Women's Campaign School 2015

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. 

2015 Program

  • 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 

2015 Speakers 

  • 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.

Parking Information can be found at  


 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

Opening Remarks 

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

Presentation Skills

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.


Closing remarks.





June 12, 2015 at 7pm - June 14, 2015
Legislative Assembly of BC
501 Belleville St
Victoria, BC V8V 2L8
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Jane Vermeulen ·

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