Community Food Centre launches federal voting campaign
Our Speak Up, Show Up! campaign is used as engagement model in other provinces
Voter turnout more than tripled in the neighbourhood when the Dartmouth North Community Food Centre ran its first Speak Up, Show Up campaign in 2016. Now the community hub is back with a new campaign focused on building voter engagement in the upcoming federal election.
“We started with municipal politics and the interest and impact was incredible,” said Tammy Shields, Community Action Coordinator at the Dartmouth North Community Food Centre. “We’re very proud of the nation-wide interest in our campaign model and want to build on that success.”
A slate of weekly Speak Up. Show Up. events is planned (see list below) culminating in an Election Day brunch and Voting Parade. In addition, the Community Food Centre has partnered with Feed Nova Scotia to share its campaign tools with food banks across the province. Click here to see the toolkit they developed together.
‘CAMPAIGN LAUNCH & VOTER POP-UP’
Join us for the campaign launch and a practice polling station
Wednesday, September 18, 10AM – 1:00 PM
Campaign opening remarks: 10:30 AM
Dartmouth North Community Food Centre, 6 Primrose St. Unit 140
“We’re thrilled to be partnering with Feed Nova Scotia and appreciate their efforts to share this information with communities all across our province,” said Wendy Fraser, Executive Director of the Dartmouth Family Centre/Dartmouth North Community Food Centre.
The Community Food Centre has shared its model at numerous events such as the Food Banks Canada conference and Community Food Centres Canada national summit. It has also led to the creation of partnerships with organizations such as Food Secure Canada, Ryerson University’s Democratic Engagement Exchange, Halifax Public Libraries and Renters Education.
This is the third awareness campaign organized by the Community Food Centre’s Community Action Team. Its first campaign, held during the 2016 municipal election, attracted hundreds of participants from the neighbourhood. Voter turnout in Dartmouth North more than tripled in 2016 during that election – from 2.7% to 7.45%.
SPEAK UP. SHOW UP. Federal Campaign Events
Wed. Sept. 18@ 10am-1pm Campaign Launch and Voter Pop Up
All ages practice voting station. Learn how easy it is to vote while voting for the issues that matter to you. Election winner to be announced at lunch on Sept 25. Voter Pop Up events like this are taking place across Canada with the support of Ryerson University’s Democratic Engagement Exchange.
Wed. Sept 25@10am – 11:30am Button making “I’m voting” RU?
In preparation for voting day and to encourage voter participation join us to make our own buttons. (Make sure you stay for lunch and the announcement of the winning issue from the Vote PopUP!)
Wed. Oct. 2@10am– 11:30am Eat, Think, Vote (All Candidates Event)
Come meet the candidates and learn more about the parties and what you need to know for voting day. This event is being replicated across the country in partnership with Food Secure Canada and Community Food Centres Canada.
Wed. Oct. 9@10am-11:30am “I’m voting” R U?
Outreach activities at various locations in Dartmouth North to encourage voter participation.
Wed.Oct.16@10am – 1130am Sign Making for the Party and Parade
To encourage voter participation and prepare for our Voting Party we’ll make our own election signs.
Mon. October 21 Election Day Voting Brunch & Parade to the Polling Station
Join us for a brunch and voting celebration starting at 11am. At 12 we will all head to our local polling station in a parade through community to encourage everyone we meet to get out and vote.