I joined Toastmasters in June 2020, based on a friend’s recommendation, because I wanted to develop my skills as a speaker. It turns out Toastmasters is much more than that: Toastmasters is Where Leaders Are Made! I am passionate about people and continuous development, hence, Toastmasters suits both of my interests.

I am so grateful for the chance Toastmaster provides for helping people grow. Practicing speeches in a safe environment, while developing communicator competencies and turning butterflies into confidence is priceless.

Outside our Pace Setters club, I enjoy the library environment; there it feels like the time is ticking at a different pace, and the books silently aim to share their secrets with me. Also, I like dirt biking, where there is not much time to think and I’m reminded that the laws of physics exist! I love challenges, and I feel alive when I am out of my comfort zone. I love to sing and dance by the camping fire!

What else can I say about myself? I have the most fantastic husband, who has been my soulmate for almost 30 years now. We have two magnificent daughters who live their adult lives on their own. I am slowly learning my entrepreneurial skills. One dream I have is to teach entrepreneurship / leadership programs to junior high or high-school youths. I am fascinated by their fresh and yet different opinions on life.

Email me at Lorraine Dionne