Want to be a Liberal Party ‘insider?’
n business and in the military, there is a syndrome called The Victory Disease. Born of repeated success, the tycoons of industry and the commanders of armed forces grow to feel they can do anything. They forget their competitors or opponents can again become formidable adversaries. Winners often forget to learn from a battle or campaign that the losers study and analyze with precision.
I and some of my colleagues who, like me, have had the experience of losing an election, tend to be less prone to a sense that it will always be easy. So, just as we have done after every election, it is time to reach out to those who came to help us, and to those who wish they had. It is time to reflect, rebuild, and refocus for the next campaign rather than the last one.
What skills and interests are we looking for?
So what do we do between elections? We re-connect with fellow Liberals from other ridings at quarterly functions from the Ontario Liberal Party. We meet and look ahead on how to retain, attract and enhance the volunteer lives of people who look into a mirror and see someone interested in how government happens looking back at them. To summarize what a Riding Association does:
- We raise money to get ready to pay the bills for the 2018 campaign, and to run the Riding Association each year;
- We stay in touch with the people who helped us in our past campaigns, build our Liberal Party membership base, and work to earn the volunteer assistance of others interested in becoming card-carrying members and helping us leading up to, during and beyond the 2018 Ontario election;
- We add value to those memberships by bringing people together to meet and bring their best ideas to me as their MPP, and directly to the Ontario Liberal Party. We remember that the second word in ‘Liberal Party’ is indeed party. You have to have some fun too;
- What we do and how we do it helps people grow their commnity contacts and enhance their portfolio of skills and experience.
That means our people get hands-on experience in marketing, communications, fund-raising and planning. Practice is gained through repetition. What may seem daunting at first becomes second-nature the more often you do it.
|Your Expertise||How You can Help|
|Accounting, finance, banking||Fund-raising, record-keeping and helping Riding Treasurer Rob Bezaire ensure our riding records remain the best-kept in Ontario.|
|Working with your hands, managing a team.||Consider being our election sign chair. We need an organized individual to volunteer with us from late April until mid-June, and set up a team to get our lawn signs organized, installed, managed and removed after the election.|
|Sales, marketing, public relations||Helping us move our riding fund-raising up a notch. Read this page on this website. Fund-raising is one of the Riding Association’s two core activities, along with membership recruitment and retention.|
|Writing, public relations, event management||Outreach to our existing Liberal Party members, and to those who would like to become more politically active. Help create and manage the Riding Association’s existing communications assets: this website; the Riding Association’s Facebook Page; and other means of outreach. Plan and coordinate events aimed at existing members, community discussions, donors and other audiences.|
|Customer service, social-skills expertise||Help renew and develop the Riding Association’s membership base. Help our Membership Chair, Linda Casselman assist our members and get their memberships renewed. Help enhance our members’ access to their MPP and to the resources from government. Help organize and coordinate issue-specific briefings. Help us do a better job with open-source web communication tools such as Skype.|
Attend Liberal Party events
Throughout the calendar year, the Ontario Liberal Party (OLP) holds party-wide gatherings: its Annual General Meeting, and party-wide gatherings called Provincial Council. They are held in locations across Ontario. Your delegate fees and travel expenses largely come back to you in the form of year-end tax credits.
Be part of the Mississauga-Streetsville team. Join the Ontario Liberal Party. Call us at
(905) 542-3725 if you are interested.
How do you know this is right for you?
You try it. Come to a meeting. Send an e-mail with your thoughts to us. Meet the cast of characters. Learn the agenda, and give it a little time. Like clothing, you get out of it what you put into it. If it turns out spending some of your time building the Missisauga-Streetsville Provincial Liberal Association isn’t for you, then say so, shake hands and go. Nothing ventured, nothing gained.
We need you if you are willing to try and meet new people; take something unstructured, and organize it; if you’re interested in overcoming a natural reluctance to to approach new people. Your neighbours who call themselves ‘Liberals’ are nice people. More than likely, if you’ve read this web page this far, you will like the people, and they will like you. Check the contact points at right. Give us a call, or send us an e-mail.