AJP Victoria Committee of Management Elections 2015

The AJP Victoria Committee of Management will be holding its elections in the month.

Below is a statement from the Returning Officer (Justine Curatolo) about the upcoming AJP Victoria Committee election.

BALLOT PERIOD

Voting will open on 14th June at 9 am and close on 4th July 2.30 pm. 

ELIGIBILITY TO VOTE

All financial members of the Animal Justice Party residing in Victoria are eligible to vote. (Membership roll as of 11th May 2015).

Eligible voters will receive an email on the 14th June with the link to OpaVote. OpaVote is a secure online voting system, accessible from all smart phones, ipads and other computer devices.

CANDIDATES

All candidate profiles are available in the link below.

There will also be a Q & A session with all candidates at the AJP National Conference in Abbotsford, 4th July at 1.30 pm.

The Q&A session will be available to all free of charge, but if you would like to attend the full conference, tickets can be purchased here.

Facilities to vote can be provided at the Conference on the 4th of July if necessary. 

FURTHER INFORMATION

If you require further information or have any questions, please contact the Returning Officer, Justine Curatolo on justine.curatolo.ajp@gmail.com

The positions available in this year's election are:

Convenor

1 Position, 1 Candidate.


Bruce Poon (Elected Unopposed)

If elected my direction for the coming year includes:

- Arranging effective preparation for the (likely) 2016 federal and local elections. We seek to have Victorian reps elected.

- Improving our finances to more effectively compete in these elections.

- Greater broadening and professionalism of our management team and systems, in order to oversee an increasingly wide range of activities.

- Winning results for a range of animal campaigns, their own reward, plus further demonstrating to the public the positive impact of a party such as ours.

- Improved marketing and media linkage, in order to elevate the overall exposure of the party. I believe I can continue to make a significant contribution to the party as Convenor. I am always seeking to foster new talent within the party, and encourage and assist other capable people to take up the various volunteer roles available.

I am happy to contribute to the Party in whichever role I occupy and will continue to contribute to the best of my ability within our party to fight for better lives for animals.

 

Treasurer

1 Position, 1 Candidate.


Rosemary Lavin (Elected Unopposed)

All my life I have felt inadequate in protecting animals. Becoming a vegetarian at the age of 10 was the best I could do at the time. I was a member of Greenpeace and SAAAPEA (South African Association Against Painful Experiments on Animals) for many years. The stories from these newsletters haunt me.

My son and I immigrated to Australia in 2007 and in 2009 I became a vegan shortly after joining Animals Australia. In 2012 we became citizens and a few months later I met Bruce Poon and joined the Animal Justice Party on the spot. Being passionate about helping animals in any way is my focus. I represented the AJP in the seat of Batman during the 2013 Federal election and stood in the Upper House seat of the Eastern Metro area in the 2014 state election. I am currently running two campaigns: a ban on Jumps Racing and the Grey Headed flying fox campaign to regulate backyard fruit tree netting. I am also the Treasurer for AJP Vic.

Whether or not I am elected to the committee, I will always do whatever I can for the party and for animals.

Party Secretary

1 Position, 3 Candidates.

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Magda Wozny

I, Magda Wozny, am applying for the position of Secretary, and failing that, an ordinary member.  I currently hold the position of Secretary, and am also on the National Committee.

I have been a member since the beginning of 2013 although I was following the Party’s progress before that. I got involved from the moment I became a member and have not looked back since. I became secretary when we started to form the Party into a more complex and cohesive group in Victoria, involved in managing many aspects of the Party such as graphic design/marketing/merchandise/finances and subsequently ran both the first Federal and first State election in Victoria as Election Campaign Manager. Assisting in getting the Party off the ground took up all my spare time, and I had to put aside my other volunteering love – Wildlife Rescue – as I believe that having a political voice in Parliament for animals is extremely important.

I manage Social Media and am currently working on the Policy for Social media for all AJP states. In my other life I work full time for the Country Fire Authority and sing in a not-for-profit band.


Brenton Edgecombe

I have been a self-employed entertainer and musician since 1997 and have learned skills valuable to the expansive role of Vic State Secretary (as described in ROLES and RESPONSIBILITIES) including:

• Clear and effective communication

• Decision making

• Logistic organisation

• Using mailing lists and editing websites

• Correspondence with people from all walks of life

• Working closely with designers, video editors & photographers

As the current AJP National Secretary I am familiar with our constitution and well positioned to streamline our state’s compliance requirements. I have had the pleasure of running the AJP Eastern Volunteers group and take great joy in discovering and utilising the strengths of my fellow AJP members. We need every drop of talent and inspiration within our reach to help us shift the axis ofsociety away from the norm of animal oppression.

If elected as Secretary I would enjoy the assistance of my wife and business partner Jacqui to take on the burden of this workload.

Further info:

• 3 years vegan

• Highly committed to the ideal of animal liberation

• Creator of the semi-viral “Vegan Smythe” character

• Degree in Pharmacy

• Licentiate Diploma in Violin

• Candidate in Vic elections

• Committee member of Vegetarian Victoria


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Chris Kateifides

I, Chris Kateifides would like to stand for both the secretary and ordinary committee member positions on the AJP Victorian Committee.

I’ve had a passion for animals all my life being brought up vegetarian and being actively involved in animal advocacy over the past 12 months since going vegan. I’ve been an AJP member since mid-2014 and worked together with Nyree on the Southern Metro region campaign for the 2014 Victorian election and I continue to play an active part in taking responsibility for the Goldstein area.

Although being one of the younger active members I have over ten years’ experience in my career working for a large number of different companies as an analyst and manager. I bring valuable skills and experience in the areas of planning, organizing/coordinating and analysis.

I have been an active participant in the members meeting and I want to ensure that every time a person raises their hand with a passionate idea on how they can contribute, we find a way to make that idea work. It’s with the drive and enthusiasm of the members that we can make this party grow and increasingly have a strong impact on how animals are treated.

Ordinary Committee Member

 

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Lachlan MacGill

I have been an animal welfare supporter for the past 10 years and an active volunteer since 2007. My experience began as a volunteer and committee member for Animals Asia where I later became president of the Victorian volunteers group. Since then, I have been involved with many animal welfare groups including forming and being inaugural president of my own fundraising group.

My experience with AJP includes volunteering at market stalls, handing out flyers on election days, developing party documentation, and contributing at regional meetings.

I have been an AJP member since 2011 and have seen the party grow from humble beginnings to a genuine voice that other parties are now listening to. However, animals in this country continue to suffer and be subjected to unnecessary, cruel practices. I believe that AJP will eventually have sufficient representation in parliament to make an enormous difference to the lives of Australian animals. But we need to continue our vigilance and our fight.

I believe my many years of experience in the corporate world coupled with my passion for animals make me a good candidate for the Victorian state committee. I am committed to this party and to all animals.

 

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Vanessa Browne

I would like to nominate for the position of Ordinary Member for the Animal Justice Party Victorian Committee. As Fundraising Manager, I will already be involved in the activities of the party and can bring that knowledge to the workings of the Committee. I am a Management Consultant by trade, and specialise in providing strategic advice and research services to ASX 200 companies. I hope to bring this experience to the Committee in upholding the long-term, strategic goals of the party, as well as utilising my broad business experience in assisting with the everyday activities and decisions required of the Committee. In my business, I am required to make recommendations based on a variety of important factors, whilst ensuring the best possible outcome under the circumstances. I hope to be able to bring this balanced approach to decision-making to the Committee as well.

I am a long-term vegan (20 years) and am passionate about animal protection. I believe change requires a political solution and I would look forward to the opportunity to help grow the Animal Justice Party in Victoria.

 

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Nathan Schram

As a Vegan and passionate animal lover, I’d like to nominate myself to run for the Committee of the Victoria arm of the Animal Justice Party. I’ve been a member and volunteer of the AJP for two years, and currently volunteer for and donate to a number of other animal charities.

I’ve worked in Marketing, Advertising and Sales for nearly three years after graduating university in 2012, where I was studying marketing and finance. I've organised conferences, built websites, travelled the country and lead sales campaigns.

I hope that my youth, skills and enthusiasm can add a great alternative point of view to the committee.

 

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Dr Eleonora Gullone

I am a psychologist and an adjunct Associate Professor at Monash University. My academic career began in 1991. In the mid-90s I began to incorporate research into humananimal interactions into my work culminating in many published articles, chapters, papers and a published book.

I have served as a committee member of Animal Liberation Victoria, founded and chaired a group within the Australian Psychological Society focused on promoting positive human-animal interactions. In 2014 I ran as the AJP candidate for Prahran in the Victorian state election where we achieved 2.3% of the primary vote. In February I took on the role of AJP campaign coordinator to ban greyhound racing.

The expose of live-baiting and the increased media attention on greyhound racing coincided with the NSW state election campaign. I undertook to write over a dozen media releases on greyhound racing issues which directed media attention to the AJP in NSW, giving our NSW campaign increased media exposure. I believe that not interfering with the lives of animals is the most important issue facing the planet. We need to move toward more humane ways of behaving, for our own sake and that of all living beings on this planet.

 

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Brenton Edgecombe

I have been a self-employed entertainer and musician since 1997 and have learned skills valuable to the expansive role of Vic State Secretary (as described in ROLES and RESPONSIBILITIES) including:

  • Clear and effective communication
  • Decision making
  • Logistic organisation
  • Using mailing lists and editing websites
  • Correspondence with people from all walks of life
  • Working closely with designers, video editors & photographers

As the current AJP National Secretary I am familiar with our constitution and well positioned to streamline our state’s compliance requirements. I have had the pleasure of running the AJP Eastern Volunteers group and take great joy in discovering and utilising the strengths of my fellow AJP members. We need every drop of talent and inspiration within our reach to help us shift the axis of society away from the norm of animal oppression.

If elected as Secretary I would enjoy the assistance of my wife and business partner Jacqui to take on the burden of this workload.
Further info:

  • 3 years vegan
  • Highly committed to the ideal of animal liberation
  • Creator of the semi-viral “Vegan Smythe” character
  • Degree in Pharmacy
  • Licentiate Diploma in Violin
  • Candidate in Vic elections
  • Committee member of Vegetarian Victoria

 

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Andy Meddick

I must admit, I did not come to the decision to nominate for the State Committee easily.

I have always been a more “hands on” type of person, and eschewed policy and debate for hard facts backed up with action. Indeed, I greatly enjoyed being a candidate at the State election because it allowed me to get my teeth into the political cut and thrust.

Rightly or wrongly, I have viewed the Committee room as the domain of those who enjoy the formulation of policy, but not the public argument, the “trench warfare” of opposing those I believe to not have the best interests of all at heart.

Recent conversations however, have convinced me that this rough cut-let’s just get on with it perspective may just be of assistance.

I therefore submit my nomination, and I believe my record within the party can speak for itself.

 

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Kristin Bacon

I have spent the past five years volunteering much of my time to various animal rights and vegan outreach groups. This outreach work requires often quite confronting discussions with people and therefore means I must be approachable, respectful and well informed on the facts.

My active involvement with AJP has been for 2 years. In this time I have run countless market stalls to raise awareness of the party and the issues effecting animals. I have also created and coordinated two significant fundraisers and two smaller scale. I am the campaign manager for Melbourne Against Horse-Drawn Carriages, and was the Eastern Region Candidate and RCC in the 2014 state election. 


I am committed to the success of the party and believe my grassroots campaigning experience and passion for achieving an end to the exploitation of all species places me in a good position to help make decisions on behalf of the party. Their best interests are and always will be my priority. I have a long-term vision and believe that will help guide the party to push harder in their policies and campaigns and to lead by example to achieve positive outcomes.
Thank you for considering my application.

 

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Magda Wozny

I, Magda Wozny, am applying for the position of Secretary, and failing that, an ordinary member.  I currently hold the position of Secretary, and am also on the National Committee.

I have been a member since the beginning of 2013 although I was following the Party’s progress before that. I got involved from the moment I became a member and have not looked back since. I became secretary when we started to form the Party into a more complex and cohesive group in Victoria, involved in managing many aspects of the Party such as graphic design/marketing/merchandise/finances and subsequently ran both the first Federal and first State election in Victoria as Election Campaign Manager. Assisting in getting the Party off the ground took up all my spare time, and I had to put aside my other volunteering love – Wildlife Rescue – as I believe that having a political voice in Parliament for animals is extremely important.

I manage Social Media and am currently working on the Policy for Social media for all AJP states.

In my other life I work full time for the Country Fire Authority and sing in a not-for-profit band.

 

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Chris Kateifides

I, Chris Kateifides would like to stand for both the secretary and ordinary committee member positions on the AJP Victorian Committee.

I’ve had a passion for animals all my life being brought up vegetarian and being actively involved in animal advocacy over the past 12 months since going vegan. I’ve been an AJP member since mid-2014 and worked together with Nyree on the Southern Metro region campaign for the 2014 Victorian election and I continue to play an active part in taking responsibility for the Goldstein area.

Although being one of the younger active members I have over ten years’ experience in my career working for a large number of different companies as an analyst and manager. I bring valuable skills and experience in the areas of planning, organizing/coordinating and analysis.

I have been an active participant in the members meeting and I want to ensure that every time a person raises their hand with a passionate idea on how they can contribute, we find a way to make that idea work. It’s with the drive and enthusiasm of the members that we can make this party grow and increasingly have a strong impact on how animals are treated. 

 

 

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