|35 Green volunteers gathered earlier this month to help strategize for the year ahead.|
Happy New Year! We don't know about you, but it sure feels as though we turned a corner straight into a whirlwind of activity as soon as the calendar turned to 2019 - especially in the world of PEI politics. With intensified speculation that the government will one again ignore the fixed election date law and call a spring election, all the parties are ramping up, and the Green Party is no exception. Peter Bevan-Baker wrote a blog about the need to "Be Prepared" close to the beginning of the month.
As you'll see, our "Upcoming Events" section is bursting at the seams this month! There is something for everyone, and we even have your Valentine's Day and St Patrick's Day all planned out for you :-) In the month ahead, you can take go skating, play board games, have a beer, discuss issues and take in a concert with the Greens. We're also excited that federal Green leader Elizabeth May will be back on the Island on February 12th for a Community Forum with Peter Bevan-Baker, so mark your calendar because these opportunities don't come around every day!
Aside from events, there will be a lot of focus on skill-building over the next couple of months. We've launched a series of skill-building webinars for Green Party members and volunteers about everything from graphic design to how to make the most out of Gmail, so we hope you'll take advantage of these webinars and find them useful in your life (both inside and outside the Green Party).
And speaking of, we're going to be recognizing a few of our hard-working volunteers at our upcoming AGM with our first annual Green Party of PEI Volunteer Recognition Awards. Do you know one or more Green Party volunteers you think ought to be recognized with one of these awards? If so, please submit your nominations by January 23rd.
In this newsletter:
- Upcoming events (lots of them!)
- Skill-building webinars
- Learn about motions on the agenda at the AGM
- Volunteer Award Nominations
- From the Blogs
- Volunteer Opportunities
Young Greens PEI: Hot Chocolate Chats - Monday, January 21 @ 6-7:30pm (Charlottetown - UPEI)
An open, hot chocolate-stimulated discussion for people under the age of 30, at the UPEI Chemistry Lounge (Room 200 of the K.C. Irving Chemistry Centre).
Chat Rural in Hunter River - Saturday, January 26 @ 1-3pm
Meet with District 15 (Brackley-Hunter River) Green nominee Greg Bradley and other engaged citizens to talk about what matters most to the people of rural Queens County.
Find this event on our website: https://www.greenparty.pe.ca/chat_rural_hunter_river
Free Community Skate hosted by the District 9 Greens - Sunday, January 27 @ 3-4pm (Charlottetown)
Stretch your legs and strap on your skates! Come join your neighbours for your usual Sunday family skate on Sunday January 27th from 3-4, hosted by Josh Underhay, Green nominee for District 9 Charlottetown-Hillsborough Park. This is a free all-ages family-friendly event. We will also have hot chocolate on hand. Hope to see you there!
Green Drinks Charlottetown - Wednesday, January 30 @ 7-9pm
Join us for our monthly Charlottetown Green Drinks - an informal gathering where all those Green and Green-curious are invited to connect and get to know one another while enjoying the café. This time we'll meet up downtown at the Next Door Lounge. Accompanied minors are good to go in this venue until 9pm.
Find this event on our website: https://www.greenparty.pe.ca/green_drinks_charlottetown_20190130
Community Cafe with Ole Hammarlund & Karla Bernard - Friday, Feb 1 @ 4-6pm (Charlottetown)
Join District 13 (Charlottetown-Brighton) nominee Ole Hammarlund and District 12 (Charlottetown-Victoria Park) nominee Karla Bernard in the beautiful Y-Loft for this first in a series of community cafés meant to stimulate discussions about what we want for our communities and our futures - from meat-and-potato issues to "loftier" aspirations.
Free tea and specialty coffees from Ole's espresso machine will be provided. You are welcome to bring any food and drink you would like as well to share in the potluck tradition.
Find this event on our website: https://www.greenparty.pe.ca/community_cafe_20190201
2019 Annual General Meeting & Community Potluck - Saturday, Feb 2 @ 4-9pm (New Dominion)
You are invited to the Green Party of PEI's 2019 Annual General Meeting & Potluck on Saturday, February 2nd (storm date Feb 9) in New Dominion.
Following the business portion of the General Meeting, anyone who likes is invited to come or stay for a potluck social starting at approximately 6:30pm.
Find this event on our website: https://www.greenparty.pe.ca/2019_agm
Game Night (hosted by the District 9 Greens) - Wednesday, February 6 @ 7pm (Charlottetown)
This board game night is hosted by Josh Underhay and the District 9 (Charlottetown-Hillsborough Park) Greens! It costs $5 to stay-and-play; drinks and snacks are also available for purchase at Small Print.
Find this event on our website: https://www.greenparty.pe.ca/game_night
District 9 Hillsborough Park Community Forum - Monday, February 11 @ 6pm (Charlottetown)
Join District 9 Green nominee Josh Underhay and other residents of District 9 (Charlottetown-Hillsborough Park) for an open community forum about the issues that matter to you!
Find this event on our website: https://www.greenparty.pe.ca/district_9_hillsborough_park_community_forum
Save the date: Community Forum with Elizabeth May & Peter Bevan-Baker - Tuesday, February 12 @7pm (Charlottetown)
Please save the date! On February 12, 2019, federal Green Party leader Elizabeth May will be on PEI as part of her national Community Matters tour, taking the train (and where not possible, other sustainable transportation options) to visit 14 towns and cities across Canada. The Green Party of Canada will be hosting a community town hall forum in Charlottetown with Elizabeth May and PEI Green leader Peter Bevan-Baker.
Find this event on our website: https://www.greenparty.pe.ca/forum_emay_pbb
Feast of St Valentine with D12 Nominee Karla Bernard - Thursday, February 14 @ 6pm (Charlottetown)
Make this Valentine’s Day, Thursday, February 14th, a fun, exciting dining experience, while supporting District 12 Green Party candidate Karla Bernard. Fabulous local food menu consisting of: delectable organic Squash/Pumpkin Soup; crisp, savoury Mixed Greens Salad with organic greens, tomatoes, roasted red and green peppers, pomegranate, and balsamic vinaigrette; scrumptious East India Chicken Curry on Rice; and a romantic surprise dessert.
Tickets $75, includes a $40 tax receipt. February 14th is coming up fast so get your tickets soon as seating is limited to 20 people.
2nd Annual Green St Patrick's Concert - Saturday, March 16 @ 6pm (Summerside)
Once again, celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with the Green Party of PEI in Summerside at the College of Piping’s Celtic Performing Arts Centre!
An evening of music and storytelling featuring:
- Juno Award-winning artist Catherine MacLellan
- Catherine O’Brien and The Green Party Band
- Storytelling with Josh and David Weale
- PEI Fiddler Roy Johnstone and friends
Special Guest: Green Party leader Peter Bevan-Baker will be performing and sharing a story!
Other Special Guests to be Announced!
Get your tickets today at https://eventgrid.com/Events/39853/2nd-annual-green-st-patricks, as this event is expected to sell out quickly!
We're pleased to offer a series of skill-building webinars for our members and volunteers. While the topics chosen all have in common that they contain useful knowledge and skills for campaigners, many of the skills taught here can be useful in other aspects of your life.
Upcoming topics include:
- Become an instant design pro with Canva: Wednesday, Jan 23 @ 7pm
- Getting organized with Gmail: Saturday, January 26 @ 12pm
- Election team financial management: Thursday, January 31 @ 7pm
- Social Media basics with Jill MacIntyre: Monday, Feb 4th @ 7pm
- Basic photo manipulation with free Gimp software: Saturday, February 9th @ 12pm
To see ALL of the currently scheduled webinars and to register for the ones you'd like to take part in, please visit our website: https://www.greenparty.pe.ca/early_2019_training_webinars
There will be several motions on the agenda of the February 2nd Annual General Meeting in New Dominion. To give members a chance to learn more about and discuss those motions with their proponents, we have organized a webinar for members on Tuesday, January 22 at 7pm.
The Green Party of PEI has come a long ways in the past few years thanks to many outstanding volunteers!
Please help us recognize some of our hardest-working volunteers with our first annual Volunteer Recognition Awards by nominating people you think are a good fit for any of the awards on offer. For each nomination, please write a few words about why you believe they deserve the award.
The deadline for nominations is January 23rd (by the end of the day).
Vice Article - by Hannah Bell, December 19, 2018. Hannah writes about the partisan attempts to frame the expression of deep concern about PEI's housing crisis as a form of xenophobia.
The Importance of Priorities - by Peter Bevan-Baker, December 20, 2018. Peter writes about the issues that the Office of the Third Party chose to focus on in 2018, and how they arrived at those priorities.
Be Prepared - by Peter Bevan-Baker, January 4, 2019. Peter writes about what his old Cub Scout motto, "Be Prepared", means to him these days as signs point towards an approaching - and potentially historic - election opportunity for the Green Party.
Fixing the System - by Susan Hartley, January 5, 2019. Health & Wellness Critic Susan Hartley asks the questions "What is it we really need when we say we need more doctors?", and "Are there other ways we can help meet those needs?"
"Trust" and the TOSH renovations - by Trish Altass, January 7, 2019. District 23 Green nominee Trish Altass writes about the concerns of parents of TOSH students that they may have been exposed to toxic substances during renovations, and questions how parents can accept the government's urging to "trust" that everything is alright without releasing the detailed findings of the recent Public Health Office investigations.
Seeking Green Policy Research Volunteers
We are currently looking for volunteers who would like to help out with a project to compile policy position taken by Green MLAs in the Legislature. This involves looking through various legislative records including bills, motions, debates, statements and Question Period, and is an important part of our policy development efforts.
If you want to help and don't mind nerding out on policy and legislative proceedings, please get in touch with Jordan Bober at [email protected] with instructions on how to begin!
Are you "technically inclined"?
Are you comfortable using computers, software and internet applications including social media?
If so, we could use your help! In a world in which IT is becoming increasingly pervasive (including in political campaigning), the computer proficiency levels of our volunteers varies, and sometimes all someone needs is a friendly helping hand to teach them a new skill.
If you would be willing to help our Green campaign volunteers and nominees with basic IT skills, we could use your help! Please get in touch with Jordan at [email protected] if you can lend a hand.
Can you lend a hand at our AGM?
Our Annual General Meeting is coming up on February 2, 2019 in New Dominion, and we could use a hand with everything from setting up to cleaning up, from checking people in to helping organize the potluck. If you can lend a hand at the AGM and/or potluck, please contact Jordan Bober at [email protected]
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