RYAN RUPCHAN – The Winner of Peter Francis Award in 2018-2019 TM Year

 

December 1st, 2018 – Division B Day was organized in Ramada Hotel, Regina. All our Division B Leaders and District 42 Leaders attended that event of Club Officer Training and Division B Fall contest. There was another event – Peter Francis Award Luncheon. This award was presented by our Division B Director Laurel Wingert to none other than one of our excellent leaders Ryan Rupchan.

Let us share some background of this award:

Each year Division B Toastmasters recognizes one of our toastmasters who demonstrates, by example, the most essential quality of leadership: effective communication skills.

The Award was initiated by Division B in 1991 in the name of the late Peter Francis of Regina, a Distinguished Toastmaster, to recognize the contributions he made to Division B.

Mr. Francis joined the Toastmasters International organization by becoming a member of the Plains Toastmasters Club. He took on many leadership roles at the club, city, provincial, and national levels of the organization. Mr. Francis had served as an Instructor for Public Speaking in the University of Regina.  He served as a Scout Leader and a Regina Commissioner in the Boy Scouts of Canada. Mr. Francis served as a Team Captain in the United Way of Regina.

RYAN RUPCHAN:

Ryan joined Toastmasters International through Plains club, like Peter Francis. That makes an awesome coincidence. He joined that club in October 2012. He was the District PR Manager last year. He took several leadership roles in club, division and district levels. He was awarded with Division Director of the Year, Area Director of the Year in Division B.

I was honored to get an opportunity to interview him and am glad to share his words with you:

1. What was your personal goal in TM when you joined and how it changed in the course of your journey in TM?

When I first considered joining Toastmasters, it was because I had a friend who asked me to be an MC at his wedding. He thought I was funny when in the context of our circle of friends, but I wasn’t so confident when speaking in front of a crowd of over 100 people. I didn’t join until a few years later when I graduated University and got an internship position. My first assignment was to develop a presentation for some research I was doing to some managers in the organization. I realized that speaking in front of people wasn’t something that was going away, and I couldn’t avoid it for the rest of my career and didn’t want it to be something that held me back. I looked up Toastmasters again and found that it taught how to communicate and how to become a leader which were skills I didn’t have the opportunity to study in Computer Science.

My initial goal was to learn to communicate better for my personal and professional life and that continues to be my goal. As I have gone through my journey my goals haven’t changed much but have become more clearly defined for why communication and leadership skills are important to me.

 

2. What was the best lesson learnt in TM so far?

I learned to trust that I could solve new problems instead of being afraid of the uncertain and being paralyzed by trying to make sure everything is perfect before I start.

Toastmasters gives you the opportunity to challenge yourself in a supportive learning environment so you can build confidence in solving problems you didn’t anticipate and navigate through new challenges.

 

3. What does this award mean to you – what is its significance to you?

It is an honour to be recognized amongst so many of the prolific Toastmasters I have looked up to for guidance through my journey. I recognize this honour as a duty to mentor and serve our future leaders just as the past recipients have mentored me.

 

4. Peter Francis joined the Toastmasters organization by becoming a member of the Plains Toastmasters Club. He served in toastmaster community and also volunteered in Boys scout, united way of Regina. How do you connect to him as an accomplished Toastmaster?

Although I’m not a member of any other volunteer organization, my home Toastmasters club is Plains Toastmasters Club and regardless of what skill level we start off with, any accomplished Toastmaster has had amazing mentors that have guided them along the way.

 

5. What is your message to the Division B Toastmasters, as the winner of this award?

In my acceptance speech I shared the story of how important mentors have been in my Toastmasters journey and talked about how I had nearly given up on Toastmasters numerous times in my first year, but my mentors persistence is what brought me back. He spent the time outside the meeting to help me through my Icebreaker and when would email, text, and phone me when I didn’t show up for my scheduled speech. When I stopped attending meetings, he coincidentally showed up in the food court where I ate lunch and encouraged me to come back.

I share this story to remind Toastmasters how important mentorship is in our education program and to not give up on their mentees.
Every Toastmaster deserves a mentor that helps them see something they don’t see in themselves. Be the mentor that you would want.

 

Heartiest Congratulations to Ryan!!!! We are Proud of you.

Reported By: Arunima Bhattacharya, Area B9 Director

Dunstant Taylor said to him on that day, “You are excellent team member Ryan. I am so happy and proud for you for this award, because you focus on member’s needs and service to the district. Way to Go.”

On behalf of the District Executive team, we thank you for your services, support, striving for excellence.

Catherine Secundiak, Dunstant Taylor, Christina Kruis, Terry Kozlyk, Nikki Guyett and Kevin Safinuk

 


JANET KWASNIAK – ORGANIZER OF CLED

December 1st, 2018 – Division B Day was organized in Ramada Hotel, Regina. All our Division B Leaders and District 42 Leaders attended that event of Club Leadership and Educational Development program and Division B Fall contest. The organizer of the Club Leadership and Educational Development or CLED program was Janet Kwasniak. Janet won the Toastmaster of the Year award from Division B that day, as well. Many Congratulations to her!!

In the spring of 2006, Janet Kwasniak was about to start an HPL project, the last step in getting a DTM. But instead of finishing it, she moved to France. Now years later she has returned to Canada and started a new HPL as well as starting a Pathway journey. She loves speaking and working with other Toastmasters and watching them grow.

Toastmasters Leadership Institute (TLI) provides the opportunity to offer training sessions concurrently. In addition to club officer training for specific roles, additional educational sessions are offered. This format is more flexible because it allows club officers to choose additional educational sessions that are of special interest to them.

One of the exciting parts of this event was the trainings on Pathways! This training program allowed Division B Toastmasters to better understand Pathways and how they will be able to succeed through this new program. Janet is an excellent leader and she brought our district 42 leaders into that training as the preachers of Pathways and all toastmasters enjoyed that event thoroughly. She also had an experiment on Evaluation and Logistic, which was commendable.

 

I was honored to get an opportunity to interview her and am glad to share his words with you:

1. What was your vision for the Leadership training?

I see toastmasters leaving the education sessions feeling empowered with enthusiasm, helpful information, and with their challenges addressed. Club officers have been doing their duties for three months and they will have found some things difficult. They may also have found excellent ways to fulfill their duties. I see these training sessions as a place to share both the challenges and the good ideas.

I see the officers going back to their clubs with renewed purpose and enthusiasm. I do not see them bored and feeling that their time has been wasted but rather having enjoyed the morning. I envisage attendees also feeling empowered by the general sessions on judging and on pathways. Some will be judging in the afternoon and in the spring contests. All are dealing one way or another with the newness and opportunities of pathways.  I see them doing club activities with more knowledge, skill and enthusiasm. Finally, I envisage a question panel session giving the audience a chance to ask seasoned toastmasters for advice. I see a lively, friendly, engaging discussion with a touch of lighthearted humor along with the good sensible advice from the panel. I see people going for the lunch with a smile on their faces and much to chat about with their follow toastmasters.

 

  1. What was your mission for the training?

My mission is to provide training to attending toastmasters and club officers, so they can better serve their clubs and personally develop their skills, through empowering them with enthusiasm and knowledge tailored to their current duties and goals.

  1. Which core values you imbibed for the training?
    • Officers must be given a short review of their duties along with ample time (2/3 time) for discussion.
    • General sessions likewise must have time for questions from the audience
    • Boredom is to be avoided and enthusiasm fostered, giving attendees renewed purpose
    • Where possible there should be excellent handouts for attendees to take away
    • As much as possible the sessions should include current successes and challenges
    • Speakers must be knowledgeable and follow Toastmaster standards
    • Accurate records of attendance must be taken
    • Times and places must be adhered to avoid logistic problems

 

  1. What are the highlights of the evaluation and logistics experiment?

I heard that the evaluation of the presenters was thin in previous years (which is often the case in large meetings where evaluation is done after the meeting). I used 3 things: motivation by pointing out in the welcome that evaluation was a Toastmaster value, a quick and easy form and time allotted to using it, and incentive in the form of a prize draw. I also highlighted ‘enthusiasm’ and ‘knowledge’ in the welcome and in the closing. In order to have smooth logistics, there were two people at each session, a SAA and an assistant. This allowed officers to leave a training session with their certificates, and the evaluation forms to be handed out and collected before people left.

 

  1. Did you achieve your goal in the training program – how do you want to retrospect and analyze the result of your HPL?

Combining the ‘good’ and ‘excellent’ ratings: the training sessions averaged 88% for the presenters and 94% for the discussions, and the general sessions averaged 100% for both presenters and discussion. 86% of the officers handed in evaluations and 70% of the general audiences at the first two sessions. The third general session had a chaotic ending and not many forms were collected, however the forms that were collected had the same high standard. By a show of hands at the close, the attendees agreed that they had increased their knowledge and boasted their enthusiasm.

 

She really succeeded in her HPL and we all are proud of her!

Reported By: Arunima Bhattacharya, Area B9 Director

Dunstant Taylor said to her on that day, “You are an excellent project manager, with strong leadership skills. Your strategic ideas and planning makes the event runs smoothly

On behalf of the District Executive team, we thank you for your services, support, striving for excellence.

Catherine Secundiak, Dunstant Taylor, Christina Kruis, Terry Kozlyk, Nikki Guyett and Kevin Safinuk

 


Congratulations to Randy Maus, Area Director, E30

Congratulations to Randy Maus, Area Director for E30 for being the first in the District to complete and submit all of his Club Visit Reports! Randy is a superstar in every way – he is a true leader among leaders and we feel incredibly fortunate to have him on our Division E team! Randy does everything with Energy, Enthusiasm, and is always Eager to help his fellow Toastmasters, not just his Area, not just his Division, but the whole of District 42! The entire Division E team this year was asked to chose a word that begins with the letter “E” to describe themselves. Randy chose Earnest; the definition of which is: resulting from or showing sincere and intense conviction. This is Randy in a nutshell. Keep up the good work Randy, thanks for everything you do!

Lynette Theriault,  Division E Director 2018/2019

 

Christina Kruis says, “Why to go Randy, leading like a champion, so that your Area Clubs succeed, and achieve their respective goals. Your reports helps us see the bigger picture and prepares us to plan better, to meet the members needs.”

 

On behalf of the District Executive team, we thank you for your services, support, striving for excellence.

Catherine Secundiak, Dunstant Taylor, Christina Kruis, Terry Kozlyk, Nikki Guyett and Kevin Safinuk


They are our District 42 Pathways Pioneers !

A shout-out to District 42 Pathways Ambassadors and Guides for being the frontiers of change.  This meritorious Pathways Team ensured that the Pathways roll out 2018 was not only possible, but was fun-filled and informative. District 42 wants to commend these leaders who managed to prepare 97% of the clubs in our District for the arrival of Pathways. They acted as the first point of contact to help with onboarding and Pathways training.  This team worked tirelessly, putting in countless hours to educate and train us with over 250 virtual sessions and counting, numerous emails and phone-calls, training at conferences, in-person club-visits, conducted and shared PowerPoint presentations, and more. These self-motivated, technologically savvy leaders were able to set and achieve their goals together, and in turn the District’s vision.

 

Chief Pathways AmbassadorChuck LeBlanc
Pathways AmbassadorsPathways Guides
Helga BenderAndre Cronje
Darlene DaviesAyesha Qureshi
Thomas FieldingBev LeBlanc
Donna FriesenDonna Friesen
Val EricksonGrant Hanna
Shelley GoldbeckIryna Koval
Srinivasa (Jey) JeyakumarJocelyn Hastie
Christina KruisJohn McDonald
Bev LeBlancKeith Hickie
Keith LeeMarvin Henry
Geetha NicodemusMuzaffar Sultan
Brenda PattersonRobert Chisholm
Nandini VenkatesanSean Trithardt
Dunstant TaylorVeronica Schroder
Laurel WingertWendy Dirksen

Congratulations Pathways Pioneers !

On behalf of the District 42 Executive Team and all the clubs;

Catherine Secundiak, Dunstant Taylor, Christina Kruis, Terry Kozlyk, Nikki Guyett and Kevin Safinuk