Yesterday I had a second opportunity to vote for myself in an election, which trust me that doesn’t get any less weird doing it more than once. This time I was picked by our local engineering association (APEGS)’s nomination committee to be nominated for their council. The council is the governing body for the association and it would be for a three year term.
I really don’t even know how my name came up to that committee, but never the less I understand that our engineering association exist because we are self governing body. So in my mind that means some members have to help run it or we end up with getting run directly by the provincial government which could be unpleasant. So I agreed to let my name stand for this year’s election and I will serve if elected.
Besides I’m hardly a shoe in for the job. Actually the other nomination ironically taught me when I took my engineering degree. So yes I’m running against my old professor, which I think provides a nice contrast in choices.
It might seem odd that I’m volunteering for more work , when I fully admit I’m obsessed with not having a day job. Yet the reality is I want more time to do other things like this, I enjoy contributing my time and skills to organizations which I believe can help improve people’s lives. Being free from having to work for salary doesn’t mean I want to stop being involved. Instead it means choosing the work I do based on interest and not the salary.
Do you stand up to support organizations you believe in? If so, how do you contribute? If you had more time to get involved, would you do more?