We’re hiring a researcher!


The Feminist Campaign School is seeking a researcher for a contract position to fulfil a grant from Women and Gender Equality Canada. Reporting directly to the Research Lead, this position will focus on identifying reasons why women and gender minorities elected to local government positions (Mayor, Council, School Board, Parks Board) choose not to re-offer as candidates for office and to propose solutions for improved retention. Will work on a team with Research Lead and Research Assistant.

Grant is from November 1, 2021 to December 2023
Estimate 10-20 hours per week of work (to fluctuate) from November 2021 to May 2023
Rate of $40 per hour

Duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Undertake a literature review on gender issues that impact representation at local government
  • Assist with creating a survey that will be issued to local government elected officials in BC and Alberta
  • Send out surveys to local elected officials and follow up to ensure the survey is completed (is there something about distributing and following up with people to get results?
  • Interview municipal elected officials 
  • Analyze survey and interview results
  • Write research reports and memoranda summarizing findings
  • Undertake other research and administrative tasks as may be required
  • Assist with workshops, conferences, lectures and publications

Qualifications:

  • Strong understanding and analysis of gender issues, anti-oppression, patriarchy, white supremacy, and colonialism
  • Strong understanding of local government
  • Research experience including survey design and implementation
  • Excellent analytical skills 
  • Superior writing and editing skills
  • Alignment with values of Feminist Campaign School

Please send a cover letter, resume, and references to the attention of Nadine Nakagawa at nadine@ablazeservices.ca. We thank all candidates for their interest and regret that only those candidates who are shortlisted for interviews will be contacted. 

CLOSING DATE: October 22.  Estimated start date: November 15 

We strive to provide opportunities for individuals who have been historically excluded from positions of power. If this applies to you, please identify yourself as such on the cover letter. 

For more information about the Feminist Campaign School: FeministCampaignSchool.ca

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KICK OFF EVENT – JANUARY 13, 2021

We are kicking off The Feminist Campaign School with a fierce panel who know what it’s like to run, win, and lead.

Join us and them to talk about why we need better candidates, better campaign teams, and more great leaders!

JANUARY 13, 2021
7:00 TO 8:30 pm PST
online, of course

REGISTER NOW – FREE

Our panel includes

Mayor Toni Boot, Summerland BC
School Board Trustee, Jennifer Reddy, Vancouver, BC
School Board Chair, Gurveen Dhaliwal, New Westminster BC
City Councilor, Lani Gibson, Kitimat BC

Biographies

Mayor Toni Boot

Toni Boot grew up in Summerland and, after her first of two sons was born, moved back to her hometown from Vancouver. She taught at Okanagan College for several years and co-owned two successful businesses before entering local government in 2014. During her four-year term as a Councillor for the District of Summerland, she also sat as a director on the Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen (RDOS) board.

Toni was elected Mayor of Summerland in October 2018. She has been elected or appointed to several boards including the RDOS, the Okanagan Basin Water Board, the Southern Interior Local Government Association and the Southern Interior Municipal Employers Association. Outside of government, Toni was elected to the Grasslands Conservation Council and the South Okanagan Women in Need Society (SOWIN) boards in July 2020. She also sits on the advisory committees of the Okanagan Bioregion Food System Project and, most recently, the Support Network for Indigenous Women and Women of Colour. 

Described as a serial collaborator, Toni believes strongly in the power of building relationships and forming partnerships and alliances. She is especially interested in agriculture, all aspects of healthy communities, working with Indigenous Peoples and managing and protecting our natural resources. 

In 2019, Toni Boot earned a B.A. in Professional Communication from Royal Roads University.

Jennifer Reddy

Jennifer Reddy is a Vancouver School Board Trustee with OneCity. “Like many others, I am working towards an inclusive world where people are engaged as valuable and deserving individuals, who can use their agency to lead the changes they wish to see. As a child of immigrant parents, I am forever in awe of the capabilities of individuals to adapt and re-define themselves. Because of this, I believe that it is within the power of each of us to initiate creative and long-lasting change that benefits us all. I am fortunate to hold a Masters in Social Policy and Development, a Bachelor’s degree in Development Studies and Economics, a Certificate in Curriculum Development and Instructional Design, and Inclusive Leadership Training. Using this education, it is my aim to engage in meaningful dialogue, and encourage the development of ideas that result in creative solutions to complex issues.”

Gurveen Dhaliwal

Gurveen Dhaliwal is serving her third year as a Trustee and is currently the Chair of the New Westminster School Board. The advocacy and passion she associates with politically and with her community is one premised on equity and inclusion and one that recognizes how our current colonial and patriarchal systems do not work. She is here to change the system from within the system. 

Lani Gibson

coming soon

Moderator: the amazing Shila Avissa

Shila is an immigrant from Indonesia and a Registered Social Worker living on unceded Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh territories. She has 10 years of experience in teaching, community organizing, HIV/AIDS care, harm reduction, and housing. A passionate advocate for equity, she has dedicated her time working on a range of issues from health justice to poverty reduction. Now, she is focused on her facilitation work and graduate research on the exclusion of marginalized communities in COVID-19 recovery. Rooted in her Javanese upbringing, Shila believes in the power of sharing food and laughter in building community.







We’re ready for you!

The next municipal election in British Columbia is in 2022 and the time to get ready for it is NOW.

Look in the mirror. Are you the next Mayor of your city or town? School Board Trustee? City Councilor? Live in Vancouver and want to be part of the Parks Board?

It all happens in 2022.

But you can get ready today by registering for The Feminist Campaign School.

We’re ready for you.

Pairing values-driven leadership with representation for municipal elections