Toastmasters offices held and terms of service (international and regional level):
- 2015-2017 International Director
- 2012-2013 District Governor
- 2011-2012 Lieutenant Governor Education and Training
Toastmasters honors and recognition (international level):
- 2012-2013 Distinguished District
- 2011-2012 Education and Training Award
Relevant work experience and how it relates to Toastmasters and your role as a Board member:
As a Board member, I will apply the experience I gained from establishing and growing multiple businesses to facilitate the continued growth and success of Toastmasters. My entrepreneurial experience is relevant because the principles I followed to build my businesses are the same as the six Categories of Leadership Toastmasters endorses: Ethics, Critical Thinking, Leadership, Vision, Strategic Thinking and Finance.
What experience do you have in strategic planning?
I applied the strategic planning skills I learned in business to grow my District and help support my Region. My approach in both has been to formulate and execute effective strategies to support organizational goals and objectives. In my own business, I make these decisions on my own. In the various leadership roles I have served in Toastmasters, I have understood the importance of involving others in planning and executing to create our future. Everyone has a role to play. Involving others creates opportunities to build support for a shared vision and builds buy-in for the activities required to turn the vison into our future. One of my greatest strengths is the ability to understand what is important now and what we must do today to realize our long-term vision. It’s important our members understand that strategic planning is an ongoing process and we must remain flexible to adapt to opportunities that are created by the continually changing environment we live in today. We must respect and learn from our past, and accept the fact that change is required to remain relevant in the future.
What experience do you have in the area of finance?
I have extensive experience in raising money and managing money. I co-founded a business with annual sales of $30M, managed the budget, reviewed financial statements and made financial investment decisions for the corporation. Being a business owner also required me to understand and monitor key financial performance indicators and their relationship to achieving business objectives. To survive and thrive in business I had to assess risks and benefits to set financial priorities. I also sat on a College Board with funding of $25M, the Loans Committee for the Community Development organization and obtained funding and donations for political campaigns and several non-profit organizations. I am seven classes shy of having my CPA and currently manage my own stock portfolio and coach investors.
What experience do you have in developing policies?
While serving on the Board of Lakeland College we moved from an operational board to a board using the Carver model of governance. All the policies in existence needed to be redrafted to be in-line with our new model of governance. I served on the Sea to Sky Riding Association and BC Liberal Women’s Commission whose responsibilities also included introducing and debating new policies to better serve the public.
What lessons did you learn from previous leadership positions?
I’ve learned the importance of building relationships before pushing for results and setting expectations at the beginning on how we will work together to minimize conflict and challenges. Creating the vision (3-5 years), developing the strategic plan to reach the vision, realizing this is an ongoing process of balancing a long-term perspective with day-to-day needs, setting short term goals, continual reinforcing of the mission, focusing on the “why” and communicating clearly and concisely the “how,” increases understanding, alignment and commitment to a shared vision. I’ve also learned that recognition and celebrations are vital keys to achieving desired performance and letting everyone know what they do makes a difference and contributes to our success.
What experience and key strengths would you bring to the Board of Directors?
My experience with Toastmasters, other community organizations and operating my own business has strengthened my leadership, collaborative and team building skills. I am a visionary and innovator, but also prudent. My ability to analyze risks, identify opportunities for growth, set priorities and involve others in the decision making process will allow us to focus on what’s important today, while planning and positioning our organization to continue to grow and adapt to changes required to serve our members now and in the future.
Why do you want to serve as an international officer/director?
The organization is poised for its next level of evolution. I want to be part of shaping the future success of our movement. Given the external realities and their impact on us, we need to become more agile in changing and simplifying how we operate in order to attract and retain new members for the long term. I want to be part of building a stronger team, reducing conflict and elevating our core values.
What volunteer experience do you have outside of Toastmasters?
• Director for Sunshine Coast Community Foundation and Sunshine Coast Community Futures • Communication Chair, Sunshine Coast Relay for Life, Canadian Cancer Society • Member of the Sea to Sky Liberal Riding Association • Member of the BC Liberal Women’s Commission • Member, Virtual Community Leadership Team for the International Coach Federation (ICF) • Vice Chair, Arts, Culture & Heritage Advisory Committee, District of Sechelt • Member, Sunshine Coast Rotary Club and Rotary Club International • Co-host | Clearly Coastal, Public Broadcast Program • Board Member, Lakeland College Alberta 1995-1997
Have you worked with other Boards of Directors outside of Toastmasters? If so, describe your experience.
Fund Development Chair and Board Member of Sunshine Cost Community Foundation, Board Member Lakeland College, Board Member and Loans Committee - Sunshine Coast Community Futures Development Corporation
In your opinion, what are Toastmasters International’s major objectives and how would you work to achieve them?
Our major objective is to be the first choice provider of high value, dynamic experiential communication and leadership training. The strategic plan will define the steps to get us there. We must recognize and demonstrate respect for geographical and cultural differences and their impact on individuals and the organization. We can achieve this by ensuring we have the international engagement and communication required to truly operate as a global organization.
Additional information about candidate
I am an investor, coach, grandmother. I believe in self-care, staying fit and eating healthy. I read a book a week. I have eclectic interests and take at least three classes a year on various topics. Other values I hold: responsibility, commitment to family.