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Toastmasters to Feature Local Photographer's Passions

Galaxy Speakers Toastmasters will feature Central Coast photographer, Shayne Leslie, speaking about her online photography exhibition, Strickland, 7pm Tuesday 5 April 2022 at Gosford RSL Club.

Shayne Leslie standing 'inside' her online gallery
Shayne Leslie standing 'inside' her online gallery

Shayne’s topic, Pursuing your Passion, is an uplifting story about enriching your life.

Shayne says, “Strickland – An Online Photography Exhibition was a passion project. I did everything. But it allowed me to connect with new people during 2021 and lockdown in ways that were completely unexpected.”


Shayne states that our passion doesn’t have to be our day-to-day job and can enhance our normal working lives.


“While photography has now expanded into a side-hustle for me, I am grateful, too, for my very ordinary day job. I am in a wonderful position to pursue passions and pay bills. But not without a bit of a backstory.”

'Bark', an image from Strickland - An Online Photographic Exhibition
'Bark', an image from Strickland - An Online Photographic Exhibition

Jan Cummings, Vice President Education of Galaxy Speakers Toastmasters, says understanding communication by connecting with people’s passion is what toastmasters is all about.”


Jan says that it is easy to see why Strickland State Forest captured Shayne’s imagination. The environment is a living exhibition of exceptionally diverse forest habitats from wildflowers and dry heath woodland, tall eucalypts through to lush rainforest. But she is looking forward to hearing the story behind the pictures.


Jan says, “Speaking concisely with authenticity is vital today. Shayne not only speaks from the heart, but her vast experience in presenting and education means she can draw together compelling lessons, and what a gorgeous canvas from which to draw.”


Jan will speak on the benefits of joining the club.


Jan says, “Public speaking effortlessly is something of which our club members are passionate. We want to ensure others have the same opportunity to learn to speak up and trust their storytelling and trust themselves.”

Strickland - Stoney Creek title image from the exhibition
Strickland - Stoney Creek title image from the exhibition

Strickland State Forest is only a seven-minute drive from Shayne’s home in Wyoming. She has taken thousands of pictures of the state forest since 2011. The online exhibition features over 60 photos and is presented in a unique gallery style. You can view it at here > STRICKLAND.


This is event is free and registration for Pursuing your Passions at Galaxy Speakers Toastmasters is via Jan Cummings at janetcummings31@gmail.com or Shayne at shayne@lesliephotography.com.au.


A young woman looks at Narara Creek, Bellbird Trail in the online gallery
A young woman looks at Narara Creek, Bellbird Trail in the online gallery

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