All-Candidates Forum on Post-secondary Issues - October 20 at 7 p.m.

Publish date: Thursday, October 15, 2020

UVic - University of Victoria Administrative and Academic Professionals

Dear members,

With the Provincial Election set for Saturday, October 24, your PEA chapter executive has partnered with the other on-campus unions to host an All-Candidates Forum on Post-secondary Issues.

Date:                Tuesday, October 20, 2020
Time:               7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Where:             Zoom (

Annemieke Holthuis - Victoria Swan Lake (Greens of BC)
Nicole Duncan - Oak Bay-Gordon Head (Greens of BC)
Karen Bill - Victoria Beacon Hill (BC Liberals)
Kelly Darwin - Langford-Juan de Fuca (BC Liberals)
Grace Lore - Victoria Beacon Hill (BCNDP)
Murray Rankin - Oak Bay-Gordon Head (BCNDP)

Dr. Evert Lindquist – Moderator (UVic, School of Public Administration)

CUPE Locals 917, 951, 4163
Professional Employees Association (PEA, UVic Chapter)
UVic Faculty Association (UVICFA)

Details: The theme of the forum is post-secondary issues, including related campus/community issues such as public transit and sustainability.

The first half of the forum will consist of pre-selected questions posed by the moderator, and the second half will be a town hall-style debate where attendees will be able to ask the candidates questions. UVic’s very own Dr. Evert Lindquist (School of Public Admin) has graciously agreed to moderate the forum.

Register: If you would like to attend the forum, please register here: 

More info: Please contact Nathan Todd at for further details or if you would like to send a question to the moderator.

For information on how and where to vote please visit Elections BC.

Thank you,

Sheryl Karras

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