Nine Citizen Heroes

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One of my favorite non-profits in Canada, is Samara.  Their mandate is to “improve political participation in Canada”, and their approach is always creative, unique, practical and effective.

A few months ago they launched yet another creative initiative, called “The Everyday Political Citizen Project”.  The goal of the campaign is to celebrate the “unsung political heroes such as campaigners, activists, community organizers, and members of local riding associations who work through the political system to improve their communities, and whose contributions often go unrecognized.”

It’s brilliant.  I think one of the biggest barriers to engagement is the fact that most people simply don’t realise how many ways there are to contribute and participate.  You don’t have to run for office to make a difference.  And you don’t have to march in the streets, chanting bad activist slogans (sorry Canada, our activist chants are terrible).

Canada has thousands of non-profits, charities, grassroots organisations, clubs and associations, comprised of passionate volunteers who are the driving force behind social change.  The work they do is crucial, yet often goes unseen.

I’ve nominated nine people for this project, each who have contributed to the political process in their own creative way. Check ’em out:

Doug BailieShoni FieldStephen Young
Chloe DoesburgJeff DennlerWing Wo
Desmond ColeJennifer RossSarah Rimmington

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