On 5 October 2016 Harrovian Speakers Club held a very special meeting as they welcomed the Mayor of Harrow Rekha Shah and the chairman of the Harrovian branch of the Parkinson’s charity Raymond Turner. Harrovian member Amparo Villamil, who is the Club’s VPM and who has Parkinson’s, recently completed her first ten speeches from the Competent Communicator Manual. That evening Amparo received the Competent Communicator award from the Mayor of Harrow. The achievement of the CC award is an incredible accomplishment by Amparo, which will certainly inspire other speakers with Parkinson’s in Area 61 to challenge themselves to become great speakers.
The meeting, which was hosted by TME president Jayanthiny Kangatharan, was made extra special by the theme of the evening that was ‘the benefit of giving back’, and by the fact that as a surprise guest Amparo’s mentor Kavita Dulai from Watford Speakers did give a speech to praise Amparo’s achievement before the CC award was presented to her. There is no doubt that this speech was indeed a touching speech generating heartfelt warmth that filled the entire room. After the award presentation, Rekha Shah spoke about how public speaking helped her with her career, while Raymond Turner told attendees about the activities that the charity has planned for this year.
Similar to the Mayor of Harrow and the chairman of the Harrovian branch of the charity, Amparo is a keen supporter of the Parkinson’s charity. This meeting can therefore be considered successful in having raised much-needed awareness of the work done by the charity, the work done by its members like Amparo, and the work done by Rekha Shah and Raymond Turner. This meeting therefore was an excellent occasion to celebrate the achievements of members of our Club, members of the charity, and members of the Harrow community. All in all, it was a beautiful meeting with many touching moments.
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