The CUFF Administrators are pleased to announce the nominees to be the 2012 Canadian Unity Fan Fund Delegate to the
When Words Collide Canvention in Calgary Aug 10-12, 2012 http://www.whenwordscollide.org/
2012 Campaign Information:
Voting is now open to select a CUFF delegate for 2012. Canadian fans are encouraged to vote for one of our two candidates from Eastern Canada to attend When Words Collide in Calgary August 10-12, 2012 as the CUFF delegate. The delegate is welcome, even encouraged, to stay longer than just the convention and hang out with the local fans. Votes for this year’s CUFF race must be submitted by midnight PST, April 17, 2012 (The Tuesday after Ad Astra) to either the current Delegate, Kent Pollard, or the Eastern administrator, Diane Lacey. To vote in the CUFF race, you must be a Canadian fan who has either been active fan for two years before the close of voting (for 2012, before April 17, 2010) or be a paid, attending member of this years When Words Collide convention. To assist in funding the selected delegate's trip, voters are asked to make a donation to the fund. The suggested donation is currently $5.00, though you are encouraged to assist as you may.
This year’s CUFF nominees and their nominators are:
Nominee: Jane Garthson
As well, I am currently the President of the Filk Society of Upper Canada, where I also chair the Audit Committee and sit on the Governance Committee. I am also on the FilKONtario ConCom, where I am currently in charge of registration and assisting with guest liaison. After FilKONtario this April, I will step down as President in order to Co-Chair FilKONtario 23, as we do not allow the positions to be combined.
I have been attending conventions as a fan since 1992, including Anticipation, ConCept, SFContario, Polaris, Ad Astra, Toronto Spec-Fic Colloquium, TorCon 3, KeyCon and VCON. I have also attended a number of American gencons and filk cons, and smaller fan gatherings when travelling on business. I have moderated or sat on panels at a number of these conventions, volunteered in various ways, been part of filk outreach panels and hosted filk circles.
For years I was a run of the mill fan, oblivious to the secret world of con-running, I was the average fan enjoying the SF & F lifestyle wandering hallways of local conventions, unaware that there were so many types of conventions and that they ran the gamut of size, style and location, across Canada, the US and world-wide.
Just about two years to the day, I answered a fan-run convention “help wanted” ad. And from that moment my fannish life exploded to include Book readings, First Thursdays, Third Mondays, the word “Squee” entered my vocabulary (often), I attended long con-com meetings where not only did work get done but no blood was spilled, I became a party maven for the first time, and learned about fannish etiquette and the all important rule of 5-3-1.
If selected, I will transfer that passion into being this year’s CUFF delegate, I am primed to apply everything experienced as a CUFF Delegate and to experience everything that ‘When Words Collide’ has to offer, to connect with as many of the Western Con-runners and fans as I can; but also do what I do best, pitch in and contribute to ‘When Words Collide’.
I don’t look at being CUFF delegate as a four day experience, I see it as a yearlong mission to continue the good work already in place, I wasn’t joking when I said that two years ago my Fannish life changed, it was at that time a CUFF delegate took me under her wing and mentored me, I was challenged and encouraged to expand my horizons; I plan on following that lead and become a mentor for future fans too.
What else can I do for fandom and CUFF? Well for one thing, I’d make the CUFF website a permanent web presence and actively promote the fund, we aren’t quite there yet, to be honest it is still not easy to find CUFF and if you do, to understand know what it is, thanks to Diane and Ken it’s getting better.
The Canadian Unity Fan Fund provides for an Canadian science fiction and/or Fantasy enthusiast to attend CanVention on the opposite side of the country. CanVention is the annual convention of the Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Association. Traditionally, the location of CanVention alternates between Eastern and Western Canada. in 2012 CanVention will be held at When Words Collide in Calgary on August 10th-12th. The CUFF delegate will be chosen from nominees residing in the Eastern region of Canada, defined as Ontario and parts East. We are looking for a fan from Eastern Canada to come attend When Words Collide as the CUFF delegate. The delegate is welcome, even encouraged, to stay longer than just the convention and hang out with the local fans.
Votes and Donations to support CUFF, be made:
By Paypal and email via firstname.lastname@example.org
By mail (including cheques payable) to Kent Pollard at 1222 Junor Avenue, Saskatoon, SK S7L 7K1
Delivered by hand to either Administrator, (Western: Kent Pollard) (Eastern: Diane Lacey) (Diane will be at Ad Astra, accepting votes)
Voting will be open March 5th and close April 17th (the Tuesday after Ad Astra). This will allow the successful candidate enough time to work with WWC programming and to schedule their visit.
Voting Details: As with other fan funds, C.U.F.F. uses a preferential ballot system which guarantees automatic runoffs until a majority is obtained. You rank the candidates in the exact order of your preference for them. If the leading first-place candidate does not get a majority, the first-place votes for the lowest-ranking candidate are dropped, and the second-place votes on those ballots are counted as first-place votes. This process repeats itself until one candidate has a majority. Your votes for second and third place are important, but you may give your candidate only one ranking on your ballot.
Hold Over Funds: This choice, like “No Award” in Hugo balloting, gives you the chance to vote for no C.U.F.F. trip this year, if none of the candidates appeal to you. Hold Over Funds may be voted for in any position, and if it receives a majority of the votes on the final ballot, no C.U.F.F. trip will be held this year regardless of how many votes Hold Over Funds received on the first ballot.
Hold Over Funds
If you are unable to make Paypal. cheque, or hand delivery arrangements, please do not delay sending your vote, as the current (2011) delegate will cover up to 10 donations for voters who are unable to make arrangements.