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You Are Invited to an Upcoming Course for teaching winning strategies for candidates – featuring special guest Olivia Chow, founder of the Institute For Change Leaders

News from the Citizen Volunteers for A Better Niagara

Posted May 2nd, 2018 on Niagara At Large

For over thirty years, Olivia Chow (founder of the Institute For Change Leaders) has been an effective and well-known public figure, serving in Toronto’s municipal politics and on the national stage as a Canadian Member of Parliament. She was voted Best City Councillor seven times by readers of NOW magazine and Best MP in 2010.

Niagara, Ontario – A Better Niagara is bringing Obama’s secret sauce for winning elections to Niagara. On June 16th, The Institute For Change Leaders will deliver a full-day candidate training session for candidates running in the October 22nd municipal election. The training day is being sponsored by A Better Niagara. 

The Institute For Change Leaders employs the training methods developed by Marhsall Ganz, a Harvard professor and organizing strategist behind the Obama U.S. presidential campaigns of 2008 and 2012. Ganz researched past movements and codified best practices and techniques. The success of Obama’s campaigns has led to a demand for Ganz-instruction around the world.

“We are thrilled to be able to offer this high-level campaign training to candidates in Niagara,” said Sean Polden, executive director, A Better Niagara.

Olivia Chow, founder of the Institute For Change Leaders, will lead the training session along with a team of Ganz-trained facilitators. Chow, a former Toronto city Councillor and former Member of Parliament is also a Distinguished Visiting Professor at Ryerson University whose work focuses on community engagement and leadership development.

The training will focus on:

  • How to tell your story to persuade and motivate others.
  • Recruiting and retaining volunteers.
  • Structuring your team of leaders for growth.
  • Strategizing and choosing tactics that build power and move decision makers.

Lunch will be provided. Babysitting will be available on request. Early bird pricing is available for those who register before May 15,  2018.

For more information contact A Better Niagara at To register go to: .

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