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- Inspiration to Tell Your Story

At this week HIGI, Joe Milakovic, also known as “Hollywood Joe”, will give a speech entitled “Inspiration to Tell Your Story”. He will be sharing some personal stories and teaching you how to Tell Your Story.


Joe is an international inspirational speaker and active Toastmaster. Passionate about speaking and zooming through U.S and Canada giving over 80 speeches in 90 days, an ultra-marathon trail runner.

HIGI- Mental Health

For this week HIGI, David Irving will give a speech entitled  “Mental balance and flexibility in a complex fractional world”.

Individually and within our families as our lives develop we are presented to events, some personally solvable and others not. How we handle these events determines our future. To say that having a positive attitude is sufficient in itself is self deception. However with good mental balance and flexibility along with courage and perseverance we will usually salvage some reasonable success. Being right sized and rational in our expectations is crucial  as we deal with the events that assail us.

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- Mental Health

This Thursday, October 28th, Skyler Li, a student at McGill University will give a speech entitled “Is mental health overly brought to the table?” There has been massive information in the media talking about mental health and mental disorders such as depression and anxiety. However, it is not merely the symptoms that give rise to a diagnosis. Skyler would like to welcome everyone to recall if there has ever been a moment in life where you suspected that you were suffering from a mental disorder, and if you still find it valid. She would like to have an open discussion on mental health with her perspectives regarding emotional resilience.

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.