The Prince Rupert ToastMasters Club has been recognized by ToastMasters International with the highest level of achievement, becoming a President’s Distinguished Club. The Prince Rupert and District Chamber of Commerce has worked closely with the local ToastMasters Club for the past several years as a vital component of the Rising Stars Student Mentorship Program and we are pleased to share this exciting achievement of the local club this year.



Toastmasters-Prince-RupertPRINCE RUPERT, BRITISH COLUMBIA — Prince Rupert’s Toastmasters Club concluded its 2016–17 season on June 27th with a historic first for the local group dedicated to building communication and leadership skills, attaining the highest level of achievement recognized by Toastmasters International: President’s Distinguished Club Status.

The award is conferred on clubs that meet stringent requirements for member accomplishments, leadership of club officers, and administrative excellence.

The current Toastmasters club was chartered in 2015, following the dissolution several years before of a club that had been meeting in the city for decades. It is the first time in the history of either group that Prince Rupert has reached the top honour.

“This is a pivotal milestone,” said Michal Sluka, President of the Prince Rupert Toastmasters Club. “It means that a critical number of our members set goals for personal development in communication and leadership, and they reached those goals. I’m proud to be associated with people who can so clearly define and so strongly pursue personal success. Meanwhile, it proves that a little club in northwest BC can be among the best in the world, which challenges us to sustain our upward trajectory.”

During the year, club members collectively delivered over 70 speeches and presentations while seeking Toastmasters certifications in public speaking. Participants also completed and documented over 100 individual leadership assignments, benefiting both the club and the community.

Toastmasters International is a world leader in communication and leadership development. The Prince Rupert Toastmasters Club is one of 15,400 clubs in 135 countries that make up a global network of meeting locations.

The group’s mission is to provide a supportive and positive learning experience in which participants are empowered to develop communication and leadership skills, resulting in greater self-confidence and personal growth.

In the last two years, 110 unique individuals have participated in Toastmasters meetings, cultivating public speaking and leadership skills. That figure includes the Rising Star business mentorship program of the Prince Rupert and District Chamber of Commerce. This year, all graduates of the Rising Star Speechcraft workshops joined the club as full-fledged Toastmasters.

Following its summer hiatus, the Prince Rupert Toastmasters Club will resume weekly meetings at Northwest Community College on Tuesday, September 12th at 7:30 p.m. Newcomers are always welcome, and can find details online at

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Michael Sluka
President, Prince Rupert Toastmasters Club
Telephone: (250) 600-4959