Region Advisor Biography

Catherine Secundiak, DTM

Catherine Secundiak, DTM

Location: Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada
Member Since: 2010
Region Number: 4
Home District: 42
Supporting Districts: 6, 42, 64, 99, 106

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

  • 2019-2020 Immediate Past District Director
  • 2018-2019 District Director
  • 2017-2018 Program Quality Director
  • 2016-2017 Club Growth Director

Toastmasters honors and recognition:

  • 2017-2018 Excellence in Program Quality Award

What is your understanding of the Region Advisor role and how does your experience relate to the role?

The Region Advisor serves as a coach, teacher, guide, confidant, and cheerleader to the District leaders. They help connect the District leaders they serve to Toastmasters International and to each other. They support the District leaders in achieving the mission of building new clubs and supporting all clubs in achieving excellence. I have been a part of the District Executive Committee for the past seven years and can help guide leaders on the governing documents and programs of Toastmasters International. I am an engaging and effective trainer, coach with my employer, and have mentored many members in Toastmasters (completing the Pathways Mentorship Program in 2020). I have overcome conflicts in our District and can be a confidant to other teams going through such challenges. I have experience as a project manager and event lead, working with teams to develop District Success Plans, Marketing Plans, project plans, change management plans, training plans, and events.

What is your experience with coaching individuals and/or teams?

With my current employer, I am a trainer and coach to the leaders of the organization in developing a culture of continuous process improvement. This includes coaching on leadership behaviors through observation and feedback, one-on-one and group coaching on personal development and problem-solving, training on new daily management practices, and training and coaching on management and problem-solving tools. For each team I work with, I schedule one-on-one check-ins with team members and leaders to build relationships and stay on top of issues or challenges that may be arising.

Why are you interested in serving as Region Advisor?

This position will give me the opportunity to continue to refine my training and executive leadership coaching skills while working with a very diverse group of leaders. I will expand my network of fellow knowledge seekers, build relationships with fellow Region Advisors from around the world, and expand my cultural experience. As a District leader, I found my Region Advisors incredibly supportive and I would like to be a support for other District leaders.