Burrard Toastmasters
Vancouver's leading business-oriented public speaking club
Club Speeches

Club Executive

Jawad Aarji, Club President
Jawad Aarji joined Burrard Toastmasters in September 2019, and since then, Jawad has hit major milestones in his personal and professional development career.

Jawad brings an unmatched passion to sustain the club's motto "Vancouver's leading public speaking and business-oriented club" while chairing meetings and inspiring the club members to lead by example.

In his spare time, you can find Jawad chilling with his friends and family somewhere in Vancouver, camping or hiking on some beautiful trails.

The Club President leads the club, inspires members, and chairs meetings.

Magda Bukala, VP Education

The VP Education plans weekly meetings and encourages members to work on their Toastmasters manuals.

Ken Bell, VP Membership
Ken has been with Burrard Toastmasters since 1986. Throughout various clubs, he has held every executive role multiple times. He has been Club President three times. Originally a very shy person, he credits his modest success in life to speaking abilities he developed at Burrard.

Ken is committed to a safe and fun public speaking environment, with rapid progress through the educational materials, harmony, and inclusion. Partly due to his gentle guidance, over one thousand Burrard alumni now occupy positions of influence worldwide.

The VP Membership builds membership and handles membership applications.

Hilda Mashayekh, VP Public Relations
Ever since Hilda joined Burrard Toastmasters in October 2021, she has found the club to be the best place to develop her public speaking skills and learn from fellow members. Before becoming VP Public Relations, Hilda was the Sergeant-At-Arms where she brought meetings to order.

Hilda is more than glad to be a member of the executive team and play a role in the success of this fantastic club.

The VP Public Relations publicizes the club and handles email and phone inquiries.

Nam Phan, Treasurer & Sergeant-At-Arms
In the fall of 2000, Nam attended his first Burrard Toastmasters meeting as a guest, not knowing what to expect. Two hours later, he left the meeting a changed person. He had spent the last 2 hours laughing, learning, and being inspired by the speakers' stories, courage, and desire to improve.

One month later, Nam joined Burrard and has not looked back. As club member, he has served a variety of Club Officer roles, maintained the club website, and achieved his ACB designation. Nam looks at each meeting as an opportunity to learn from others and improve himself.

In his free time, Nam enjoys drawing, listening to podcasts, studying the stock market, and exploring the numerous events and festivals in Vancouver. Currently, he has a healthy obsession with The Walking Dead.

The Treasurer prepares a budget, collects dues, pays bills, and keeps records for audit.

Scott Rees, Secretary
Scott joined Burrard Toastmasters in January 2015 in order to prepare himself for a speech he would be giving at a wedding that summer. The enjoyment he derived from the weekly meetings leading up to that first important speech led to subsequent public speaking and leadership goals that have kept him at the club ever since.

Scott values the relationships he has developed with like-minded Toastmasters and the learning opportunities arising from speaking to a supportive audience and listening to others do the same. Practice at the club has greatly improved his confidence, public speaking style, and leadership skills. Scott looks forward to ongoing personal development and hopes to effectively support other Toastmasters any way he can.

The Secretary maintains supplies and takes minutes at Executive meetings.