Toast of the town

The Port Hardy chapter of Toastmasters plays host to the area speech competition later this month.

The best of the North Island will compete against the best of the rest as the Port Hardy chapter of Toastmasters plays host to the area speech competition later this month.

The local club held its own contest last week to select representatives to move forward to the March 29 area competition. The Port Hardy representatives will measure up against speakers from Campbell River, Courtenay and Comox to decide who moves forward to the regional-level contest.

Each year, Toastmasters holds an international speaking contest as club members vie for the world champion title by working up through local, area, regional, national and eventually international competition.

This year, the recently reformed Port Hardy Toastmasters will play host to the area contest for the first time, welcoming competitors to Seven Hills Golf and Country Club.

Dave Stevenson and Charlotte Mellstrom will represent the local club in the international speech contest, while Stevenson will return alongside Will Sylwester in the evaluation competition.

For more information on Toastmasters or the contest, contact club president Brian Scott at


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