2019 George Keenan Award recipient.
Award presentation Sunday, April 14, 2019 at the annual conference. Register for lunch.
Marilyn Latchford is honoured to be the 2019 recipient of the George Keenan Award. A paradigm shift back in 2000 sent her on an incredible journey with Toastmasters. By embracing Toastmasters International’s programs and taking advantage of the many communication and leadership opportunities, she has turned what she once considered a weakness into a strength. She has emerged as a strong and compassionate speaker and leader and an avid student of the art of public speaking.
Marilyn grew up quiet and reserved and was at a crossroads in her Public Service career when her colleague Jackie invited her to a Toronto Business Toastmasters meeting and left her in a room full of strangers! Like most, she didn’t have a clue what Toastmasters was all about and found herself facing her greatest fear of public speaking. Jackie’s invitation turned out to be the missing piece Marilyn was looking for – a place where she could build strong and effective communication and leadership skills in a positive environment where people cared and celebrated her every step forward.
Marilyn is a multiple Distinguished Toastmaster, a recipient of three D60 Leadership Awards, a Toastmasters International Learning Master and Pathways Ambassador as well as a Life and Speaking Coach. She is currently a member of Eagle Advanced Speakers, Spotlight Speakers Advanced Toastmasters and Ajax Pickering Toastmasters and a former member of Toronto Business Toastmasters, and Keynote Speakers Advanced Club.
Marilyn believes in rolling up her sleeves and giving back to Toastmasters. She can be seen launching, mentoring or sponsoring new clubs, mentoring members, serving as a club or district officer, competing or chairing a speech contest at all the levels, delivering workshops, Youth Leadership and Speechcraft programs and volunteering at a prison Gavel club to name a few. Marilyn loves to see individuals and clubs turn the impossible into the possible with a little encouragement and a nudge or two and invites you to do the same.
Buy tickets to the George Keenan Award lunch.