Speakers

Priya Cooper OAM

Priya Cooper OAM hails from Perth. Born with cerebral palsy, Priya began swimming at a young age for therapy, and later realised her potential as a competitor. It was not until 1991, whilst competing at a school carnival, that she was approached to represent Western Australia. Priya competed for the first time in the National Wheelchair Games, Priya became one of Australia’s leading Paralympians, winning a staggering nine gold medals across three Paralympic Games. A multiple flag bearer, she is now a champion in raising awareness for people with disabilities to be involved in sport. Priya is currently Deputy Chair of WA Disability Services Commission and President of the WA Disabled Sporting Association.

Priya has a degree in Health Promotion and Journalism from Curtin University, and is very involved in public speaking. She has addressed major corporate and government conferences and events, domestically and internationally. One of her popular presentations, entitled ‘Success is A Choice’, reminds us that any dream, large or small, personal or corporate, can come true with the strength of sheer determination. In 2015, Priya was inducted into the Sports Australia Hall of Fame at the same ceremony as Ricky Ponting and Casey Stoner.

Rod Bonsack hails from Ararat, Victoria. Raised in a rural town, Rod did all the things all “normal people” did as a kid, he played sport, went to school, played more sport, did odd jobs after school and played more sport. At 17 Rod joined the Royal Australian Air Force and proceeded upon a career in engineering; all very “normal”.

In 1987, Rod was involved in a unique aircraft accident that severed both of his legs above the knee. His recount of this time in clarity is chilling in detail and delivered to selected audiences provides an illumination of what the vast majority of the population take for granted.

In 1989, Rod with the help of friends and a library book on “how to swim” took the plunge into a swimming pool. From very humble beginnings to his representing Australia at many events including the 1992 Barcelona and 1996 Atlanta Paralympic Games. With the hours of long, hard training Rod went from success to success, winning gold medals and breaking national records that he still currently holds.

Rod then set his sights on a career as a nationally recognised swimming coach firstly at Swan Hills Swimming Club and presently at the Arena Swim Club. In his capacity Rod has provided inspiration to young people from ages 8 to 38 in learning new skills, overcoming tragedy, obstacles and challenges of all descriptions. His driving goal is to “Make a Difference” to all he meets. Rod is currently the Coaching Programs Coordinator at WA Sports Centre Trust.

Rod resides in Perth, WA with his wife Priya, daughter Olivia and sons Zachary and Harrison. As a true team Rod and Priya run a global business helping others to achieve their dreams in all areas of life.

Rod is a dynamic motivational speaker. In his presentations, entitled ‘Going MaD’ & ‘Success is a Choice’ he reminds us that any dream, large or small, personal or corporate, can come true with the strength of sheer determination.

International Director, Region 12
David Templeman, DTM, of Christchurch, New Zealand, is the owner and managing of D

David Templeman DTM

International Director, Region 12
David Templeman, DTM, of Christchurch, New Zealand, is the owner and managing of D&C Templeman Ltd., a horticulture business that he founded in 1987. Over the last 30 years, Templeman has grown his company from a small start-up into a limited liability company with three diversified divisions, ranging from production to end-product sales. “I am known as an industry leader in New Zealand, one who frequently initiates innovative cultivation methods and product trends,” he says. His responsibilities include setting forth the vision and strategy for the company, as well as overseeing day-to-day operations.

Templeman holds diplomas in sales, sales management, marketing, international marketing, and business studies. He is a past board member of the sales and marketing panel of the New Zealand Institute of Management. He has an extensive background in volunteer work, including volunteering at the Canterbury Working Dog Association, the New Zealand Flower Growers Association and the National Speakers Association.

A Toastmaster since 1995, Templeman is a member of his home club, the Bay Harbour Toastmasters Club, in Christchurch. He has held a number of high-profile leadership positions within Toastmasters and has attained the Distinguished Toastmaster designation—the highest level of educational achievement in the organization.

He says, “The communication and leadership skills I have developed at Toastmasters have given me the interpersonal skills and confidence to take my business to heights I never dreamed were possible.”

As a member of the Toastmasters International Board of Directors, Templeman is a “working ambassador” for the organization. He works with the Board to develop, support and modify the policies and procedures that guide Toastmasters International in fulfilling its mission.
Evaluation Master Class Title: Better Evaluations. Stronger clubs through better evaluations
Keynote title: The Secret to influence

Darren Fleming is a Behavioural Scientist obsessed with decoding how and why people communicate the way they do. A former door-to-door vacuum cleaner salesman, a reformed telemarketer and retired sales rep, he has spent a career studying people in all kinds of situations where influencing an outcome has been the goal. He now takes this knowledge around the world helping his clients influence stakeholders, customers and industries. Darren is the author of 6 books including How to Write a 10-Minute Presentation in Under 2 minutes, More Sales More Profit and Don’t be a Dick.

Darren is one of Australia’s leading conference speakers, delivering meaningful presentations that engage, entertain and change you and your team members to understand and embrace new ways of thinking and working in the areas of …

Building influence
Customer service
Leadership
Engagement
Sales
Communication
Service
Performance

Darren Fleming DTM

Evaluation Master Class Title: Better Evaluations. Stronger clubs through better evaluations
Keynote title: The Secret to influence
Darren Fleming is a Behavioural Scientist obsessed with decoding how and why people communicate the way they do. A former door-to-door vacuum cleaner salesman, a reformed telemarketer and retired sales rep, he has spent a career studying people in all kinds of situations where influencing an outcome has been the goal. He now takes this knowledge around the world helping his clients influence stakeholders, customers and industries. Darren is the author of 6 books including How to Write a 10-Minute Presentation in Under 2 minutes, More Sales More Profit and Don’t be a Dick.
Darren is one of Australia’s leading conference speakers, delivering meaningful presentations that engage, entertain and change you and your team members to understand and embrace new ways of thinking and working in the areas of …
  • Building influence
  • Customer service
  • Leadership
  • Engagement
  • Sales
  • Communication
  • Service
  • Performance
Graham is the 2018 winner of the Nevin Award, Professional Speakers Australia’s highest honour. He will share with you what’s really happening in these turbulent times of disorder and disruption. And, based on his years of experience and ongoing research, what it is that today’s discerning and demanding customers actually want. As a customer experience evangelist, he will show you how and what it takes to design and deliver a standout customer experience and develop a high-performance culture of service excellence.

Graham Harvey

Graham is the 2018 winner of the Nevin Award, Professional Speakers Australia’s highest honour. He will share with you what’s really happening in these turbulent times of disorder and disruption. And, based on his years of experience and ongoing research, what it is that today’s discerning and demanding customers actually want. As a customer experience evangelist, he will show you how and what it takes to design and deliver a standout customer experience and develop a high-performance culture of service excellence.
Celina is a very experienced public speaker and has held roles in commerce and advisory organisations. Celina was 2018 District Director of District 72.

Celina Templeman DTM

Celina is a very experienced public speaker and has held roles in commerce and advisory organisations. Celina was 2018 District Director of District 72.

Cherie Wallace

Cherie Wallace loves procedures, rules, and processes. From her previous career in local government statutory town planning to her current role in network operations management with Main Roads WA, it is very clear that governance, legislation and rules are her passion. Cherie also understands that most people do not share her passion!

A champion for community capacity building for over 20 years in Western Australia’s Goldfields, Cherie has been a member of many organisations and has held Chair/President roles with Eastern Goldfields College Board, Goldfields Women’s Health Care Centre, Inner Wheel and supporting leadership roles in many others.

Still relatively new to Toastmasters, Cherie has been Area Director, District Public Relations Manager and Club Coach. Given her passion for rules, it is no surprise that she is the current District 17 Parliamentarian.

CEOs, Board Members, not-for-profit committee members or those aspiring to be, all need to understand how decision making works at a meeting and often, a lack of confidence and knowledge around the protocols, procedures and rules can make meetings boring at best and chaotic, frustrating and unproductive at worst.

Cherie is on a mission to help as many people as possible to navigate the often-confusing world of meeting procedures. Cherie will demystify Parliamentary Procedures, share her passion for rules and show delegates How Procedures Make the World a Better Place. This workshop is a “do not miss” for those who want to get the most out of their next meeting.