MONTREAL, Oct. 7, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - In order to encourage
English-speaking youth to vote in the upcoming municipal elections, the
Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN), in partnership with the
Directeur général des élections du Québec (DGEQ) has launched the Vote
it Up campaign and is recruiting young ambassadors to mobilize youth to
go to the polls on November 3.
"Youth are more inclined to get out and vote and get involved when they
are engaged directly by someone they know. We have proposed a series of
activities our young recruits can implement in their community to
educate their peers about the importance of voting," explains Rosanna
Tomiuk, the campaign's spokesperson. "Youth aged 18 to 35 represent 25
per cent of the population of Quebec, but less than 30 per cent of us
went to the polls in the last municipal elections."
Originally from Beaconsfield, Tomiuk is a former member of the Canadian
water polo team, a singer and songwriter, a young entrepreneur, and a
triathlete. She also lent her voice to the song Notre Home, an anthem commissioned by the QCGN to foster a sense of belonging
among young English-speaking Quebecers.
"Providing information in English about voting is not sufficient to
encourage the civic engagement of English-speaking youth," explains
Sylvia Martin-Laforge, Director General of the QCGN. "Young people need
to feel reflected, and this is the reason why we chose someone really
involved in her community to be the campaign's spokesperson," added
Martin-Laforge, noting that the QCGN will be working with its member
organizations across the province to spread the word.
To stimulate the interest of English-speaking youth towards the upcoming
elections, Vote it Up is reaching out to young people where they gather
- on social networks such as Facebook, Youtube and Twitter. Youth as
well as the general public are invited to visit the Vote it Up website
at www.voteitup.ca to see Rosanna's message to and for more information.
The Quebec Community Groups Network (www.qcgn.ca) is a not-for-profit organization bringing together 41 English-language
community organizations across Quebec. Its mission is to identify,
explore and address strategic issues affecting the development and
vitality of English-speaking Quebec and to encourage dialogue and
collaboration among its member organizations, individuals, community
groups, institutions and leaders.
SOURCE: Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN)
For further information:
Roseline Joyal-Guillot, Senior Project Officer, firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone: 514 868-9044, ext. 257 Mobile: 514 758-9810