Ellected

Sarah Elder-Chamanara

Ellected is a multi-partisan political podcast for women in and around Canadian politics hosted by Sarah Elder-Chamanara, the founder and creative director of the political and feminist brand Madame Premier.

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Premier Caroline Cochrane - Ellected Ep. 50
4d ago
Premier Caroline Cochrane - Ellected Ep. 50
50 episodes of Ellected! And what an episode to share to mark the milestone - a conversation with the Premier of the North West Territories Caroline Cochrane. In this episode of Ellected, Premier Cochrane shares some very personal stories of her youth including be homeless as a teenager and young mother with a grade nine education. Premier Cochrane is very deliberate and intentional in her actions and her advocacy to see more people, more women, more Indigenous people, more improvised people in politics because, as you hear often on Ellected, it matters who is at the decision making tables because they will bring all of their experiences with them and that means better decision making. This episode left me feeling inspired, challenged and optimistic and I hope it does the same for you.More about Premier Caroline Cochrane:Caroline Cochrane was re-elected to the 19th Northwest Territories Legislative Assembly representing the constituency of Range Lake. Ms. Cochrane was first elected to the 18th Northwest Territories Legislative Assembly in 2015. During the 18th Assembly, Ms. Cochrane was also elected as a Member of Cabinet and held the positions of Minister Responsible for the Northwest Territories Housing Corporation, Minister of Public Works and Services, Minister Responsible for Addressing Homelessness, and  Minister Responsible for the Status of Women.  After a Cabinet shuffle on April 4, 2018, Ms. Cochrane was appointed as the Minister of Education, Culture and Employment, and retained the portfolio as Minister Responsible for the Status of Women. Ms. Cochrane was also a member of the Special Committee to Increase the Representation of Women in the Legislative Assembly.Ms. Cochrane is especially proud of her work, through successful engagement with residents, to restructuring the philosophies, policies, and programs of the Northwest Territories Housing Corporation into attaining overall goals to assist residents to obtain, retain, and maintain their homes. As well, Minister Cochrane led the work to begin the implementation of the first 9-1-1 service in the NWT and continues to lead the Campaign Schools for Women to promote and support women being elected to all levels of government.Ms. Cochrane is of Métis descent, holds a degree in Social Work, and has twenty years’ experience in administration and direct service provision within accredited agencies that support high risk families. She has developed and facilitated workshops on topics related to parenting, child development, a variety of “train the trainer” and facilitation/service provisions. She has also trained community health workers to conduct developmental assessments for children.Ms. Cochrane and her partner, Rory, have a blended family of adult children and one grandchild. They look forward to their future generations enjoying the benefits the north has provided to them both. She is excited to be able to work towards ensuring a healthy, prosperous, sustainable future for the generations to come.More about Sarah Elder-Chamanara:Sarah Elder-Chamanara is the founder, creative director, designer and owner of Madame Premier, a feminist, political and activist clothing company and community based in Calgary, Alberta. With the underlying principle of seeing more women and diversity in politics, elected and in backrooms, at every level, Sarah and Madame Premier create opportunities for conversations about how politics works, why it needs to change, who it needs to change for and how the time for that is now.
Premier Caroline Cochrane - Ellected Ep. 50
4d ago
Premier Caroline Cochrane - Ellected Ep. 50
50 episodes of Ellected! And what an episode to share to mark the milestone - a conversation with the Premier of the North West Territories Caroline Cochrane. In this episode of Ellected, Premier Cochrane shares some very personal stories of her youth including be homeless as a teenager and young mother with a grade nine education. Premier Cochrane is very deliberate and intentional in her actions and her advocacy to see more people, more women, more Indigenous people, more improvised people in politics because, as you hear often on Ellected, it matters who is at the decision making tables because they will bring all of their experiences with them and that means better decision making. This episode left me feeling inspired, challenged and optimistic and I hope it does the same for you.More about Premier Caroline Cochrane:Caroline Cochrane was re-elected to the 19th Northwest Territories Legislative Assembly representing the constituency of Range Lake. Ms. Cochrane was first elected to the 18th Northwest Territories Legislative Assembly in 2015. During the 18th Assembly, Ms. Cochrane was also elected as a Member of Cabinet and held the positions of Minister Responsible for the Northwest Territories Housing Corporation, Minister of Public Works and Services, Minister Responsible for Addressing Homelessness, and  Minister Responsible for the Status of Women.  After a Cabinet shuffle on April 4, 2018, Ms. Cochrane was appointed as the Minister of Education, Culture and Employment, and retained the portfolio as Minister Responsible for the Status of Women. Ms. Cochrane was also a member of the Special Committee to Increase the Representation of Women in the Legislative Assembly.Ms. Cochrane is especially proud of her work, through successful engagement with residents, to restructuring the philosophies, policies, and programs of the Northwest Territories Housing Corporation into attaining overall goals to assist residents to obtain, retain, and maintain their homes. As well, Minister Cochrane led the work to begin the implementation of the first 9-1-1 service in the NWT and continues to lead the Campaign Schools for Women to promote and support women being elected to all levels of government.Ms. Cochrane is of Métis descent, holds a degree in Social Work, and has twenty years’ experience in administration and direct service provision within accredited agencies that support high risk families. She has developed and facilitated workshops on topics related to parenting, child development, a variety of “train the trainer” and facilitation/service provisions. She has also trained community health workers to conduct developmental assessments for children.Ms. Cochrane and her partner, Rory, have a blended family of adult children and one grandchild. They look forward to their future generations enjoying the benefits the north has provided to them both. She is excited to be able to work towards ensuring a healthy, prosperous, sustainable future for the generations to come.More about Sarah Elder-Chamanara:Sarah Elder-Chamanara is the founder, creative director, designer and owner of Madame Premier, a feminist, political and activist clothing company and community based in Calgary, Alberta. With the underlying principle of seeing more women and diversity in politics, elected and in backrooms, at every level, Sarah and Madame Premier create opportunities for conversations about how politics works, why it needs to change, who it needs to change for and how the time for that is now.
Sarah Biggs - Ellected Ep. 49
15-11-2022
Sarah Biggs - Ellected Ep. 49
Episode 49 is unlike any other so far - it's a candid and free-flowing conversation with Sarah Biggs, the co-principal of Olsen and Biggs, a political affairs firm based in Alberta. Sarah and host Sarah Elder-Chamanara focus their conversation on Alberta politics discussing Biggs's  work for former UCP leadership contestant Leela Aheer, what they both find frustrating and disappointing about with Premier Danielle Smith's leadership and more.  They also discuss how they each channel their anger and frustration and leave listeners with a call to action - vote.More about Sarah Biggs:Since 2004, Sarah Biggs has been working on a multitude of campaigns. Party Leaderships, federal, provincial and municipal campaigns. From Parliament Hill to Alberta, Sarah has gained a wealth of knowledge Sarah is campaign manager for UCP leadership candidate Leela Aheer, and recently worked as a key organizer on Jyoti Gondek’s successful mayoral bid.Having extensive experience in lobbying, policy, community engagement, oil and gas industry, Sarah is able to provide services in french and english. Having an accounting background, she also has experience in merger and acquisition, capital projects and campaign finances.Educated at Universite de l’Outaouais and the University of Lethbridge, Sarah brings a fresh and bold approach to campaigns. Viability, sustainability and understanding the electorate/clientele is key to her approach.More about Sarah Elder-Chamanara:Sarah Elder-Chamanara is the founder, creative director, designer and owner of Madame Premier, a feminist, political and activist clothing company and community based in Calgary, Alberta. With the underlying principle of seeing more women and diversity in politics, elected and in backrooms, at every level, Sarah and Madame Premier create opportunities for conversations about how politics works, why it needs to change, who it needs to change for and how the time for that is now.
Michelle Mungall - Ep. 48
26-10-2022
Michelle Mungall - Ep. 48
In episode 48 of Ellected you get to hear a conversation that wouldn't have happened in 2009. That's the year BC NDP MLA Michelle Mungall was first elected to the BC Legislature in opposition and that was also almost two years into my time as a staffer for the then BC Liberal government. We played on different political teams but now we are talking about Michelle's time in opposition and government, about her being the first woman and person to ever bring their child on to the floor of the BC Legislature and the book she's now in the midst of writing that has the working title of 'Minister Mom.'More about Michelle Mungall:In 2002, Michelle was the youngest person ever elected to Nelson city council, and seven years later, at age 31, Michelle became the first woman elected as MLA in Nelson-Creston for the BC NDP in 2009 and was re-electedin 2013 and 2017.Michelle served as the Official Opposition Opposition spokesperson for social development, Caucus Deputy House Leader, Minister of Jobs, Economic Development and Competitiveness and Minister for Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources. Michelle now works in the private sector and is working on her first book. She and her family live in Nelson, BC.More about Sarah Elder-Chamanara:Sarah Elder-Chamanara is the founder, creative director, designer and owner of Madame Premier, a feminist, political and activist clothing company and community based in Calgary, Alberta. With the underlying principle of seeing more women and diversity in politics, elected and in backrooms, at every level, Sarah and Madame Premier create opportunities for conversations about how politics works, why it needs to change, who it needs to change for and how the time for that is now.
Dr. Jane Vermuelen - Ellected Ep. 47
11-10-2022
Dr. Jane Vermuelen - Ellected Ep. 47
Episode 47 is a conversation with former councillor for the Township of Esquimalt, Dr. Jane Vermeulen.More about Dr. Jane Vermeulen:Dr Jane Vermeulen is a veterinarian, former Councillor for the Township of Esquimalt (2018-2022), military spouse, mother and founder of Vets for Pets- Victoria. Jane has been involved in politics for over 20 years, starting as a "door knocker" for a federal candidate. She has worked on campaigns at the municipal, provincial and federal levels. She has also been active on her local Electoral District Associations and National Policy Committee.  Jane was the primary organizer for Women's Campaign School (2015, 2016) with the Canadian Women's Voters Congress and has seen several of the graduates successfully campaign to all levels of elected government, including leading a provincial party. In July 2022, Jane moved to South Carolina with her family to advance her career as a veterinarian and is now the Medical Director for the South Caroline Veterinary Specialists & Emergency Care.More about Sarah Elder-Chamanara:Sarah Elder-Chamanara is the founder, creative director, designer and owner of Madame Premier, a feminist, political and activist clothing company and community based in Calgary, Alberta. With the underlying principle of seeing more women and diversity in politics, elected and in backrooms, at every level, Sarah and Madame Premier create opportunities for conversations about how politics works, why it needs to change, who it needs to change for and how the time for that is now.
Tara Sloane - Ellected Ep. 46
07-10-2022
Tara Sloane - Ellected Ep. 46
The ongoing Hockey Canada scandal, the most important sports organization in the nation, using player dues to pay individuals who have made sexual assault allegations of players has completely disrupted the status of hockey in Canada and for very good reason. Hockey culture is problematic and for a lot of reasons. In this episode Tara Sloane, the former co-host of Hometown Hockey, and I discuss the scandal and how the organization has responded. More about Tara Sloane:Growing up a hockey fan, Tara Slone first professionally pursued her passion for music, becoming the lead singer of the Juno-nominated rock group Joydrop, and as a finalist on the hit CBS series Rockstar: INXS. Tara also has a lengthy acting resume, having appeared in dozens of films and television shows.When looking for the next step in her career, Tara jumped at the opportunity to work at a small TV station in Toronto, and it became clear that moving from interviewee to interviewer gave Slone a unique perspective with her interview subjects. Tara’s next stop was as the host of Breakfast Television Calgary, where she spent five years. It was there that was given the opportunity to work in the world of sports, acting as a regular contributor to Sportsnet, covering the WHL and CIS hockey, curling, soccer, and bobsleigh.Slone currently co-hosts the groundbreaking NHL broadcast Rogers Hometown Hockey alongside Ron MacLean, and helms the weekly Sportsnet series Top of [HER] Game, focussing on stories of empowered women in the world of sports. Tara is also a 2020 Canadian Screen Award nominee for her work on the CityTV music program Budweiser Stage at Home.More about Sarah Elder-Chamanara:Sarah Elder-Chamanara is the founder, creative director, designer and owner of Madame Premier, a feminist, political and activist clothing company and community based in Calgary, Alberta. With the underlying principle of seeing more women and diversity in politics, elected and in backrooms, at every level, Sarah and Madame Premier create opportunities for conversations about how politics works, why it needs to change, who it needs to change for and how the time for that is now.
Tiffany Balducci - Ellected Ep. 45
03-10-2022
Tiffany Balducci - Ellected Ep. 45
Episode 45 of Ellected is a conversation with one my favourite union activists, Tiffany Balducci. Tiffany is an extremely dedicated union member and leader in Ontario and the backstory of how she became so involved, a leader, at such a young age is both anger inducing but also inspiring. More about Tiffany Balducci:Originally from the United States, Tiffany Balducci has been involved in union activism at some capacity since she was a steward at a public library system in Flint, Michigan at fourteen years old. Tiffany is the 2nd Vice President of CUPE Ontario and President of Durham Northumberland CUPE Council.  Tiffany loves advocating for strong public services, feminist grassroots and community organizing, fair working conditions and wages, human rights and social and climate justice. She is an organizer with Green Jobs Oshawa and cohost of The CUPE Cast podcast on the labour movement. Tiffany is a new mom, enjoying parental leave alongside these volunteer roles. More about Sarah Elder-Chamanara:Sarah Elder-Chamanara is the founder, creative director, designer and owner of Madame Premier, a feminist, political and activist clothing company and community based in Calgary, Alberta. With the underlying principle of seeing more women and diversity in politics, elected and in backrooms, at every level, Sarah and Madame Premier create opportunities for conversations about how politics works, why it needs to change, who it needs to change for and how the time for that is now.
Alberta Senator Karen Sorensen - Ellected Ep. 43
23-09-2022
Alberta Senator Karen Sorensen - Ellected Ep. 43
"Hello, please hold for the Prime Minister." Can you imagine getting that call because it would be one to remember forever. Someone who will remember it forever is Karen Sorensen, who had it happen a year ago when Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called and told her she would be Alberta's newest senator. Hear more about Senator Sorensen's journey to the senate, from the mountains of Banff to Canada's chamber of sober second thought in episode 43 of Ellected with host Sarah Elder-Chamanara of Madame Premier.More about Senator Karen Sorensen:Karen Sorensen is an accomplished community leader with experience working with all orders of government and the private sector.Prior to her appointment, Ms. Sorensen was serving her third term as Mayor of Banff. She previously served as a municipal councillor for six years and as a school board trustee for four years. After a successful 25 year career in the hotel industry in Ontario, British Columbia, and Alberta, she founded Catalyst Enterprises Consulting in 2000, providing customer service and sales training in the hospitality industry, and sharing her expertise as a keynote speaker.At the municipal level, Ms. Sorensen served as Chair of the Town of Banff’s Governance and Finance Committee and on the Banff Lake Louise Tourism Board. She also contributed to the town’s Environmental Master Plan, Community Plan and participated in the creation of the Bow Valley Regional Transit Services Commission. In addition, she supported her community through the Alberta flood of 2013, the wildfires across the province in 2017, and the global COVID-19 pandemic. Ms. Sorensen also co-chaired the Bow Valley Human-Wildlife Coexistence Round Table and served on the Regional Transit Commission, Bow Valley Regional Housing, Banff’s Assessment Review Board, Banff’s Development Appeal Board and the Banff Heritage Corporation.In 2005, Ms. Sorensen was named Alberta Centennial Ambassador. She is the recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal and YWCA Banff 2019 Woman of Distinction Award.Ms. Sorensen holds a Bachelor of Arts in Geography from the University of Guelph.More about Sarah Elder-Chamanara:Sarah Elder-Chamanara is the founder, creative director, designer and owner of Madame Premier, a feminist, political and activist clothing company and community based in Calgary, Alberta. With the underlying principle of seeing more women and diversity in politics, elected and in backrooms, at every level, Sarah and Madame Premier create opportunities for conversations about how politics works, why it needs to change, who it needs to change for and how the time for that is now.
Green Party of Canada Leadership Candidate Sarah Gabrielle Baron - Ellected Ep.41
15-09-2022
Green Party of Canada Leadership Candidate Sarah Gabrielle Baron - Ellected Ep.41
The Green Party of Canada is in the midst of a leadership race to replace its former leader Annamie Paul, the first Black and Jewish woman to ever lead a political party in Canada, with two individuals and two co-candidates in the race (even this is complicated). One of those individuals is Sarah Gabrielle Baron and she joins Ellected's host Sarah Elder-Chamanara in a very upfront conversation about some of the issues the federal Green's are dealing with right now and her thoughts and ideas on how to move forward.More about Sarah Gabrielle Baron:Sarah Gabrielle Baron (SGB) is a teacher, business woman, and writer from Manitoulin Island, Ontario. She uses the pronouns she/her.Sarah holds a B.A. in Politics and Indigenous Studies from Trent University, and her B.Ed. was attained through the Indigenous Teacher’s Education Program at Kenjgewin Teg and Queen’s University. She teaches all grades, from Kindergarten to adult, with specialization in Indigenous Studies, co-op education and Special Education.As a creative writer, Sarah focuses on poetry, short stories and screenplays. Themes of feminism and environmentalism run throughout her work. As a small business owner, Sarah ran a small resort on Manitoulin Island for twenty years, and today she assists other small business owners and individuals with taxes and organization.Sarah has spent the past two years learning about the nuclear power industry in Canada and globally. Sarah exposes truths for Canadians in her podcast, RADIOACTIVE on Anchor.fm, where she interviews regular Canadians living in neighborhoods with radioactive legacies.Sarah’s political activities have always been housed within the Green Party of Canada family. She ran in 2006, started an EDA that year, and continues to act as Official Agent for federal Green candidates and Financial Agent for provincial Green candidates.Sarah advocates for the arts, for Indigenous-led self-government evolution, for protection of minority rights, and for societal development that honours the realities of climate change that future generations will endure.More about Sarah Elder-Chamanara:Sarah Elder-Chamanara is the founder, creative director, designer and owner of Madame Premier, a feminist, political and activist clothing company and community based in Calgary, Alberta. With the underlying principle of seeing more women and diversity in politics, elected and in backrooms, at every level, Sarah and Madame Premier create opportunities for conversations about how politics works, why it needs to change, who it needs to change for and how the time for that is now.
MLA Lisa Naylor - Ellected Ep. 40
15-09-2022
MLA Lisa Naylor - Ellected Ep. 40
Episode 40 of Ellected features Lisa Naylor, Manitoba NDP MLA for the downtown Winnipeg riding of Wolseley. More about Lisa Naylor:Lisa has represented the people of Wolseley as the Winnipeg School Division (WSD) Ward 4 Trustee since 2014, serving as vice-chair and chair of the Finance and Personnel Committee and on the Executive of the Manitoba School Boards Association.Lisa is known for being accessible and accountable to her community and as a tireless defender of comprehensive public school funding.Lisa is a feminist activist who has worked in front-line social services and community health organizations for thirty years. She started her career as a street outreach worker in Toronto and worked as a counsellor with sexually exploited youth before moving to Winnipeg to work as a counsellor and health educator at Women’s Health Clinic. Lisa has also been an active volunteer in the community and has served as a director on the board of the University of Winnipeg Student Association Day Care and Klinic Community Health Centre.Lisa is a passionate advocate who has made countless contributions to policy and public awareness on issues that impact youth mental health and well-being. Lisa has long been an activist for reproductive health, LGBTQ2S* rights, and other social justice issues. As a trustee, Lisa introduced WSD's groundbreaking policy for the protection and inclusion of trans, queer, Two-Spirit, and non-binary students and staff.Lisa is committed to a just and equitable society where everyone is treated with compassion and has access to opportunities. Her advocacy efforts and political service are a natural extension of her mental health work. She knows that addressing poverty, colonialism, racism, and other inequities is the path to a healthy, thriving community. Well-being for all includes addressing the climate crisis with the urgency it demands to find sustainable solutions that develop green technologies and green jobs.Lisa has lived with her family in Wolseley for twenty years.More about Sarah Elder-Chamanara:Sarah Elder-Chamanara is the founder, creative director, designer and owner of Madame Premier, a feminist, political and activist clothing company and community based in Calgary, Alberta. With the underlying principle of seeing more women and diversity in politics, elected and in backrooms, at every level, Sarah and Madame Premier create opportunities for conversations about how politics works, why it needs to change, who it needs to change for and how the time for that is now.
Kim Wright - Ellected Ep. 39
07-09-2022
Kim Wright - Ellected Ep. 39
In Episode 39 of Ellected you are introduced to Kim Wright of Wright Strategies. Kim is a master of all things municipal politics in Ontario and she chat's with Ellected's host, Sarah Elder-Chamanara, about the difference of getting things done versus being partisan which, spoiler alert, you can get more done with people who aren't on your side because it leads to collaboration. Kim and Sarah also talk about the pace of municipal politics, how almost everything is municipal politics and round it all Kim's advice on how to be the one media calls on for political commentary and finally some thoughts on the federal Conservative leadership race.More about Kim Wright:Since 2005, Kim Wright has provided senior public affairs counsel to national and international clients across multiple industries. Kim has engaged in public affairs campaigns across Canada at all three orders of government. Leveraging her deep knowledge of politics and public affairs, she founded Wright Strategies in 2018.Kim has built and executed successful public affairs engagements on a wide range of issues including public health, infrastructure, technology, economic development, transportation, labour relations, and licensing frameworks. She has successfully managed various aspects of development files, changes to municipal by-laws and policies, and has overseen procurement response programs.Kim is best known as a municipal affairs expert; however, her expertise is not limited to one level of government and frequently navigates complex interjurisdictional files. She has been involved in politics at the federal, provincial, and municipal levels since 1990. Throughout her career, she has developed a well respected, pan-partisan approach to government relations that allows her and her clients to achieve a trusted advisor status.Kim is a frequent media commentator on political issues. She regularly appears on the CBC, TVO, CityNews, CP24, Global News, Zoomer Radio, SiriusXM, Toronto Star, and CPAC.More about Sarah Elder-Chamanara:Sarah Elder-Chamanara is the founder, creative director, designer and owner of Madame Premier, a feminist, political and activist clothing company and community based in Calgary, Alberta. With the underlying principle of seeing more women and diversity in politics, elected and in backrooms, at every level, Sarah and Madame Premier create opportunities for conversations about how politics works, why it needs to change, who it needs to change for and how the time for that is now.
Minister Carla Qualtrough - Ellected Ep. 37
25-08-2022
Minister Carla Qualtrough - Ellected Ep. 37
Has anyone ever told you are about to lose a campaign but that it's ok because they think you should run for something else, something even bigger? That's what happened to Carla Qualtrough, Member of Parliament for Delta and Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion in the lead up to the 2015 federal election. Hear from Minister Carla Qualtrough about how she got into politics, her work in her portfolio, even about some of the changes being made in the renovation to Centre Block and the House of Commons in Ottawa more accessible and how barriers and biases in and out of politics are harmful to people with disabilities and why it has to change.More about Minister Carla Qualtrough:The Honourable Carla Qualtrough was first elected as the Member of Parliament for Delta in 2015. She has served as Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion since 2019. Minister Qualtrough has previously served as Minister of Accessibility, Minister of Public Services and Procurement, and Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities.A successful lawyer, dedicated volunteer, and Paralympic swimmer, Minister Qualtrough is a strong advocate for Delta, with a commitment to addressing inequality and championing diversity.Committed to equity and inclusion, Minister Qualtrough has practised human rights law at the federal and provincial levels. She chaired the Minister’s Council on Employment and Accessibility in British Columbia, and was an adjudicator with the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Tribunal. Minister Qualtrough has been visually impaired since birth.Passionate about the power of sport and physical activity to change lives, Minister Qualtrough has volunteered locally, nationally, and internationally, including with the International Paralympic Committee and for the Toronto 2015 Pan and Parapan American Games. She has been President of the Canadian Paralympic Committee and Chair of the Sport Dispute Resolution Centre of Canada. She was also on the Board of the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport, and was Vice-Chair of the Delta Gymnastics Society.As an athlete, Minister Qualtrough won three Paralympic and four World Championship medals.Minister Qualtrough has degrees in political science from the University of Ottawa and in law from the University of Victoria. Among many awards for her work, she has been named one of Canada’s Most Influential Women in Sport numerous times, and received a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012.More about Sarah Elder-Chamanara:Sarah Elder-Chamanara is the founder, creative director, designer and owner of Madame Premier, a feminist, political and activist clothing company and community based in Calgary, Alberta. With the underlying principle of seeing more women and diversity in politics, elected and in backrooms, at every level, Sarah and Madame Premier create opportunities for conversations about how politics works, why it needs to change, who it needs to change for and how the time for that is now.
Zoe Knowles - Ellected Ep. 36
12-08-2022
Zoe Knowles - Ellected Ep. 36
Would you say yes immediately if asked to become the communications advisor to the minister of health and deputy premier during a global pandemic? Zoe Knowles did exactly that in 2020 working for former Ontario Progressive Conservative Minister of Health Christine Elliott.In epsiode 36 of Ellected Zoe shares her entry into politics, what a day in the life of a communications advisor is like, some behind the scenes stories of rolling out Covid vaccines and initiatives and her transition to the housing ministry and so much more.More about Zoe Knowles:Zoe has always had a love of politics - with a renowned political reporter as her mother - which brought her to study Political Science and Marketing at McGill University. After graduating with distinction in 2016, she cut her teeth working in the fast-paced world of advertising, with clients including Hershey, Budweiser, and Merck Pharmaceuticals, all while volunteering on political campaigns on the side. She decided to combine her love of communications and politics by making the shift into public affairs at Sussex Strategy Group, where she specialized in housing and health care. During the COVID-19 pandemic, she was recruited to serve as Christine Elliott's Senior Communications Advisor, then Deputy Premier and Minister of Health, where she managed critical files including the vaccine rollout, Ontario Health Teams, and digital health transformation. Within a year, Zoe was promoted to Director of Communications to Steve Clark, Ontario's Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing. Over the past year in this role, she is proudest of her leadership in shifting the mainstream media narrative to recognize that the key to fixing the housing crisis is building more housing of all kinds. More about Sarah Elder-Chamanara:Sarah Elder-Chamanara is the founder, creative director, designer and owner of Madame Premier, a feminist, political and activist clothing company and community based in Calgary, Alberta. With the underlying principle of seeing more women and diversity in politics, elected and in backrooms, at every level, Sarah and Madame Premier create opportunities for conversations about how politics works, why it needs to change, who it needs to change for and how the time for that is now.
Ayesha Chughtai - Ellected Ep. 35
09-08-2022
Ayesha Chughtai - Ellected Ep. 35
Meet Ayesha Chughtai in episode 35 of Ellected. Ayesha and host Sarah Elder-Chamanara cover a lot of ground going all the way to when they first met during the federal election in 2015 when Ayesha was a regional organizer for the Liberal Party of Canada and Sarah was volunteering on her first campaign after stepping away from politics as a staffer in 2012. Ayesha and Sarah talk politics, Ayesha's move from working as a regional organizer in Alberta to working in Ottawa, the work-life balance or lack thereof in the life of a staffer and the absolute need and importance of having radicalized people in politics and so much more. More about Ayesha Chughtai:Ayesha Chughtai most recently served as in Prime Minister of Canada's Office as regional adviser for the Prairies and North and now works as the manager, public policy (government lead) with Deloitte's The Future of Canada Centre. The Centre facilitates an exploration of new ideas, viewpoints, and insights about our country’s most important national issues, with the aim of helping propel Canada into a new age of growth and competitiveness.More about Sarah Elder-Chamanara:Sarah Elder-Chamanara is the founder, creative director, designer and owner of Madame Premier, a feminist, political and activist clothing company and community based in Calgary, Alberta. With the underlying principle of seeing more women and diversity in politics, elected and in backrooms, at every level, Sarah and Madame Premier create opportunities for conversations about how politics works, why it needs to change, who it needs to change for and how the time for that is now.
Crystal Reynolds - Ellected Ep. 34
05-08-2022
Crystal Reynolds - Ellected Ep. 34
Episode 34 is all about branding and design for your campaign with Crystal Reynolds, the woman behind the award-winning design for Calgary's new mayor, Jyoti Gondek. Crystal and Sarah delve into what goes into designing a political campaign logo, the three things you have to have for your campaign if budget is a factor and you can't afford to hire someone to help you, what goes into a good design and so much more. If you are planning on running, running your own campaign or love a good campaign sign, this is the episode for you!More about Crystal Reynolds:Collaboration · Respect · ValueCrystal is a proud GEN X born and raised Calgarian. Her schooling was local up to graduating with a Bachelor Kinesiology degree from the University of Calgary. Crystal’s career began on campus in marketing and eventually she breached the university bubble of influence into the private sector and eventually choosing to freelance her design skills while raising two daughters.Crystal's 25 years of experience in visual design has provided her experience in all levels of business development that include marketing, branding, and design needs. Her work with the Jyoti Gondek for Mayor campaign leveled up her experience not just within the political world, but also as a leader as she oversaw the communications.Her design chops flex best when working on brand design, both digital and print marketing and advertising, and her true love puzzling together large publications.  Crystal has grown her network nationally and internationally, recognized by Print Magazine for her magnetic qualities and recently was part in winning two awards at the 2021 Reed Design Awards for her work on the Jyoti Gondek for Mayor Campaign in Calgary. After years of working with multiple clients, Crystal has learned that the challenge for a designer is to collaborate with a client’s vision while also ensuring the brand vision is respected with professional design standards.CRYSTALINK.CAMore about Sarah Elder-Chamanara:Sarah Elder-Chamanara is the founder, creative director, designer and owner of Madame Premier, a feminist, political and activist clothing company and community based in Calgary, Alberta. With the underlying principle of seeing more women and diversity in politics, elected and in backrooms, at every level, Sarah and Madame Premier create opportunities for conversations about how politics works, why it needs to change, who it needs to change for and how the time for that is now.
Stephanie Mitton - Ellected Ep. 33
02-08-2022
Stephanie Mitton - Ellected Ep. 33
Episode 33 of Ellected features Stephanie Mitton, principal and founder of Beacon North Strategies and principal and co-founder of WOMENdontDOthat, a podcast and blog that inspires women to do whatever it is they think they can’t do. Host Sarah Elder-Chamanara digs into Stephanie's experiences running for a contested nomination for the Conservative Party of Canada in 2018 in the federal riding of Leeds-Grenville-Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes, her WOMENdontDOthat podcast and their mutual desire to see Canada's second female prime minister.More about Stephanie Mitton:Stephanie Mitton is the Principal and Founder of Beacon North Strategies, a boutique public affairs firm. She is also the Principal and Co-Founder of WOMENdontDOthat, a podcast and blog that inspires women to do whatever it is they think they can’t do.Most recently Stephanie’s prior roles include Managing Director of the not-for-profit Children First Canada, and Assistant-Director of Government Relations at Universities Canada.Stephanie has a Master’s Degree in International Public Policy from Wilfrid Laurier University, and a Bachelor of Public Affairs and Policy Management from Carleton University.More about Sarah Elder-Chamanara:Sarah Elder-Chamanara is the founder, creative director, designer and owner of Madame Premier, a feminist, political and activist clothing company and community based in Calgary, Alberta. With the underlying principle of seeing more women and diversity in politics, elected and in backrooms, at every level, Sarah and Madame Premier create opportunities for conversations about how politics works, why it needs to change, who it needs to change for and how the time for that is now.
MLA Rakhi Pancholi - Ellected Ep. 32
26-07-2022
MLA Rakhi Pancholi - Ellected Ep. 32
Episode 32 of Ellected features Alberta NDP MLA Rakhi Pancholi in conversation with Ellected's host Sarah Elder-Chamanara on Rakhi's journey into politics, her interest and focus on governance over the politics of politics and who and how she was asked to run. Rakhi and Sarah discuss what she's hearing at the doors versus what is said on social media, leaders making tough decisions rather than easy ones, what stories Rakhi and the Alberta NDP would tell in contrast to those told over the last three years by the UCP, the necessity and importance of diverse candidate recruitment and more.More about Rakhi Pancholi:Rakhi Pancholi knows first-hand what matters most to the citizens of Edmonton-Whitemud. As someone who grew up in South Edmonton, and is now raising her own family there, Rakhi is proud to represent the people and families of Edmonton-Whitemud.Rakhi serves as the Official Opposition Critic for Children’s Services and is a member of the Public Accounts Committee and Standing Committee for Families & Communities.Rakhi has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Alberta in political science and a law degree from the University of Toronto. She has lived, volunteered and worked abroad in England and South Africa.Rakhi has been deeply involved in the Alberta education system throughout her career. As a lawyer, she has experience working in both private practice and as a member of the public service. She has practiced in the areas of education law, labour & employment law, and privacy law with the Alberta School Boards Association and as a senior legislative consultant for Alberta Education. As an MLA, she continues to advocate for Alberta children and families to ensure a brighter future for us all.In the past, Rakhi has volunteered with organizations in Edmonton, including ParityYEG, the Humane Animal Rescue Team, the National Education Program Committee, and the Women’s Legal Education & Action Fund. She has also volunteered her services as a lawyer with Edmonton Community Legal Centre, providing legal advice to low-income clients.Rakhi lives in South Edmonton with her husband, two school-aged children and furry rescue dog.More about Sarah Elder-Chamanara:Sarah Elder-Chamanara is the founder, creative director, designer and owner of Madame Premier, a feminist, political and activist clothing company and community based in Calgary, Alberta. With the underlying principle of seeing more women and diversity in politics, elected and in backrooms, at every level, Sarah and Madame Premier create opportunities for conversations about how politics works, why it needs to change, who it needs to change for and how the time for that is now.
Amanda Kingsley Malo - Ellected Ep. 31
20-07-2022
Amanda Kingsley Malo - Ellected Ep. 31
Episode 31 features Amanda Kingsley Malo, the founder of PoliticsNOW, an organization she founded that's dedicated to electing women to municipal councils across Northern Ontario. Sarah and Amanda talk about how Amanda got involved in politics, how and why she started PoliticsNOW, why they both want to see Canada's next female prime minister and so much more.More about Amanda Kinsley Malo:Amanda is a teacher, volunteer and an award-winning community activist, whose work and passion intersect at the forefront of K-12 education, public policy and gender equality. She is the founder of PoliticsNOW, an organization dedicated to electing women to municipal councils across Northern Ontario. She is a leading expert on women in politics in Canada and has appeared as a contributor with CBC, Flare Magazine, CTV, Global News and local news organizations across the country. She is currently undertaking a Master of Education in Educational Leadership and Policy at OISE.More about Sarah Elder-Chamanara:Sarah Elder-Chamanara is the founder, creative director, designer and owner of Madame Premier, a feminist, political and activist clothing company and community based in Calgary, Alberta. With the underlying principle of seeing more women and diversity in politics, elected and in backrooms, at every level, Sarah and Madame Premier create opportunities for conversations about how politics works, why it needs to change, who it needs to change for and how the time for that is now.