Local Toastmasters club celebrates 42 years

The Prince George Toastmasters are celebrating their 42nd anniversary Thursday and are inviting the community to join them at AiMHi, 950 Kerry St. from 6:45 to 9 p.m.

During the event Penny Soderena-Sutton will be recognized with the Distinguished Toastmaster designation.

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Toastmasters International is a non-profit educational organization that teaches public speaking and leadership skills through a worldwide network of clubs. Prince George has six clubs, which meet at a number of locations throughout the week at different times.

The Prince George Toastmasters is the second oldest club in the city and was founded on the principles of equality and inclusivity and was the first club in Prince George to welcome women members.

The club has been mindfully located at AiMHi for the last decade. Soderena-Sutton, who has disabilities herself, is a self-advocate peer advisor at AiMHi and helps her peers "have good lives at work, at home and in the community."

There are only 3,022 Distinguished Toastmasters worldwide, so the honour of the designation is considered rare. For more information about the local group visit www.pgtoastmasters.ca.

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