Finding my voice

by Ruth Stanton

Ruth has built her confidence and developed speaking and leadership skills through her participation in Prince George Toastmasters.

Ruth has built her confidence and developed speaking and leadership skills through her participation in Prince George Toastmasters.

I joined my local Toastmasters in Prince George ten years ago. I joined Toastmaster to get out of my box and overcome my shyness.

Over the years I have completed two of the Toastmasters work books. One is about leadership and the other is about how to give speeches. You have to do 10 speeches and then you get recognition for your wall.

When I go to the meeting I have a role for the night like being the ‘timer’ or the ‘topics master’.

I like how we can all be ourselves at the meeting and everyone sees us for who we are. It has been a good way to meet friends. I’ve learned how to make silly lists and how to run a business meeting and just so much more.

There are four of us from the AiMHi office, as well as students from the University of Northern British Columbia and others from the community. It is very inclusive. I would recommend joining Toastmasters to others who have diverse abilities. We are all welcome!

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