By: Nicole McLean
VP Education, Queen City Toasters
Wayne McLean was one a kind.
He believed wholeheartedly that Toastmasters changed his life and he made sure to tell anyone and everyone about the benefits of being a member. I was still quite young when he was an active member but having joined a club myself this past year, it is easy to appreciate why he was so passionate about being a Toastmaster.
Wayne joined Toastmasters sometime around 1970 and some of his more notable accomplishments include serving as President of the Pile-O-Bones club in 1972; taking on the role of Division Governor for Toastmasters International in southern Saskatchewan in 1974; and he was a charter member of Club 13 in 1986. In addition, throughout his many years as a Toastmaster, he participated in and won many speech contests.
He had a great sense of humour and a talent for telling jokes and Toastmasters not only helped him polish his act, it gave him a stage to share his humour with others. He was actually quite well-known for making people laugh so hard that they would fall off their chairs. He was also hard-working, caring and creative and to me, he was all of those things but he was also my father.
I know my dad would be incredibly honoured to know that Club 13 is still here and still helping others become better leaders and better communicators. On a more personal note, I feel incredibly honoured to be following in my dad’s footsteps as not only a Toastmaster member, but as a club officer as well.