D21 2018 Communication & Leadership Award Recipient Announced

D21 Toastmasters is proud to announce the recipient of District 21’s 2018 Toastmasters International Communication & Leadership Award.

The Communication & Leadership Award was established to honour a leading citizen in the District who has demonstrated their communication and leadership skills in the field of their expertise, or in service to their community.

This year’s recipient is Tom Budd of Kelowna. Budd is a well-respected former investment banker and a much-appreciated philanthropist, having supported many charities and causes in and around Kelowna.

For the past three years, Mr. Budd has been living with a personal tragedy, having lost both of his sons to suicide.

Global News reports Kelowna man who lost two sons to suicide speaks out about mental health:

Budd said the torment and sadness is all consuming.

“I would cry daily. I had grief. I had trauma,” Budd said. “When I cried, it was like puking out my organs.”

Budd has partnered with the Canadian Mental Health Association to promote an upcoming mental health awareness event: Ride Don’t Hide.

The ride takes place June 24 in cities across Canada.

Mr. Budd will be recognized for his contributions to his community and the communication and leadership skills that he exemplifies, at the Friday evening dinner of the District 21 Toastmasters Spring 2018 Conference being held at the Capri Hotel, in Kelowna.