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VCON's mascotAs a non-profit, member-based organization, it’s important for us to consult with our community from time to time to find out what we’re doing well, what we can improve on, and what we should offer in the future.

We want to hear from you! We welcome your candid feedback and your creative ideas about how the West Coast Science Fiction Association (WCSFA) can best accomplish our goals.

The survey should take about 10 minutes.

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As a thank you for participating, you can enter to win a free weekend membership to Nothing But Games, June 17-18.

If you have any questions about the survey, contact Andrea at socialmedia [at] wcsfa [dot] org.

Seeking Individuals for WCSFA Volunteer Appointments

HELP WCSFA “DO ALL THE THINGS”!

The WCSFA board has a number of appointed volunteer positions at the top level of the organization that it is looking to fill. Each position is year-round and requires an individual willing to dedicate their time and efforts to getting the necessary work done on a regular basis.

At this time we are looking for people with previous experience and skills, no matter how obtained, that would allow them to pick up the job and run with it.

If this is you, and you are interested in helping WCSFA do more and better for our community of fans, please contact the WCSFA Secretary at secretary [at] wcsfa [dot] org with information about yourself and the skills and experience you have that would make you suitable for the role or roles for which you wish to be considered.

Must-Fill Positions

WCSFA Volunteer Coordinator

Responsible for connecting with and organizing people interested in helping out at WCSFA events and pre- and post- event activities, either on a short-term or long-term basis. Will round up and schedule volunteers when and as needed and will help organize WCSFA sponsored Volunteer Training sessions offered through Fired Up Events. Will coordinate with and may mentor Volunteer Coordinators on the committees dedicated to major events (VCON, Northwest Fan Fest)

WCSFA Social Media Coordinator

Responsible for owning and administering activity on all WCSFA owned social media properties including those for the organization itself and those dedicated to WCSFA’s major events (VCON and Northwest Fan Fest) and the WCSFA.org blog. Will work closely with the Marketing Coordinator to get marketing materials posted in appropriate locations. For event-related properties, will coordinate with and may mentor Social Media Coordinators on the committees dedicated to those events.

WCSFA Marketing Coordinator

Responsible for all marketing and public relations for WCSFA and WCSFA events such as crafting and distributing press releases, developing marketing campaign materials, and arranging all external advertising. Will work closely with the Social Media Coordinator and Sponsorship Coordinator. Will coordinate with and may mentor Marketing/PR Coordinators on the committees dedicated to major events (VCON, Northwest Fan Fest).

WCSFA Sponsorship Coordinator

Responsible for locating and bringing in both major and minor sponsors for all WCSFA events but especially our major ones, VCON and Northwest Fan Fest. Will be responsible for negotiating major sponsorship deals and for tracking the list of minor sponsors. Will work with the Marketing Coordinator to make sure marketing materials include all key sponsors. Will coordinate with and may mentor the Chair and Sponsorship Coordinators on the committees dedicated to major events (VCON, Northwest Fan Fest).

WCSFA Youth Committee Chair

Responsible for organizing and presiding over a committee of young WCSFA members (up to age 25) tasked with providing input, generating ideas and planning programming to help WCSFA attract and keep more of their peers as paid members preferably without drastically altering the core nature of individual events. The committee would initially focus their efforts on VCON, for which this is a particular concern.

Would-Like-To-Fill Positions

WCSFA Fundraising Coordinator

Responsible for planning ways to raise funds for WCSFA, for specific events, for designated charities, or other reasons. Methods may range from a silent auction – alone or in conjunction with an event – up to a ticketed dinner and dance event, and anything in between. The Fundraising Coordinator would also be responsible for obtaining donations to use as silent auction items or event door prizes and would work closely with the Sponsorship Coordinator on this front. Will coordinate with and may mentor the Chair and Fundraising Coordinators on the committees dedicated to major events (VCON, Northwest Fan Fest)

WCSFA Campus Committee Chair

Responsible for organizing and presiding over a committee of individuals currently attending local post-secondary institutions dedicated to promoting WCSFA itself and WCSFA events on local campuses. Will work closely with the Volunteer Coordinator, the Marketing Coordinator and the Youth Committee.  Ideally, this role will go to someone who attends or works at a post-secondary institution, although we will consider anyone who can show appropriate experience and networks with one or more local campuses.

WCSFA Website Content Coordinator

Responsible for the content on all WCSFA web properties (WCSFA.org, VCON.ca, NorthwestFanFest.com). Will create, update and delete content when and as necessary. Will work closely with the Marketing Coordinator and the Social Media Coordinator (who will be responsible for blog content on WCSFA.org and who will need to know about updated or new content). May appoint Website Content Assistants to work as copywriters and copy editors. For our event-related web properties, will coordinate with and may mentor Website Content Coordinators on the committees dedicated to those events.

VCON To Have Breakout Year in 2017

WCSFA Says: We’re Doing All the Things!

The West Coast Science Fiction Association (WCSFA) announced today that 2017 would be a “breakout year” for VCON– that is, they will be breaking out individual aspects of their annual three-day event into several, smaller, tightly focused events scheduled throughout the year.

VCON, the signature event for WCSFA is a long established general SF convention lasting three days but “Three days a year isn’t enough!” according to Chris Sturges, WCSFA president. “We have many more ideas and plans than we can fit in, we need more time! We tried the time travel convention (VCON 40), but that didn’t work.”

With that in mind, WCSFA is announcing a series of events in 2017, to allow more people to attend VCON related-events, and to bring the ideas and strengths of our volunteers to the forefront. So far we are planning:

VCON Relaxicon 41 ½.
We’re scaling back the traditional VCON just a bit, focussing more on people getting together with people. We want to make sure people have time to relax and enjoy the community that we’ve all worked to build. We can confirm that this event is a go and will be held 28-29 October 2017 at the Vancouver Guildford Sheraton Hotel.
Nothing But Games.
A 2-day event featuring tabletop and board games, console gaming, stand up arcade games, a Magic Tournament, head to head Artemis bridges, and much more.
All the Art.
A high profile art show featuring the best artists from our art show and invited guests, celebrating Science Fiction and fantasy artwork of all mediums.

We have many more events on our list, but we need your help! If you have an idea for an event or would like to help with one of the planned events, please contact the WCSFA Secretary at secretary [at] wcsfa [dot] org.

WCSFA Takes on Stewardship of Northwest Fan Fest

Northwest Fan Fest: We’re not Dead Yet!

The West Coast Science Fiction Association (WCSFA) and The West Coast Fan Society (WCFS) announced today that the show will go on, as WCSFA agrees to accept stewardship of the Northwest Fan Fest convention (previously supported by WCFS) to ensure it will continue as the popular festival of genre media, cosplay and gaming that is has become, and will have the opportunity to grow to its fullest potential.

In the immortal words of Cameron Locke, president of WCFS, “The rumours of NWFF’s demise are greatly exaggerated!”

This year will see several smaller events hosted by WCSFA to promote all the most vital elements of NWFF and keep the heart of NWFF pumping.

“Northwest Fan Fest fills a vital niche in our community, it’s our duty to support it and help it grow,” said Chris Sturges, president of WCSFA, “We are planning a number of smaller events this year to support the community that puts on and attends NWFF.”

The events planned so far include a Walkoff-Rager event, a Gaming-only event, a Costume and Cosplay workshop series, and a Cosplay picnic. If you are interested in helping with these events or have an idea for a fan event, please contact the WCSFA Secretary at secretary [at] wcsfa [dot] org!