Provincial Liberal candidate Donny Van Dyk may have lost his recent bid to become Skeena's MLA. But he's now running for another elected office: president of the party's young wing. In an email obtained by Public Eye, the sitting president Chris Sandve has announced he won't be seeking re-election. As a result, Mr. Sandve is encouraging party members to support Mr. Van Dyk, who "has indicated his intent" to run for that position at the wing's upcoming annual general meeting. The following is an edited copy of that email and Mr. Van Dyk's response.
From: Donny van Dyk
Date: Sat, May 23, 2009 at 10:59 AM
Subject: RE: My Future with the BCYL
I am spending the next couple days planning what I think the BCYL should attempt to achieve in the next year and in the next four years heading into the 2013 election. This is so I can build a plan/platform to present the membership in hopes they elect me and a great team of people to lead the BCYL forward.
I really want to pick up where Chris left off and continue to build the BCYL image as one of an effective organization and one where the leaders of tomorrow aspire to make a difference today. If you are interested in working with me as we go into our BCYL AGM please feel free to email me, phone me, or Facebook me.
Finally, I want to thank Chris for all the work he has done! Chris has been a visionary and has navigated the BCYL through its largest growth period ever. Further the BCYL has been transformed under Chris's leadership to become most effective youth wing anywhere in Canada.
Anyways I look forward to hearing from you;
Donny van Dyk
From: Chris Sandve
Subject: My Future with the BCYL
Date: Fri, 22 May 2009 12:30:29 -0700
Please read this email all the way through as it contains some important information on the future of the BCYL and my future with it.
First, I wanted to take some time to reflect on what we've accomplished as an organization over the past couple years:
We launched the Road to Victory Tour, going door-to-door to over 40,000 households in over 30 different communities
We provided hundreds of volunteers to local campaigns and riding associations. During the election campaign, we contacted over 100,000 households in key swing ridings across the province
We grew our membership from just over 1,000 members to close to 5,000 members today. During the campaign, our active membership (people actively making contributions to local campaigns) grew to over 750 members by my count - a huge accomplishment.
There is no doubt in my mind that our organization and commitment was an incredibly critical component of the succesful election campaign. Your hard work ensured that victory.
However, the accomplishment that I am most proud of, is that we built an energetic, committed and united team. I feel privlidged to have worked with each and every one of you. I think we've proven just how effective and productive an organization can be when everyone works together. While most other political youth wings spend their time bickering and fighting internal battles, we got stuff done and were leaders for our party. That's something you should all be proud of and commended for.
That spirit and commitment is something that I hope we can carry forward as we go into the next chapter as an organization, which brings me to my second point.
I will not be seeking re-election as President of the BCYL at our next AGM, which I anticipate will be sometime this summer. I think its important for the organization to have fresh leadership and fresh ideas as it moves forward. I intend to remain active in the organization as Past President but I look forward to the new progress that can be made with a new team.
I am thrilled that Donny van Dyk has indicated his intent to run for the position of President at the next AGM. Donny has been a great friend and a valuable leader in the BCYL and in our party. His energy, commitment and leadership are recognized across the province and I know he will make a great leader for our organization.
I strongly encourage all of you to contact Donny about how you can be involved with his team. I think Donny has the ability to keep our organization strong and united going forward and I hope that you will all support and work with him to make this happen.
Again, thanks for all of your hard work and support over the last couple years and I look forward to working with all of you as we move forward.
BC Liberal Party