The North Grove launches six-week voter engagement campaign in Dartmouth North

Updated: Sep 18

Voter turnout more than tripled in the neighbourhood during the first Speak Up! Show Up! campaign held in Dartmouth North in 2016. Now the campaign is back with a series of in person and online events focused on building voter engagement in the upcoming municipal election.


“We’ve come full circle; we started the campaign four years ago with municipal politics and the interest and impact is incredible” said Tammy Shields, Community Action Coordinator at The North Grove.  “We’re very proud of the nation-wide interest in our campaign model and want to continue to build on that success.”

Speak Up! Show Up! events are planned every week (see list below) culminating in an online pre-election celebration.


Campaign impact

Speak Up! Show Up! engages hundreds of participants from the neighbourhood in pre- election activities. In addition, voter turnout in Dartmouth North more than tripled during the first campaign – from 2.7% to 7.45%.

The model has attracted provincial and national attention.  Last year the campaign partnered with Feed Nova Scotia to share its campaign tools with food banks across the province.  This year The North Grove is presenting its campaign strategies at the Canadian Vote Summit hosted by the Democratic Engagement Exchange at Ryerson University.  

“We’re thrilled to be partnering with the Democratic Engagement Exchange at the Canadian Vote Summit and appreciate their efforts to share this information with communities all across the country” said Wendy Fraser, Executive Director, The North Grove.


Visit www.speakupshowup.ca for more info.

About The North Grove

The North Grove is a dynamic community hub located in the heart of Dartmouth North. Our Family and Community Food Centre offer programs, services and space for people to learn and connect through family support, food and friendship.

SPEAK UP! SHOW UP! Municipal Election 2020

Every week will have a different focus:

Friday Sept. 11th Online Campaign Launch

Watch our YouTube and Facebook page for our online launch at 2pm

Week of Sept 14th   Am I registered to vote? 

Find out if you are registered to vote and get your ‘How to Vote’ information.  

Week of Sept 21st Who are the candidates?  Fishing for Questions

Find out more about the candidates for Mayor and the candidates for City Councillor in District 6.  We will be fishing for questions from community members to ask the candidates in our Zoom Question Period.

Week of Sept 28th   Zoom Question Period with the Candidates!

Airing Fri. Oct 2nd at 2 pm on our Facebook page and YouTube channel. USB sticks available at the Dartmouth North Library for people who may not have home access to a computer or the Internet.

Week of Oct 5th I Saw the Sign! 

Distributing sign making kits for a sign competition! And learn how to vote online!

Week of Oct 12th It’s election week!!!

Buttons, noisemakers, election selfies! Get in the election spirit!

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