The ICE BREAKER is a Toastmaster's 1st speech. It is the one speech that every Toastmaster will always remember.


This page is dedicated to the The ICE BREAKERS of 2010



On Thursday, November 25, 2010, Kaylee Wagner did her first speech, the Ice Breaker, with visual aids - footwear!

She discussed some of the important phases and pas sions of her life with various shoes, including a running shoe, dress shoe an d a wedding shoe.

Kaylee also spoke about the excitement of combining her wedding with a home purchase just eight days before the main event!

Her first presentation was action-packed and descriptive.

Well done, Kaylee!


Yuriy Pukas
presented his first speech, the Ice Breaker, at our first meeting in the Dundas Town Hall Auditorium on Thursday, November 11, 2010.

Yuriy spoke about the "miracles" of his life - his marriage, his daughter, his education and his immigration to Canada from his country of birth.

Thank you for "breaking the ice", Yuriy!


Maureen Hills presented her Ice Breaker on Thursday, October 14, 2010.

Incorporating her passion for hiking into her speech, she also used pictures to illustrate the benefits to the soul (heart), body and mind.

Maureen also talked about her career starting off with the Children Aid Society and evolving into a social worker.

Excellent presentation, Maureen!

On Thursday, September 9, 2010, John Martin presented his Ice Breaker to Valley Town Toastmasters.

John first spoke about his five children and his origin in Lethbridge, Alberta - which is probably why he favours the western teams of the Canadian Football League.

He talked about his previous extensive and successful career in the financial industry and is currently a warehouse manager for a major automotive supplier.

John is a very avid supporter of the arts, especially the opera and the philharmonic. It was a superb speech that gave us the impression that John is enjoying the past, present and future.

Well done, John!
Monica Kras
gave her first speech - her Ice Breaker - on Thursday, August 26, 2010. She spoke about her earliest friendships and about her experience as a young singer with a local Polish children's choir.

Although Monica claimed that she wasn't thrilled with her own singing voice at the time, she was extremely pleased with the choir's travel experiences throughout Poland and eastern Europe.

Monica spoke with a sense of joy as she talked about some of her earlier experiences and we are looking forward to her future successes.

Well done, Monica!

On Thursday, July 15, 2010, within minutes of being inducted into Valley Town Toastmasters as a new member, Judy Shepalo presented her Ice Breaker. 

Judy began her speech talking about a long lasting friendship starting at five years of age.

From there, she discussed how she advanced her skills and careers throughout Canada and the United States where she met her husband in Los Angeles.

Judy demonstrated a desire to keep on learning and we are proud to have her with our club.

On Thursday, June 17, 2010, Richard Parrish did something that Valley Town Toastmasters haven't seen before.

He presented his ICE BREAKER speech the first week after joining our club.

Richard spoke about a previous journey to devastated Guatemala and about the impact of that visit upon his outlook.

Considering that one of the purposes of an Ice Breaker is to warm up in front of an audience, he did a remarkable job.

Richard, we look forward to our journeys together!


On Thursday, May 6, 2010, Abeer Musleh gave her first speech titled "A Few Lines About Me".

It is usually typical for a new member to speak about herself in her Ice Breaker, however, it was extraordinarily exceptional of Abeer to do hers without notes and in front of the lectern.

Considering that she spoke of her family's plight in Palestine and their courageous struggle to establish themselves in a new country, it was not surprising to see - and appreciate - Abeer's sincerity, courage and determination.

Lauren Dukas presented her first speech on Thursday, April 29, 2010. Titled "Why I Joined Toastmasters", she discussed her career as an university lecturer in "Introductory Psychology". 

Lauren talked about making a transition from strictly conducting "web lectures" to providing biweekly personal presentations to over 100 students. The continuous preparations and extremely focused lectures convinced her to practice and improve her communication skills through Toastmasters - which is why she joined!



Kathie Walker gave her first speech, the ICE BREAKER, on Thursday,
February 18, 2010.

Titled, "In the Beginning . . . ", she presented a story about her earliest reactions to the births of her sister and brother. Kathie prepared and delivered her memories in "the third person" and thoroughly entertained our club.

As far as our Toastmaster program is concerned, it was a terrific beginning!

We were wondering why Ken MacKinnon brought his backpack up to the lectern when he prepared to present his ICE BREAKER last Thursday, January 21, 2010.

As it turned out, that backpack was a central part of his first speech, titled "The Genesis of an Embarrassing Moment".

Ken transfixed us with a story of personal courage mixed with humour and candor. We're looking forward to more of Ken's inspiring stories. Thank you, Ken!

Mark Grottoli melted the ice with his ICE BREAKER last Thursday, January 14, 2010.

Titled "It's About Time!", his first speech was an extremely funny tale about the "adventures of Marco" from picking spinach to surviving his chemistry exam in university.


We're looking forward to his next speech!