Region Advisor Biography

Essie Gardner, DTM

Essie Gardner

Location: Kingston, Jamaica
Member Since: 1998
Region Number: 8
Home District: 81
Supporting Districts: 47, 48, 81, 84

Toastmasters offices held and terms of service (international, region and district level):

  • 2011-2012 District Governor
  • 2010-2011 Lieutenant Governor Education and Training
  • 2009-2010 Lieutenant Governor Marketing
  • 2006-2007 Division Governor

Toastmasters honors and recognition (including international level you have received):

  • 2007 President's Distinguished Division
  • 2012 Distinguished District
  • 2011 Distinguished Toastmaster

Relevant work experience and how it relates to Toastmasters and your role as a region advisor:

As an experienced Adult Trainer, I help individuals and groups sharpen their communication, leadership and marketing skills through formal and non-formal sessions. As a tourism marketer, I manage a diverse creative team spanning the United States, Canada, United Kingdom and continental Europe.

What key strengths do you bring to the district leaders?

My key strengths are training, club building and relationship building. These are best seen through my coaching and organizational styles. I am passionate about Toastmasters, and committed to helping members hone their skills. I have a solid knowledge of Toastmasters policies, protocols and procedures.

Why are you interested in serving as region advisor?

I have been very fortunate to work with and learn from remarkable people in Toastmasters; they have helped to hone my skills. I feel fortunate to have the good chance to impact others in the same way. The region advisor has a unique opportunity to help diverse district leaders and their members to work through challenges and find their own footing.