Can you help me represent Desmarchais Crawford?
I’d appreciate your help. During the municipal election on Sunday, November 5, I’m going to ask residents of Desmarchais Crawford to vote me in as their representative in Verdun. To make it happen, I need voters, donors and volunteers.
Jean-Francois Parenteau, the mayor of Verdun, has recruited me to run as borough councillor of Demarchais/Crawford. This means I am now part of the Denis Coderre team. It also means I get to work closely with Marie-Eve Brunet and Ann Guy. Whoo hoo! These are people I adore. Here’s a story from our local newspaper about our campaign: http://journalmetro.com/local/verdun/actualites/1165758/remaniement-dequipe-parenteau-pour-conquerir-desmarchais-crawford/.
It’s thrilling to get the opportunity to work within local government to promote Montreal as a resilient city that builds abundance by protecting the planet, treating people well, and helping businesses profit. Applying for the job of representing my friends and neighbours in an administration that recognizes Verdun’s strengths is such an honour.
If you live in the sector of Verdun between Riel Street and LaSalle, please go out and vote for me on November 5th. If you know someone in that area, ask them to vote for me please!
If you live in other provinces, you can still help by donating, volunteering or just cheering me on! Thanks so much for your support.
It’s an election year so you can donate up to $200 to one or many candidates in your municipality. That includes me if you live in Montreal. If you live outside of Montreal, you can donate up to $25.
Here’s my donation page: https://equipedeniscoderre.com/candidate.php?contact_id=93
Volunteer to help with the campaign
My plan is to go door-to-door eight hours every week from now until September 22 and pretty much daily after that. I need someone to accompany me for each of those hours to write down whether the person I just spoke to is likely to vote for me or not. I’ll be caught up in the discussion and people are nice, so I’ve found it’s impossible to read their body language properly. If this is something you can do, please let me know.
Once the election gets going, our team will need people to help to put up posters, phone people, seek donations, and tons of other tasks.
If you can help, please email me at writer (at symbol) traceyarial.com.
Volunteer to help with one of my other projects
You don’t like politics or you support another candidate for the job? That’s okay. You can still join the movement for a more resilient city by joining CAUS, helping with our markets or participating in Grand Potager.
CAUS is a non-profit solidarity coop that promotes abundance in Verdun via farmers markets, aquaponics, hydroponics, composting and micro-green production. We’re now looking for consumer members. In exchange for purchasing one $10 share in our company, consumer members get discounts, occasional give-aways and the opportunity to contribute to Verdun and Montreal resiliency. You can get a consumer membership at our markets, which take place three times a week in Verdun:
- The Verdun waterfront farmers’ market take place Sundays between noon and 4 p.m. from July 2 until October 4, 2017 on the waterfront south of LaSalle Blvd. between 4th and 5th avenues near Crescendo and the children’s park.
- The Verdun library farmers’ market takes place Wednesdays between 3:30 and 7:30 p.m. from July 5 until October 4, 2017 in front of the Cultural Centre and Library of Verdun, 5955 Bannantyne.
- The Verdun Wellington market takes place Fridays between 3:30 and 7:30 p.m. from July 7 until September 29, 2017 on Wellington Street at the corner of Galt.
We also need lots of volunteers. Between now and Thanksgiving, we need people to count visitors and help put up and take down tents before and after every market on Wednesdays and Sundays.
- On Wednesdays, we need people from 2 until 3 to put up tents and set up tables from 3:30 until 7:30, to count visitors from 3:30 until 7:30, and to take tents down from 7:30 until 8:30.
- On Sundays, we need people to put up tents from 10:30 until 11:30, to count visitors from noon until 4 p.m. and to take tents down and put tables away from 4 until 5 p.m.
CAUS is also a member of Grand Potager, which is the OBNL that animates urban agriculture at Verdun’s municipal greenhouses. CAUS will open a garden supply and market products kiosk there soon to sell market products, micro-green seeds and a new compost and seed lawn rejuvenation package. We’ll also offer urban agriculture workshops soon. You can also sponsor Grand Potager itself in exchange for a message on a fruit tree in the jardin d’hiver.
Let me know if any of these projects interest you, and I’ll put you on the appropriate newsletter.
Thanks for everything.
About the Author
Tracey Arial helps Canadians grow with notable nonfiction and urban agriculture.