Move People! Transit Referendum Education Campaign Needs Volunteers

Moving in a Livable Region seeks capable volunteers and superhero interns to educate Metro Vancouver about its upcoming transit referendum. Multiple opportunities are available.

Overview

Moving in a Livable Region (MLR) is a nonpartisan consortium of businesses, organizations, local governments, and transportation leaders working together to create a long-term sustainable plan for funding transportation in the Metro Vancouver region. The MLR consortium has endorsed the Transportation Investment Plan, put forth by the Mayors’ Council, which describes a series of transportation improvements that will move people around our region more efficiently and safely.
From March 16 to May 29, Metro Vancouver voters will vote on a mechanism for funding these Skytrain_Terminal_Avetransportation improvements through a 0.5 percent sales tax called the Metro Vancouver Congestion Improvement Tax, which will be added to the existing Provincial Sales Tax of 7 percent.

MLR’s education campaign touts the importance of transportation and provides the best and most current information about the referendum so voters can make an informed decision at the ballot box. The education campaign will focus on the economic, health, and environmental impacts of transportation and transit expansion in the Metro Vancouver region, as well as how transportation issues affect specific populations (such as seniors, students, immigrants, service workers, disabled people, etc.).

 

Volunteer/Intern Roles

MLR needs your help. Multiple opportunities are available in research, design, web development, event planning, editing and writing, and social media prowess. If you have a superpower, we want to hear from you. All candidates (as well as all Metro Vancouverites) should have an interest in transportation-related issues.

Students and graduates of degree programs in transportation planning, engineering, community planning, public policy, public health, economics, commerce, environmental sciences, journalism, and other related fields are strongly encouraged to apply.

Responsibilities may include:

  • Conducting research and analyzing reports and other published materials on topics related to transportation in Metro Vancouver
  • Writing and editing blog posts, briefs, and other education materials
  • Gathering shares and likes on social media
  • Designing creative infographics and developing web applications
  • Monitoring media reports related to the referendum and other transportation topics
  • Organizing educational events

Relevant skills sought:

  • Experience in research, analysis, and writing
  • Social media prowess
  • Graphic design and interactive or U/X design
  • Video production and editing Event planning

Time commitments are negotiable, both in terms of hours per week and total length of service. However, preference will be given to volunteers and interns who can commit to at least five hours a week for three months. Volunteers may work remotely, though volunteers should be availability for regular, weekly meetings in downtown Vancouver. Following completion of the volunteer or internship term, letters of recommendation will be issued detailing individual contributions.

Click here to complete a volunteer/internship application.

Please e-mail all inquiries to Jim Beaudreau, MLR Volunteer and Communications Coordinator, at jbeaudreau [at] movinginalivableregion [dot] ca; no phone calls please.