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Toastmasters to celebrate 42 years in Prince George

Penny Soderena-Sutton will be celebrating the completion of her Distinguished Toastmaster designation at Prince George Toastmasters on August 29. This also coincides with the 42nd anniversary of Prince George Toastmasters.

Members of the public are invited to join club members in celebration at AiMHi, 950 Kerry Street on Thursday, August 29 from 6:45 p.m. until 9 p.m.

Toastmasters International is a non-profit educational organization that teaches public speaking and leadership skills through a worldwide network of clubs. It has existed since 1924 and has helped untold millions worldwide through its self-paced “learning by doing” program. Presently there are approximately 357,000 members in 143 countries and more than 16,600 clubs.

Prince George is home to six clubs at present – meeting at a variety of different locations throughout the city and times throughout the week – with morning, noon and evening clubs.

Prince George Toastmasters is the second oldest club in the city. It was founded in August 1977 on a principle of equality and inclusiveness as it was the first club in Prince George to welcome women members. These principles have remained true and we have been proudly located at AiMHi for approximately the last 10 years.

AiMHi is a local community organization that advocates for those with special needs and their families.

Penny Soderena-Sutton is employed at AiMHi as a self advocate peer advisor. As a person with

disabilities herself, Penny helps to support her peers to “have good lives at work, at home and in the community.”

The Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM) designation is exceeding rare within Toastmasters. There were only 3,022 awarded worldwide last year.

Less than one per cent of Toastmasters members (3022/357,000) will achieve their DTM. Penny has been working towards it for almost 25 years. This is a major milestone and worthy of recognition. That it happens to coincide with our 42nd anniversary is a happy coincidence.

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