Hope + Me - Mood Disorders Association of Ontario is committed to raising awareness and conveying hope in schools, workplaces, and communities. We are seeking dynamic and authentic speakers who promote empathy and hope, and empower resiliency, through their speeches and presentations.
With Peer Talk, participants speak from personal, lived experience with mental illness. Our organization's vision is that people with mood disorders and their families receive the help they need to recover and heal. We share our stories about mental illness to inspire others. We encourage youth, family members, caregivers, members of the LGBTQ+ community, seniors, and many others to take part in the application process.
Training is provided through participation in our Toastmasters Club. Toastmasters International provides a supportive learning experience for participants to develop valuable communication and leadership skills that will benefit their personal and professional lives.
Peer Talk Toastmasters Club
The Peer Talk Club is a partnership with Toastmasters International. Our Peer Talk Toastmasters Club provides you the training and skills to speak confidently in front of an audience. This group meets twice monthly on alternating Wednesday and Thursday evenings.
Meetings provide opportunities for attendees to:
• Learn how to give impromptu as well as planned speeches
• Get coaching on meeting management
• Benefit from our constructive feedback
• Enjoy and learn in a friendly, supportive, engaging, and creative environment while working with fellow Club members!
Successful applicants receive six months of free Toastmasters sponsorship from Hope + Me. Sponsorship includes all Toastmasters International fees covered and access to comprehensive online learning resources. Participants also go through our training to become a volunteer to contribute further to Hope + Me!
To begin your application, please click or tap here to access our electronic form that you can fill out and submit to us. Alternatively, download our PDF form below to fill out and e-mail back to us!
If you need more information, or you have difficulty accessing the form, please contact our Program Coordinator.
Please download and fill out our Peer Talk Volunteer Speaker application form. Save it and return it to us simply by following the instructions. Thank you!