I used to think Victoria Day was a holiday in honor of BC’s capital city, Victoria. Thats so not true. Looking back through time perhaps they should have called the Holiday, “Queen Victoria Day.”
Victoria was Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland from 20 June 1837 until her death in 1901. On May 1, 1876, she adopted the additional title of Empress of India.
Three Things You May Not Know About The Queen:
- Queen Victoria learned to speak French, English, and German at just three years old.
- Queen Victoria was the longest serving Monarch, ruling Britain for 63 years, seven months and two days.
- Queen Victoria’s husband Albert died in 1861, at the young age of 42. The queen mourned his death for 10 years and wore all black for the rest of her Reign.
- More facts for kids about the queen: Click Here.
Now, are you familiar with Toastmasters International???
Toastmasters International is a nonprofit educational organization that operates clubs worldwide for the purpose of helping members improve their communication, public speaking, and leadership skills. www.toastmastersinternational.org
If you are a Toastmaster who has completed a CC manual I encourage you to check out advanced clubs. I’m mostly familiar with division M’s advanced club, Top Story. Top Story meets once/month, and they have a number of Distinguished Toast Masters giving you round robin evaluations, very powerful, leaving you no choice but to develop better speaking skills.
The reason I mention this…
I was made aware of my holiday mistake during Table Topics (imporv speaking) at Top Story. Table Topics is a two player game where player one asks player two a question. The question was and I’m paraphrasing, “Why would Canada honor the queen of the United Kingdom, who dressed in all black, married her cousin, and…” I can’t remember the full question but my eyebrows went up.
Player two was Narinder Bharti, and she got seriously funny reminding us that Britain’s need to explore ‘Seeded British People’ throughout the World. Britain colonized Canada and Queen Victoria was in power when the act of union 1840, created the Province of Canada. Responsible Government was first granted to Nova Scotia in 1848.
Narinder’s two minute rant was so impactful I Googled and blogged about it.
The point is…
Today we honor a Queen, tomorrow we honor Google, and the next day we honor fruit .
When is somebody going to say:
Say that to yourself… we honor you.
Who honors you?
I honor you, you honor you, and Queen Victoria honor’s you. We honor you. We honor you.
Go until saying it makes you smile.