Pathways Assistants


The Pathways learning experience is a reality in all of Toastmasters. After years of anticipation the new Toastmasters Education Program has rolled out in every district worldwide. Several thousand Toastmasters have taken their initial assessment and enrolled in one of the ten paths. Pathways Ambassadors and Guides are working with clubs to assist club leaders and their members with a smooth transition.

At the end of July 2018 Ambassadors and Guides will have fulfilled their responsibilities to the clubs. The District’s leaders believe clubs will continue to need some support as their members navigate the new world of Pathways. In order to provide support, District 42 is looking for Pathways Assistants. These assistants will be paired with Division and Area Directors for the 2018-19 Toastmaster year.  They will become part of the Division or Area Director’s team to help clubs fully transition to Pathways.

Pathways Assistant Duties.

Pathways Division Assistants (Education Assistant to Division Director)

​As an integral member of the Division Director team, the Pathways Division ​Assistants works closely with the Chief Ambassador, Program Quality Director, ​and Division Director, while partnering with their division’s Pathways Area Assistants to assist ​clubs with their Pathways needs.

  • Assist the Division Director with regard to club implementation of the Pathways learning experience.
  • Act as liaison between Area Assistants and the Chief Ambassador and Program Quality Director.
  • Work directly with the Pathways Area Assistants on Pathway issues and education needs.
  • Support the Division Directors’ education goals with regard to Pathways.
  • Work with the Division Director, Area Directors, Pathways Area Assistants and club leaders to develop and monitor an effective support system.
  • Remain current on Pathways program enhancements, and communicate them to the Division’s Area Assistants, using training sessions, council meetings and other communication methods which may be appropriate.
  • Submit all Pathways questions, concerns and enquires to Chief Ambassadors and Program Quality Director.

Pathways Area Assistant (Education Assistants to Area Directors)

​As an integral member of the Area Director’s team, the Pathways Area Assistant​works closely with the Program Quality Director, Pathways Division Assistant, ​Club Executive team and Club members to enhance members experiences in ​Pathways.

  • Assist the Area Director with regard to club implementation of the Pathways learning experience.
  • Act as the point of contact to assist the Area’s clubs in developing Pathways training sessions and new member orientation plans.
  • Collaborate with the Division Assistant to develop a process for club training, reporting and for support including guidelines on how to handle Pathway issues.
  • Support Vice President Education, Club Presidents and or club Executive teams by scheduling regular visits or virtual support sessions.
  • Conduct club visits to raise awareness and build membership excitement for the education program focusing on the “how”, “where”, “what”.
  • Work with club executive team on base camp manager duties and processes.
  • Submit all Pathways questions, concerns and enquires to the Pathways Division Assistant.

Term of Office:  July 1, 2018 – June 30, 2019

If you are interested in becoming a Pathways Assistant please contact our Chief Pathways Coordinator, Grant Hanna at

To contact a Pathways Assistant please see the table below

John McDonaldjmcdonald@d42tm.orgDivision A
Wendy Dirksonwdirkson@d42tm.orgArea A01 & Area A07
Veronica Schrodervschroder@d42tm.orgDivision B
Sean Trithardtstrithardt@d42tm.orgDivision B - Area B4
Bob Leierbleier@d42tm.orgDivision B - Area B9
Donna Friesendfriesen@d42tm.orgDivision B - Area B18
Nicole Mcleannmclean@d42tm.orgDivision B - Area B24
Zoe Exnerzexner@d42tm.orgDivision C
Rayanne Rodierrrodier@d42tm.orgDivision D
Jocelyn Hastiejhastie@d42tm.orgDivision D
Shelley Hoyeshoye@d42tm.orgArea D23
Ayesha Qureshiaqureshi@d42tm.orgDivision E - Area E19 & E28
Andre Cronjeacronje@d42tm.orgArea E13
Darlene Daviesddavies@d42tm.orgArea E13
Laura Chamberslchambers@d42tm.orgDivision F
Taofeek Ayindeetayindee@d42tm.orgDivision F
Marvin Henrymhenry@d42tm.orgArea F20 (preferred)
Area E30
Iryna Kovalikoval@d42tm.orgArea C3 - Sundial Club
Area C11 - Shell, Twin River, Calgary Talkers, CMA Toastmasters Club
Area C17 - Integrated Sustainability
Area C22 - Delloitte Calgary Club
Area E25 - Palliser Toastmasters
Area E25 - Nex To Speak Club

Club Officer Training Dates

Have you been elected as a Club officer this year?
See the dates/locations below to find out more about a club officer training and register for session convenient for you!


Calgary Jun 9 (Div A)

Division A Club Officer Training


Calgary Jun 13 (Div D)

Division D Club Officer Training


Calgary Jun 16 (Div F)

Division F Club Officer Training


Regina Jun 16 (Div B)

Division B Club Officer Training


Lethbridge Jun 16 (Div D)

Division D Club Officer Training – Lethbridge


Calgary Jun 20 (Div C)

Division C Club Officer Training


Calgary Jun 26 (Div E)

Division E Club Officer Training

Vote for the Future of D42 Contests

Make your VOTE count for the Next Steps Decision for District 42 Contests. Don’t let them fade away!


To abide by an August 2017 Toastmasters International decision, District 42 will no longer hold a Fall Conference. The revised Toastmasters International (TI) rules District 42 must follow are:

  • The International Speech Contest must occur, and we can add up to 3 more recognized contests each year.
  • Toastmasters International recognizes only the International, Evaluation, Humorous, Table Topics and Tall Tales speech contests.
  • All District-level speech contests must occur at the Annual District Convention District 42 holds in the Spring.

Now is the time to voice your opinion on what we should do with our District-level contests for 2018 and beyond. You will find a link to a two-question survey here.  Please take a moment to count yourself in for this important decision.

Deadline to vote is coming soon.   Do it now!

Thank you.

The District 42 Convention Rotation Committee


Find Your “Pathway to Success”


Freddi Dogterom, DTM, AS

The road to the prestigious Accredited Speaker designation is long, arduous, never straight and cannot be completed alone. Freddi D is one of only 10 Canadians, and one of only 12 women in the world to achieve Accredited Speaker designation. You will be inspired as she dazzles us with her stories of polar bears and her passion for doing things “just a little bit differently!” Freddi says it took 10 years to become an overnight success. Get prepared to climb your own personal mountain!


Register here:

Registration Includes:

  • Friday night Networking – unwind with challenging games and meet other Toastmasters.
  • Educational Sessions designed to meet your personal and professional goals.
  • Be inspired by the International Speech Contest & District Evaluation Contest – come learn from observing proficient speakers.
  • Saturday evening Gala & Dancing!
  • On-going Hospitality/Meet & Greet.
  • Learn at the District 42 Business Meeting.
  • Find out more about Pathways Education Experience.
  • Full registration includes the following meals: Friday dinner, Saturday breakfast, lunch & Gala dinner, and Sunday breakfast.

Hotel Information: Glenmore Inn is offering a special room rate – ask for the D42 promo discount.



WorleyParsons Receives Toastmasters Corporate Recognition Award

From Left to Right: Antoinette McNeill , Scott Merralls, Alan Dolynny, Monique-Levesque-Pharoah, William Moysiuk, Len Grzyb, Dunstant Taylor, Lori Kalwa

On November 9 Toastmasters International representatives Monique Levesque-Pharoah and Dunstant Taylor presented the Corporate Recognition Award to WorleyParsons. WorleyParsons was recognized for their support of the Toastmasters program by providing facilities, encouragement and opportunities for employees to hone their presentation, public speaking and leadership skills.

WPTM Communicators was started in 2002 and has chapters in Calgary and Edmonton. The club meets over lunch on Thursdays and guests are always welcome to attend meetings to see what the Toastmasters program can do for them.

Winter Club Officer Training

Lead the Way... District 42 Club Leadership Training

Twice a year, the District provides leadership training for club officers.  Join us for Round 2 Club Officer Training between Dec 1, 2017 and February 28, 2018.  You will have an opportunity to meet, interact with and learn from leaders from around the District.

Attending a Club Officer Training session is a requirement for your Advanced Leader Bronze (ALB).  A minimum of 4 club officers must attend training in both Round 1 (Jun 1-Aug 31) and Round 2 (Dec 1-Feb 28) to achieve the Distinguished Club Program (DCP) Goal #9.  Distinguished Clubs attend training – they see the value and the benefits and learn what it takes to run a successful club, where members are growing and achieving their goals.

Don’t just meet the minimum, strive for excellence!  Clubs that achieve all 7 club officers trained in one round will be recognized with a club banner ribbon (club must have achieved at least 4 officers trained in previous Round)

Training is open to all members, it is a great opportunity for future club leaders to see what club leadership is all about!

Attend a training day, time, location that works for you!

9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Mormon Church
7017 California Blvd NE
Calgary, AB
Please register online here!
  8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Evergreen Community Spaces
1709 8th Ave NE
Calgary, AB
Please register online here!
A poster for this event can be found here.
   6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Nexen Conference Center
667 7 St SW
Calgary, AB
Please register online here!
A poster for this event can be found here.
  9:00 am – 12:30 pm
Lutheran Church of Our Saviour
8831 Fairmount Drive SE
Calgary, AB
Please register online here!
  1:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Broadway United Church
105 Broadway Ave
Regina, SK
Please register online here!
  1:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Bow Valley College
345 6 Ave SE
Calgary, AB
Please register online here!
A poster for this event can be found here.
Click Here to find more training and
events scheduled around the District
  9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Nordbridge Seniors Centre
1904 13 Ave North Lethbridge
Lethbridge, AB
Please register online here!
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Neil Balkwell Civic Arts Centre
2420 Elphinstone Street
Regina, SK
Please register online here!

Quote from 2017/2018 Program Quality Director, Catherine Secundiak DTM

What can you expect at leadership training?

I have attended training earlier in the year, what can I learn from attending training for a second time?

Likely the first time you attended the training you probably didn’t know what your year was going to look like. Now that you have had a chance to work your club success plan and tried some different leadership techniques you will be able to meet with other club officers to see what they are doing and learn from each other’s successes.

What can we see different at this club officer training?

Members from across our district have been developing their facilitation and training skills to provide you education sessions that are engaging for adult learning.  You won’t see presenters reading slides, you will see facilitators encouraging participants to share their experiences so we all can learn from each other. You will see some of the best facilitators from around the district, learn different facilitation techniques, so you can help teach and develop members in your club.

I’ve never attended a training session before, what can I expect?

You will learn more about how to be an effective leader, how to conduct your officer role to the best of your ability and you will meet other club leaders from around the District to help you work through challenges you are facing.

Will we hear more about the new Pathways Educational Program?

Yes, we will get a glimpse of the new Pathways Educational Program and you’ll have a chance to ask questions. You will meet the people who will be guiding and supporting you when the program becomes available in District 42 (expected Spring 2018).

What should I bring with me?

  • Pen and paper (to take lots of notes)
  • Club Leadership Handbook
  • Club Success Plan
  • Questions and challenges to discuss with other leaders
  • Business cards (to network)
  • An open-mind and a positive attitude


Club leader quotes

Quotes from club leaders from past training events.

Toastmasters Open House Week (Jan 14 – 21)

“Light a fire under your career and leadership skills”


What is a District-Wide Open House?

It is a week when Toastmasters clubs across District 42 hold an open house to promote their club and build their membership. The event will be advertised as Toastmasters Open House Week, with the tagline Light a fire under your career and leadership skills“. 


Reason for Participating

Clubs in our District are strongly encouraged to participate in this event by holding an open house during their club meeting time, between Jan. 14 to 21, because the District will work to promote this event widely (via Google ads, YouTube, Facebook, etc.), encouraging people from across Southern Alberta and Southern Saskatchewan to check out a participating Toastmasters club in their area during the specified week.


How to Participate

If your club is interested in participating in this district-wide event, please send an email to the Club Growth Team at, no later than Friday Dec 18. Once we have confirmed your club’s interest in holding an open house, we will do the following:

  • Promote participating clubs in advertisements about the open house event
  • Provide promotional material to post around your community and use during your open house
  • Email a “How to Hold and Open House” quick reference guide to help you plan a successful event
  • Email a “Toastmasters Branded Open House” Poster
  • Provide guidance and support as you prepare for your big event


Looking for Volunteers

Our goal is to hold a successful membership building event, but to be successful we need helpers. If your club is not hosting an open house during Jan. 15 and 21, and you are interested in being part of this big event, please send an email to

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