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April Smith of AHA MEDIA was very proud to be invited to speak about social media for social justice activisim with BCGEU members in North Vancouver

November 11, 2009 Leave a comment

April Smith of AHA MEDIA  was very proud to be invited to speak about social media for social justice activisim with BCGEU members at the Holiday Inn in North Vancouver, B.C.

BCGEU – BC Government and Service Employees Union http://www.bcgeu.ca

BCGEU is holding their  fall Labour Institute in early November, which is a three-day school with an academic stream and a campaigns stream. This time BCGEU’s campaigns stream is just for young workers (under 30).

April Smith will be speaking on how she got involved in social justice activism, how she uses social media in social justice activism and why it’s valuable, and a bit about the projects she’s worked on or are working on currently.

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Below is a photo of April Smith standing by  ” Today Events”  where it mentions BCGEU is in the Seymour Room

1 April - BCGEU 1

2 BCGEU in Seymour Room

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Below is a photo of Doug Dykens  welcoming the BCGEU members!

3 Doug speaking

In this video is an Introduction to BCGEU Young Workers event at Holiday Inn in North Vancouver with Doug Dykens and Leah Squance, where April Smith of AHA MEDIA is to give a speech on how she uses social media for social justice activism.

This was filmed by April Smith of AHA MEDIA on a Nokia N95 mobile cameraphone. April is passionate and skilled in making Nokia films by exploring mobile media production through the camera lens of a cellphone. For a better quality version of this video, please DM April Smith @AprilFilms on Twitter or Facebook.com/AprilFilms

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Below is a photo of April Smith speaking:

4 April Speaking

I feel that using social media nowadays is a very fast, effective and inexpensive way to engage your audience, whether it be a targeted one or a more broad spectrum. One can control how your information is given out and how you and your company is represented. You no longer have to wait for the traditional media or PR agents to talk about you.. You can do that yourself in the best possible way… You are your own best cheerleader – It bridges the gaps, democratizes media information and helps bring everyone together in a dynamic interactive way – through a participatory way online.

There is obviously a lot more to be said and learned about this. Here is my best advice:

“The best way to learn is to get actively engaged and I hope that I have inspired you!”

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Below is a photo of April Smith receiving a BCGEU gift bag from Leah Squance after presenting her speech for social media for social justice

5 April with Leah

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The evening entertainment was by Vancouver TheatreSports League! :)

Below is a photo and video of, Vancouver TheatreSports League actors – Brian Anderson, Bill Pozzobon and Ted Cole perform a hilarous skit – “BCGEU Young Workers of tomorrow and Cellphones “at the BCGEU Fall Labor Institute event at Holiday Inn in North Vancouver Saturday November 7, 2009.

Vancouver TheatreSports League -http://www.vtsl.com

6 Vancouver TheatreSports League Actors 1

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Below is a photo of Peter Davies, Photographer for AHA MEDIA

5 Peter at BCGEU

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AHA MEDIA thanks BCGEU http://www.BCGEU.ca for the inviatation to come and present social media for social justice activism to BCGEU Young Workers. We appreciate the BCGEU gift bag filled with BCGEU items! :)

7 Gift Bag from BCGEU

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