BCIT club toasts for success

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BCIT’s Toastmasters club has a reason to celebrate after Burnaby’s City Council declared February as the Toastmasters month.

A member writing her feedback for the speakers.

A member writing feedback for the speakers.

Mayor Derek Corrigan wanted to honour the renowned international club, which has over 300,000 members and 14,000 clubs world-wide.

The club focuses on helping people become effective communicators and strong leaders.

BCIT’s Toastmasters club division was very happy to hear about the news, “Having a specific month declared as a month for our club I think it’s really special. And I think it could be a selling point for all of us to know that it is a special club that everyone can be a part of,” said Colin Li, the club’s President.

The work done by the club is internationally recognized, members get an opportunity to obtain a certificate in Communication, Leadership or both,  by successfully completing projects assigned.

During their meetings, members are encouraged to participate in the activities, these vary from prepared long-version speeches, to short “table topics” improvised speeches. Meanwhile, fellow students evaluate their performance and provide feedback to help each other improve.

Alan Leung, and Environmental Health student, joined the club just last semester, but says he already feels more confident talking to people and communicating with others.

Alan presenting his speech to the club.

Alan Leung presenting his speech to the club.

“It is very relevant to be a good communicator in general, that’s the reason why I joined this program,” said Leung.

The club meets every Wednesday at 2:30 in the Burnaby campus. For more information visit their Facebook page.