January 22nd, 2021

Ability Resource Association to receive Toastmaster’s Award

By Jensen, Randy on June 13, 2020.

Greg Bobinec

Lethbridge Herald


The Lethbridge Ability Resource Association (Ability) will be awarded the Toastmaster’s Communication and Leadership Award by District 42 Toastmasters.

Paige McCann Sauter, Ability’s executive director, will be accepting the award at the District 42 Celebration event today, where Toastmasters and guests from across southern Alberta and Saskatchewan will be gathering online.

“Ability is honoured to receive the Communication and Leadership Award,” says McCann Sauter. “It has been impressive for us to see the Naturally Speaking Toastmaster’s club support the development of their members’ communication and leadership skills over the past decade. Members support and mentor each other, and people who were once quiet and afraid to speak have blossomed with confidence. It’s a club where everyone is welcome and encouraged to learn, take on new challenges and responsibilities, and develop friendships. Ability enjoys the role we play in hosting and supporting the Naturally Speaking club to provide these opportunities.”

Ability is a non-for-profit organization that uses leadership skills to offer a wide variety of programs for people with disabilities across Lethbridge. Ability’s success in communicating with their clients has been central to ensuring access to life-enhancing programs.

“The Communication and Leadership Award is presented to a person in the community who is an outstanding communicator or leader,” says Jocelyn Hastie, DMT, District 42 director. “Under Paige’s leadership, Ability has provided outstanding service to individuals that are often overlooked. Naturally Speaking Toastmasters is hosted at the Ability Resource Centre and has been both one of District 42’s largest and strongest clubs and a shining example of what can happen when people are given a voice. We are thrilled to honour Ability’s commitment to the community.”

The District 42 Toastmaster’s Communication and Leadership Awards take place today and more information can be found online at D42tm.org. People must pre-register to receive a webinar link for this event.

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