Panel Discussion: Social Media and Democracy

From the Arab Spring to the Recent Municipal Elections – the Social Media Revolution is reshaping our democracies – or is it?

Is Social Media a fad? Are the changes in the way we perceive and report politics less dramatic than they seem?
How do we deal with the influence of digital media channels?

Five experienced Social Media users have agreed to share their experiences and vision with us:

Norm Letnick @NormLetnick   MLA for Kelowna-Lakecountry
Jessica Samuels @Jessica_Samuels   Journalist
Troy Scott @TroyScott   Radio Personality Q103•1
Jim Csek @CsekCreative  COO Csek Creative
Frithjof Petscheleit @Tweet4Ok   Social Media Consultant


Michele Rule @Michelerule   Former City Councillor


The Event is free of charge but seating is limited.
Please feel free to leave your questions below or:

Email: [email protected]
Twitter: @Tweet4Ok #Panel

The Panel:

Norm Letnick

Panel Member Norm Letnick MLANorm Letnick is currently the Chair of the Select Standing Committee on Health and serves on the Legislative Review Committee. Previously, he was on the Select Standing Committees on Public Accounts, as well as Finance and Government Services.  He is also the President, Francophone Parliamentary Assembly, B.C. Section. He previously served on Kelowna City Council from 2005-2008. Norm is currently working toward a Ph.D. in health economics at UBC Okanagan. His thesis focus is on the effectiveness of Divisions of Family Practice

Jessica Samuels

Panel Member Jessica Samuels

Jessica is a graduate of BCIT’s Broadcast Journalism program getting her start in the industry was as a producer. She’s worked with a few of the province’s well known broadcasters such as Bill Good, Rafe Mair and Vicki Gabereau where she won a Gemini Award. Since arriving in Kelowna in 2005 you will have seen her working for Shaw TV’s Okanagan Today, heard her as Morning Show Co-Host at Vernon’s 107.5 Kiss FM, or on AM1150 in Kelowna as the Afternoon News Anchor or during her Afternoon Drive Show ‘Jacked In’.
Recently, Jessica switched careers and joined the ‘other side’ now using, her knowledge of the media for the forces of good. She works at Kelowna’s Gospel Mission as the 30K Club Coordinator, a non-profit organization focused on moving individuals from homelessness to wholeness.

You can still find her keeping her fingers in the media pie on her on her

Troy Scott


Asst.Program Dir • Music Director • FM Stereo Neighbor Q103•1 | HANK FM Format | CMT’s Greatest TV

Maximizing Social Media for Radio’s advantage

Jim Csek

Jim Csek is a CMA and has held senior management positions in many different companies including, mining, online media, CA firm, and local government. He is often referred to as a “change agent”, whether that be from a human resource, communication, process, or reporting perspective. He is also a founder of DotCom Media Inc., Csek Creative and

Frithjof Petscheleit

Frithjof Petscheleit owner of Tweet4OK Social Media Services

Sharing knowledge, thoughts and opinions have an important place in Frithjof’s life and the real-time internet tools like Twitter, Facebook and YouTube offer an amazing potential to connect with the world. He is valued for my helpful, open and consistent presence as well as interesting content and knowledge. My knowledgeable “hands-on” teaching style has made me a sought-after speaker on Social Networking tools.

Recent blog posts on the topic: The Impact of Social Media on Democracy and Is Social Media a News Network?

Michele Rule

Michele Rule

Michele Rule is a consultant who has worked with traditional media for years but is now foraying into the world of social media. Two-term city Councillor, long-time Kelowna resident and mother of two.

Published by Frithjof

Digital media strategist, coach, community manager and CEO of BlueBird Business Consulting. Blogger, podcaster, content creator and teacher with a passion. Favourite quote: “To succeed in the business of the future we have to become the very people we are trying to reach” ~ Brian Solis

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  1. Interesting post , Just want to share . Pro-democracy sympathizers across the world retweeted and shared the updates, even as the Egyptian government disabled cellphone towers and blocked Twitter in an attempt to censor the material

  2. Pingback: Dear Kelowna Council, Social Media is calling… | Jessica Samuels
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