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


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


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.

2 thoughts on “KICK OFF EVENT – JANUARY 13, 2021”

  1. I am so excited at the launch of your Feminist Campaign School and CONGRATULATIONS on creating this necessary and vital school where feminists can gather, share, inform, celebrate and uplift together!
    As an Urban/Social/Cultural Planner and as a feminist Planner, I am hoping, in the future, we can also talk about the importance of “eco-feminism” when planning for climate change, environmental preservation and community development in our neighbourhoods and cities. It would be wonderful to discuss and reference Dr. Wangari Maathai and her acclaimed Greenbelt Movement, as well as Dr. Vandana Shiva (her book Eco-feminism with Maria Mies) and how eco-feminism movements have changed the world and continue to bring positive impacts to their communities.
    Looking forward to connecting with you all in January and throughout 2021!
    Warm Regards & Happy Holidays,
    Jasmindra Jawanda

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