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write a letter to the editor (LTE)

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Write a letter to the editor (LTE) on topics related to current events in the media or something already in print. Be creative by finding a hook and connecting it to our current campaign. Use our step-by-step instructions to write your LTE and get it published in the media.

why write an LTE

Write a letter to the editor (LTE) if you want to make your opinion heard in a timely manner. You don’t need a lot of research, and your LTE can be brief and to-the-point - just 200-500 words! When time is of the essence, choose to write an LTE.

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You have a better chance at getting published if you keep it short and sweet (and don’t be afraid to be bold!)

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Politicians are in their jobs because of you! As Canadians, we have voted them into office to represent us. So they want to hear from you to learn what issues you feel are most important.

write your Member of Parliament (MP)

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Write to your Member of Parliament (MP) as a way of introducing yourself and share a personal story or example on a topic that concerns you. Your MP works for you so be sure to get informed, and use our step-by-step instructions to help you get started.

why write your MP

Write to your MP (Member of Parliament) if you want to share your opinion about an issue that concerns you. A personalized letter or email from you means that there is a constituent in their riding who cares, and whose opinion needs to be represented on Parliament Hill.

expert fact

Sending a personalized handwritten letter by mail is one of the most influential ways to get your MP’s attention.

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Why not make writing your MP a family activity? Ask your children to draw a picture linked to our current campaign and include it with your letter. You can also take a photo of your family and share it with your MP on social media and tag @ResultsCda.

use your voice on social media

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Use social media if you want to get your opinion out quickly and frequently. Tag your Member of Parliament (MP) or Ministers to get immediate attention on our current campaign which can be amplified through retweeting and sharing. Use our step-by-step instructions or pre-filled Tweets and post something now!

why use social media

Social media is a quick and easy way to speak up and tell your Member of Parliament (MP) that you care about immunization and access to vaccines. Get public attention and let Canada know that they should continue to be a global leader.

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Twitter is a news-centric platform! 71% of users get their daily news from Twitter making it a great platform to share and spread your news.

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Politicians are people too! Don’t be afraid to use social media to reach out to them about the issues that are important to you. 94% of Canadians are on at least 1 social media platform so it makes sense for politicians to be active on social as well.

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If we truly want vaccines to play a role in preventing major global pandemics, then we need to invest more in their development before outbreaks occur.

 - Dr. Seth Berkley, CEO Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance

To many, it feels like we are characters in a movie as our lives and those of people around the world face total upheaval by the COVID-19 pandemic, and the lack of an available vaccine. Now more than ever, we are reminded that #VaccinesWork to protect and improve the health of everyone on the planet.

Immunization programmes, such as those supported by the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) and Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance play a critical role in strengthening health systems to ensure they can withstand shocks. They are vital to ensuring that even as systems are stretched by the fight to curb the pandemic, we don’t lose ground in important long-term battles against diseases like measles or polio.

As the world races to develop a vaccine for COVID-19, Gavi will be especially critical to rolling it out and, in the interim, has already committed to supporting low and middle income countries that will require additional support in containing COVID-19.

The poorest and most vulnerable are often the hardest hit in times of crisis. We need to send a message now to Canadian decision makers about their pledge to GPEI and Gavi: investing in vaccines cannot wait.

Ask #1: Canada to pledge $215 million over 4 years to GPEI.

Ask #2: Canada to pledge $600 million over 5 years to Gavi.

about GPEI

Polio mainly affects children under 5 years of age. As long as a single child remains infected, children in all countries are at risk. It is a disease that can frequently lead to permanent paralysis and sometimes death. Thanks to GPEI, the number of polio cases around the world has dropped from approximately 350,000 a year in 1988 to 33 in Afghanistan and Pakistan in 2018. If we act boldly now, we can eradicate polio from the globe in the next few yea 

about Gavi

As a critically important vaccine provider to the world’s poorest countries, Gavi has vaccinated 690 million children since 2000. It is estimated that up to 3 million lives are saved every year because of these increases in childhood immunizations. Over the next 5 years, let’s ensure that Gavi can continue to provide 18 different kinds of vaccines (such as the HPV Vaccine, the world’s first cancer preventing vaccine) to over 300 million children. 

latest campaign wins

  • Volunteers got LTEs (letters to the editor) published
  • Pacific Regional Conference goes virtual! For the first time ever, Results volunteers in the U.S. and in Canada joined together online for a day of learning, inspiration and advocacy - a terrific example of resilience and a testament to community! Congratulations to volunteers of Washington State and Victoria (BC) for putting this day together.

Learn more about immunizations and see our up-to-date campaign milestones. Find more resources here to help you take action.

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Dr. Chizoba Wonodi

Public health physician, researcher and advocate, Nigeria

Dr. Wonodi is an advocate for vaccines and has worked with grassroots women’s organizations with a focus on strengthening immunization programs and health systems in Nigeria. She is a strong supporter of Gavi and is actively engaging with Canadian decision makers to encourage their continued investment in immunization programs around the world.
“Immunization is key to prevention of measles and other childhood diseases." 

Meet more of our immunization champions.



resources

See all our resources under your tools. #VaccinesWork action sheets can be found under education tools, about campaigns. For other past action sheets, email us.

key dates

Apr 7: World Health Day
Apr 19-25: National Volunteer Week
Apr 24-30: World Immunization Week
Apr 25: World Malaria Day

hashtags

#Canadianaid
#Cdnpoli
#EndPolio
#VaccinesWork
#ProtectTheNextGeneration
#PolioFreeWorld
#WIW2020

tags

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@JustinTrudeau
@KarinaGould
@CanadaDev

keywords

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World Immunization Week

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