It's not a full-time job, or even a job with any kind of commitment. Instead, it's a one-day, mega-overtime stint with Elections Canada. My neighbour nominated me for this position because I "like to smile" and I thought it would be a great way to learn more about Canadian politics. I am always a little embarassed to admit that I don't follow politics as close as I should and I seem to know more about what goes on in the US than my own country. I spent a lot of time this week reading up on the parties and their platforms and I will be voting on Tuesday....as long as I can find a free moment in my day...
My job title is "Information Officer." I am the first person to see when walking into the Polling Station. I will be checking for adequate proof of identification, making sure the electors are at the correct Poll, opening and closing the doors at exactly 7am and 7pm, and making sure there is no partisan political activity within the vincinity of the building. So please, don't come to the James Bay poll with your flags, buttons and signs because I will have to lay down the law!!
I had my training the other day and it was a bit overwhelming. I came home to study my manual while it was still fresh in my mind, but I am still nervous about Tuesday. There is a lot I have to do and I don't even have a replacement if I need to go to the bathroom, have a snack, etc. My work day will be a minimum of 14 hours. We weren't told the maxiumum....I didn't want to ask. I am already planning what food I can bring that doesn't have to be refrigerated. And, FYI, I will kindly accept deliveries of Sally Bun's, Bubby's cinnamon buns, and any cookie, cake or pie that is yummy tasting. You will not be turned down at my poll!
I also found out something quite exciting... my Aussie friend, Rinny is COMING TO VISIT in November! She has been my training partner for the last couple of years, my partner in crime and is one of the funniest people I know.
ALWAYS a fun time with Rinny!