Unsung Hero Award

Volunteer organizations such as Toastmasters survive because of the selfless efforts of its members. While there are programs and other initiatives to formally recognize some of these efforts, frequently members do something for another member, the club or the district that stands out.  In many cases these members don’t get recognized for their efforts, and all too often don’t even expect to be recognized.

Have you been the recipient or observer of someone else’s extraordinary efforts? Have you wished that a member got some form of recognition, but it never happened? This year the Unsung Hero Award can be used to celebrate and recognize these members. This award has no set criteria to allow for a variety of activities and efforts to be recognized. Each nominee will be recognized with a Conference Pin.

Let’s make sure each member who freely gives of themself is recognized for it. To nominate someone, just click the form below and tell us why!


Take a look at this year’s growing list of Unsung Heroes!

Nominator / NominateurNominee / CandidatTheir club / Leur clubReason for Nominating
Angèle BeaulieuSusan Dalati, DTM PIDCauseurs Sussex Speakers (and four more!)I nominate Susan Dalati, DTM PID, our past District Governor and District Director, for the Unsung Hero award. At the district level, Sue did a huge amount of work behind the scenes last summer to ensure our district secured all its proxies for voting at
Carole Gagnon-BarabéLuc SavardLouis St-Laurent IcebreakersEven with a little experience of Toastmasters, Luc accepted the challenge of being President of our club, just last year. He is definitely a true leader in bringing to the members all the needed support so they can progress, working with his team, and wel
Carole Gagnon-BarabéRichard PazurLouis St-Laurent IcebreakersWhen a club goes through great difficulties, solid implication and determination are crucial. Last year, Richard was so convinced of its strength, he proudly led the club as president. His commitment to our members, his caring for everyone’s progress, and
Ed NicholsonFran WatsonPembroke, Renfrew, Deep RiverFran has for many years been the most significant reason most of the clubs in Area 10 still exist. She motivates and educates many despite still working full time and looking after her Mother. Fantastic person. Also proud to say she is my mentor.
Fran WatsonDaniel Jibouleaupart of PRM teamDaniel spent over an hour with me today patiently walking me through the steps needed to create an event on Eventbrite and Facebook. This in addition to all the times he answered my questions and viewed my Canva images to help me create good images for my
Lidia KasprzakLucy WongConcordia ToastmastersI've known Lucy for a short time; however, I see her as the epitome of selfless service and role model for Toastmasters values. A few words that describe her: excellence, service, humility, and professionalism. She is always giving of her time and energy,
Lidia KasprzakShiellah QuintosSpeak with StyleShiellah has been giving of her time and energy since the beginning of the 2020-2021 contest season. I had a chance to observe her involvement during several events in Divisions F and G. She served as Chief Judge, Zoom host, among others, and has been act
Monique TremblayKaren Howarth & Vicki HarrisonManagement Development for Women 654417MDW Dynamic Duo – Karen & Vicki This Shero team is outstanding and well-deserving of this award. Why? Simply they are there to make things happen! Vicki the President and Karen VP Education, VP Membership, and immediate past president ensure the MDW club
Normand LevertLuc SavardClub Louis St Laurent IcebreakersAfter only two years in Toastmasters, Luc embraced the President position of his club. He has been a great leader who’s first value was "Collaboration" with everyone. He succeeded in growing the club from six to eight members by being fully active in the
Normand LevertRichard PazurLouis St Laurent IcebreakersRichard was our President in 2019-2020, which was a year with particularly great challenges for our club Louis St-Laurent Icebreakers. Richard took the initiative to create our website. He became the webmaster, ensuring everything was functioning perfectl
Gabriel DuguayShiellah Quintosclub Toastmasters Eloquentia Montréal ; Speak with StyleShiellah has been involved in the affairs of her clubs for years. She is the first to offer her help in organizing events at both club and district level. She is currently involved as a contest official and as a Zoom support team leader. She also took the initiative to develop three workshops in Montreal. Shiellah's involvement enhances the quality of Toastmasters.
Nancy MoreauPaola Pardo MorenoBank of Canada Toastmasters ClubI nominate Paola, because teamwork during this difficult time is crucial. Paola stepped in when our SAA left in the middle of te term and rarely miss our weekly meetings. Not only she took on the position with grace, she also offered her help to the VP-PR by incorporating all activities from the District into our calendar site and wrote a blog on a Senior Leader Speaker Series. Paola also offered her help to the VP Membership by tracking the guests attendances and reaching out when needed. As this was not enough, Paola is also helping our VP Education by sending out an email to remind our members to sign-up for roles. Paola is not afraid to get out of her comfort zone and is always ready to help. Paola has great leadership skills and is very reliable and when she commits, you know it will get done. Having someone like Paola in the executive team is precious and you want to nurture this behaviour. I want to congratulate Paola for all her contributions to the success of our Club.
James MihaychukThomas FerayClub Toastmasters Bombardier CanadairThomas is the mastermind behind Zoom training and Zoom host organization that enabled our many contests this year. He has been a very supportive and patient leader.
Claude RacineScott McLaughlinTunney's ToastmastersOver the past few months, Scott has put in a lot of effort to make our club thrive by taking the initiative of reaching out to past members, helping to increase our membership significantly, promoting our club regularly, and always lending a helping hand when needed. We’ve seen first hand the impact his efforts have had on our club -- one of them being our increase in membership which is vital to our club’s overall success. Many of our members joined our club because he encouraged them and saw the hidden potential in each and everyone of us. His overall loyalty to the club is undeniable and we would like to show him our appreciation by recognizing him as the club's Unsung Hero.
Lucille Bouthillier + Wilma ArmstrongSharon TeedAbove and Beyond ToastmastersSharon Teed follows the Toastmasters promise to the "T". As a dedicated club member, Sharon is a strong pillar of Above and Beyond Toastmasters. She has a good demeanor, is ethical, honest, loyal, responsible, and respectful of all club members and guests. She goes above and beyond her role as a club member. Sharon is a good role model by attending club meetings regularly. She excelled in her efforts to follow the legacy program, and embraced the new Pathways education program with enthusiasm. As VP Ed Sharon does the setup and prepares all upcoming agendas online. Working with the Toastmaster, she ensures all roles are filled on the agenda. She provides fellow members with helpful, constructive evaluations. Sharon maintains the positive, friendly environment necessary for all members to learn and grow. She has served as a Club Officer since joining in 2016. Worked closely with the Club President to keep the club running smoothly. Beyond the Club, Sharon has helped District 61 with various roles at contests, TLI, Member Mondays, and wherever is needed. Sharon brings back information from meetings and seminars to help support and keep her club informed.