Voting Community Engagement Volunteer

Voting is a foundational part of Canada’s democratic system, however voter turnout in Vancouver Centre is often lower compared to other ridings across Canada. Among the 23% of eligible Canadians who did not vote in the 2019 federal election, the top reason for not casting a vote was “not interested in politics”. Low turnout means that important local interests and national issues are determined by a limited group of voters, making a single vote even more statistically meaningful.

The 2021 federal election will take place on Monday, September 20, 2021, to elect members to the House of Commons for the 44th Canadian Parliament. As a trusted convener and longstanding community organizer, Gordon Neighbourhood House will coordinate a nonpartisan awareness campaign to encourage everyone to vote in our community.

Organization Profile

Gordon Neighbourhood House has served as a community hub in Vancouver’s West End since 1942. As a place-based organization, we work alongside community members, partners, local businesses, and policy-makers to create dynamic programs, services and initiatives that respond to the needs and dreams of the community.

Organizational Values Pertaining to Project

• We foster participation in decision-making processes and honor the rights of others.

• We are committed to solutions-oriented, active participation

• We value a dynamic and diverse neighbourhood where everyone is empowered to play a role in their community.

• We believe everyone should have the opportunity to participate in social, economic, and cultural life

• We are committed to upholding our role, responsibilities, decisions, and processes

• We are committed to learning about injustices and correcting our role within them.

• We focus on the process, rather than the product

• We encourage new initiatives, take risks, and think outside the box

• We nurture everyone’s talents and strengths, and celebrate the growth and efforts of each other

Project Objectives

• Educate Community on Federal Electoral Process

• Inform Community of Important Dates, Voting Locations, and Methods of Voting

• Introduce Community to Confirmed Candidates and Their Platforms

• Educate Community on Federal Government Responsibilities and the Importance of Voting

• Support Seniors Who Face Barriers to Voting

Volunteer Roles

Our election awareness campaign is intended to be fun, nonpartisan, meaningful, and impactful. Voting is for everyone, and so is this project. We have roles and responsibilities for neighbours with diverse skills and abilities.

Some Volunteer Roles and Responsibilities Include

• Distributing and delivering flyers with friendly resources on how to vote

• Installing lawn signs throughout the West End

• Putting up posters on dedicated poster columns and in local businesses

• Paint a mural promoting voting

• Place branded sandwich board signs throughout the neighbourhood

• ‘Burmashave’ campaign with volunteers on major streets to encourage voting

• Make buttons to voting

• Change GNH’s marquee with voting messages

How to Get Involved!

We are committed to realizing a volunteer team that reflects our diverse community, and encourage all interested applicants to apply. Please email welcome@gordonhouse.org with ‘Election Outreach’ in the subject line.

Additional Information

Vancouver Centre Electoral District

Electoral District Number: 59034

Region: Western Region Area: 14 km2 Population: 116,443 (population based on 2016 census data) Number of electors on list: 90,121 (number of electors on the preliminary lists)

Local Elections Canada Office

Rita Lorraine Douglas, Returning Officer Elections Canada 747 Cardero Street Vancouver, British Columbia V6G 2G3 Toll-free phone : 1 866 564-6469 Toll-free fax : 1 888 860-1358

Hours of Operation Monday to Friday: 9:00am to 9:00pm

Saturday: 9:00am to 6:00pm

Sunday: 12:00pm to 4:00pm