DACA 2015 Candidate Statements.pdf

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Candidate Statements
Below you will find statements from each candidate by office

Board Nominees
Chair, Giles Hogya
Executive Vice-Chair, Adrienne Jones
Co-Vice Chair, Heidi Burch
Co-Vice Chair, Steve Nardi
Secretary, Krista Leben
Counsel, Mark Seltzer
Membership Secretary, Peggy Hamilton
IT Manager, Julie Buchanan
Member-at-Large, Allenna Leonard
Member-at-Large, J. Justin O’Donnell
Member-at-Large, Ed Unger

Giles Hogya
I am enthusiastic about letting my name stand as Chair of Democrats Abroad Canada (DACA)
for a second term. I believe I am qualified because of my experience prior to and after joining
Democrats Abroad. As to the former, I have more than a decade of senior administrative
experience. At the University of Victoria, I was twice ratified as Chair of the Theatre Department
and served two terms as Dean of Fine Arts.
As to the latter, I joined Democrats Abroad Victoria (DAV) six years ago becoming Chair soon
afterwards. As Chair of DAV, I transformed the chapter. My first order of business was to recruit
a pro-active executive. Our chapter’s achievements are due in large part to the efforts of that new
executive committee. Five years ago, our membership stood at 650. Today it is over 900. Five
years ago, few had heard of Democrats Abroad Victoria. Today our press coverage, including
TV and radio interviews, has extended to Vancouver, across Canada and into the States. I also
served as Vice-Chair of DACA before becoming Chair.
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