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- Improving mental well-being

Our HIGI speaker this Thursday, is one our student volunteer. She is studying Social Psychology at McMaster University.

We have been sharing our knowledge and thoughts about well-being and the way it is measured. You will hear about examples of well-being interventions and factors that regulate their effectiveness.

HIGI – The life of a story

This Thursday, September 9th, Shankavy Paramanathan, one of our students at University of Toronto,  will give a speech entitled “The life of a story”. Taking a deeper look into the origins of our childhood stories and where storytelling is headed. Shankavy is excited to express her interest in stories of all forms and would love to hear your stories and experiences.

“You’re never going to kill storytelling because it’s built into the human plan. We come with it.”- Margaret Atwood

HIGI: Treating Chronic Pain Naturally

This week will hear from Dr. Michael Zitney. He has exclusively treated chronic pain for over 23 years. He’s been a Toastmaster for the last 12 years. He’s here tonight to talk about a treatment that can help many, many chronic pain patients, safely and effectively. He’s using a Toastmasters project to help him develop a communication plan to let people know about this treatment. Listen carefully; he’ll be asking for your input after the opening speech!