Canvassing and Recruitment Training: Victoria - Organize BC

This highly interactive 1-day training with Organize BC will give participants a grounding in organizing practices to successfully contact supporters and create distributed leadership teams to work on your campaign. As a participant, you can expect to walk away with a deeper understanding of what it means to be an organizer in your community, and have practical next steps to implement.

Most of the day follows the ladder of engagement approach an organizer uses to escalate a supporter into a volunteer leadership using the 'organizing cycle'. The organizing cycles steps we will cover in the training include:

  • A supporter signing a petition (canvassing)
  • The supporter being asked to volunteer (prospecting and hard asks)
  • The supporter volunteering and being trained on canvassing (follow-up and training)
  • The volunteer committing to becoming a regular team member (recruitment 1:1)
Participants will also learn foundational organizing concepts and practices to deepen their understanding of the organizing cycle, including telling stories, building relationships and structuring teams.
The training is on Saturday, August 29, 2015 from 9:15am to 5:00pm.  Please arrive a few minutes early so we can get started on time. We will provide coffee and tea. Please bring a lunch for yourself (there are also cafes on campus). If anyone is able to bring snacks for the training to share with everyone, we'd really appreciate it!
The training is being put on by Celine Trojand (Director of Organizing at the Dogwood Initiative), Ellen Trottier (Summer Organizer at the Dogwood Initiative) and Anna McClean (Lead Trainer at Organize BC).
Henry Hickman Building (HHB) Room 110 at the University of Victoria.  The closest parking lot is Parking lot 4.  Parking is $7.50 per day.  Any bus that goes to UVic will get you here; there are maps of campus at the bus loop and at each parking lot.  The building has bike parking right outside.
  • To be inclusive, we endeavour to keep Organize BC trainings scent-free.  Please help us by avoiding using scented products.
  • If the cost of childcare inhibits your ability to attend this event we are able to provide support.  Please contact Anna at [email protected]
  • The room is wheelchair accessible and is on the 1st floor of the building, and there are wheelchair accessible washrooms.
  • The washrooms are multi-stall washrooms separated into men's and women's.  There is a private gender-inclusive washroom in the David Turpin Building, a 3 minute walk away. 
  • The chairs in the room are rolling swivel chairs without armrests.
  • If you have any specific accessibility questions or concerns please don't hesitate to contact Anna at [email protected]
August 29, 2015 at 9:15am - 5pm
University of Victoria
3800 Finnerty Rd
Henry Hickman Building - Room 110
Victoria, BC V8P 5C2
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