I’m young and I’ve never joined a political campaign before. I’m educated, underemployed, I’ve traveled widely and lived in other countries. I have real concerns about where this country is heading but I also know there are many reasons to be deeply optimistic about what the future could be like and I am not unique.

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Last week was National Volunteer Appreciation in Canada and I had the pleasure of finally meeting the man so many of us volunteers have devoted countless hours to in support. What struck me most about seeing everyone gathering in one room was, how much we all have in common.

Bright, energetic, multicultural and willing to give our time, how did Justin corner the market on this resource that has gone seemingly untapped by every other party or politician?

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The simple answer is, Justin and his team have not just offered volunteers the opportunity to get involved but an opportunity to learn and connect with smart, talented people at a time when such things are hard to come by.

With social media pages that have already taken over the Prime Minister’s, a fundraising campaign that was actually boosted by Conservative attack ads and an openness to volunteers jumping into the front lines of the campaign, the people behind the scenes are genuinely excited to be there.

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Add to this a powerful message of hope, change and inclusiveness and you’ve got yourself a force of volunteers that should not be underestimated. Omar Alghabra said it best, speaking at 30 Duncan Street last Tuesday just after Justin took the floor,

“We’re all here because we believe that Canadians deserve someone better. Someone who understands the challenges they face and takes the time to listen to their ideas while showing the respect their opinions deserve… You just didn’t know that that someone would be you.”

I’m not unique among the volunteers on Team Justin but I bet you won’t find people like us behind another party in Canadian politics.

Jane Collison (12 Posts)

Jane is a digital strategist & engagement specialist. With a masters in Journalism she loves to deconstruct big ideas and shoot analogue photos.