Greater Toronto Area, Ontario resident to receive Toastmasters Communication & Leadership Award

Bernice Carnegie, Speaker, Author, and Storyteller becomes only the second recipient to receive the award from the newly created Toastmasters District 123.
Bernice Carnegie
Bernice Carnegie
BOWMANVILLE, Ontario - April 21, 2023 - PRLog -- Bernice Carnegie, Speaker, Author, and Storyteller, co-founder of The Carnegie Initiative and the Herbert H. Carnegie Future Aces Foundation in the Greater Toronto Area, will be honored by District 123 Toastmasters of Central, mid-East, and Northern Ontario, for her achievement in the field of both communication and leadership.  The event will be held on Saturday, April 29, 2023, at 12:30 pm at the Toronto Sheraton North in Richmond Hill, Ontario.

"It was through my father's influence that I started engaging in community more than forty years ago.  How wonderful that Toastmasters reaches out to include such recognition.", says recipient, Bernice Carnegie.

Carnegie's communication achievements include co-founding two charitable organizations -- The Carnegie Initiative for Acceptance and Inclusion in Hockey and the Herbert H. Carnegie Future Aces Foundation which implemented youth character development initiatives in hundreds of Ontario schools. She recently made history by becoming a part owner in the first BIPOC ownership of the women's pro hockey team, Toronto Six, Premier Hockey Federation.

"This award honours a non-Toastmaster who has made substantial contributions to the well-being of the local community in the areas of communications and leadership. Bernice is an excellent choice to honour with this award from Toastmasters. She embodies our core values of Integrity, respect, service and excellence," says Distinguished Toastmaster, District 123 Director Iona Rodricks.

Toastmasters International ( is a nonprofit educational organization that teaches communication and leadership skills through a worldwide network of more than 14,700 clubs in 144 countries. In District 123, Ontario, Canada there are 124 active Toastmasters clubs.

The Toastmasters' Communication and Leadership Award is for a non-Toastmasters member, someone outside a Toastmasters club, either in the community or an organization—a distinguished individual in the fields of communication or leadership.

Toastmasters clubs meet regularly and you can find one in-person or online every day of the week. Find a club near you at

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Toastmasters International is a worldwide nonprofit educational organization that empowers individuals to become more effective communicators and leaders. Headquartered in Englewood, Colo., the organization's membership exceeds 280,000 in more than 14,800 clubs in 144 countries. Since 1924, Toastmasters International has helped people from diverse backgrounds become more confident speakers, communicators, and leaders. For information about local Toastmasters clubs, please visit Follow @Toastmasters ( on Twitter.

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