Hi! My name is Tannis and I’ve been volunteering for Sam’s campaign for a few weeks now, and I thought I would take the opportunity to share my experience with others who are considering joining the team.

Why am I volunteering?  

It takes more than a great candidate to win an election. Sam may love to chat, but unfortunately even he can’t talk to everyone before October 20th. As volunteers, we are out knocking on doors, attending events, or just hanging out in Sam’s downtown office to make sure every voter knows Sam’s name and what he stands for.

I’m also volunteering because I wanted an inside look in how politics are run in our City. I wanted to get a better understanding of how decisions are made, and how community members can best approach our local government to make a difference.

Do you wish certain things were different in Chilliwack? Do you wish there were smarter development decisions, more cycling options, increased transit, more community events, etc.? In my opinion, elections are the best time to speak up and help steer the City in a new direction… and volunteering is an awesome way to do that.  

What background knowledge is necessary?

The biggest concern I had before volunteering for Sam’s campaign was how much background knowledge I would need on municipal politics. It turns out I had nothing to be worried about.

I’m not here to be an expert on the issues – that’s Sam’s job – but what I can do is make sure every voter has the resources to make an informed decision come voting day.

What skills do you need to bring to the table?

All of our volunteers come from different backgrounds and experience levels. For many of us, this is our first time getting involved in a political campaign and I truly believe that is more a strength than a burden. We are bringing fresh eyes and new perspectives, and we are able to talk to voters about things that are relevant to them.

In terms of specific skills – we’ll take whatever you’ve got! If any of the following apply to you then you’d make a great volunteer:

  •   A positive attitude
  •   A love of chatting
  •   A love of writing
  •   A love of brainstorming
  •   A love for planning, organizing, or helping out at fundraisers and events
  •   A love of playing devil’s advocate to campaign or platform ideas

What’s the time commitment?

This is a choose your own adventure volunteer experience. Most of the volunteers have full-time jobs and volunteer in a way that best works for their schedule. No commitment is too small!

Can I talk to someone about volunteering?

Absolutely. Shoot Sam an email and he’ll get you set up with one of our volunteers. I really could not be happier that I decided to come out and volunteer, and if you’re considering it at all I urge you to reach out and chat with us.

Hope to talk to you soon!

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