Election Training this Weekend!

We don’t need to remind you that Municipalities Matter! So to help ensure our candidates are equipped with the right tools to run their campaign successfully, Better Choices Waterloo Region has teamed up with our friends from We Are Guelph to arrange a special training session for the Municipal elections, which will introduce a number of proven tools and techniques to make your campaign a success. The training will be held at Guelph City Hall in two parts, June 20 (6-9pm) and 21 (9am-1pm).

The training session will be invaluable to prospective Candidates, Campaign Managers, and Campaign Volunteers.

FREE to all participants
FREE food (dinner Friday and light breakfast Saturday from Brass Taps)

Free Parking available: in front of City Hall and in the lot off Wilson

To register for this (FREE!) training please visit

Three Training Modules (3 Classrooms):

Campaign Manager – The campaign manager is a key player in any campaign. Whether it is managing a candidate’s campaign for elected office or running a campaign on a key community issue, this training is designed for those who want to put their organizing and leadership skills to the test and learn some of the fundamentals in developing strategic planning, organizing and outreach.

Candidate Training – Ever thought about being a candidate for your local school Board or municipal council? Are you going to be a candidate in the 2014 municipal elections? Do you know of a progressive or labour activist who is going to run? This training take you through the fundamentals of being a candidate in a municipal election: ­what is the scope and structure of city council or the school board, how to puttogether a campaign team, how to build a profile in your community, fundraising, how to reach out to voters. This workshop, based on the Candidate’s Toolbox, will help in the pre-­election phase, the formal election campaign and tips on how to deal with victory or survive defeat.

Campaign Volunteers – No election campaign can be successful without campaign volunteers. This course will build the skills you need to help elect a strong, progressive voice to city hall or to your school board. The training covers the basics of an election campaign, the structure of your council or school board, how to reach out to voters in your community and how to build support for a candidate. Whether you’ve never been involved in a campaign before, or whether you’re looking to learn campaigning skills specific to municipal elections, this course is for you.


Friday, June 20
Registration:  5:30 p.m. (full meal provided)
6:00 p.m. — Opening Remarks
Guest speakers — Guelph NDP Candidate James Gordon (with other speakers TBC)!
7:45 p.m. — Short Break
8:00 – 9:00 p.m. — Classroom Training

Saturday, June 21
(coffee and light breakfast provided)
9:00 a.m. -10:30 a.m. — Classroom Training
10:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. — Break
10:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. — Class Training

We encourage you to come along and take advantage of this great opportunity!

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