Canadian Jewish Political Affairs Committee
Superstar Election Volunteers from BC

CJPAC works to demystify the political process for our community. During an election, CJPAC is a political concierge connecting (and training) volunteers from all across the country. Volunteering in an election is an incredible way to make an impact, as well as get to know your community, network, build your CV and get driving hours (if you’re working towards getting your license). Sign up here to volunteer and CJPAC will connect you to the campaign/candidate of your choice.

Meet just some of the amazing multi-partisan election volunteers from British Columbia that CJPAC has connected.

Avishai Infeld volunteering for the Liberal Party of Canada

1. How did you get connected to CJPAC?

I first got connected to CJPAC in grade 10, volunteering in the provincial election.

2. What’s your funniest experience volunteering?

I was door-knocking last week and knocked on my professor’s door. We were both very surprised to see each other!

3. Why do you recommend others volunteer?

It’s a very easy way to make a difference for your community. You will also make valuable connections and have great experiences.

4. How has COVID impacted the volunteering experience?

It’s getting closer to what it used to be again but there are more opportunities for remote work.


Rachel Loif volunteering for the Conservative Party of Canada

1. How did you get connected to CJPAC?

After hearing from Dovi Chein from CJPAC as a guest speaker in Ottawa, I knew I had to meet him and learn more about CJPAC! From there, I was fortunate enough to meet Kara Mintzberg in BC and get further connected with the team at CJPAC.

2. What’s your funniest experience volunteering?

During our weekend canvassing trip to the riding of Whitby, Ontario. We’d race each other to the doors while door knocking — it was quite the sight! Six volunteers sprinting for their lives across the streets, just trying to spread the positive message to the electors at the doors!

3. Why do you recommend others volunteer?

People often say that the first rule in politics is showing up, and volunteering on your local EDA or election campaign is precisely where that begins! It’s a great way to not only gain valuable political experience but make some life long friends and memories.

4. How has COVID impacted the volunteering experience?

COVID has drastically changed the volunteering experience, although in many ways, for the better. It is now easier than ever to a) get involved safely, b) get connected remotely, c) build your network remotely, and d) help out on campaigns across the country!

Daniel Milner volunteered for the NDP

1. How did you get connected to CJPAC?

I started my connection with CJPAC by going to the Fellowship Conference and volunteering at the Vancouver office. After the Fellowship,  I volunteered on federal NDP and Liberal campaigns.

2. What’s your funniest experience volunteering?

Accidentally letting a dog loose after I opened a front gate!

3. Why do you recommend others volunteer?

Knocking on doors is a great way to understand your neighbours and what issues are important to them. Democracy is not a spectator sport! There’s more to politics than dropping your vote in the ballot box! Volunteering gives you a first-hand look at how politics works.

4. How has COVID impacted the volunteering experience?

Covid has been tough on volunteers! It’s hard to engage with people when standing too close can be an illness vector. But where there’s a will, there’s a way. And I have every confidence that campaigns are using phone banks and virtual events to connect volunteers with voters.

 Jacob Lokash volunteering for the Green Party of Canada

1. How did you get connected to CJPAC?

Through the Generation Program in high school. It offered me my first taste of electoral politics, and it inspired me to study political science in university. I have since participated in the Fellowship Program, where I became interested in pursuing a future career in public policy.

2. What’s your funniest experience volunteering?

Nothing specific comes to mind, but political campaigns certainly produce many entertaining moments. From joking around with people in the office to having slightly awkward conversations while canvassing, there is never a dull moment on the campaign trail.

3. Why do you recommend others volunteer?

We have the power to effect positive change at the municipal, provincial, and federal levels of our government. Volunteering for a political campaign has truly inspired me and brought great meaning to my life. I’d recommend this experience to anyone, no matter their political affiliation.

4. How has COVID impacted the volunteering experience?

While the pandemic has mostly prevented me from working in person, the virtual nature of volunteering during COVID has enabled me to work for a campaign on the other side of the country. Putting COVID restrictions aside, I am just happy to be an integral part of a campaign in the midst of an election.