2015 CUFF Winner

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This year’s Canadian Unity Fan Fund delegate is Paul Carreau, from Calgary, Alberta.

CUFF administrator Debra Yeung said Carreau was the lone entry that satisfied all the eligibility requirements. His nominators from the West were John Gannon, Jaymz Smith, and Elizabeth Keeling-Carreau, from the East, Diane Lacey, Krikor Ajeman, and Alan Bowbrick.

Carreau won the race by acclamation. His selection was announced in June but as I’ve said before, it’s always news to somebody (usually me.)

CarreauHe will attend SFContario 6/Canvention 35 in Toronto from November 20-22.

CUFF winner Carreau served 25 years in the Canadian Armed Forces before retiring in 2000. He has helped organize conventions in Halifax and Calgary. For the past 18 years he has been involved in the Klingon Assault Group (K.A.G.) Kanada, 10 of them as the Senior Command Officer.

2014 CUFF Nominations Open

cuff01_logoThe Canadian Unity Fan Fund is looking for nominations to be the delegate from Eastern Canada to attend the 2014 V-Con in Surrey, BC this October. CUFF provides for a Canadian sf/fantasy fan to attend Canvention on the opposite side of the country.

Canvention is the annual convention of the Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Association. In 2014 CanVention will be held at V-Con 39 in Vancouver, October 3-5.

In order to be nominated for the CUFF this year an application must be submitted by email to 2013.cuff@gmail.com or via mail to CUFF 2014, c/o 250 Jarvis Street, Toronto, ON M5B 2L2.

Nominees must apply by April 27. Applications require a minimum of three supporters from the West and three from the East, plus a letter from the nominee including a self-description and an explanation about why his/her selection would be beneficial to the community.

Any Canadian fan or pro may individually nominate a fan to be this year’s CUFF delegate by sending an email outlining your reasons for believing that the fan would make a good delegate to: 2013.cuff@gmail.com. Nominators who are not known to the current fund administrators Debra Yeung or Kent Pollard should provide a name and contact info for a fan who is known to one of them.

Final voting will run May 1-21. Anyone may vote for CUFF who has been active in Canadian fandom for two years prior to the Canvention, (so for this year, October of 2013) or anyone who has a membership to Can-Con 2013. Voters are required to make a donation to the fund of at least $5.00.

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CUFF Looking for Candidates

Nominations are open for the 2013 Canadian Unity Fan Fund which will send a fan from Western Canada to Ottawa for Can-Con in October.

Debra Yeung, last year’s winner, explains the Western region of Canada is defined as Manitoba and parts West.

Can-Con is host of 2013’s CanVention, the annual convention of the Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Association.

CUFF nominees must apply by April 21. Applications require a minimum of three supporters from the West and three from the East, plus a letter from the nominee with a self-description and explanation why this would be beneficial for them and their communities.

Any Canadian fan or pro may individually nominate a fan to be this year’s CUFF delegate by sending an email outlining your reasons for believing that the fan would make a good delegate to: 2013.cuff@gmail.com or filling out the form at:- http://bit.ly/14wjpMP. Nominators who are not known to the current fund administrators Debra Yeung or Kent Pollard should provide a name and contact info for a fan who is known to one of them.

Final voting will run May 1-June 10. Anyone may vote for CUFF who has been active in Canadian fandom for two years prior to the Canvention, (so for this year, October of 2013) or anyone who has a membership to Can-Con 2013. Voters are required to make a donation to the fund of at least $5.00

2012 CUFF Winner

Debra Yeung is the winner of the 2012 Canadian Unity Fan Fund. She will be CUFF’s delegate to When Words Collide/Canvention in Calgary Aug 10-12.

CUFF Administrator Kent Pollard reports there were 42 selectors this year. The vote totals were: Debra Yeung, 29; Jane Garthson, 12; No Preference, 1.

Yeung scored a first-round majority (70% of those expressing a preference) to avoid a runoff.

Donations from this year’s selectors added $302.48 to the available funds for the delegate’s trip. Pollard plans a financial report later.

The text of the full press release [PDF file] follows the jump.

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