DIVISION DIRECTOR CANDIDATES

BIBI SOORAYA SOOBHUN - DIVISION B

Toastmasters member since: April 2016
Education: ?
  • School certificate
  • Higher School certificate
  • Diploma in Chemistry
Toastmasters offices held and terms of service:
  • Capital: VP Education Oct 2021 - Jun 2022
  • Aurora: President 2020/21, VP Education Jan-Jun 2021, VP Public Relations 2016/17
Toastmasters honours and recognition:
  • Competent Leadership
Relevant work experience and how it relates to Toastmasters and your role as a District leader:
Being a midwife and a nurse, the only thing in common with Toastmasters is public speaking and some leadership qualities like strategic planning, organisation and time management. I have the opportunity to do health education to individuals, groups and during seminars.
 
What experience do you have in strategic planning?
Having served in leadership positions like VP Public Relations, VP Education and President did give me the opportunity to implement strategic planning. We had to set goals, research and develop an action plan to meet those goals. The results were then evaluated and the strategies were changed according to what worked best. Indeed, strategic planning is the pillar of success for club officers and ultimately the club.
 
What experience do you have in the area of finance?
Possessing a diploma in Chemistry, I have had very minimum experience in the area of finance. Though, I acknowledge working with the Treasurer to handle finance in my clubs.
 
What experience do you have in developing procedures?
Procedures do have a positive effect at a Toastmasters club especially when written clearly and properly. They do help members to keep up the standard of the club be it newly joined members and seasoned Toastmasters.
 
What lessons did you learn from previous leadership positions?
I was able to discover my own leadership as well as communication style. Having the trait of a democratic leader, I have the attributes of putting others forward, make everyone feel involved and creating enthusiasm in my team and encouraging them to work towards a common goal. The skills learnt were resilience, selflessness, integrity, time management and organisational skills.
 
Why do you want to serve as a District leader?
Gaining valuable hands on leadership skills and virtues as a district officer will undoubtedly increase my prospect of becoming more successful in my personal and professional life.
 
In your opinion, what are the District mission’s major objectives and how would you work to achieve them?
The objectives are mainly to build new clubs, support and help all clubs to achieve excellence in terms of meeting the club, Area and District goals. Most importantly to ensure that all members are benefitting from the Toastmasters program.
 
Additional information about yourself
The ability to serve others is a precious quality that an individual can possess, and being a servant leader, serving others gives me tremendous self satisfaction.