Montreal resident advances to world’s largest speech contest

Media Contact:
Gina Cook, DTM, PID
Public Relations Manager, District 61

Montreal resident advances in the world’s largest speech contest

J.A. Gamache will represent District 61 in the Toastmasters World Championship of Public

Ottawa, Ontario, 2022-07-18 — J.A. Gamache, of Montreal, Quebec outshone more than 35,000 contestants at the club level to become one of 28 semi-finalists going to the World Championship of Public Speaking® to be held in a hybrid format on Thursday, 2022-08-18. From there, eight contestants will advance to the World Championship of Public Speaking® on Saturday, 2022-08-21.

Gamache, a member of club Toastmasters Dynamique de Laval (, in the city of Laval near Montreal, Quebec surpassed fierce competition to win over the judges with his speech, “A good day.” The speech touched on the themes of friendship, compassion, and love. When it comes to connecting with an audience, he said, “The key is to offer the listeners something they can use immediately in their everyday lives.“

Gamache is a bilingual (French and English) award-winning professional speaker, puppeteer, and Disc-Jockey. His presentations are humorous, inspirational and lead audiences to take action immediately. He is the author of the book Jitters or not, HERE I COME! which provides 77 invaluable tips to deal with whatever happens on stage.

Gamache will compete with up to 28 other winners from 14 Regions around the world. Their five- to seven-minute speeches were judged on content, delivery, and language.
“Toastmasters speech contests are another way to build your confidence, sharpen your speaking skills and an amazing opportunity to share meaningful messages to many different audiences,” says Gamache. “I look forward to competing against the other semi-finalists and hopefully advancing to the world finals!” Gamache is the owner of the Verbum Vitam publishing company. He joined Toastmasters to become a better speaker and leader at work and in the community.

The Toastmasters International Speech Contest began in 1938 and is the world’s largest speech contest, involving 35,000 participants from 149 countries. It culminates with the popular World Championship of Public Speaking® held annually at the organization’s International Convention. To interview Gamache or learn more about the contest or Toastmasters club membership, contact (Gina Cook at the above details). Follow @Toastmasters International on Twitter to track Gamache’s progress.

About District 61
District 61 is one of 122 Districts, which comprises more than 170 corporate and community clubs in Eastern Ontario, Québec, and Northern New York State.
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About Toastmasters International
Toastmasters International is a worldwide nonprofit educational organization that empowers individuals to become more effective communicators and leaders. Headquartered in Englewood, Colo., the organization’s membership exceeds 300,000 in more than 15,800 clubs in 149 countries. Since 1924, Toastmasters International has helped people from diverse backgrounds become more confident speakers, communicators, and leaders. For information about local Toastmasters clubs, visit Follow @Toastmasters on Twitter.


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