2018 Helgi Goodman Award Recipient – Colleen Weimer

The following is the text of the speech delivered by Judy Elias of the Wey Better Speakers club in tribute to the 2018 Helgi Goodman Award recipient, Colleen Weimer of Weyburn, SK.


Tireless energy, infectious enthusiasm, and a love for music are how many people describe Colleen Weimer, this year’s recipient of the Helgi Goodman Award.  This award is presented to a non-Toastmaster who demonstrates, by example, the essential quality of leadership: effective communication.

For more than 35 years, Colleen has enjoyed a leadership role as a music coach, teacher and director.  She began with her first choir of twelve young girls.  Today, she leads choirs from several elementary schools, high school, as well as her church choir.  She also organizes and leads all of the high school’s drama and musical productions.  Choir members range in age from 6 to 86.  What kind of communication does it take to lead all those people to become one voice?  It takes a person with a deep passion and love for what she is doing.  It takes a person who genuinely loves people of all ages and one who patiently gives of herself.  Colleen doesn’t do all of this alone.  She leads in such a way that she inspires and cultivates leadership in others.  That is such a rare and special quality.

Receiving accolades from her peers, winning competitions with her choirs, enjoying the applause of a crowd after a Christmas concert, and seeing the smiling faces of her choir members as they sing is some of what makes it all rewarding for Colleen Weimer.

We have invited one of Colleen’s biggest cheerleaders here today, her father, Ed Bartlett, to accept the Helgi Goodman award on her behalf because, like all tireless leaders, Colleen doesn’t stop.  Today she is with one of her choirs competing and performing at the Cantando Music Festival at the Winspear Centre in Edmonton.  We wish them all good luck.

On behalf of all Toastmasters in District 42 Division B, I would like to present the 2018 Helgi Goodman Award to Colleen Weimer.

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