Thank you so much!

With your help, Anita Vandenbeld was nominated as the Liberal candidate for Ottawa West-Nepean for the next election to take on John Baird!

It was a great youth effort, and we couldn't have done it without you. I have been honoured to serve as youth chair for a campaign with such a great positive message, fantastic candidate, and eager volunteers. I can honestly say this would not have been possible without the help of all the great youth volunteers we have had.

You showed that you want to change the path this country is going down. Taking it off a road where independent voices are muzzled, where the needs of women and youth are ignored, and where big issues like the environment and an innovative economy are pushed to the back burner in favour of more Tory talking points. With your continued help, we can make Ottawa West-Nepean a Liberal riding, and elect a progressive, inclusive government!

Looking forward to seeing you all again on the campaign trail!

Hillary Buchan-Terrell
Youth Chair



We've come so far in this campaign. Together as youth, we've built a strong youth campaign to help elect a champion for Ottawa West-Nepean. Anita has done an excellent job at engaging youth from across Ottawa to play a role in her campaign, and with just one final push, we can put her over the top!

I'm so excited and honoured as youth chair for the campaign to have met so many energetic and active youth, we've added real passion to the campaign, and we will play a crucial role today.

Don't forget the meeting takes place at St. Paul's High School, 2675 Draper Ave, starting at 1 pm. Looking forward to seeing all of you!

Hillary Buchan-Terrell
Youth Chair, Anita Vandenbeld Campaign

Top 10 reasons to support Anita Vandenbeld for Ottawa West-Nepean

With the nomination coming up tomorrow, here are 10 reasons why I think she deserves to win the Liberal nomination.

10. She has been a dedicated Liberal for decades, including being an active Young Liberal, serving as president of the University of Calgary Young Liberal club.

9. Her experience with the United Nations and other international organizations to promote women's rights and protect democratic institutions across the world.

8. An experienced political campaigner, Anita will run a strong campaign by listening to the people of Ottawa West-Nepean and taking on the backwards and drifting Baird Conservatives.

7. Anita will deliver for her riding, compared with "Two jobs John" who is busy defending his government's indefensible record on the environment.

6. She understands the importance of our democratic institutions and knows that Canadians can't have good government without an independent public service.

5. She has a great youth team behind her, of course!

4. After 4 years of attack-dog Baird, the people of Ottawa West-Nepean deserve an MP who will stand up for the real people, not attack any dissent on government.

3. She's ran an open and positive campaign, engaging with the membership and embracing the full diversity of the riding.

2. She's practicing what she's preached - after a career of helping encourage women across the world run for elected office, she's taking the plunge herself. We need more strong, experienced female candidates like Anita!

1. She's been a champion at getting youth engaged in politics, with young people across Ottawa being drawn to her campaign to win back Ottawa West-Nepean and build a progressive government.

Un autre fort engagement envers Anita!

J'ai rencontré Mme Anita Vandenbeld il y a quelques semaines et j'ai eu l’opportunité de l'entendre et d'apprécier sa vision politique et sociale des grands enjeux qui nous confrontent. Dans ces temps troubles ou dans chaque pays les questions d'intégrité reviennent constamment, lorsque l'on parle de politique, il est rassurant que des personnes comme Anita veuille s'impliquer activement. Anita a une feuille de route impressionnante étant une experte en développement démocratique et en défense des droits des femmes. Mais au delà de tout c'est une femme d'honneur et de convictions qui, si elle est choisie, représentera les citoyens d’Ottawa-Ouest--Nepean avec honneur et dignité.

Francis Bertrand-Lafreniere

Positive energy

I've worked on over two dozen campaigns in my time as a Young Liberal, but I would place a select few as holding a dear place in my heart, where I knew without a doubt that I was supporting the right candidate, with the right experience, and the right energy to be elected to office. Anita Vandenbeld's campaign for the Liberal Party of Canada Ottawa West-Nepean nomination is one of those campaigns.

Political campaigns are not the easiest things in the world, folks, particularly when you get to a point where you not only want to help out, but actively play a leadership role. But when you find a candidate who you know deep down you need to help, because they would be a valuable addition to Canadian democracy, suddenly things become a lot easier. Speaking as a grizzled political vet at the age of 22, it has been inspiring to see some many youth get involved with Anita's campaign. For many of them, it is the first political campaign they have ever been involved with, and I cannot think of a better campaign to be involved with. The youth who have been involved with our campaign have gained valuable political experience, and most importantly, been inspired by a candidate who not only talks about building a better Canada, and a better world, but has walked the walk, fighting for democratic institutions and women's rights across the world.

On November 28th, I look forward to helping out, alongside all my fellow youth who have supported Anita's campaign, a real champion for youth engagement and involvement, the next Liberal MP for Ottawa West-Nepean, Anita Vandenbeld.

Another great female Liberal Ottawa-area candidate!/pages/Karen-McCrimmon/324070040947

Karen McCrimmon is the Liberal candidate for the riding of Carleton-Mississipi Mills, and she has been increasing her social media profile lately, so we thought we'd highlight another great female candidate running for the Liberals in the Ottawa area.

Karen is a retired Lieutenant Colonel of the Canadian Forces and was the first woman ever to command a Canadian Forces airforce squadron. She served as Commanding Officer of 429 Squadron, which flew tactical transport C130 Hercules based in Trenton, carrying out many humanitarian and military operations around the globe.

Karen served in many operational theatres including the first Gulf War, the Balkans and a tour in Afghanistan. In 1995, Karen was awarded the Order of Military Merit (OMM), which is among the highest peace time military awards, given in recognition of distinctive merit and exceptional service.

Karen is also a small business owner and has been an active volunteer with the Canadian Cancer Society.

Show some support for Karen by liking her on Facebook!

And don't forget to link Anita on Facebook, we're so close to 300 likes!!/pages/Anita-Vandenbeld-for-Ottawa-West-Nepean/117490804958455

Fantastic post from University of Ottawa Equal Voice chapter on Anita!

Thanks so much to the U of O Equal Voice Chapter for naming Anita the woman of the month! Anita has a long personal and professional history promoting democratic institutions and women's rights, and it is great to have her fellow political engaged women give her campaign some notice.

It's all part of Anita's energetic and positive campaign, which has gotten youth from around Ottawa - both young women and young men - talking about what's going on in the West end. What's going on is an open, inclusive campaign which has put youth in some incredible leadership positions, and will work hard to represent the people of Ottawa West-Nepean, who deserve an MP who will stand up for them, not just be the pit bull for a government which has abused our democratic principles and institutions.

Join us on November 28th and help elect a real Liberal champion, Anita Vandenbeld!

One week to go!

Only one week remains before the vote for the federal Liberal nomination for Ottawa West-Nepean, and the energy around Anita's campaign is great. Anita had another of her successful Starbucks meet and greets yesterday, talking with lots of great Liberals and lots of interested non-Liberals who have been drawn to the positive energy of her campaign, and later today I'll be going to a campaign meeting to prep for the nomination day. We've got a great youth team, and I'm grateful so many people have volunteered time and energy for the nomination campaign to try and help to elect a real champion for youth engagement.

Stay tuned to the Youth for Anita Vandenbeld blog throughout the week for all your nomination info!

Support Anita on Facebook:!/pages/Anita-Vandenbeld-for-Ottawa-West-Nepean/117490804958455
Let's try and break 300 likes before nomination day!

Anita on Twitter:

And Anita's campaign website:

Youth apathy in politics? I don't think so...

We have a great number of endorsements up from youth across Ottawa who are rallying behind Anita's campaign. Anita is a champion for youth engagement, and has been heads and shoulders above the other candidates in having youth play a leadership role in her campaign. Join our team to help get Anita nominated on the 28th and then to take on John Baird in the next election! Read some of the kind words here and keep checking out the endorsements page to see what's new.

Anita is talented, enthusiastic, experienced, dedicated, and tireless. Still, I am most impressed with her integrity, openness, and honesty. Good nominees and good candidates must also be good people - and with Anita, we have found someone who is able and willing to represent the finest aspects of the Liberal brand. She is hopeful and idealistic and will work to bring out the best in others and the best in ourselves. Her experience in international affairs, expertise in women's rights, and focus on youth make her not only a qualified candidate, but someone who is able to embrace the job of a Parliamentarian on day one, and use that position to affect positive socio-political change. I am confident in her ability to take back Ottawa West-Nepean, and serve the constituents well. What more could one ask for in a nominee?
Adam Leclair
Former Eastern Regional Coordinator, Ontario Young Liberals (2009-2010)
Former President, Ottawa-Vanier Young Liberals (2007-2009)
I've had the pleasure of meeting Anita a few times and in addition to her incredibly friendly and welcoming personality, I am always struck by her experience and expertise in a variety of areas. Whether you just want to have a simple conversation or an in depth discussion, Anita knows her stuff! She takes heart to learn your name and to remember it for the next time that you meet (and you will see her again because she is everywhere in the community!) and really cares about the people that she wants to help. I would be honoured to have her as an MP.
Ben Mitchell
Young Liberal
Anita Vandenbeld has demonstrated a firm sense of integrity and a strong commitment to the Liberal Party of Canada. Having worked on several international projects with the United Nations, Anita has the experience to be an effective Member of Parliament. Therefore, I am happy to personally endorse Anita Vandenbeld’s campaign for the Liberal nomination of Ottawa West-Nepean.
Matthew Conley
President of the University of Ottawa Young Liberals
I’ve volunteered on over two dozen Liberal campaigns over the years, and it is rare that one comes across a candidate as talented, experienced, and importantly, as committed to engaging youth in the political process. As an expert in international affairs, building democracy, and women’s rights, Anita Vandenbeld is exactly the kind of candidate the Liberal Party of Canada needs for Ottawa West-Nepean.
William Norman
Young Liberal
Communications Director, Carleton Public Affairs Society
A Youth Activist, a Women’s Rights fighter, a Democratic Promoter, a Dedicator, a Colleague, a Friend, a Supporter, This is YOUR Anita Vandenbeld.
Sharan Bhella
Young Liberal
With her international experience in promoting women's rights and democratic participation, I believe Canada needs more MP's like Anita Vandenbeld. She will be an excellent voice for the people of Ottawa West-Nepean.
Lynne Lessard
Young Liberal
Anita is THE ideal candidate for the Liberal nomination for Ottawa West-Nepean thanks to the fine balance of her unique international experience and commitment to politics in the Ottawa area, but also because of her commitment to engaging all demographics of people, especially youth, in the political process. Anita invokes a tremendous amount of passion in all of those that have had the pleasure of meeting her. Never before have I met a politician so open-minded, inviting, and kind.
Miriam Pineau
Young Liberal
From the first time I was told about her by a friend, I was excited to meet a woman as accomplished and motivated as Anita. On meeting her, I was pleasantly surprised by how humble, informed and approachable she was. Her passion to have youth involved in our communities inspired myself and numerous other students to get involved in her campaign. Working with her has been both an honor and a learning experience. I truly believe she is the best fit for MP for Ottawa West-Nepean.
Bismah Haq
Young Liberal

Carleton Equal Voice Chapter Launch and Reception

Last night, Anita Vandenbeld and I attended Carleton's Equal Voice Chapter Launch and Reception at Fresco's. The event was a blow-out success with a packed room, comprised of many female role models (both in politics and be
yond) and more than a few handfuls of male supporters as well.

It was truly inspiring to be in a room filled with role models and supporters of Equal Voice's noble cause: to elect more women in politics, at all levels of government in Canada. Promoting and enabling women to run for political office was something that Anita committed to in her career working for iKNOW Politics. Now running for the Federal Liberal Nomination in Ottawa West-Nepean, she carries with her a wealth of experience, knowledge, and dedication to women in politics and the promotion of democracy - Anita is working hard to ensure that she can play a role in achieving Equal Voice's goal.

The special guests of honour included:
  • Tracey Hubley, the President of Summa Strategies
  • The Hon. Caroyln Bennett, MP for St. Paul's
  • The Hon. Michael Chong, MP for Wellington Halton Hills
  • Niki Ashton, MP for Churchill
Here is a photo of Anita Vandenbeld meeting with two other female candidates for the Liberal Party of Canada, Karen McCrimmons (from Carleton-Mississippi Mills) and Kimberley Love (from Bruce-Grey Owen Sound), who brought her daughter and drove 7 hours to attend the event.

Kimberley Love brought her daughter for the trip and earlier that day had taken her to watch Question Period in the House of Commons. Hopefully the next time her daughter attends, the young lady of only 10 years old will be able to watch her mother, Kimberely Love, Karen McCrimmon and Anita Vandenbeld all work together in Parliament.

With less than two weeks left until the nomination meeting on November 28th, let's make sure to elect Anita Vandenbeld as the Liberal Candidate in Ottawa West-Nepean so she can join these two strong, intelligent and driven future Members of Parliament!

-Hillary Buchan-Terrell
Youth Campaign Chair
Anita Vandenbeld for Ottawa West-Nepean

A great youth endorsement for Anita

I've had the pleasure of meeting Anita a few times and in addition to her incredibly friendly and welcoming personality, I am always struck by her experience and expertise in a variety of areas. Whether you just want to have a simple conversation or an in depth discussion, Anita knows her stuff! She takes heart to learn your name and to remember it for the next time that you meet (and you will see her again because she is everywhere in the community!) and really cares about the people that she wants to help. I would be honoured to have her as an MP.

Ben Mitchell
Young Liberal

We'll be coming out with more youth endorsements for Anita, so stay tuned!

Youth Arts Jam date change

Slight change of date on the arts jam - It has been moved to Dec 7th. Hope to see you all out when Anita is the candidate!

Meet Justin Trudeau

On November 22nd, the Liberal Party Critic for Youth, Justin Trudeau MP will be joining us for Youth Voices ** Youth Choices, presented by Anita Vandenbeld.

Justin Trudeau has long been an advocate for youth and has supported youth leadership initiatives. He is certain to have a great message aimed at energizing and inspiring action so don`t miss out!

Anita's thoughts on Remembrance Day

Sixty-five years ago, in Deventer (Netherlands), a small boy climbed out of the cellar where he was hiding with his parents, and emerged into a new world. His hometown had been liberated by Canadian soldiers. The young boy excitedly approached the Canadian tanks parading through his street. As other people began to come out from hiding, the Canadians handed out candies to the Dutch children. That boy was my father, and it was the first time he had tasted a candy.

On this Remembrance Day, as I watched the ceremony at Carlingwood mall, I thought about the enormous debt of gratitude that we owe to our veterans. I feel this even more profoundly as a Canadian of Dutch descent, whose family wouldn't even be here were it not for the Liberation.

I feel it when I talk to my two cousins who both served in Afghanistan, and the husband of another cousin who continues to serve. And I felt it very strongly when I was working in Bosnia and Kosovo. I was aware every day that none of the civilian work I was doing in rebuilding democratic institutions there would have been possible without the 20,000 NATO troops around the corner who made it safe to be there at all. I remember celebrating Canada Day ten years ago at the SFOR base "Butmir" near Sarajevo with Canadian soldiers and feeling a rush of pride for the work that our country has done in stabilizing regions and building peace. I wish more Canadians could see it for themselves.

Remembrance Day is a chance to cross the generations, and find what binds us as a people. We all remember in our own personal way, and we all build on the stories of our parents and grandparents, which together make the story of Canada.

Lest we forget.

Activating the grassroots

Politics is about people. And campaigns are won by making personal connections with the candidate (Anita) and voters. Tonight, the grassroots has been activated. 

There's not an empty seat in the house tonight! On the D-Day of the nomination call, we have a large group of youth volunteers helping with envelope stuffing, and even more volunteers generously donating their time to call supporters to let them know about the nomination meeting on November 28th. 

Come and join us! 

November 28th, VOTE FOR ANITA!

We've been working hard, but now it's time to kick it into high gear - THE MEETING HAS BEEN CALLED!

The meeting will be held at St. Paul High School, 2675 Draper Avenue, starting at 1 pm, on Sunday Nov 28. Youth have played a huge role in this campaign so far, but we need everyone to continue pushing and get more young people involved in the campaign. Let us know if you are interested in helping out electing the next Liberal candidate, and the next MP for Ottawa West-Nepean, Anita Vandenbeld!

Youth Arts Jam: Youth Voice, Youth Choices Invitation

The Anita Vandenbeld Nomination Campaign is pleased to present:

Youth Voices * * Youth Choices

On MONDAY NOVEMBER 22nd (from 7-9 pm), join us and our very special guest speaker,Justin Trudeau, for an evening of performances by young people to encourage, energize and inspire youth political participation through art.

Featuring Oni Joseph as the Director of Ceremonies.

Please check out the Facebook Event, share with your friends and family & RSVP. &
Follow the Youth for Anita blog for more event details and performance teasers:

DATE: Monday November 22nd

TIME: 7:00 - 9:00pm -- Doors open at 6:30 pm

WHERE: Ukrainian Hall, 1000 Byron Avenue, Ottawa West-Nepean Google Map (click here)

COST: $5 at the door

Performances by youth from:

Acoustic Guitarist, Owen Clayton

Spoken Word Poetry by Komi Olaf

Fashion Show

Voice speech by Ibn Najeeb

Spoken word by Skit Sandra Uwase and Melanie Riba

Solo dance by Michelle Mckernan

Hip-Hop Dancers Cartoon Cru (starts at 2:10 minutes)


For more details please contact or call Anita at 613-883-7778

Liberal Regards,

Anita Vandenbeld
Candidate for Nomination,Ottawa West-Nepean

Hillary Buchan-Terrell
Youth Campaign Chair
Anita Vandenbeld for Ottawa West-Nepean


Sandra Uwase
Event Coordinator
Youth Arts Jam: Youth Voices, Youth Choices
Youth for Anita Vandenbeld
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