This online workshop is designed for Maine broadband supporters who wish to be involved in building community engagement for the upcoming vote on the broadband bond. Attendees will be provided with instruction and resources to build knowledge and support on how to effectively activate their communities.
Please join us to learn about recommended approaches to inform the public in this climate of physical distancing. You’ll learn about the power of storytelling and the methodology for gathering and sharing stories to inform neighbors on the issues. Additionally, this workshop will cover talking points and best practices for getting out the vote in challenging times, as well as provide guidance for effective media communication.
After the webinar, attendees will receive a toolkit of resources for working with communities as we prepare for the upcoming vote.
- April 28th, 1:00-2:00 p.m.
- May 1st, 9:00-10:00 a.m.
If you are interested in registering for one of these sessions, please contact us here.
CHARLIE HOFF | Mexico, Maine
Charlie Hoff is the Computer Technology instructor at the Region 9 School of Applied Technology in Mexico, Maine. He has been an active member of the Maine Technology Users Group since about 2001. Prior to joining Region 9, he worked in a wide variety of technical and management positions with MCI and Verizon. Hoff holds degrees in business, cybersecurity, and data processing, along with several IT industry certifications, and is a proud veteran of the US Army.
JESSICA MASSE | Medway, Maine
Jessica is a partner in Designlab, a full-service graphic design and marketing agency in Millinocket, and lives with her husband and children in Medway. Prior to joining Designlab, she was an information analyst at the Jackson Laboratory, managed a research lab at Harvard Medical School, and was an adjunct instructor at the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy. Originally from Caribou, Jessica is a founding member of Katahdin Revitalization, vice president of the Millinocket Memorial Library board of directors, a member of the Our Katahdin board of directors, and a member of the Katahdin Broadband Initiative.
JOEL KATZ | Penobscot, Maine
Joel Katz retired to Penobscot after a long career directing performing arts centers and promoting arts and entertainment events. He has been leading the Penobscot Broadband Committee since 2018 and has helped to organize regional discussions with other towns on the peninsula. Katz's role on the committee has involved substantial public outreach, including writing letters to the editor, as these communities seek long-term broadband solutions that are affordable, reliable, and available to all.
THOMAS SPEAR | Arrowsic, Maine
Thomas Spear is a retired professor of African History who lives in Arrowsic. He was a Peace Corps volunteer in Tanzania, has conducted research in Kenya and Tanzania, and has taught African History at LaTrobe University, Williams College, and the University of Wisconsin. He has long advocated for community-based development.
PATRICIA OH | Bowdoinham, Maine
Patricia Oh, PhD, LMSW, works with communities to develop local environments that make it easier for older people to be fully engaged in community life and enjoy the best possible health and well-being. Based on her work with communities and her research, she contributed a book chapter, "Designing Age-Friendly Environments as a Strategy for Enhancing Social Connectedness," to the recently published Social Isolation of Older Adults: Strategies to Bolster Health and Well-Being and is the lead author on the AARP Roadmap to Livability Series and Rural Livability Report.