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Green Party of Saskatchewan Leadership Election

The candidates for party leader are:

  • Larry Waldinger (nominated by Tobi-Dawne Smith, Robert Forsyth, Penny Swartz, Vicki Strelioff), 
  • Brendan Cross (nominated by Penny Swartz, Vicki Strelioff, Robert Forsyth, Tobi-Dawne Smith), and
  • Victor Lau (nominated by Owen Swiderski, Mike Wright, David Orban).

The candidates for deputy leader are: 

  • Amber Jones (nominated by Tobi-Dawne Smith, Vicki Strelioff, Robert Forsyth, Penny Swartz), 
  • Owen Swiderski (nominated by Victor Lau, Mike Wright, Amelia Swiderski), and 
  • Mark Bigland-Pritchard (nominated by Amber Jones, Vicki Strelioff, Robert Forsyth, Penny Swartz).

For those who are available, the Special Leadership Meeting and Election will be held in Regina, this Sunday, at the Glencairn Neighbourhood Recreation Center (2626 Dewdney Avenue East) from 9-5.  The election itself will be occurring after lunch at 1:00.

If you are not able to attend the meeting, we still want to hear from you!  Your voice, your vote, matters!  The Green Party of Saskatchewan is a true grassroots party, run by it’s membership.  A ballot is available for download here:  http://saskgreen.ca/GPS/docs/2011/Special_Election_Ballot_Sep25.pdf  …along with the instructions for casting a distance vote.   If you have trouble with the download, or have questions or concerns about the voting procedure, please feel welcome to email Amber Jones at secretary@saskgreen.ca

For more information on the meeting and the candidates visit http://saskgreen.ca/leadership-race-be-decided-sunday-september-25th and http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=281009695261132

Back to School (and then some)

Today I’d intended to write about the girlie heading back to school…  and nothing else.  I mean, honestly.  That’s big enough a topic, isn’t it?  But then, like everything in my life the last few weeks, it just seemed to be one thing after another today.

Ever since Camp fYrefly wrapped up, it really has been one thing after another keeping me from finishing up camp associated work.  It’s a little frustrating.  And today was no different.  Just one more thing added to the heap.  Today I got the news that Larissa is stepping down from the provincial Greens.

I don’t know all the details, but I imagine it is health related.  Larissa and I have many of the same diagnosis, and for her age and maturity level, she has handled them better than I did at the same point in my life.  Today most of my physical issues don’t weigh very heavily on me – but it’s only because of years full of coping experience.  Six or seven years ago, I wasn’t in the same place I am now and I know Larissa must be drained.  Being the leader of a provincial party can take a lot out of a healthy individual, and it can have a brutal effect on someone who’s health isn’t tip top.

The Green Party of Saskatchewan is losing a great leader today.  Larissa’s passion, vigor, and knowledge served us well for these last years.  Her dedication and dreams of a better Saskatchewan inspired many.  Thank you Larissa, for everything.  You will be missed.

The executive will now have to gear up for a special leadership race and election – in addition to gearing up for the provincial election coming in November.  As the President of the party, I can assure you, we will all be working very hard to ensure every member of the party has a chance to voice their concerns, and to have their thoughts heard.  If you are interested in possibly running, do let me know.  I’ll make sure your name is brought forward to the board.

So…  back to school.  LOL  It would have been plenty to attend with today.  But that’s just not how the chips fell.  Here’s the girlie on our walk to school today.  Sling pack on, and ready to go.  And yes!  We totally glittered up and embellished the pack – just how she wanted it.  😉

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Post-CFAB11

Well, I’m home and have had a day to process the whole experience.  And really?  The best way I can sum up Camp fYrefly Alberta 2011 is WOW.  Yep.  Just wow.

To use some WAY overused analogies?  The whole six days was just a whirl wind, an absolutely emotional roller coaster ride.  Overused?  You bet.  Accurate?  Hokey Dinah.  😉

I met some really amazing youth, who I know will go on to do some incredible things.  Artists, future politicians, humanitarians, writers, musicians…  Mad skillz folks.  Seriously mad skillz.

And me?  Well…  I cried.  A lot.  LMAO  And I laughed.  A lot.  If I wasn’t laughing I was crying (or close to it).  It was absolutely crazy.

I learned a lot, and had both positive and negative examples which I will be able to apply making Camp fYrefly Saskatchewan 2011 all the better.  I spent almost all of my time, fully engaged with the campers.  Listening to their stories, sharing mine, finding out what mattered to them…  and I’m so grateful that they all welcomed me so openly, with no reservations.  It really was an amazing experience, and I know I’ve made a few friends who will be there throughout my lifetime too.

I will try to share certain individual memories and experiences over the next few days, leading up to our Camp.  I had hoped to do so while I was at the Alberta Camp… but alas, the unexpected lack of wifi kinda put a crimp in that plan.  For now though, I just wanted to share a photo I took of my daughter today.  I had cut her hair the day I left for Edmonton, and didn’t have any pictures of her short do to share with everyone there.  So here she is, happy to have her mommy back (happy as I am to have her back):

Mommy's Little Treehugger!

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