Cindy Yelle, CEO of the Canadian Olympic Foundation and former Canadian Olympian is this year’s recipient of the District 60 Communication and Leadership Award. The award recognizes Ms. Yelle’s substantial contributions in the areas of communication and leadership in the community.
Before joining the Foundation, Cindy was considered one of Canada’s leading professionals in health-based philanthropy. She previously served as Senior Vice President at the SickKids Foundation and has spent the past nine years as the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute Foundation. While there, Yelle planned a cohesive marketing and revenue generation strategy to launch and achieve an unprecedented goal of raising $100M through the “Where Incredible Happens” campaign, the largest of its kind in Canada.
She was the executive director of advancement, Faculty of Engineering, University of Toronto. In the community, she has served on the board of the Toronto Zoo since 2009. An outstanding athlete, she was a member of the 1984 Canadian Olympic swim team, captain of Canada’s 1986 Commonwealth and world championship teams and an NCAA champion and record holder.
In her new role, Yelle will oversee the organization’s mission to generate philanthropic fundraising to meet the needs of Canada’s high-performance sport system and assist Canada’s athletes in becoming ambassadors for sport, healthy living and the pursuit of excellence across the nation.
“As someone who has lived the life of a high-performance athlete, I understand the importance of supporting current and next generation athletes and coaches with the funds they need to succeed on the field of play,” said Yelle. “Our athletes and the Olympic Movement unite us and they make us believe in our own potential. It doesn’t matter where we are from, sport is something that brings us all together in such a beautiful and uniquely Canadian way.”
Yelle was named captain of the Canadian World Championship and Commonwealth Championship women’s swim teams and was inducted into the Ontario Aquatic Hall of Fame in 2001.
The Toronto native who swam at Etobicoke Swim Club was inducted into the Ontario Aquatic Hall of Fame in 2001.
Toastmasters International and District 60 congratulates Cindy Yelle on receiving the 2020 Communication and Leadership Award and thanks her for her service to the community and members of District 60.
2020 C&L award winner: CINDY YELLE, CEO, Canadian Olympic Foundation
2019: Blake Goldring, Executive Chairman, AGF Management Ltd.
2018 Spring: Dr. Ann Cavoukian
2017 Fall: Darrell Gregersen, President & CEO CAMH Foundation
2017 Spring: Mark Wafer, Tim Hortons franchise owner, and advocate for individuals with disabilities
2016 Fall: Betsy McGregor
2016 Spring: Mark Rodgers, CEO Habitat for Humanity Canada
2015 Fall: Jim Clemmer
2015 Spring: Carla Kisko
2014 Fall: Ophira Ginsburg
2014 Spring: Carolyn MacKenzie
2013 Fall 2: Dave Perry & Rocco Rossi
2013 Spring Yvette Nechvatal-Drew
2012 Fall David Bronskill
2012 Spring Gery Rockstein
2011 Fall Nancy Graham
2011 Spring Rona Maynard
2010 Fall Christine Magee
2010 Spring Christine Bentley
2009 Fall Joe Millage
2009 Spring Dr. Rick Tobias
2008 Fall Audrey M. Loeb
2008 Spring Mary Thornton
2007 Fall Hon. James K. Bartleman
2006 Fall Brenda Herchmer
2006 Spring Dr. Gordon L. Flett
2005 Fall Ed Holder
2005 Spring Karen Lieberman
2004 Fall Richard Rohmer, Major-General (ret.)
2004 Spring Rukhsana Khan
2003 Fall Lewis McKenzie, Major-General (ret.)
Region VI Warren Evans
2003 Spring Laurie Williamson
2002 Fall Christine Dernederlanden
2002 Spring Ken Shaw
2001 Fall Helen Connell
2001 Spring Robin Sharma
2000 Fall Bill Carroll
2000 Spring Sue Johanson
1999 Fall Todd Brooker
1999 Spring Erin Davis
1998 Fall Christopher J. Randall
1998 Spring Michael “Pinball” Clemens
1997 Joan Homer
1996 Fall Judy Gibson
1996 Spring Frank C. Buckley
1995 Peter Urs Bender
1994 Roberta Bondar
1993 Ronald McDonald House Daily Bread Foodbank
1991 Her Worship the Mayor Hazel McCallion
1990 Telephone Pioneers of America, Northern Telecom Canada
1989 The Honourable Lincoln M. Alexander
1988 Bill Simpkins
1987 Bob Proctor
1985 W. Bill Moody
1984 George B. Weber
1983 D. K. (Don) McIvor
1980 Don Herron
1979 Paul Victor Godfrey
1977 Laura Sabia
1976 Lynne Gordon
1975 Clarence F. Meyers
1974 J. Arthur Robertson
Purpose of the Award
The purpose of the award is to honour a non-Toastmaster who has made substantial contributions in the areas of communications and leadership within their community.
Criteria for the Award Recipient
Following are the criteria used for award recipient selection:
- Currently must be a non-Toastmaster, can be a former Toastmaster.
- Should have distinguished himself/herself as a leader or spokesperson for a worthy cause or purpose, especially as it exemplified their communication and leadership skills.
- Shall have made a significant contribution to District 60. The impact of this contribution must not be limited to one organization, but must be community/district-wide.
- This award may not be presented to a recipient a second time.
- Must be able to personally accept the award and give an acceptance address at the District 60 Annual Conference.
- Any District 60 Toastmaster in good standing may submit a nomination for the award.
- Nominations must be made in writing following the questions on the Nomination Form, providing reasons why the nominee should be considered for the award.
- Nominations must be submitted to the District Public Relations Manager by the published nominations due date. The Public Relations Manager will send all submissions to the members of the Communication and Leadership Nomination Committee after the nomination due date. Call for nominations starts now, and the nomination deadline is February 15, 2020.
- The Communication and Leadership Nomination Committee will only consider nominations submitted by the due date.
- The Communication and Leadership Nomination Committee will decide which nominee, if any, is worthy of the award. The decision will be made by a majority vote. This vote may be performed via email.
- If a majority of the Communication and Leadership Nomination Committee feels that no nominations merit the award, then no award will be made for that year.
- If an award is to be given, the District 60 Director will contact the recipient to inform him/her, they have been selected to receive the award, advise the recipient that he/she must make an acceptance address at the District Annual Conference as a condition of receiving the award.
- If the chosen recipient:
- Can not make an acceptance address
- Can not personally accept the award
- Chooses not to accept the award
Then the District 60 Director will advise the Public Relations Manager. The Communication and Leadership Nomination Committee may choose to select another recipient for the award that year. If another recipient is chosen, then the District 60 Director will contact that individual in accordance with #7 above.
- On the award announcement date, the District 60 Director will announce the award recipient or announce that there will not be an award presented that year.
- Any Toastmaster may nominate a recipient. If you wish to nominate more than one person, please submit separate entries for each individual. The Nomination Form, along with any supplemental information should be sent to the Public Relations Manager using the format provided on the Nomination Form.
Selection of the recipient for the award is made by the Communication and Leadership Nomination Committee and confirmed by the District Director. Selection is contingent upon the recipient’s confirmed attendance for the award presentation.
The Communication and Leadership award will be presented at the District 60 Annual Conference on April 18, 2020.
The award is given in the form of a plaque, purchased by District 60 from Toastmasters International, and engraved with the winner’s name, year of the award, name of the award, and other pertinent information.
For more information, contact:
Julia Lawr, Public Relations Manager 2019-2020, PRM@Toastmasters60.com