Warm Fuzzies – Alumni & Special Friends

This page is dedicated to Evening Edition alumni and special friends.  We have such warm memories of good times shared with many amazing people over the years…and are  blessed to be connected with many club members still…as always, the spirit of Evening Edition lives on.  This website just wouldn’t be right without their comments ‘immortalized for the world to gaze upon”.  (loosely quoted from S. Johnson)


lillian ros IMG_6327Although I used to think I’d rather die instead of talking in front of a live audience, I can guarantee you it’s the most easily cured disease in the world…I’m living proof the fear can be managed and controlled.  Although I still have much more to learn about speaking effectively, the fear is gone.  But that’s not all.

When I walked into Evening Edition twelve years ago, little did I know about the real power of Toastmasters, and how it would allow me to tap into my potential.  Although I had a successful career, the fear of public speaking had actually held me back.  It’s amazing how far I’ve come from that first day.

Learning at Evening Edition was fun.  I will always be grateful for I had the warm, supportive, amazing group of people who shared in my journey.  Together, we explored our own potential and gifted  ourselves with the courage to break out of our own comfort zones.

Toastmasters the best gift I ever gave myself.  If only I had found a group like Evening Edition far earlier in my life!

Ros Hansen, DTM, Evening Edition Club Mentor

Send  your testimonial to morhans@shaw.ca

Hi Ros:

How very wonderful to hear from you and Evening Edition, wow I’m an alumni, feels so… established.

I just went back to a TM meeting last week, ‘Hi I’m Samuel J and it has been 4 years since my last TM meeting’, got a good chuckle.

Just went for a walk through the FB page, really nice to see some familiar shiny faces;) I can’t tell you how much of a difference being in Evening Edition made for me, well one is this – I found that I could contribute to other people, support them past the ‘fear’. Your evaluation trainings, really are at the heart of a quality TM’r, coaching and encouraging people ethically must be one of your top gifts Ros.

Thanks so much for including me here and for all your encouragement in the past.


S Johnson 😛

Hi Ros,

The evening Chapter was such a wonderful welcoming group.  When I joined I was so nervous and afraid to get up and speak but the group was very encouraging and kind and managed to find something positive to say about my presentations.  If you are like me and are afraid to public speak then I highly recommend the Evening Chapter.  You’ll find that at the end of every speech you will be showered with warm fuzzies (the tiny slips of paper that the group fills out offering words of praise and encouragement).  I treasured those tiny slips of paper!




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Hi Ros,
I also wanted to give a big thank you to you guys and everyone else at Evening Edition.  The past year and a half with Evening Edition Toastmasters has done so much for me and my public speaking abilities.  I can say without a doubt it helped me land my new job.  I really can’t say enough the impact that Toastmasters and everyone at Evening Edition has had in my both my professional and personal development, so THANK YOU!
If you could pass my message on the rest of the group that would be awesome.Wish you guys and everyone at EE all the best!I will definitely have to visit you guys when I’m in town.
Thanks again for all of your professional support and guidance.
Hi Ros,
I would just like to say what an incredibly welcoming and warm hearted group you all are. I felt more than welcome from the very first evening I came to ‘see what it was all about’:)  and was hooked from then on.  I love the relaxed nature, the kindness and the constructive support given.  I hope it won’t be too long before I’m back in the area so I can be part of the group and continue improving my public speaking skills once again.

Much love,
M Pritchard

Hi Ros,

I appreciate the opportunity to say how much Toastmasters helped me.  I joined Toastmasters  in Montreal many years ago and loved the concept.  After moving here I again found myself in a position where I had to speak publicly.  Unfortunately, I found that this is a skill that has to be honed and during those in-between years I had lost my confidence and abilities.

Evening Edition gave that back to me.  It was fun, I made new friends and although I was often nervous before attending a meeting, knowing I would have to speak, I always left feeling elated.   It was the support, acceptance and helpful comments by the group that enabled me to exceed my own expectations.  Even better, I felt that I was able to contribute to others’ successes with positive reinforcement through the feedback process, an important component in the Toastmaster model.  I’ve heard people talking about Dale Carnegie training but why spend that money when you can join Toastmasters.

S. Brady

Hi Ros,

“I really enjoyed being a part of the Evening Edition Toastmasters Club! I learned a lot, gained confidence and met some really outstanding people who are still my good friends, even if I am no longer in the club!  I would recommend this Particular Club to Everyone!!!

The Jolly Lama

The members were Friendly, Inclusive, Everyone was a Teacher/ a Learner and Good Fun!!!

This Toastmasters Club is Better than Sliced Bread! :-)”    

“The Jolly Lama” aka The Funny Girl http://www.lafunnygirl.com/index.php