Pathways is coming to First Oakville Toastmasters! This Thursday October 5th, 2017 we will have a very special Pathways Presentation. Our Pathways Ambassador, Lindsay Kueh and Pathways Guide, Mikael Gatje will join us for an hour-long presentation. This presentation is very important because Pathways will be launching in District 86 as of October 24th, 2017. What this means for us as a club is that any new member who joins FOTM after October 24th will automatically start with the Pathways Program.
It is very important for us as members to understand the program, ask questions, and most importantly attend the information session.
We spoke with our Pathways Guide, Mikael Gatje and Pathways Ambassador Lindsay Kueh over the weekend and asked them some questions regarding Pathways.
What is the difference between a Pathways Ambassador and Pathways Guide?
The Pathways Ambassador plays a major role in ensuring that Pathways launches successfully in our club. We will present an overview of the Pathways Program and we will be encouraging your members to get excited about the change while supporting and motivating your club. The Ambassadors consist of approximately 1, 500 volunteers. There is one Ambassador for every 10 clubs within a district.
The Pathways Guide will work with First Oakville Toastmasters and the Executive Team, especially the VP Education. As the First Oakville Toastmasters Pathways Guide, Mikael will be there to support the club during this very exciting transition. The Pathways Guide is our club’s first point of contact for all Pathways questions and will help with training.
What are you most excited about with the new Pathways Program?
There is so much new technology available since the last review of Toastmasters Educational program which affects the way we are leading. The new educational program pays homage to the current education system and those competences while at the same time embracing the new technologies and the advanced new ways of operating.
Our Pathways Ambassador likes that Pathways will bring evaluations and mentoring to the forefront. It also emphasizes leadership more than the previous program.
What is the most common asked question about Pathways?
The most common question is, “What will happen to the manuals I am currently working on?” The answer is that we will have a two-year transition period to complete our current program if we wish to do so.
Will the Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM) designation still exist?
Yes, Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM) is the highest individual honour you can achieve in Pathways. You can earn your DTM by:
- Completing two paths
- Serving as a Club Officer for 12 months
- Serving as a Club Mentor or Coach
- Serving as a Club Sponsor or conducting Speech craft or a Youth Leadership Program
- Serving as a District Officer for one year
- Completing a DTM project
For more information about achievements & awards click here.
When will members of First Oakville Toastmasters have an opportunity to try Pathways?
First Oakville Toastmaster members will have an opportunity to learn more on October 5th, 2017 and it will officially launch October 24th, 2017.
For more information please attend the Pathways Information Session at First Oakville Toastmasters October 5, 2017 1494 Wallace Rd, Oakville, On
Additional Resources: Pathways FAQ