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Tips for advocating during the election

“Never underestimate the power of a small group of committed people to change the world. In fact, it is the only thing that ever has.”

- Margaret Mead

You can support a national dementia strategy in several ways:

1. Talk to your friends and family

By talking to your friends and family about what a national dementia strategy would mean to you, you can encourage others to become involved. Share with others what you know and tell them how they can support a national dementia strategy.

2. Write a letter to candidates in your riding asking them to support a national dementia strategy

A personal letter explaining why you want a national dementia strategy is a great way to tell your candidate why a national dementia strategy is important to you and to get our message across. Complete our online letter template, or create your own.

3. Talk to canvassing candidates in your neighborhood

When candidates show up at your door, use this opportunity to express why a national dementia strategy is important for you. Talk about your personal experience and ask candidates whether they will support a national dementia strategy.

4. Request a one-on-one meeting with your candidate

As the election draws closer, arranging face time with a candidate will become more challenging. Try to find a convenient time to meet them at their campaign office. In the event that you are able to meet with your local candidate, here are some suggestions to help you prepare for the meeting:

  • Make an appointment – contact the person by email and follow up with a call
  • Be punctual, polite and patient
  • Introduce yourself, your organization and your issue ‒ a national dementia strategy
  • Be prepared, but don’t overwhelm
  • Talk, but also listen
  • Send a thank you message

TIP: Politicians will often have public events such as barbeques or all-candidate forums. We encourage you to attend. Also, during an election campaign one of the best places to talk to politicians is at your front door.

5. Attend an all-candidate debate and ask questions

During the federal campaign, all-candidate forums are held in the community. They are a great opportunity for the general public to ask questions and bring important issues to the forefront. Find out where and when an event is being held in your community. Prepare a statement about why a national dementia strategy is important to you and ask candidates whether they will support a national dementia strategy. Ask them to sign the national dementia strategy pledge.

Download our 2015 Advocacy Toolkit

This toolkit contains resources to help you advocate for a national dementia strategy during the 2015 federal election, including:

  • Questions to ask candidates
  • Sample letter to request candidate support

Download the 2015 Advocacy Toolkit now >


Last Updated: 09/15/15
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