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July 2014 Mini-Newsletter

Posted on July 16, 2014

Greetings everyone!

What is supposed to be a quieter time in politics as everyone settles into a summer of weddings, BBQs, camping and cottage trips, is actually a summer of intense political activity in HWAD. We have a summer with potential candidates contemplating the federal Liberal nomination in HWAD. It’s a very exciting time!

As an association, it is often difficult to connect the general public to federal issues, so where exercising your vote as a member of the Liberal Party of Canada for our next candidate is crucial, come join us now as we spend a summer of connecting at a grassroots level to every individual in our riding. Right now, our responsibility as an association is to lay the groundwork for our next HWAD Liberal candidate and we need your help building a strong team of local volunteers, supporters, members and donors.

Please enjoy this summertime newsletter and consider getting involved because every bit helps and we are so much stronger as team.

Greg Van Geffen, President HWAD-FLA

Call for Volunteers!!!

Please join us at The Whistling Walrus, 1508 Upper James StHamilton on Saturday, July 26 at 12:00 pm.  We will head out at 1 pm sharp for our canvas and reconvene around 4 pm, back at The Whistling Walrus, where we can share our day’s canvassing stories!


Victory Fund contributor, save the date, Wednesday, September 17th, on your calendar! A member of the executive has offered her beautiful home to host the 2nd annual HWAD Victory Fund Appreciation Night. The Victory Fund Appreciation Night is free to all HWAD-FLA Victory Fund contributors and is a way to show thanks for their generous contributions.  This year there will be a special guest speaker to honour our Victory Fund members.

If you want to become a Victory Fund contributor, please contact me at  or sign up through the link on the HWAD website.
Thank you for your continued support.
Sarah Van Geffen
HWAD Victory Fund Chair

“My Use of Liberalist during the 2014 Provincial Election”  
– Chris Kurzyna, HWAD Director

Since 1990, I have used several programs for data entry. I began with the Travelodge Hospitality Marketing Rewards Program. For Elections Ontario I’ve transferred data from enumerators’ lists to voters’ lists. Additionally, both provincially and federally, I’ve tracked the Liberal supporters, donors etc. for the candidates on different programs including ManageElect.

Growing Interest in the HWAD Nomination

By Denise O’Connor, VP Candidate Search

In recent weeks we have been contacted by a number of people expressing interest in pursuing the opportunity to represent the Liberal party in our riding in next year’s federal election. The nomination committee has met formally with 3 potential contestants and chatted informally with others.
To date, only one person has publicly declared his intention to contest the nomination and is preparing to undergo LPC’s vetting process.  Once he has been “green lit”, we will advise you of his contact information and hopefully others who have qualified as well.
Congratulations to our friend, Anne Tennier, who will be acclaimed on July 30 at 7:30 pm as the candidate for Hamilton Centre. The meeting will be held at McMaster Innovation Park. All are welcome to attend to support Anne.

Cactus Festival
HWAD-FLA will be having a booth at the upcoming and very popular Cactus Festival, August 15-17 in downtown Dundas.
Come by and say hello! Volunteers to help man the booth are welcome. Please contact us for more details on how you can help. It is always a fun day !

Pub Night
Wednesday, August 20th   6:30pm
The Winchester Arms
120 King St W, Dundas

Come out for a night of socializing and get to know fellow HWAD-FLA Liberals!

Volunteers NEEDED!
Please contact us if you can help out at the HWAD-FLA booth this fall. Manning the booth at the Ancaster Fair gives you a chance to get to know fellow HWAD-FLA Liberals as well as spread the word to new Liberal supporters.

Sixth Annual Red Tie Gala
Friday, October 17, 2014 
Hamilton Convention Centre 

Cash cocktails 6 PM.  Dinner with wine at 7 PM. Guest Speaker TBA. Entertainment by Ron Palangio & Retro Party Groove. For inquiries and ticket purchases email or call 289 439 4925.

With the momentum from Kathleen Wynne’s recent provincial victory and two Ontario federal by-election wins, we’re excited to start planning for the 2015 Federal Election — and we want your help! Team Trudeau needs people like you, who have the knowledge, the training, the skills and the passion to help Justin Trudeau build a plan for Canada.

Take action now and submit your Intent to Stand as a delegate for the LPCO 2014 General Meeting taking place on September 12-14 in Markham.

Justin Trudeau will be starting the weekend off with a keynote speech on the Friday night.  Join in on discussions, training, workshops, and strategizing in support of Team Trudeau.  Additionally, fellow HWAD Liberal Tyler Banham will be putting his name forward for LPCO President.  By becoming a delegate, you can help Tyler get elected!

Register before July 25 and come join our riding President Greg Van Geffen for this exciting weekend! Check out the official website for more details.

Environment and Economic Development
Keith Robson, VP Policy
If anyone needed a reminder about the need to protect our environment to preserve economic 
development over the longer term, the recent flooding in Manitoba and Saskatchewan is just that. 
The Globe and Mail reported this week on the impact of not preserving wetlands/ ponds and not improving drainage of agricultural land.   Without understanding or caring, the result will be dramatic floods that have already had severe economic consequences and are likely to have further consequences. The 
report highlights that if the same amount of rain that fell this year had fallen in the 1950s, the Assiniboine River might have reached only half of its current peak level. 

John Elliot, VP Membership

All our efforts these past few months have really paid off. HWAD-FLA currently has 350members with a vibrant and active executive overseeing several committees that meet regularly.

All HWAD-FLA members are welcome and encouraged to join a committee that matches your interest and commitment level. Please contact Greg Van Geffen for more information about how you can get involved.

If you would like to become a member of HWAD-FLA, it’s easy!  Visit 

Julia Brown, director in our Hamilton West-Ancaster-Dundas executive and President of the Ancaster-Dundas-Flamborough-Westdale Ontario Young Liberals Association, is seeking the position of Riding Director in the upcoming Ontario Young Liberals executive elections in August.  Three cheers for Julia as we wish her the best of luck in her run!

Don’ t forget to follow HWAD-FLA!

Are you a social media junkie? Would you like to help with our HWAD-FLA Facebook and Twitter feeds?

Please contact Lisa for more information on becoming a part of the HWAD-FLA Communications committee.

All HWAD-FLA members are welcome and encouraged to join a committee!

Lisa Stewart, VP Communications