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Mississauga's Annie Bai competes at World Championship of Public Speaking for second year in a row
By: Toastmasters District 86
Last year, the Mississauga resident was runner-up in the Toastmasters International Video Speech Contest, with her speech "A Piece of Relationship Advice." This year, she's won the Toastmasters District 86 International Speech Contest and heading to the world championships again. This year, her speech was entitled: "Just a Little Twist."
"As an introvert and an immigrant who speaks English as a second language, I found my way to communicate to the world," says Bai, who has also earned a Distinguished Toastmaster designation.
"I learned that if I tell my stories with earnestness and authenticity, people will understand, and I might even have a chance to impact their life for the better. If I can do it, everyone can, with effort and determination."
Lynne Hollett, of Centre Wellington Toastmasters, Fergus, Ont., took second in the District 86 International Speech Contest. Gaby Mammone, of City Centre Toastmasters, Mississauga, placed third.
Along with the prepared speech contest at the 2022 Toastmasters District 86 Conference April 22-24, 2022, there was an impromptu speech contest. Ross Cunningham, of Strathroy Toastmasters, took first in that competition.
Bai first joined Confidently Speaking Toastmasters in Sept 2007 – almost 15 years ago.
She is a founding member of the Miracle Chinese English Bilingual Toastmasters. (https://miraclechineseenglish.toastmastersclubs.org). She is also president of the One Country One World Toastmasters Club (https://easy-
Annie was a technical consultant when she joined Toastmasters. She credits the skills she learned in Toastmasters to help her advance to the role of a project and program manager.
And she credits Toastmasters for helping her build self-confidence.
"Life is miserable if one doesn't have the confidence to live in it. I used to shy away from opportunities, avoid changes, losing my voice in conflicts. Toastmasters has filled me with the courage to take on adventures."
About Toastmasters District 86
Toastmasters District 86 represents the heartland of Ontario, comprising 135 community and corporate clubs with more than 2,000 members. The district supports clubs from London in the southwest to Owen Sound in the north: Waterloo Region and Guelph; and Niagara, Hamilton, and parts of Mississauga in the Golden Horseshoe around Lake Ontario. To learn more about District 86, please visit: http://www.toastmasters86.org/
Nancy Movrin, Public Relations Manager