Job Posting: KPIRG Electoral Officer (2017)

Yes, KPIRG has another position open and we are looking for qualified candidates! If this description speaks to you, send us your resume!

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JOB POSTING: KPIRG Electoral Officer (2017)
Closing Date: Tuesday, January 10th, 2017
Part-Time Casual: 1-5 hours / week
Term: Mid-January to Mid-March

The Kwantlen Public Interest Research Group is a non-profit organization that operates to serve students and the community by providing resources to literature and research on various social justice initiatives.  We aim to provide a grass roots initiative that supports all around social justice for the communities around Kwantlen Polytechnic University that resides on Katzie, Tsleil Waututh, Musqueam, Semiahmoo, Tsawassen and Kwantlen territories.

The Kwantlen Public Interest Research Group (KPIRG) will be putting out a call for nominations for folks interested in sitting on the KPIRG Board of Directors in late January. To run this process, we are looking for an Independent Electoral Officer who is responsible for overseeing the nomination and electoral process (for the Board of Directors) from mid January to March. The position involves 1- 5 hours a week of work in January, February, and March, with more work during the election period (if required) in March. An honorarium of $200 will be given for the nominations period, and in the case of elections, another $300 will be given.

The Electoral Officer shall oversee all electoral logistics including but not limited to:

  • Running elections and referenda per bylaws and policies;
  • Conducting elections and referenda in a fair and impartial manner;
  • Interpreting the Electoral Policies;
  • Verifying completed nomination forms;
  • Reviewing and approving campaign material prior to its use of distribution;
  • Authorizing all election notices, publicity, and campaign materials regulated by the Electoral Policies;
  • Ruling on election irregularities, and imposing penalties as appropriate;
  • Ruling on the validity of an election based on the severity of the irregularities;
  • Ensuring that candidates are made aware of the Electoral Policies;
  • Establishing any regulations with respect to candidate conduct as required;
  • Arbitrating in any dispute that may arise during the course of an election or referendum;
  • Setting up procedures to monitor campaigns so as to ensure compliance with the rules;
  • Organizing and establishing guidelines for public forums and debates;
  • Keeping track of the amount of votes in the room; and ensuring there are other non-partisan people present to do so as well;
  • Developing rules for the non-partisan people present
  • Preparing the Official Results, including preparing a written report concerning the processes of the electoral processes and results of the Annual General Meeting as well as any complaints and irregularities encountered during the election, to provide to the board of directors; and
  • Exercising any other powers set out in the Bylaw and Policies.

 

The Electoral Officer shall also direct the Board Organizer with respect to:

  • Causing the opening of nominations to be publicized to encourage high candidate turnout;
  • Causing all necessary elections forms to be prepared;
  • Promoting elections and referenda to encourage voter turnout;
  • Administering nomination and campaign events;
  • Organizing public forums and debates;
  • Organizing polls during elections, including appointing adequate non-partisan assistance, and advertising the location of the Annual General Meeting
  • Appointing non-partisan assistance to assist in counting votes at the meeting, removing campaign material and anything else deemed necessary to ensure a fair and legal election accordance with the law and our bylaws and policies
  • Ensuring that any elections staff have been adequately trained; and
  • Ensuring that students proof of membership is provided upon entering of the room

The successful candidate will:

  • Have excellent written and interpersonal communication skills;
  • Have the ability to take initiative and work independently and as the supervisor of the team;
  • Have the ability to deal effectively with students, staff, and the general public;
  • Share a passion for the purposes of the Kwantlen Public Interest Research Group
  • Be independent of the Kwantlen Public Interest Research Group and The Kwantlen Student Association, meaning that they shall not have been a voting or non-voting member of the board of directors during the previous 12 months; and
  • Be an expert in organizing and administering elections, demonstrated by at least demonstrable experience in overseeing elections, preferably for non-profit boards of directors.

Candidates interested in contributing to the Kwantlen Public Interest Research Groups consensus democracy as our Electoral Officer should submit a letter of interest or cover letter and resume, to be received by the Administrative Coordinator no later than January 10th 2017 at Midnight.

Application Procedure:

Affirmative Action: KPIRG is an affirmative action and an equal opportunity employer. Hiring preference shall be given to qualified applicants from groups who face systemic barriers to employment (such as women, Indigenous folks, people of colour, queer folks, trans folks, people with disabilities, etc.).  Applicants wanting to be considered under affirmative action should discuss this in their cover letter. We encourage applicants to include other skills and experiences in addition to those outlined above.

What to Send Us: Please submit cover letter and resume for the attention of the Hiring Committee via email to office@kpirg.ca. Please put ‘Electoral Officer’ in the subject heading of the email and include both documents in 1 attached file only.

Deadline for application is Tuesday, January 10th, 2017 at midnight.

Late applications not accepted. Only short listed applicants will be contacted.

Interviews will be held between January 16th – 20th, 2017.

Email: office@kpirg.ca

Mail: KPIRG, KPU, Birch Building, Surrey, BC V3W 2M8. Unceded Coast Salish Territories.

Web: http://www.kpirg.ca

National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women

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End Violence Against Women 6th Annual Candle-light Vigil
Tuesday, December 6th, 2016
6:00 – 8:00 PM
Holland Park, Surrey

Why a National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women?
As well as commemorating the 14 young women whose lives ended in an act of gender-based violence that shocked the nation, December 6 represents an opportunity for Canadians to reflect on the phenomenon of violence against women in our society. It is also an opportunity to consider the women and girls for whom violence is a daily reality, and to remember those who have died as a result of gender-based violence. And finally, it is a day on which communities can consider concrete actions to eliminate all forms of violence against women and girls.

November and December are important months for raising awareness of gender-based violence in Canada and around the world. In addition to the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women on December 6, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women takes place on November 25 and marks the first day of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, which ends on December 10, with International Human Rights Day.
from http://www.swc-cfc.gc.ca/…/remembrance-commemoration-en.html

Kwantlen First Nation – Fight against Kinder Morgan

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Two years ago the community came together to march with the Kwantlen First Nation through Fort Langley and now, with the federal approval of the Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion, the time has come again to stand with Kwantlen in solidarity.

We will not allow this pipeline expansion to be built, we will stand with the Kwantlen First Nation in their continued opposition to this expansion.

Join us on December 11 @ 2pm in Fort Langley (exact details TBA)

Speakers from Kwantlen Nation, local activists, and leaders in the fight against Kinder Morgan.

Contact Justine – 604 773 2416 – justine.nelson11@gmail.com
Facebook event page – Share and attend! https://www.facebook.com/events/731856366963901/

KPIRG IS HIRING!

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JOB POSTING: KPIRG Events & Street Team Coordinator
Closing Date: Friday December 16th, 2016
Part-Time Student Position: 20 hours / week
16 week term: Starting January 9th, 2017
Wage Rate: $15.00/hour

We are looking for a student to fill the position of Events & Street Team Coordinator for a 16-week term, starting January 9, 2017. Applicants must be able to work up to 20 hours/week, during office hours. The wage rate is $15.00/hr.

KPIRG’s Events & Street Team Coordinator is responsible for promoting KPIRG and its different areas of work, under the guidance of the Directors and Staff.  The successful candidate will be a member of the United Steelworkers – Local 2009.

Specific Duties & Responsibilities Include:

  • The Street Team will play a major role during Orientation by increasing awareness of KPIRG amongst students that are new to KPU.
  • Members of the team will be required to plan events in busy areas during the school day. However, although rare, some evening and weekend work may be required from time-to-time.
  • Prepare and schedule outreach events throughout the year.
  • Promoting KPIRG and its projects / programming / resources through tabling at all KPU campuses.
  • Promoting KPIRG and its projects / programming / resources through organizing and delivering classroom talks.
  • Reception, office coverage and other admin & outreach tasks as required.
  • Outreach support around event planning with Directors and Staff.
  • Plan and connect with organizations and groups on campus to work on events throughout the term.
  • Assist in coordination of logistics for Term Volunteer Recruitment Drive of KPIRG, including preparing for event coordination for the fall term.
  • Assisting the Volunteer Coordinator to design and implement a program and campaign promoting KPIRG’s Volunteer Recruitment and Retention Strategy.
  • Work with the Volunteer Coordinator to maintain the volunteer/street team database.
  • Assist to Manage, schedule, and train volunteers for various Street Team led events.
  • Keep a running tally of hours that volunteers have worked throughout the year.
  • Coordinate with the Marketing team to obtain brochures and other handouts for marketing events.
  • Assist with regular programming at KPU including general meetings, monthly workshops, film screenings and events
  • Assisting the Volunteer Coordinator in process of planning for week long Dis/Orientation for September
  • Assist in coordination of the Street Team Committee – including coordinating meeting times with other student and community organizations
  • Research and plan exciting new events to host on and off the KPU campuses
  • Attend internal meetings to facilitate knowledge base of Reporting to Board of Directors with frequently asked questions, participation data, etc.
  • Coordinate term events and programming at KPU, which can include workshops, film screenings and events, etc.
  • Promoting KPIRG and its projects / programming / resources through tabling at all KPU campuses
  • Promoting KPIRG and its projects / programming / resources through assisting the street team coordinator in delivering classroom talks
  • Administrative support around event planning with the Director of Campus Life
  • Plan and connect with organizations and groups on campus to work on events throughout the spring and summer.
  • Assist in coordination of logistics for Fall Volunteer Recruitment Drive of KPIRG.
  • Helping to design and implement a program and campaign promoting KPIRG’s Volunteer Recruitment and Retention Strategy with the Volunteer Coordinator.
  • Assist with the summer programming at KPU including monthly workshops, film screenings and events
  • Assist volunteer coordinator in process of planning for week long Dis/Orientation for September
  • Assist the Volunteer Coordinator and the Dis/Orientation organizing committee in the planning for Dis/Orientation.
  • Assist in coordinating the Limits to Growth Series
  • Assist the Director of Community through Research and approach of South of the Fraser organizations and artists to invite for relevant events and programming.
  • Assist the Outreach and Communications Coordinator to develop resources to provide to community groups and student clubs about what KPIRG is, what it has accomplished, and how it could help them; this will include research and producing a report and outreach materials

Skills and Experience Required:

  1. Big Personality
  2. Outgoing
  1. Strong ability to work independently and to take initiative within deadlines
  2. Strong time management and multi-tasking skills
  3. Comfortable with logistical planning
  4. Interpersonal communication and info/skill-sharing skills (approachable, friendly, responsive, clear)
  5. Excellent written skills
  6. Good computer and email skills
  7. Organized, resourceful, and self-initiated
  8. Comfortable with public speaking
  9. Experience with and understanding of marketing & publicity campaigns
  10. Capacity to be self-directed and work in a collective structure using consensus decision – making

Application Procedure:

Affirmative Action: KPIRG is an affirmative action and an equal opportunity employer. Hiring preference shall be given to qualified applicants from groups who face systemic barriers to employment (such as women, Indigenous folks, people of colour, queer folks, trans folks, people with disabilities, etc.).  Applicants wanting to be considered under affirmative action should discuss this in their cover letter. We encourage applicants to include other skills and experiences in addition to those outlined above.

What to Send Us: Please submit cover letter and resume for the attention of the Hiring Committee via email to office@kpirg.ca. Please put ‘Events and Street Team Coordinator Application’ in the subject heading of the email and include both documents in 1 attached PDF file only.

Deadline for application is Friday December 16th, 2016 at midnight.

Late applications not accepted. Only short listed applicants will be contacted.

Interviews will be held during the week of Monday December 19th – Friday December 23rd, 2016

Email: office@kpirg.ca

Web: http://www.kpirg.ca

UN International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women #OrangetheWorld

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#ORANGETHEWORLD

Why This International Day?

  • Violence against women is a human rights violation.
  • Violence against women is a consequence of discrimination against women, in law and also in practice, and of persisting inequalities between men and women.
  • Violence against women impacts on, and impedes, progress in many areas, including poverty eradication, combating HIV/AIDS, and peace and security.
  • Violence against women and girls is not inevitable. Prevention is possible and essential.
  • Violence against women continues to be a global pandemic.

One of the major challenges to efforts to prevent and end violence against women and girls worldwide is the substantial funding shortfall. As a result, resources for initiatives to prevent and end violence against women and girls are severely lacking. Frameworks such as the Sustainable Development Goals, which includes a specific target on ending violence against women and girls, offer huge promise, but must be adequately funded in order to bring real and significant changes in the lives of women and girls.

From 25 November through 10 December, Human Rights Day, the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence aim to raise public awareness and mobilizing people everywhere to bring about change. This year, the UN Secretary-General’s UNiTE to End Violence against Women campaign invites you to “Orange the world,” using the colour designated by the UNiTE campaign to symbolize a brighter future without violence. Organize events to orange streets, schools and landmarks! To learn now, check out the Toolkit link from the UN website: Read our Toolkit. #orangetheworld

Day of Solidarity with NODAPL

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KPU Sociology instructor Seema Ahluwalia invites you all for a small event to be held TODAY at 3:00PM, KPU Surrey, Room C3850 (Surrey Main). Love water not oil #NOpipelines #NOfracking #NOtarsands #NoDAPL#StandingRock #WaterisLife

From Seema Ahluwalia:

Today allies of the Dakota/Lakota people at Standing Rock are calling for a day of Solidarity.

I have not had time to organize much but this struggle is personal and political to my family as my partner is Lakota and his nation has worked hard to stop the Keystone XL and now Dakota Access Pipeline is threatening their relatives in Standing Rock.

We are presenting a small event at 3:00 today in solidarity. We are hoping to have it at the Sociology Department space in Surrey, Room C3850 (Surrey Main). Everyone is welcome – here’s info on what we are doing:

Carl Boneshirt, Sr. is a Sicangu Lakota ikce wicasa (common man). He will come to KPU tomorrow and offer four traditional songs for Mni Wiconi (the sacred water of life) and for his people and their allies at Standing Rock.
1)The Sioux National Anthem
2)a Four Directions song
3)a song for Grandmother Earth and the Sacred Water of Life
4)a Lakota song of belonging to this continent

Traditional Lakota Knowledge related to the contemporary relevance of these songs will be shared. Information will be shared about how people can help, where/how to send financial support, and the best sources of information.

Disability Awareness Month: November 2016

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Disability Awareness Month November 2016
When: Wednesday, November 16th 4-7pm.
Where: Room 1804 – 1805 South Bldg. Langley KPU campus

[This is a free and catered event]
If you would like to volunteer with Disability Action Movement Now, please email
damn@kpirg.ca

Raising awareness around disability and accessibility to underscore  the need for full inclusive participation for students with disabilities within the student and university community. In solidarity with the BC provincial government’s 2014 declaration of November as Aboriginal Disability Month, DAMN will be hosting several speakers directly related to First Nations peoples with disabilities, health and wellness. We further extend our awareness on discussions from guest speakers around  inclusion, equal access to an education and the Honorable Minister Carla Qualtrough’s consultation  process on planning legislation for an accessible Canada.  Speakers include the following:

–          Lekeyten, KPU Elder-in-Residence and elder of the Kwantlen First Nation – Territorial Welcome and Opening Prayer

–          The Honorable Minister Carla Qualtrough – personalized video message on the consultation process of planning legislation for an accessible Canada

–          Neil Belanger of British Columbia Aboriginal Network on Disabled Society (BCANDS)

–          Rodney Olinek of Fraser Region Aboriginal Friendship Centre Association (FRAFCA)

–          National Educational Association for Disabled Students (NEADS)

–          Dr. Fiona Whittington-Walsh, Vice-President of Inclusion BC 

–          Langley Pos-Abilities Society with their “Try on a Disability Challenge” 

–          Assistive Technology British Columbia (ATBC)

–          Dr. Romy Kozak, Director of KPU’s President’s Diversity and Equity Committee (PDEC)