The following link has been sent to me for our discussion:
It is an idea for Young Liberal clubs outside the scope of an election called “Liberals are here to help”.
“Young Liberal Clubs across Canada would serve primarily as a pool of volunteers that can be called upon to help out with local non-profit organizations and chapters, community events, and community issues.”
I fully support this initiative and was wondering if we could also attach ourselves to the community service requirement brought in by high schools.
Mine and Sushil’s idea of focusing the EDA in community engagement will transform us from an adhoc social club or debating society only interested in electioneering and other political activities, to a true service club that helps out NPO’s and other organizations in the riding by providing assistance and support for all the issues that mean the most in the riding. Supporting advocacy is something we need to focus more on.
“Need bodies to help out?” – give us a call.
“Need help in accessing higher levels of government?” – give us a call, regardless of whether our brand has the MP or not. We have connections too.
I have been observing the most successful MP’s (especially Liberal ones who won against the blue and orange tide), and it is not all about arguing in the parliament to them. They truly spend most of their time engaging the public, and not just photo-ops.
If we have our membership engaged in community service and events, we will have something constructive for the students to do. They would be able to fulfill their community service requirements and an education as a bonus to them, and they would receive a lasting impression as a bonus to us.
I would like to establish and support Young Liberal Riding Clubs, and turn them essentially into a mixture of a volunteer and pure social club when it isn’t election time.
However, Young Liberals are better suited to come up with ideas to get the youth involved.
The EDA would definitely provide the resources for these initiatives while the Young Liberal’s methods of engagement would largely remain autonomous.
I await your response to this idea and would like to know if you think it would be something you would like to support or need help to set up.
Lambton-Kent-Middlesex Federal Liberals
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