With the upcoming Board of Trustees Election 2022, Movement Strategy and Governance Team’s facilitators talked to several Election Volunteers from different communities to hear about their experiences and motivation to join the Election Volunteer program.
This blog is a result of collaborative writing between the MSG facilitators and EV program volunteers.
Please tell us about yourself.
I am Goodness Ignatius (she/her/hers) from Nigeria. I have master’s and bachelor’s degrees in Library and Information Science. I have been a school Librarian over the years, also the founder of Digital Library Forum and Nesky Craft and Decor. On Wikimedia Foundation, I am the coordinator of the Ig Wiki librarians hub, an arm of the Igbo Wikimedians User Group; member, Ombuds Commission; member, Leadership Development Working Group, amongst others. I easily understand the use of technological tools and gadgets. I am always ready to listen, learn, unlearn and relearn. I speak, write, and read: Igbo ig-N, English en-5, Hausa ha-4 languages.
What motivated you to join the EV program?
My motivation for joining is solely to help out and to understand more about the Wikimedia movement. I’m not really sure how I got the information, it could be from the mailing list or the content page on Meta-Wiki
What are some challenges and successes that you would like to share?
It is really an exciting experience for me because I stay informed and also pass information to my community. I really like translation interface on Meta-Wiki.
Looking ahead: What are your expectations for the upcoming 2022 BoT Elections? What would you like to do, and how would you like to be involved?
My expectations are that eligible voters can participate, communities would be informed adequately, and encourage their members to vote. I’ll like to participate in areas that help and volunteers will be will be needed.