By: Stephanie Lee, District Director

One of the big pieces of business that happens every year at the International Convention is the election of new members to the Board of Directors for Toastmasters International. The election of these officers is the biggest reason for clubs to turn in their proxies each year. It is when your voice gets to be heard.

There are 13 International Directors (IDs) on the Board, representing the 13 Regions around the world. Other members are the International President, International President-Elect, First Vice President, Second Vice President, and Immediate Past International President. This year we voted on new IDs from the odd numbered Regions, and next year the new IDs will come from the even numbered ones.

District 32 is in Region 1 and has a new International Director for the next 2 years: Louisa Davis, DTM. From Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, Louisa is a learning and communication specialist with Best Buy Canada. She takes care of change management for the large consumer electronics retailer’s merchandising team, providing communications and training on systems, tools, best practices, and leadership development. A Toastmaster since 2002, Davis is a member of Speak Your Mind Toastmasters, in Vancouver and Be Amazing Toastmasters, Best Buy’s corporate club, in Burnaby. She has held a number of high-profile leadership positions within Toastmasters and has attained the Distinguished Toastmaster designation—the highest level of educational achievement in the organization.

Region 1 also has the honor of being the home Region for the International President, Margaret Page, DTM. Margaret is from Delta, British Columbia, Canada, and is the seventh woman to serve as International President of Toastmasters. As President, she is looking forward to honoring the rich traditions of the organization, maximizing this watershed moment in its history, and shaping its future as it stands on the cusp of its second century. A lifelong entrepreneur and investor, Page has founded or co-founded numerous companies. In her current role as a business and etiquette coach, she helps corporations around the world build team dynamics, sharpen cultural intelligence skills, and hone soft skills.

Click here to learn more about these 2 new leaders and all of the other Board members.

Louisa Davis, DTM