At this point I don’t even know how long ago it was when I first got involved with the PCYA – it seems like eons – and not because your time there drags on and on but because while you are there you seem to get so much accomplished in such a short time span.
Youth really are the backbone of any political party. Yes, they are the “future” but more importantly they are the ones that aren’t afraid to get their hands dirty, get passionate, and keep the more experienced members on their toes. The passion of the youth that are politically involved in this province always amazes me; social media certainly amplifies the passion. I remember being the VP Youth in Calgary-Shaw almost a decade ago and thinking “where are all the other young people?” – today you just look online, or better yet, you look to the PCYA.
The PCYA was also the group I looked to during the 2012 election. They were the Party’s “SWAT Team”. I could always rely on them to roll up their sleeves and help out any constituency at any time. It was never about where they were going or who they were helping – they always did it with enthusiasm for the party and because they believed in the Party’s principles.
I’ve had the pleasure of working with these 3 gentlemen that I’m about to tell you about. If you’re under 26 and at the PC AGM in Red Deer this weekend I encourage you to seek them out tonight and meet them for yourself (find me and I’ll introduce you if you like!). I think you’ll agree that they are the best people to continue the PCYA legacy of fun, passion, and accomplishment.
See you this weekend!
I am pleased to give my official endorsement of Chris Carlile for PCYA President. He has the right attitude, passion, experience, and humility for the job.
I had the pleasure of meeting Chris when he first started at the UofC when I was the UCCCA President. I had no one on my team as eager to help out as he was. I could always count on him for advice, strategic insight, and to get the task at hand (whether large are small) done right.
Chris has been a force within the PC youth movement ever since then. He is a strong advocate, a representative voice, and takes any role he takes on with great seriousness. He has played key roles within the PC organization for the past several years – both youth related and at the table with 40 years’ worth of volunteers.
Most recently I got to work with him during the 2012 provincial election. In his role of campaign manager for Calgary-Klein he excelled; he truly showed that he was not only a youth leader but a leader within the entire PC Party. I will never forget one call in particular with all Calgary campaign managers where Chris spoke up confidential amongst several seasoned PC campaigners. His insights, questions, and suggestions were thoughtful, direct, and left a strong impression while making an immense impact.
Chris will be a strong voice for the PCYA. He will not shy away from advocating for youth at the PC Executive table and his experience will be the catalyst the PCYA organization needs to move to the next level.
There is no job Thomas isn’t willing to tackle. He is principled and always follows through on what he commits to. I am pleased to offer my official endorsement of Thomas Ockley for PCYA VP Finance.
I met Thomas several years ago when he first got involved in the PC Party. My best first memory of working with each other? Sending Thomas on a wild goose chase through NW Calgary because we needed certain materials for an AGM for the UCCCA we were having later that evening. He committed and he delivered. I could count on him even in the last second before a major event. Not only did he get the job done, but he did get it done at the best price. Part of his wild goose chase included ensuring the best price and even tackling part of the project himself so we would save money as an organization on labour costs.
Ever since that moment Thomas has always been someone I rely on, someone I ask advice, and someone I look to when I need help. He is incredible at rallying support, volunteers, and morale. He has a depth of understanding of our PC organization like no other. He is experienced and he is effective.
Thomas is the best choice for this role. As a friend, a peer, and as someone who has worked with him on numerous events, boards, projects, and campaigns, I can say with confidence that he will deliver on his promises and will continue to be a valuable asset to the PCYA if elected.
I am pleased to offer my official endorsement of Patrick Beatty for PCYA VP Policy.
If you collected political hockey cards Patrick’s would be the rookie card you’d want to get your hands on and mount in one of those plastic covers. His accomplishments politically and professionally outweigh any possible story I could tell about his work ethic. He knows policy, and not just because it’s been his role the past year, but because he is passionate about it. Patrick truly is passionate about the nuts and bolts that define a Party. He is not afraid to speak up for what he believes in, ask tough questions, and make sure the underdog has a voice.
Patrick is kind, considerate, approachable, and always puts his friends first; by default that means he puts the PCYA first. I’ve heard his girlfriend tell countless stories of the late nights he has pulled working on policy resolutions for the youth. Patrick understands the power of the youth voice within this Party and does not take it for granted – he takes it seriously and ensures that not a single opportunity is missed to allow the youth to speak up for what they believe in.
There is no doubt in my mind that Patrick will be an incredible policy leader for a second term for the PCYA.