The Women’s Campaign School (WCS) is the longest-running campaign school of its kind in Canada. The speakers are veteran elected officials and campaign organizers from all parties, coming together at this non-partisan event to share practical skills and first-hand experiences working in our political system.
If you want to be a candidate, run a campaign, or just be more knowledgeable about this process, attend the WCS. Over 500 students have benefited from participating in the event since 1999.
This year Women's Campaign School will be held at the Chambers of the Legislative Assembly of BC in Victoria. In this inspiring setting, participants will learn how to run an electoral campaign from start to finish. Particpants will have the opportunity to practice their new skills by developing and presenting their own campaign plans.
- Friday June 12th, 7-8:30 pm: Opening Reception in Legislative Rotunda
- Saturday June 13, 9am-5pm: Educational Programming in the Legislative Chambers
- Sunday June 14, 9am-1pm: Educational Programming, Campaign Plan
- Speaker Linda Reid
- Councilor Adriane Carr
- MLA Carole James
- Marcella Munro, Campaign Communications Specialist
- Raj Sihota, Campaign Strategist
- more to be announced...
Come join us in Victoria this year and get the skills, confidence, and practice you need to run an amazing campaign!
Please note: entrance into the Legislature is free, however, should you wish to participate in Campaign School you will need to pay for registration. Thank you.
All events take place at the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia.
501 Belleville Street, Victoria, BC V8V 2LB
Please do not park in the parking lots behind the Legislative Assembly. These spots are not available to visitors to the Legislative Assembly and your vehicle may be towed. There are numerous parking lots operated by Robbins Parking in the vicinity.
Friday June 12, 2015
7:00-8:30pm Wine and Cheese in the Reception Hall
Come meet and mingle with the WCS registrants, Canadian Women Voters Congress Board members, speakers and distinguished guests.
Saturday June 13, 2015
Location: the Chambers of the Legislative Assembly.
Remember: No “bare arms”, no photography or recording and no food or beverages allowed.
Doors open at 8:30am
9:00 – 10am
There are unlimited opportunities for women to personally connect with the political process. Meet some of the amazing women behind the Women’s Campaign School.
Making the Decision to Run
For many women, the hardest part of entering politics is making the decision to run. Whether you are thinking of running locally or federally, learn from current MLA’s what prompted them to seek elected office.
Host: Erin Rennie
Speakers: Carole James (MLA, Victoria-Beacon Hill), Vicki Huntington (MLA, Delta South)
10:45-11am –Coffee Break sponsored by the Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians, Canadian Region
Seeking the Nomination
Whether you need to compete against others or are acclaimed, getting the endorsement of a political party as its candidate in an election in a specific riding is serious business. Learn how to seek and secure a party’s nomination and get both its name and yours on the ballot.
Host: Karen Aitkin
Speaker: Jackie Tegart (MLA, Fraser Nicola)
12noon-1pm. Lunch break.
A boxed lunch will be provided. Use this as a chance to catch some fresh air, mingle with other guests or make phone calls.
Getting to Know your Riding (Demographics)
Are you in an urban riding? Rural? A mix? Learning about the voters in your riding will help you target you campaign resources and help your name stand out on the ballot.
Host: Dr Janni Aragon
Speaker: Raj Sihota
Learning how to communicate your message to voters and the media can be challenging for even the most seasoned politicians. Marcella will help you create the perfect “stump speech” for your campaign.
Host: Trina Isakson
Speaker: Marcella Munro and Diamond Isinger
Asking for money can sometimes be harder than asking for a vote. Our formidable Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia will guide you in the process of raising the money needed for a successful campaign.
Host: Raj Sihota
Speaker: Linda Reid (MLA, Richmond East)
3:45-4:00pm - Coffee Break sponsored by the Canadian Women Voters Congress.
Staffing and Volunteers
A campaign is only as successful as it’s campaign team! Tania and Kimanda are sisters and campaign strategists with over 20 campaigns - often on opposing sides!
Host: Erin Rennie
Speakers: Tania and Kimanda Jarzebiak
Get out the Vote (GOTV) and Voter ID
You can only win if the people vote for you. Sonia is passionate about Voter ID and GOTV and will help you identify the voters AND what you need to do to draw them to the polls on voting day.
Host: Dr. Janni Aragon
Speaker: Sonia Theroux
6:00pm - Group Photos on the Steps of the Legislative Assembly
Evening out! Join us for a “Pint and Politics” at a local pub.
Sunday June 14, 2015
Location: Ned Debeck Room
9:00 – 10:00am
For many people, the thought of public speaking is scarier than jumping off a cliff. Learn from a seasoned elected official and professional business coach how to get over your fears of speaking in public.
Host: Erin Rennie
Speakers: Adriane Carr and Margaret Page
Campaign Plan Preparation
Use the skills you have learned this weekend to develop a campaign plan! With the help of our campaign experts, you will leave with the tools needed to start your adventure in politics.
501 Belleville St
Victoria, BC V8V 2L8
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