Langley, British Columbia—Darrell Peregrym provides leadership and communications training for companies through his business, DSCP Progress and Associates. He also works full-time as the director of campaign initiatives at Trinity Western University. And if that doesn’t keep him busy enough, his new role with Toastmasters International will. This month, Peregrym was selected as the district governor of B.C. for Toastmasters International, an organization dedicated to developing people’s communications, public speaking and leadership skills.
“It’s exciting,” says Peregrym. “My heart is to develop leadership. And through Trinity Western, my company and Toastmasters, I have the opportunity to work with leadership in education, in business and in the community.”
Peregrym will serve in his new role with Toastmasters for one year, during which time he will work with and oversee a team of approximately 80 people, including 45 area governors and 10 division governors. He will also give direction to B.C.’s 220 Toastmasters clubs and 4,400 members.
“This division incorporates Surrey, Langley and Aldergrove,” says Peregrym. “We have 32 clubs just in that area alone.”
Peregrym has been a member of Toastmasters International for the past nine years. And after joining Trinity Western University’s development team a year and a half ago, he launched a new Toastmasters club at TWU. While many of the members were new to the Toastmasters speaker’s podium, the club gained select distinguished recognition in its first year of operation.
“I like to challenge people to step out of the box,” says Peregrym. “One of my favourite things to ask people is, ‘if there was nothing inhibiting you, what would you do? What’s your passion?’ Those are the things you should be pursuing.”
As district governor of B.C., Peregrym spends an average of 15 to 20 hours per week in administration, meetings and training sessions for Toastmasters. And it’s all volunteer work. But watching members gain confidence and skills in speaking and in business meeting proceedings makes the long hours of work for the organization worthwhile, says Peregrym.
On top of his three jobs, Peregrym also balances family time with his wife and three daughters. And his pursuits continue to grow. Next year, he hopes to begin his Masters of Leadership degree at Trinity Western University.
As for this year, Peregrym has selected the theme, “Making a Difference—Together,” for B.C.’s Toastmasters clubs.
“I believe that true leadership has nothing to do with status, title or position,” he shares. “It has everything to do with influence. We all have influence—it’s just whether it’s good or bad or whether we take it to the fullest extent. And that’s my challenge—to help people reach their fullest potential and to influence others for the good.”
Trinity Western University, located in Langley, B.C., is a privately funded Christian liberal arts university enrolling over 3,000 students this year. With a broad-based, liberal arts and sciences curriculum, the University offers undergraduate degrees in 34 major areas ranging from business, education and computer science to biology and nursing, and 12 graduate degrees including counselling psychology, theology and administrative leadership.
Last Updated: 2007-09-26