Pictured above are (back row

Helping build confidence in high school through Toastmasters

A Youth Leadership Program paired local members of the The Golden Voice Toastmasters and Golden Secondary School students.

A Youth Leadership Program paired local members of the The Golden Voice Toastmasters and Golden Secondary School students to help the students become more comfortable when speaking in public.

Diane Slater has been a member of The Golden Voice Toastmasters since its inception.

Slater said she has always been a shy person but through her time in toastmasters she has been working hard to overcome her fear of public speaking.

“It is a safe forum for people to learn how to speak in front of an audience,” she said. “It teaches the kids how to think quickly on their feet and organize their thoughts which is invaluable for job interviews.”

Students involved with the program all agreed that they took something positive away from the classes.

Naomi Carlson was the president of the group for the second half of the course.

“I think it helped me become more confident and I became better at speaking in front of people,” she said

Nathan Morris was the first half president for the class.

“It was awesome. I thought everyone improved tremendously. It helped us become more confident,” he said.

Morris went on to explain he felt it would benefit all students for presentations in high school.

“Everyone is so nervous. If you watch anyone do a presentation in English class they get up and freak out. This program would help us be more confident not only speaking in front of others but also speaking for ourselves,” he said.

International student, Aki Masato, said he hopes to take what he learned in the program to help him in his career.

“This was totally interesting to me. I am looking at a career in business. I thought by taking this class I would excel in leadership in the future,” he said. “It was challenging but I believe for everyone, and especially international students who do not speak English as a first language, once they get see to the atmosphere they will feel more confident.”

Ariana Grass is a grade 10 student at the school who said she would like to learn more in the future from Toastmasters.

“We learned a lot about public speaking and how to overcome public nervousness. There was a lot about annunciation and pronunciation of words. There was also a lot about teamwork as well,” she said.

Morris wanted to stress how great it was working with the instructors.

“The two instructors were amazing. They showed us every little mistake we were doing so we could improve on it. They were encouraging and helpful.”

Slater said the class was one of the best parts of her week.

“I looked forward to Fridays because it was the Toastmasters day with the students.”

Just Posted

Your weekly Mountain Minute

Golden’s 60-second news recap

An Everest fundraiser

Man set to climb elevation of Mt. Everest in one day to raise school lunch funds

Interior Health study offers take-home drug testing kits to spot fentanyl

Interior Health to evaluate safety of at home drug testing kits aimed at reducing fentanyl overdoses

Golden Fire Rescue training grounds get a facelift

Residents may have noticed some changes at the fire hall in the… Continue reading

Area A Aquatic Feasibility Advisory Committee appointed

Submitted A committee has been formed to look into the idea of… Continue reading

UPDATE: B.C. pilot killed in Honduras plane crash

The crash happened in the Roatan Islands area, according to officials

Raptors beat Bucks 118-112 in 2OT thriller

Leonard has 36 points as Toronto cuts Milwaukee’s series lead to 2-1

‘Teams that win are tight’: B.C. Lions search for chemistry at training camp

The Lions added more than 50 new faces over the off-season, from coaching staff to key players

Rescue crews suspend search for Okanagan kayaker missing for three days

71-year-old Zygmunt Janiewicz was reported missing Friday

B.C. VIEWS: Reality of our plastic recycling routine exposed

Turns out dear old China wasn’t doing such a great job

Carbon dioxide at highest levels for over 2.5 million years, expert warns of 100 years of disruption

CO2 levels rising rapidly, now higher than at any point in humanity’s history

B.C. ferry stops to let black bear swim past near Nanaimo

Queen of Oak Bay brakes for wildlife in Nanaimo’s Departure Bay

Mother dead, child in critical condition after carbon monoxide poisoning at Shuswap campground

The woman was found unresponsive insider her tent and the youth was taken via air ambulance to hospital

Canada’s parole officers say correctional system has reached breaking point

About half of Canada’s federal parole officers work inside penitentiaries and correctional institutions

Most Read