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Vote for your favourite federal candidate and raise money for a recovery house at the same time

Nicole Richard wants you to donate to The Bridge youth recovery project while voting for your favourite Central Okanagan federal candidate.
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October 08, 2019 - 1:30 PM

KELOWNA - Nicole Richard is the Socially Anxious People Person who has taken portraits of nine of the Central Okanagan’s federal candidates.

By going to her Kelowna Photo Vote site you can view the shots and vote for your favourite photo by donating at least $1.

Any money raised will go to The Bridge Youth and Family Services fundraising efforts to build a Youth Recovery House in Kelowna.

You can vote for your favourite photo or your favourite candidate.

“You can do whatever you want, just sent in a couple of bucks,” Richard told “Just have some fun.”

The site, on the other hand, does say this is not political and to vote for your favourite photo.

She started lining up portrait shoots in June and tried hard to get every candidate to participate but some just did not respond or weren't able to arrange a time for the portrait. Still, nine of them did, including all the major parties except for Stephen Fuhr, Liberal MP for Kelowna-Lake Country.

Candidates are also participating from the Central Okanagan-Similkameen-Nicola riding.

“In the last federal election, a local bakery did political party cookies and they were flying off the shelf,” Richard said. “I thought, wow, I’d love to do this and the funds go to something good. I love politics. It’s so inspiring.”

Richard started her Socially Anxious People Person web and Facebook sites 22 weeks ago. She does a portrait of an inspiring person each week. They post their photos and stories on their own social media sites and encourage donations be made to Richard’s sites.

So far, that’s raised about $10,000 for The Bridge.

The winner of the photo contest will have his or her platform posted on Richard’s site for the last week before the election. She would also like to follow them around during the last week of the campaign, taking photos and writing stories to post on her page.

Voting started today and wraps up at 9 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 14.

You can view the photos and vote here.

To contact a reporter for this story, email Rob Munro or call 250-808-0143 or email the editor. You can also submit photos, videos or news tips to the newsroom and be entered to win a monthly prize draw.

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