Ben was born in Loverna, Saskatchewan. He worked as a projectionist in theatres for many years as well as a stage-hand with I.A.T.S.E. He was a 50-year member of Toastmasters in Saskatoon and active in the community. His favourite pastimes were gardening, biking, cross-county skiing, dancing and teaching people to speak with confidence. Ben loved being with people, serving people and getting to know people.”
In 1989, Ben was awarded the District Citation award for his contributions to District 42.
Long time member Don Robson DTM remembers meeting Ben back in 1972 when he joined Club 450 and later becoming a charter member of Big Thinkers in 1985 along with Ben where they continued to be members until 2015.
John Hanlin DTM recalls Ben for his contribution serving as Lt. Governor Marketing for District 42 in 1977.
District Program Quality Director Glenn Walker DTM remembers first meeting Ben when he joined Toastmasters back in 1987. “Ben had already been in Toastmasters for over 20 years at that time. I thought that was pretty remarkable. But, 30 years later and it is even more remarkable the dedication Ben demonstrated as a member of over 50 years. Ben always had a smile and a kind word to share. His enthusiasm for the program was commendable.”
Ben helped a lot of people to realize their goals in Toastmasters over the years. He was a shining example of service to the members of his club and the district.
Rest in peace Distinguished Toastmaster Ben Waldon.