This is what democracy looks like:
In two months, British Columbians have a chance to shape their futures by voting in the provincial election.
For the first time, Samara has joined with Elections BC to make sure everyone has a chance for their voice to be heard. In the lead-up to the election in May, we are offering Vote PopUp to community organizations and civic leaders committed to non-partisan democratic engagement.
Last week, over 60 staff and volunteers representing over 30 community organizations turned out to learn how to use Vote PopUp to demystify the voting process and engage first-time, infrequent and future voters in their communities. For those who came, thank you!
For those of you who were not able to make it, download the Vote PopUp guide and contact us to order your free Vote PopUp toolkit.
For everyone, we are here to help.
Samara is thrilled to announce that we have recently hired two amazing people to coordinate the pilot from now until Election Day.
is a community development worker with Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House and ran Vote PopUp activities during the last federal election. As a Canadian newcomer, he has a deep appreciation for the value of our democracy and its ability to shape our communities.
brings a wealth of experience designing programs and activities that engage communities and build bridges of understanding, working with governments, non-governmental organizations, and in the private sector.
Andrew and Lamin
If you need more materials, an extra set of hands, or some advice on how to get started running your own Vote PopUp, Lamin and Andrew would love to hear from you.
Lamin will be leading outreach with Community Houses and organizations working with newcomers, and Andrew will be leading outreach with organizations working with youth, Indigenous and First Nations communities and street-involved people.
Finally, please help us spread the word! Now is the time to engage communities and we need your help to make sure everyone knows about this initiative and the free tools that are available.
You can start by sharing these sample social media posts:
This election, let’s make sure all voices are heard. Get your #VotePopUp kit at www.samaracanada.com/votepopup #BCelxn @SamaraCDA
- Democracy only works when we all have a voice. Download your free community engagement kit at www.samaracanada.com/votepopup #VotePopUp @SamaraCDA
We're also looking for more volunteers so sign up today!