There was a lively crowd at the inaugural session of the Weston Mount Dennis Toastmasters. The pizza was hot and the drinks cold as the latest chapter got under way in the Weston Hub last Thursday.
Toastmasters is a club that celebrates the art of public speaking and does so in a standardized format with fun exercises and challenges that are designed to help even the most bashful among us talk to an audience and hold their attention. Veteran Toastmasters from south Toronto were on hand to help organize and demonstrate how the meetings are formatted.
One of the speakers, Justin Gobel from Bathurst / Bloor Toastmasters gave a prepared speech about adopting his son and how the experience changed both their lives profoundly. The speech was moving and heartfelt and received much applause. Audience members who wished to critique his speech were encouraged to use a format that gives praise wrapped around a ‘gift’ of constructive criticism. Some audience members were later selected to give brief talks (Table Topics) about unusual experiences in their lives.
If you would like to join Toastmasters, come to the next meeting and meet new friends and neighbours. There is a special fee for the first six months of $37 – this is open to the first twenty applicants.
Toastmasters meets every Thursday at the Weston Hub between 6:30 and 8:30 pm. Come and see if it’s for you – yes there will be pizza!
This week, Mount Dennis will host TRANSITioning Mount Dennis. It sounds really great.
Meander through the mid-century bank building and enjoy creativity and design by Mount Dennis residents and our Toronto neighbours. See local artist Scotty Graham’s retro-futuristic interpretations of Mount Dennis landmarks, a photojournalistic look at the neighbourhood, and more — all of it fun for the whole family!’
You’re also invited to the annual York South–Weston Annual Muslim Community Event.
You are invited to the annual community gathering on Friday, January 24, 2020 at 6.30 P.M., to be held at the George Harvey Collegiate auditorium, 1700 Keele Street. There will be a special program, presented by Muslim youth (Boys & Girls) along with foods & refreshments specially prepared by the community to be served at the event. Families will be attending this large gathering from all over the city. MDCA encourages everyone to attend and celebrate our diverse community.
On February 5, the Weston Historical Society will host Bruce Newton, who will be presenting on “Accidents, Illness and Sirens: The History of Toronto’s Ambulance Services”
The presentation will be at 2245 Lawrence Avenue West at 7:30 pm
The city is hosting another chance to have input into the second phase of the Weston Heritage Conservation District. This phase of the plan will cover between Rosemount and Elm, and William and Church.
The meeting will be Saturday, January 18 at 1 pm at Artscape.
The York South Weston Tenant Union will be hosting a summit on Saturday, February 1 at 2:30 at the WKNC, 2017 Weston Road.
Would you like to improve your public speaking skills and your confidence in front of others? Toastmasters is an organization that helps people do just that. They hold weekly meetings where participants perform fun exercises with the goal of becoming more confident in social situations.
According to an old survey, most people fear public speaking more than death itself. Toastmasters can help with that.
A brand new Weston / Mount Dennis branch of Toastmasters is opening on January 23 at 7:00 at the Artscape Weston Hub – 34 John Street. Meetings last 90 minutes and are held weekly.