HIGI- The Gift of a Listening Ear

This Thursday Dec 23rd, Chuck Gallozzi will be our guest speaker with a speech entitled “The Gift of a Listening Ear”. He will talk about the importance and value of Active Listening.

Chuck is a professional speaker, seminar leader, and coach. Corporations, church groups, teachers, counselors, and caregivers use his more than 400 articles as a resource to help others. Among his diverse accomplishments, he is also the Canadian National Champion of a Toastmasters International Humorous Speech Contest, and the Founder and Head of the Positive Thinkers Group. He was interviewed on CBC’s “Steven and Chris Show,” appearing nationally on Canadian TV.

HIGI- Four Forms of Interpersonal Relationships

Fraser Rose will be our speaker for this week HIGI. He‘ll be speaking about the four forms of interpersonal relationships:

1 – win-lose;

2 – win-win;

3 – lose-win;

4 – lose-lose.


His purpose will be to leave each person with a crystal clear idea of what each is, and the challenge to make all of their interpersonal relations a win-win whenever possible.

Fraser Rose is career educator and counselling specialist who has served many years as a principal in Ontario schools, both public and private, both elementary and secondary.  During the time he was supervising principal of schools on the Canadian Forces Base in Trenton, he was elected to four terms of office as a trustee on The Hastings County Board of Education, and served as Chairman of that Board for two terms.  For the past 20 years, he has been a high school principal in Toronto.

HIGI- Bridging the Language Gap

At this week HIGI, Sandy Robb will give a speech entitled “Bridging the Language Gap

Do you ever wish we all spoke the same language? Wouldn’t life be easier if we could always understand each other?

Sandy Robb is a Toastmaster, a story teller and a wannabe writer. She will use her story telling experience to guide us through some challenges she has encountered with language in areas you may not previously have thought of as a language gap.

After her speech she invites you to share your experiences in finding common ground.

HIGI- Landmark Leadership Lessons

What makes for an effective leader? What are the key leadership qualities that we should possess? How can we learn from great leaders of the past? Can history teach us about leadership?

Kunal Taravade tackles these questions as he describes 3 examples of great leaders in history and their attributes in his speech titled:

Landmark Leadership Lessons

Kunal works for a software company in Portland, Oregon in the field of computer chip design. He is the author of many scientific papers and holds over 25 US patents.One of his areas of interest is the impact of technology on humanity. In his talk, Kunal will describe the concept of Artificial Intelligence, its uses and misuses, and its impact on individuals and society.

HIGI-You are Enough!

Our HIGI speaker this week, has self-published a book entitled “Musings of a Madman I Married – Inspiration to Tell Your Story”. She will tell her story about her interest and passion with E.F.T. also known as “Tapping”. An evidence-based self-help therapeutic modality. The presentation’s title is: “You are Enough! – Discovering Emotional Freedom”

HIGI- Rethinking Wellbeing

This Thursday, October 21th, Stephen Reingold will give a speech entitled “Rethinking Wellbeing”. Most countries measure their well-being using the gross national product. Stephen would like to share with us an alternative mechanism for measuring well-being that considers individual and collective well-being. He has been a long time Toastmaster, past president of his club, 777 Toastmaster and an Auditor with the provincial government.

HIGI- Opioid Epidemic

This week, our very own, Fraser Rose will be our HIGI speaker. He‘ll talk about the Opioid Epidemic. We all know about our Covid-19 epidemic but there’s another epidemic many of us are not aware of, our opioid epidemic. I’ll discuss what it is and what we might do about it.

HIGI- What if?

If you had the opportunity to learn in advance that one of your genes puts you at risk for a health issue that could change the course of your life, what would you do? Would you rather not know, and continue living as you are?  Or would you rather be forewarned?

Our speaker, Sandy Robb, a Toastmaster and a storyteller, recently was faced with that kind of decision. She will share her situation with you, and her reasons for the choice she made. Afterward, she encourages you to discuss your thoughts on how you handle the “what if” situations in your life.

HIGI- A Purposeful Life

This Thursday, we have our guest speaker “Kunal Taravade” all the way from US. Kunal works for a software company in Portland, Oregon in the field of computer chip design. He is the author of many scientific papers and holds over 25 US patents.

What makes for a life of purpose? How to pursue your purpose with persistence? Is it possible for one person to make a difference in the world? In his speech, Kunal will tackle these questions through the story of a 19th century reformer in India who used his vision, passion and determination to bring about immense social, cultural and religious change across many generations.