Our People

We make no bones about it – the secret of our success is our members.  Our people are enthusiastic & thoroughly encouraging while individually being set on achieving their Toastmaster projects and awards for the benefit of themselves and the club as a whole.

This unrelenting pursuit of awards and achievements sits right at heart of the Toastmasters programme.  Toastmasters members work to complete books and projects which aggregate to various personal awards for members and the club.  The table below presents our members and their goals as well as their current progress, just so we can encourage one another and celebrate our successes.

Ade

adeAde, CC, ACB, VP Membership
Ade has just completed her Advanced Communicator Bronze award, smashing through 10 speeches in the Entertaining Speaker and Specialty Speeches manuals. She is now onto her Special Occasion Speeches manual, magnificent!  Ade joined Toastmasters to feel more confident speaking in front of others and to meet a diverse group of people. She loves having a good laugh with everyone at our club meetings!

Member since: March, 2014 (Toastmaster since August 2012)

Recent Speeches

5 August 2014 Twice as nice or double the trouble The Entertaining Speaker, Project 1
16 September 2014 There was an old woman who lived in a shoe The Entertaining Speaker, Project 2
17 March 2015 Information technology gooble de gook The Entertaining Speaker, Project 3
20 January 2015 The best laid plans of dogs and men The Entertaining Speaker, Project 4
July 7 2015 Leaving on a jet plane The Entertaining speaker, Project 5
October 20 2015 You are what you eat Specialty speeches
December 8 2015 The lion in the meadow & we’re going on a bear hunt Specialty speeches
April 5 2016 Living in Saudi Arabia Specialty speeches
April 19 2016 Spontaneity Specialty speeches
May 3 2016 Package to India Specialty speeches
November 22 2016 Tribute to Jan Special Occasion Speeches, Project 2
January 31 2017 Sam the Man Special Occasion Speeches, Project 1
April 11 2017 He’s Done It, He’s Finally Done It Special Occasion Speeches, Project 3

Progress 

Competent Communicator

The Entertaining Speaker

Specialty Speeches

Competent Leader

The Special Occasion Speaker

Binaya

Binaya
Binaya joined Cathedral City in June 2015 and quickly got himself established.  Since joining, Binaya has got right into the speech projects and very quickly wrapped up his Competent Communicator award.  Binaya is straight into the advanced manuals with Speaking to Inform and Technical Presentations on the roadmap.  Awesome.
Member since: June, 2015

Recent Speeches

September 22, 2015 Stop wasting food Competent Communicator, Project 7
October 20, 2015 ANZAC Day Earthquake in Nepal Competent Communicator, Project 8
November 24, 2015 Eat more vegetables and fruit Competent Communicator, Project 9
February 9, 2016 Don’t let social media take over your life Competent Communicator, Project 10
May 24, 2016 Reasons to go hiking around Nepal & the Himalayas Speaking to Inform, Project 1

Progress 

Competent Communicator

Speaking to inform

Competent Leader

Dave B

DaveBDave B, CC, CL, Treasurer
A great leader on the club committee, Dave frequently takes speaking opportunities and completed his competent communicator manual in 2014.  Dave now has his sights set on the Advanced Communicator Bronze award, recently completing the “Speeches by management” manual.
Member since: August, 2012

Becoming and engineer 17 November 2015 Storytelling, Project 2

Speeches by management (5 of 5)

Storytelling (2 of 5)

Competent Leader

David B

David B
Off like a shot, David has embraced Toastmasters wasting no time getting his ice breaker speech in the can.  David joined our club pre-loaded with plenty of speaking skills, but is keen to practise and refine his craft.
Member since: June, 2015

Recent Speeches

2 June 2015 Train spotting Competent Communicator, Project 1
7 July 2015 Educating our young adults – are we doing it right? Competent Communicator, Project 2
4 August 2015 Step Parenting Soap Box Speech
1 September 2015 Do you know your own mind? Competent Communicator, Project 3
23 February 2016 Man’s most thoughtful gift Competent Communicator, Project 4
19 July 2016 Habits Competent Communicator, Project 5
28 June 2016 Road rage Competent Communicator, Project 6
20 September 2016 Plastic: the next ecological disaster Competent Communicator, Project 7
2 August 2016 What is a building services engineer? Competent Communicator, Project 8
8 Dec 2016 People’s perceptions Competent Communicator, Project 9
7 March 2017 Health and safety in the home Competent Communicator, Project 10

 

Competent Communicator

Competent Leader

Dave Y

Dave_YDave Y, DTM
One of our most accomplished Toastmasters, Dave is a Distinguished Toastmaster who this year has already completed his Competent Communicator manual for the second time. Now working in both the Speaking to Inform and Interpretive Reading manuals, Dave is well on his way through the communication track again!
Member since: August, 2004

 

Speaking to Inform (4 of 5)

Interpretive Reading (3 of 5)

David K

David K, VP Public Relations
David is almost on the home straight of the CC manual. David also serves on the club committee as our VP Public Relations, which means he runs all our marketing and online content.
Member since: March, 2014

27 May 2014 Cricket bats and awkward hats Competent Communicator, Project 1
8 July 2014 He is running out Competent Communicator, Project 2
12 August 2014 Waiter, there’s no fly in my soup Competent Communicator, Project 3
23 September 2014 The glass is half full of blind shoes Competent Communicator, Project 4
16 June 2015 Shiver me timbers! Competent Communicator, Project 5
10 May 2016 PR101 Competent Communicator, Project 6
17 February 2015 Rainbows are evil Competent Communicator, Project 7
2 September 2014 A novel approach to voxel geometry with MARS CT Competent Communicator, Project 8
12 April 2016 Summer is a bummer Competent Communicator, Project 9
21 June 2016 Star power Competent Communicator, Project 10

Competent Communicator

Competent Leader

Ellie

EllieEllie, DTM
One of New Zealand’s most distinguished Toastmasters, Ellie is not only a DTM, but the past District Governor for our country. Ellie continues to develop her skills through her contribution to our meetings and the many mentoring roles she is active in.
Member since: April, 1999

 

15 March GROW Speeches by Management

Speeches by Management (1 of 5)

Eva

Eva
Eva became a Toastmaster to gain skills that will allow her to inspire and encourage people for greater things. She wants not only herself but those around her to improve, achieve and help to make the world a better place for all of us.
Member since: November 2016

Recent Speeches

7 February 2017 Icebreaker Competent Communicator, Project 1
11 April 2017 Power of Education Competent Communicator, Project 2

Gary

GaryGary, DTM
One of the original founders of the club and famous for leading us to our first 10/10 DCP result in 2014, Gary has just last year ‘knocked off’ the prestigious DTM award. Gary is an active member of several Christchurch clubs as well as serving as an Area Governor in Division G.  Gary is also working on the Advanced Communicator Bronze award for the 2nd time and the Competent Communicator award for the 4th time!
Member since: November, 2002

Recent Speeches

23 February 2016 Playing the trump card Competent Communicator, Project 2
31 May 2016 Are you being served Persuasive Speaking
21 June 2016 The cold call Persuasive Speaking

Competent Communicator

Competent Leader

Advanced Leader Silver

Advanced Communicator Bronze

Competent Communicator (2 of 10)

Hannah

Hannah
Hannah has taken the plunge after coming along to visit our club. Congratulations on taking this step Hannah, we can’t wait to see your skills & abilities grow.
Member since: May 2016

Competent Communicator

Competent Leader

Jan

JanJan, Secretary
Jan has just wrapped up her Competent Communicator award, absolutely nailing her final inspirational speech based on the topic of the importance of connecting with young adults.  The advanced manuals now beckon for Jan with plenty more speaking challenges to come.
Member since: April 2013

27 October Make the connection Competent Communicator, Project 10
2 February A taste of freedom The Entertaining Speaker, Project 1

Competent Communicator

The Entertaining Speaker (1 of 5)

Competent Leader

Jane


Jane

Jane joined our club with many natural speaking abilities yet wanting to improve.  She has wasted no time engaging with meeting roles and taking part in table topics.  Jane is well on her way now, already approaching the half-way mark of the CC manual.
Member since: May 2015

Recent speeches

July 21 My earliest exposure to cultural differences Competent Communicator, Project 1
September 8 When am I going to die? Competent Communicator, Project 2
October 27 Public participation Competent Communicator, Project 3
February 16 Mothers Memoirs Competent Communicator, Project 4
May 31 What was that? Competent Communicator, Project 5

 

Competent Communicator (4 of 10)

Competent Leader

Janet

JanetJanet, CC
Janet completed her Competent Communicator award in 2014 and has wasted no time launching into the advanced speaker manuals.  A great role model for newer speakers, Janet is a great evaluator and an accomplished leader.
Member since: February 2011

Recent Speeches

14 July New ways forward
October 6 Let’s start talking

Speaking to inform

Technical Presentations (1 of 5)

Speeches for Management

Competent Leader

Jennifer

jennifer_profileJennfier, CC
Jennifer had massive year in 2015, completing four speech projects and knocking off her Competent Communicator award all just before July!  Next for Jennifer is the Speaking to Inform and Entertaining speaker advanced manuals.  Jennifer is also chipping away at her Competent Leadership manual.
Member since: October 2013

Progressive & habitual aspects in Bislama 17 November 2015 Speaking to Inform, Project 1
 Comparing syntactic persistence of genitive structures within written and spoken language 7 June 2015 Practice speech!

Competent Communicator (10 of 10)

The Entertaining Speaker (0 of 5)

Speaking to Inform (1 of 5)

Competent Leader

Jessica

Jessica
Brand new to Toastmasters, Jessica is off an away already with her ice breaker speech in the bag already.  Welcome to Toastmasters Jessica!
Member since: March, 2016

Recent Speeches

March 8 1000 Miles Competent Communicator Project 1
April 19 Man’s best friend Competent Communicator Project 2

Competent Communicator

Competent Leader

Jonathan

JPJonathan, ACB, President
JP is our club president and champion speaker having represented us on several occasions in regional contests.  JP polished off his ACB award just in time for the club to gain 10/10 DCP points for the 2014 / 2015 year.  JP has his sights set on a new round of speech manuals (ACS) and the Competent Leadership award.
Member since: May 2012

26 January The Sales Process Project 1
26 April Don’t be an insect Project 2

Competent Leader

Kahu

Kahu
Kahu has kicked off the Toastmasters programme with a bang, nailing his ice breaker speech “What race am I?”.  We can’t wait to hear more speeches from Kahu as he progresses through the CC manual.
Member since: February 2013

22 March What race am I? Competent Communicator, Project 1
3 May Beware the house builder Competent Communicator, Project 2
7 June NZ Housing Crisis Competent Communicator, Project 3

Competent Communicator (1 of 10)

Competent Leader

Matt

MattMatt
Our youngest Toastmaster in the club, Matt has been quick to apply himself in speaking and leadership roles and has almost wrapped up his Competent Communicator manual. Ellie has the not-so-secret goal to help Matt become a DTM before he’s 25!
Member since August, 2014

Recent Speeches

9 September 2014 A night to remember Competent Communicator, Project 1
27 January 2015 How to change your life in 2 minutes Competent Communicator, Project 2
17 March 2015 That time I won a trip to Sydney Competent Communicator, Project 3
19 May 2014 Through the lens Competent Communicator, Project 4
24 November 2015 Stuck Competent Communicator, Project 5
26 January 2016 Getting behind the wheel Competent Communicator, Project 6
14 July 2015 Lungs that suck Competent Communicator, Project 7
21 September 2015 How do guerrillas market? Competent Communicator, Project 8
21 June 2016 How much more will it take? Competent Communicator, Project 9
11 October 2016 Finishing at the start Competent Communicator, Project 10

 

Competent Communicator

Competent Leader

Nick

anonNick
Nick is right into it, with a thoroughly engaging ice breaker speech based around a candid appearance in a Douglas Adams book!  Nick has a short-term goal to brush up on speaking technique before presenting at a large conference later this year.
Member since
 June, 2016

Competent Communicator

Competent Leader

Pooja

Pooja
Brand new to Toastmasters, Pooja has made the jump and is under way already.   She knocked us over with her ice breaker speech “Daddy’s little girl” and then “What is yoga?”.  We can’t wait to hear her next speeches.
Member since: March, 2016

 

Recent Speeches

March 8 Daddy’s little girl Competent Communicator Project 1
April 19 What is Yoga? Competent Communicator Project 2
July 5 Curb carbs or not? Competent Communicator Project 3

Competent Communicator

Competent Leader

Ryan

Ryan
Ryan originally joined Cathedral City to work on his public speaking skills for his Wedding day! We know the skills he picks up here will be useful for all of life’s great celebrations.
Member since: July 2016

Recent Speeches

4 October 2016 The gentle rattle of the tuk tuk Competent Communicator, Project 1

Sam B

Sam B, Sergeant at Arms
Sam has rocketed through the projects, finishing his Competent Communicator manual in 12 months flat, and now he’s straight onto the advanced manuals!  Sam is our Sergeant at Arms, which means he is responsible for setting up the room for each meeting and maintaining all our equipment.
Member since: March 2015

Recent Speeches

July 7 Who will care in twenty years? Competent Communicator, Project 3
July 28 Cheese Competent Communicator, Project 4
August 4 Universal Language Competent Communicator, Project 5
September 1 Catching a bus Competent Communicator, Project 6
October 27 Compressional wave anisotropy in the Haast Schist Competent Communicator, Project 7
December 8 Spitfire and hurricanes Competent Communicator, Project 8
February 2 Waste not, want not Competent Communicator, Project 9
April 19 Talk about it Competent Communicator, Project 10
14 June Surfing Advanced Communicator, Project 1

 

Competent Communicator (10 of 10)

Competent Leader

Sanna

Sanna
Sanna joined Cathedral City with plenty of natural speaking talent but wanting to improve and gain more confidence in ad loc speaking. She finds our meetings a lot of fun and enjoys the positive and encouraging environment that always provides funny moments.
Member since: February, 2016

23 February, 2016 Almost becoming Canadian Competent Communicator, Project 1
24 May, 2016 Thinking in the midst of a disaster Competent Communicator, Project 2
11 October 2016 Categorical Thinking Competent Communicator, Project 3
22 November 2016 Hanging Out with Santa Competent Communicator, Project 4
28 February 2017 Eyes Up Competent Communicator, Project 5

Competent Communicator (5 of 10)

Competent Leader

Sergie

Sergie
Sergie is off, taking meeting roles, making great speeches and making the most of the club.  Sergie’s Ice Breaker was absolutely gripping, but since, he just keeps stepping it up.
Member since: February, 2015

September 8 I was never so wrong Competent Communicator Project 4
April 5 Why good people do bad things Competent Communicator Project 5
June 7 Contaminated Oil Competent Communicator Project 7

 

Competent Communicator (5 of 10)

Competent Leader

Steve

Steve
Brand new to Toastmasters, Steve has made the jump and is under way already. Steve knocked us over with his ice breaker speech.  We can’t wait to hear his next speech.
Member since: July, 2015

October 6 The Mole Competent Communicator 1
March 8 The Poison Challace Competent Communicator 2

Competent Communicator

Competent Leader

Tim

TimTim, ACB, CL, VP Education
Tim has just completed his Advanced Communicator Bronze award after pushing through the Entertaining Speaker and Technical Presentations manuals right off the back of his CC award.  For the new Toastmasters year, Tim has his sights set on the ACL award while cracking into two new advanced manuals.
Member since: June, 2012

Recent Speeches

11 August 2015 Happy New Year Speaking to Inform, Project 1
18 August 2015 The Post Release Patching Process Speaking to Inform, Project 3
1 September 2015 Building Teams Advanced Leadership Bronze
30 September 2015 Hares in contention Storytelling, Project 1
14 October 2015 Euphoric resonance Speaking to Inform, Project 2
26 April 2016 Immutable Speaking to Inform, Project 5
16 August 2016 Surveying Interest Speaking to Inform, Project 4
20 September 2016 Feline Beeline Storytelling, Project 2
24 January 2017 The Challenge Storytelling, Project 3
2 May 2017 Wil’s Story Storytelling, Project 4

Competent Communicator

Competent Leader

The Entertaining Speaker

Technical Presentations

Speaking to inform

Story telling

Advanced Leadership Bronze