Message from the co-chairs, Pierre Simard and Jeff Roy
Dear Toastmasters members and distinguished guests,
It is with great pleasure, and a good dose of pride that we welcomed you to the District 61 Fall Conference. Our conference was especially enhanced by the celebration of the 90th anniversary of Toastmasters International.
We hope with all our hearts, that the time you spent with us met most of your expectations. The members of the organising committee wish to thank you for your generous participation.
To put on an event of this magnitude, we depended on a host of volunteers who worked backstage. It is impossible to name them all, but they have our deepest respect and admiration for their effort, their perseverance and their determination.
We also wish to express our gratitude to the internationally renowned speakers who added their own special colours to the conference. Our thanks to Randy J. Harvey, PhD - the 2004 World Champion of Public Speaking and "merci" to Annie Létourneau.
Special thanks go to this year’s winner of the Communication and Leadership Award, Jean-Marie de Koninck, founding president of "Operation Red-Nose".
Our heartiest congratulations go to the winners of the humourous speech and evaluation contests. We admire the persistence, practice and polish that earned you your trophies.
We cannot forget to thank the management and the staff of the Château Mont-Sainte-Anne, who facilitated our planning and welcomed us so graciously.
Finally, our thanks go to the heads of District 61, for having given us their confidence and their support.
While striving to stay true to the values of Toastmasters International - respect, integrity, service and excellence - we did our best to set our sails in preparation for our voyage into the future. We trust that those of you who came aboard are now even better equipped in communication and leadership skills, ready to meet new challenges ahead.