Spring 2020

Welcome to Ottawa’s first Toastmasters Parents Club and Youth Gavel Club pair!  We are a venue for youths and parents to practice public speaking and leadership skills.  Overtime, members will gain self-confidence, find their voice, and be able to influence the world around them.  Today’s world is changing so quickly, we need leaders to keep things right.

Toastmasters has been around since 1924, with clubs in over 140 countries, and has helped millions of people over the years with communications and leadership skills.  Industry leaders like Google, Apple, Amazon, AT&T, Bank of America, IBM, Intel, Microsoft, UPS, etc. are using the Toastmasters International program to develop and enhance these skills as well as the confidence of their employees.

Our youths and parents clubs had a wonderful Winter session, as you can see from the images in the Gallery.  Youths practiced giving firm handshakes, passing control of the podium, volunteered for different roles in a club meeting, some had an opportunity to prepare meeting agenda and chair a meeting, gave speech evaluations, learned lectern etiquette, lead impromptu speaking sessions, respond to impromptu questions, lead team building activities, and much more!  Many youths had an opportunity to present their first Ice Breaker speech up to their third project, which is getting to the point of your speech.  Did I mention the Parents Club also do these things?

From the Fall session, we recognized there is a need for a parents club to support the youth club so that the youth club will have the available experienced resources to support future sessions. For the Winter session, parents registered with their youth(s) and had learned a lot about public speaking and shared parenting stories.

There are many benefits for parents; ranging from improving family communications, to improving career opportunities, to self development, to sharing parenting skills (and challenges) with other parents, to improving your community, networking, and so on.  For kids, we already know the benefits of empowering them with communications skills and leadership skills.  For families, the benefit is a common communication channel between the parent and child.  Imagine sitting around the dinner table and having fun practicing answering each other’s table topics questions, or practice giving and receiving feedback in a positive way that encourages the parent or the youth when trying to resolve conflict.  These are just some ideas on the possibilities.

We welcome youths who are 9-17 years old.  Our focus is on fun while gaining valuable experiences for each member’s future!

Our clubs run in sessions (Fall, Winter, Spring).

Due to the current situation of COVID-19 and the need for social distancing, we will not be running a Spring 2020 session.  We hope to reconvene in the Fall in September.  As things are uncertain at this time, we encourage you to complete the registration forms and send them in to us.  We will add them to our wait list.  Please do not send any payments.  We will notify you when a spot is available or if there is enough interest to start another group.  Priority will be given to returning members of the Winter 2020 session.

Thank you for your interest!  We look forward to seeing you soon!

Sui Leung

Youth Gavel Club Counsellor

OPS Parents Club 
Club# 7239102 

 OPS Youth Gavel Club
Club# 07571942


Since Sep 2019