge St, Toronto, we have the privilege to listen to Kathryn MacKenzie, an award-winning speaker, certified public speaking coach, presentation skills instructor and keynote speaker.

She will train you on how to become a top speaker, communicator, and presenter.

Kathryn has been the opening Keynote Speaker at five annual Toastmasters’ District Conferences. She has also taught Speaking with Confidence College courses at George Brown College in Toronto and has provided training for businesses, associations, school boards, and conference breakout sessions in Canada, the US, and Europe.

In 2010 Kathryn authored a book on how to create “Speeches That Will Leave Them Speechless”, and in 2014 she was a contributing author to Amazon #1 Best Seller, “World Class Speaking in Action”.

To learn more about Kathryn, please go to:

Aart Vandermeer

On December 27th 2014, our beloved Grosvenor Toastmaster Aart Vandermeer passed away. Aart, a retired electrical engineer from GE, had dedicated himself to the Grosvenor Toastmasters Club. His memory will always be cherished and remembered in every meeting. To honour him, every year we award a member of the club with the “Aart Vandermeer Award” which is given to a member who goes above and beyond to help others in the club and contribution toward club meetings.


Awards Night

On Wednesday July 27th we will be recognizing those members who worked hard this past year to progress along the Toastmasters Communication and Leadership Track. We will also be awarding a member with the Aart Vandermeer Award.


Relive the Moments of September

Meeting #1025 – Wednesday September 23rd 2015 (Humorous/Table Topics Speech Contest) Click Here for Photos

Chief judge Jaze Bordeaux briefed the contestants and the audience of Table Topics Contest logistics and rules.

The Table Topics Contest was overseen by Wanrudee Isaranuwatchai.

The question was “What is your favorite season and why”? Each table topics participant had the same question; the Sergeant at Arms Jean Yang brought each participant by turn in the following order:

  1. Francis Silva
  2. Luis Correa
  3. Meaghan Johns
  4. Danish Ahmed

After the fourth contestant completed his table topics, a ten-minute networking break was held.

Chief judge Jaze Bordeaux briefed the contestants and the audience of the Humorous Speech Contest logistics and rules.

Wanrudee Isaranuwatchai oversaw the Humorous Speech Contest

  1. Luis Correa delivered the first humorous speech, titled Seriouly? Luis talked about how stand up comedians greatly exaggerate, jump to one topic then onto another unrelated topic and use those key elements to deliver humor.
  2. Geoff Smith delivered the second humorous speech, titled The Mystery of “It”. Geoff delivered a true story about himself as a youngster, and about discovering that consenting relationships between adults were only openly named and mentioned as “it”.
  3. Danish Ahmed delivered the third humorous speech titled Negative for a Reason, Normal People Scare Me. He gave four reasons why people scare him on several levels by being boring and normal.

The first place Table Topics contest winner was Meaghan Johns and the second place winner was Francis Silva. For the Humorous Speech contest, the first place winner was Geoff Smith and the second place winner was Danish Ahmed. Congratulations to all the participants! And good luck to all the winners!

Wanrudee Isaranuwatchai gave closing remarks and adjourned the meeting.

Meeting #1024 – Wednesday September 9th 2015Click Here for Photos

The theme for the evening was “The Power of Music” and with it came the word of the day: Music. Chair and Toastmaster Janine Chin took charge of meeting 1024.

Table Topics Master Meaghan Johns stepped up and asked 12 participants assorted questions about musical artists such as Drake versus Taylor Swift, which would you prefer? Or, if you were to listen to only one band for the rest of your life, which one would it be?

The first speaker was Susan, a guest speaker who delivered a humorous speech before entering a competition in order to get feedback. She talked about four stages of her life and used analogies related to software as Susan 1.0 and Susan 2.0. Members provided valuable constructive feedback to Susan.

The second speaker was Eduardo Mijangos and he delivered speech number 2 of the Competent Communicator manual. The speech title was “First Impressions”, he talked about several mishaps he went through, when trying to make a good first impression on his mother in law at Disneyland. Jean Yang evaluated Eduardo’s speech.

The third speaker was Elizabeth Hibbert and she delivered speech number 5 of the Competent Communicator manual. Her speech title was “Facing your Fears” and she talked about how despite her fear of sharks, she took on a challenge of facing her fear while diving off the coast of Belize! Jeff Hecker evaluated Elizabeth’s speech.

The fourth speaker was Kendrick Doll, and he delivered speech number 5 of the Competent Communicator manual. His speech title was “Getting you Hooked” as he talked about the benefits of fishing, especially for the mind, body and the soul in a very convincing and engaging manner. Wanrudee Isaranuwatchai evaluated Kendrick’s speech.

The fifth and final speaker was Colin Nekolaichuk as he delivered speech 2 from the Advanced Communicator Bronze Manual based on storytelling. The title of this speech was “Friends at 13000” and he mentioned a trip to Morocco with two friends as they climbed a great mountain despite being at great peril and ill prepared they made it half way up, and then back! Shirley Li evaluated Colin’s speech.

Caroline Kiernan was the General Evaluator, Javier Fernandez was the timer, Francis Silva was the Quizmaster, Evelyn Chea was the Grammarian and Yasser Abdullah was the Vote Counter.

Relive the Moments of August

Meeting #1023  – Wednesday August 22, 2015

The theme for the evening was “Sports”, and with it came the word of the day: “Winning”.Click Here for Photos

Chair and Toastmaster Elizabeth Hibbert with lots of energy, took charge of meeting 1023.

Table Topic Master Wanrudee Isaranuwatchai stepped up and asked the 16 participants assorted questions about sports such as; what athlete do you look up to? what sport would you invent and why? or would you recommend underwater hockey?

The first speaker was Francis Silva, who delivered his first speech from the Competent Communicator Manual. His Icebreaker speech title was “Do You Want the Baton?” He talked about the struggle and triumph through great adversity on a 400 m track and his team. Noelle Hamersley evaluated Francis’ speech.

The second speaker was Sharvan Salooja and he delivered speech number 4 (How To Say It). His speech title was “One Step at a Time” and he talked about his climb on a Peruvian Mountain and how he conquered his fears, one step at a time. Meaghan Johns evaluated Sharvan’s speech.

The third speaker was Javier Fernandez, delivering speech number 3; and his speech title was “Three Keys for Success”. He talked about three keys of success and how and why people in general do not reach them. Shirley Li evaluated Javier’s speech.

The fourth speaker was Alia Zhang,  and she delivered speech number 6, titled  “Our House, Our Rules”. Alia talked about her friend, his son’s mishaps at home and a very personal finale with a surprise in it! Colin Nekolaichuk evaluated Alia’s speech.

The fifth and final speaker was Jean Yang, speech title  “The Art of Fearlessness”, she mentioned how fear and panic can take the best out of us and even hold us back personally and professionally. Danish Ahmed evaluated Jean’s speech.

Eduardo Mijangos was the General Evaluator, Amy Won was the timer, Evelyn Chea was the Quizmaster, Brian Ho was the Grammarian and Omayma Hamadi-Haq was the Vote Counter.