Meet Emma McGarrity - Senior Organiser Member programs

Meet Emma McGarrity - Senior Organiser Member programs

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Screen_Shot_2017-09-20_at_7.06.58_pm.pngI’m Emma, and I work on the Organising Team at GetUp. My role is to develop programs that support members to connect with one another and pull off ambitious, impactful actions. During last year’s election it meant supporting member-led candidate forums, GetTogethers, Meet Your MP and our election day effort. (I also got married!)

One of my first and favourite moments at GetUp was back in 2013 while visiting voter booths in western Sydney on election day. At my very first booth, a man stopped to ask a GetUp volunteer who she was handing out for. I watched this member passionately explain what GetUp is, and the important issues we stand for. When she finished, the man pointed to a spare GetUp t-shirt lying nearby and asked if he could join her.

To me, that’s people-power. Every day people are cutting through the spin with meaningful conversation and authentic human connection. And that’s what excites me most about GetUp: that we’re transitioning from an online movement to an interconnected community of members who work together not just online, but on the phones, in our homes and the streets.