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Canadian Unity Fan Fund voting open now [Feb. 21st, 2010|12:08 pm]
Keycon: Manitoba Sci-Fi Convention


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Canadian Unity Fan Fund 2010 Ballot
Western Canada to Canvention 30/Keycon 27
What is C.U.F.F.? The Canadian Unity Fan Fund was conceived about 1981 as a means to better
acquaint Eastern and Western Canadian fans with each other. Or alternately, it's an outgrowth of a one-
shot effort devised to send Edmonton fan Mike Hall to Torque 2 in Toronto in 1981. Both of these
statements are true, actually.
C.U.F.F. exists solely through the support of fandom. The candidates are voted on by interested fans
across Canada, and each vote is accompanied by a donation of not less than CDN$5.00.
Who may vote? Voting is open to any Canadian (resident or citizen) fan who was active in fandom
prior to April 2008, and who contributes at least CDN$5 to the Fund. Larger contributions will be
gratefully accepted. Voting is by secret ballot: only one vote per person, and you must sign your ballot.
You may change your vote any time prior to the deadline. Votes submitted electronically as part of a
PayPal payment of the voting fee are also acceptable.
Deadline: Votes must reach the administrator by midnight, 13 March 2010.
Voting details: As with other fan funds, C.U.F.F. uses a preferential ballot system which guarantees
automatic runoffs until a majority is obtained. You rank the candidates in the exact order of your
preference for them. If the leading first-place candidate does not get a majority, the first-place votes for
the lowest-ranking candidate are dropped, and the second-place votes on those ballots are counted as first-
place votes. This process repeats itself until one candidate has a majority. Your votes for second and third
place are important, but you may give your candidate only one ranking on your ballot.
Hold Over Funds: This choice, like "No Award" in Hugo balloting, gives you the chance to vote for
no C.U.F.F. trip this year, if none of the candidates appeal to you. Hold Over Funds may be voted for in
any position, and if it receives a majority of the votes on the final ballot, no C.U.F.F. trip will be held this
year regardless of how many votes Hold Over Funds received on the first ballot.
No Preference: For voters who prefer not to choose between candidates, but don't want the trip held
Donations: C.U.F.F. gratefully accepts your freely given money and material for auction -- give early
and often! Please contact the administrator for details.
Candidates: Each candidate has promised - barring events clearly outside their control - to travel to
CanVention 30 (also known as KeyCon 27), in Winnipeg, MB over the Victoria Day weekend, if elected;
and has provided signed nominations and a platform statement (overleaf).
Please read both sides of this ballot before voting. Send entire sheet as
your vote.
Phone number or e-mail address (we do not list or exchange this information):
Enclosed is __________ as a contribution to C.U.F.F. Please make cheques etc. payable in Canadian
currency to "LeAmber Kensley", not to "C.U.F.F." If you think your name may not be known to the
administrators, then in order to qualify your vote, please give, in the space below, the name and address of
an active fan (not a fan group, a candidate or their nominator) who is known to them and to whom you are
Electronic Voting:
Go to the KeyCon website at http://keycon.org and click on the 'C.U.F.F.' tab. Follow the instructions
provided. You will be paying the voting fee by PayPal.
Diane Lacey
I'm doing this largely because it occurs to me that while I’ve attended conventions all over the US, I’ve never
attended any in Western Canada, and this seems wrong. I’d like to meet all those fans from Western Canada that
I’ve been missing. I’m also eager to attend the one day conrunner’s convention that’s planned for the day following
Keycon. I’d like to find out what they’re doing over there and to let them know what we’ve got going on over here.
(Also, any opportunity to hear Dave Clement is a very good thing indeed.)
I believe I have the organizational skills to be a good administrator. I have some ideas for fund-raising but plan to
pick the brains of those who are much more experienced with that than I am for more and better ideas. I absolutely
intend to publish a trip report as soon as possible upon my return. I’d also very much like to see the fund promoted
more. Right now it is difficult to find very much information online. Other than the Facebook page, a Google
search brings up little information on the application procedure, membership, qualifications, expectations, etc., and
many of those hits are several years old. I’d like to address this, perhaps with its own webpage
Nominators: Fran Skene (BC), Dave Clement (MB), Tim Hogue (MB), Colin Hinz (ON), Murray Moore (ON),
Lance Sibley (ON), Rene Walling (QC).
Rob Uhrig
I was asked “How did a retired Gulf War Veteran with 13 years Reg. Force military service; a retired martial arts
Master Instructor; a Freemason, and Knight of St. George become a lifelong Sci-Fi Fan?” The short answer - by
watching early re-runs of Star Trek!
Since attending my first Sci-Fi convention in 1993 (T-Trek 7), I have been actively involved in fandom. I have
attended cons from one coast to the other and points in between; I have been chief of security for one con, on CON-
COM for two others, and worked at the dealer table for a Creation con. Above all else I am a member of the
Klingon Assault Group (KAG) Kanada. Through my participation in fandom, especially KAG Kanada, I have
actively participated in countless charity events and have helped to raise several thousand dollars for the Children’s
Wish Foundation of Canada, and several other worthy charities. Full details of my involvement can be found on
In short, I have used my costume and love of sci-fi to help promote fandom at every turn and would love to do so
again by being the CUFF representative. I would use this opportunity to promote KAG Kanada in Manitoba, and in
turn use Klingon fandom to help promote CUFF. Let’s face it a Klingon draws a certain amount of attention, a
Klingon in a kilt is a beacon for media types, now that’s an opportunity that could be put to good use for CUFF and
From the West:
The Chevalier Paul Carreau, KSTG, CD, former Senior Command Officer, KAG Kanada
Mrs. Dayna Dickens, Tourism Coordinator, Vulcan AB
The Chevalier, Reverend Dana Dean, KSTG, former Admiral, Starfleet
And from the East.
Mrs. Margie Welsh, Thought Admiral Klingon Strike Force (KSF)
Mr. David James, Fleet Commander, KAG Kanada
Ms. Lori Lightfoot, Fleet Commander, KAG Kanada
Please read and fill out both sides of this sheet. Send in entire sheet as your vote. Do not detach this
I vote for (rank with '1' being best choice, etc.):
[ __ ] Diane Lacey
[ __ ] Rob Uhrig
[ __ ] Hold Over Funds
[ __ ] No Preference
Send ballot & donation to:
LeAmber Raven Kensley, 341 Anderson Ave., Winnipeg, MB, R2W 1E5.
Reproduction of this form is encouraged. It is the official voting vehicle and must be reproduced
verbatim. Anyone doing so should indicate their name here: