Toastmasters to hear from accomplished photographer

Central Coast photographer, Shayne Leslie, will be the featured speaker

Galaxy Speakers Toastmasters will feature Central Coast photographer, Shayne Leslie, will talk about her online photography exhibition, Strickland, to Galaxy Speakers Toadtmasters at 7pm onTuesday, April 5, at Gosford RSL Club.

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

“Strickland – An Online Photography Exhibition was a passion project,” she said.

“It allowed me to connect with new people during 2021 and lockdown in ways that were completely unexpected.”

A well-known theatre photographer for Gosford Musical Society, Wyoming Musical Theatre Company and Wyong Drama Group, Strickland shows another side to Leslie’s photographic and conservation passions and her talk will touch on how Strickland State Forest inspires her.

She will touch on key issues such as how to use equipment, understanding light and post-production techniques.

Strickland State Forest is a living exhibition of exceptionally diverse forest habitats from wildflowers and dry heath woodland to tall eucalypts and lush rainforest.

It is only a seven-minute drive from Leslie’s home in Wyoming and 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.

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

“Speaking concisely with authenticity is vital today,” she said.

“Leslie 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.”

Cummings will also speak on April 5 on the benefits of joining the Toastmasters Club.

“Public speaking effortlessly is something about which our club members are passionate,” she said.

“We want to ensure others have the same opportunity to learn to speak up and trust their storytelling and trust themselves.”

The event will be free and you can register at by emailing or

Media release, Mar 9
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