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Sarah Cossette: A Toastmasters Odyssey of Leadership, Growth, and Service

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  • December 4, 2023
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Sarah Cossette’s journey with Toastmasters, beginning in 2013, has been marked by her unwavering commitment and versatile leadership.

Over the years, she has skillfully assumed nearly every officer role, showcasing her adaptability and dedication. Her leadership acumen was particularly evident during the Toastmaster year 2020-2021, where she excelled as the Area 11 Director. Sarah’s expertise also extends to being a seasoned Club Coach and Club Mentor, further demonstrating her passion for guiding others towards their full potential.

Currently, Sarah is serving as the Vice President of Education (VPE) for both Peekskill Toastmasters and Kidney Stories Toastmasters. Her commitment to the Toastmasters community continues as she plays an integral role as the District 46 Pathways Chair, contributing to the innovative educational paths within the organization.

Beyond Toastmasters, Sarah has had a substantial career at Dodge Construction Network (formerly The Blue Book Network), where she has been a valuable team member for nearly 14 years. Her professional achievements are a testament to her dedication and work ethic.

Outside of her professional and Toastmasters commitments, Sarah is deeply involved in volunteer work. She contributes her time and energy to her church and serves as an Area Church Relations Coordinator with Operation Christmas Child. This role reflects her altruistic spirit and her desire to make a positive impact in the world.

Sarah’s personal life is enriched by the joys of nature and family. Together with her husband Lenny and their beloved dog Bishop, she finds solace and rejuvenation in hiking the scenic trails near their home in Poughkeepsie, NY (Dutchess County). Sarah’s life story is not just a tale of professional and organizational accomplishments; it’s a narrative of leadership, community service, and the pursuit of personal fulfillment.

We asked Sarah two questions. See her response below:

What did you learn about yourself throughout your journey up to receiving your DTM? 

My journey in Toastmasters for the last 10 years has been very rewarding. I first joined to improve my public speaking skills but shortly after I was given the opportunity to take on an officer role. This enabled me to get out of my comfort zone and take on more challenging roles.  Toastmasters gave me the confidence to speak up and find my voice.  To me Toastmasters is also about helping and empowering members find their voice. I have been able to mentor several members and help them achieve their goals. 

What skills can you take away from your DTM journey that have enhanced your professional development?

Throughout my Toastmasters journey I have gained enhanced training and knowledge in leadership, time management, coaching and mentoring. These skills have been valuable and I apply them everyday in my work place and when serving as a volunteer.  The time I have served in club officer roles,Area Director, Club Coach and Club Mentor all have helped me grow as a leader within my Toastmasters clubs, District 46 and beyond. I have been able to manage teams and take on bigger projects with greater confidence as a result of my Toastmasters experience.