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

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
References West: Cindy Turner, Cliff Samuels, Dave Clement   References East: Cathy Palmer-Lister, Tanya Huff, Peggi Warner-Lalonde
Jane’s Biography and campagn information:
I am seeking selection as the eastern Canada delegate to When Words Collide (Canvention) 2012 and ask your kind consideration of this application.
I am currently Treasurer of the Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Association (CSFFA), and Chair of Governance and Planning. I was part of writing the bylaws and other work to incorporate this organization, and also part of expanding the Aurora Award categories and outreach to non-traditional participants. Since CSFFA holds its Annual General Meeting at Canvention, it is important for me to be there to present financial statements to members and also to conduct the election of board members. CSFFA also holds its annual in-person board meeting at Canvention. As a board member governing the Auroras, I also very much want to be present at the Aurora Awards ceremonies.

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.
Until TorCon 3, I was just an attendee and participant, but since then I’ve felt part of fandom, eagerly learning more about it and meeting more of the people who make fandom possible.  I participate in the Canadian ConRunners listserve and social media sites about fandom, and learned how to edit Wikipedia entries to save one fannish listing last year (as well as tracking down links to academic studies). WWC has a reputation as a very well run and quite different con, and I would really like to learn from being there and bring those learnings back to Ontario events. I would also be expanding my circle of friends and contacts to help with promoting the Aurora Awards. And I would write an article for the Auroran Lights newsletter to help share what I learned.
For personal reasons, attending When Words Collide is a real financial hardship. If I am chosen, I will be very grateful for the funding. I will of course be active there in the CUFF panel, and lead whatever CUFF fundraising can appropriately be done within that event. I am reluctant to propose details until I am in a position to talk to WWC as CUFF delegate. I hope to arrive at least a day ahead of the convention to have a chance to see friends and set up for CUFF fundraising. If I am not chosen to the be the delegate, but manage to attend anyway, I will help out with CUFF activities regardless as I strongly support its mission.
Also in terms of who I am, my day job is a leadership consultant to nonprofit organizations, and going to WWC as CUFF delegate will also increase the number of con-runners who know they can pick my brains about governance, bylaws and more. I make my knowledge freely available as much as possible.

Nominee: Debra Yeung


West: Fran Skene, LeAmber Raven Kensley, Leah Freedman

East: Alex von Thorn, Colin Hinz, Lloyd and Yvonne Penney

Debra’s Biography and campagn information:

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.

Yes I was ‘that’ Fan; not that it was a bad thing but I was completely oblivious of the 70% of fandom I was missing.

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.

I am hooked; I have it bad, I am now a con-runner and proud to be a Fan with a Capital “F”

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.

Ofcourse I will publish the trip report upon my arrival home.

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

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.

No Preference: For voters who prefer not to choose between candidates, but don't want the trip held over.


Jane Garthson


Debra Yeung


Hold Over Funds


No Preference

Voter’s Name


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.