Jocelyn Hastie was diagnosed and treated for Stage 4a cancer of the tongue in 2014. She was determined to learn from this experience and make the changes necessary in her life so that this was a “one time only” journey. In her belief that critical illness is exacerbated by stress, she wanted to share her story to help others could learn from her experience and make changes to keep themselves out of the oncology department. She joined Toastmasters less than two years ago to learn how to make her message more engaging to assist her in this quest.

Jocelyn speaks to community groups about the critical life lessons she learned through her experiences:

  • balancing support and caring with independence
  • becoming your own best advocate
  • drawing and defending personal boundaries
  • supporting others through trauma
  • dealing with grief

She was featured in the Wellspring Calgary’s 2016 Gratitude Report (see below) and is a popular speaker in the Toastmaster community, taking first place at club, area and division and third place at district with her first competitive speech (digital version including photos – very large, slow loading file). She was also Rookie of the Year for MVP Advanced Toastmasters and Toastmaster of the Year for High River Toastmasters, where she served as president.

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