The following members have been nominated as the 2018 TRUSU Election Candidates. Below you will find a video introduction of each candidate along with a short bio and links to their social media and emails. Watch their videos to find out more about each candidate or contact them to ask questions and find out more about why they want to be your representative!

There will be three candidates forums where members will have the opportunity to talk to candidates running for election. The forums will take place in the TRUSU Lecture Hall at the following times:

Voting for the election will take place in the TRUSU Lecture Hall. Voters must bring one piece of photo identification (drivers licence, passport, student card, etc) in order to cast a ballot. Voting will take place at the following times:

Click on the links below to jump to videos from candidates for a specific position:

President Vice President Equity Vice President External Vice President Internal Vice President Services
Graduate Representative Indigenous Representative International Representative LGBTQ+ Representative Visible Minorities Representative
Campaigns Committee Representative Entertainment Committee Representative Services Committee Representative  University Affairs Committee Representative  

 

Candidates for President

Tatiana Gilbert  

Progressive Student Advocates

Faculty of Study: School of Business and Economics
Program: Bachelor of Business – Marketing
Year: Year

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Candidate Biography

Tatiana Gilbert is the current President of the TRU Students’ Union and is seeking re-election for the upcoming 2018/19 term. Throughout her experience in the student movement, she has developed informed stances on critical student issues, which have inspired her to take a strong, leading role in their resolutions. 

With a strong will to take part in important decisions and have her voice heard, Tatiana’s passion for progress has helped her amplify student voices through advocacy and action. She knows that when it comes to student issues, a powerful conviction is essential. Her natural ability in leadership roles both on and off campus means that wherever she engages, she stays involved and completes the project. 

Tatiana’s bid for Presidency is grounded in her initiative, experience and dedication. With a firm confidence in herself and slate, she will ensure that students get the representation and results they deserve.

Gagandeep Singh 

Yours Truly

Faculty of Study: School of Business and Economics
Program: BBA
Year: Three

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Candidate Biography

Gagandeep Singh is a third year student at TRU, who’s running for the position of TRUSU’s President. Gagandeep has been involved with many clubs and with the student union for roughly three and half years now; Gagandeep became a part of the student caucus in his first year, and was elected as the VP Internal the following year, and currently he is serving as the VP Services, therefore Gagandeep has chaired the Entertainment, Equity, and is now chairing the Services Committee. Gagandeep’s experience in the past few years has both informed him on key issues students face and has inspired him to take a strong leading role. Gagandeep continuously connects with many students on a daily basis and tries to understand the problems students face attempting to resolve them. Gagandeep is a person who doesn’t give up until he’s achieved his goal, therefore he wants to continue serving as a Board of Director as each year is a step closer to success for him. Gagandeep’s experience in leadership helps him voice himself and the student body when important decision making. If elected, Gagandeep is committed to help make the changes students want to see on campus. Gagandeep will continue to make sure student voices are heard, as he wishes to help be the change every student wants to see on campus, to help make TRU a great study environment for all. Please come out and support Gagandeep and his slate Yours Truly!! Thank you!

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Candidates for  Vice President Equity

Arjun Gill   

Yours Truly

Faculty of Study: Faculty of Nursing
Program: Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Year: Two

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Candidate Biography

I am a second-year nursing student running with the slate Yours Truly. I enjoy promoting the social inclusion of all students and improving student well-being. I currently serve as the T.R.U.S.U. Services Committee Representative, and I represent T.R.U. students on the university’s senate as a Student Senator. In the community, I volunteer as a Medical First Responder with Saint John Ambulance and teach aviation to youth in the Royal Canadian Air Cadets. I hope to act as a strong voice for female, First Nations, LGBTQ+, and visible minority students. As the Vice President of Equity, I hope to increase club involvement in equity initiatives, improve the accessibility and diversity of equity events, and empower underrepresented students. Thank you!

 

Gurmanpreet Kaur

Independent

No Biography Submitted

Sierra Rae

Progressive Student Advocates

Faculty of Study: Faculty of Science
Program: Natural Resource Science
Year: Three

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Candidate Biography

Sierra Rae is a Natural Resource Science student in her 3rd year. She is active member of the TRU campus and has been a part of a number of projects including but not limited to; Refugees Welcome Here, Women in STEM, the Storytellers Gala, the Pride Parade, Debunking Islamophobia. In 2016, she was elected as the Women’s Representative on the TRUSU Board of Directors. For the last 3 years Sierra has volunteered on the Student Caucus Steering Committee, where she was heavily involved with campaigns for Hungry for Choice, the Student Budget Consultation, Parking, and Open Textbooks. If elected, Sierra will represent her committee’s interests and design an annual timeline of events for the promotion of equity on campus. Sierra is committed to providing the campus with equitable outreach and consultation, an increase in all-gender washrooms, menstrual supplies available readily on campus, and conversation on housing for First Nation communities. She would like to see a campus environment with a variety of safe spaces for mental health and well-being. Sierra is running with the Progressive Student Advocates (PSA), and would like to see her slate elected for the 2018/2019 term. A vote for PSA is a vote for equity!

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Candidates for Vice President External

 Cole Hickson

Progressive Student Advocates

Faculty of Study: Faculty of Arts
Program: Political Science/Economics
Year: Three

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Candidate Biography

Cole Hickson is a third-year Political Science/Economics student who is running for the position of Vice President External with the Progressive Student Advocates (PSA).

Cole has a firsthand understanding of the anxieties associated with the costs of post-secondary education, attending largely due to a severe shoulder injury which restricted his options. Cole has since been a tireless advocate towards meaningfully addressing these concerns, understanding that the best interests of students are ultimately the best interests of a society.

Cole’s unparalleled passion is backed up by his extensive experience.

Cole has been on the TRUSU Board of Directors for the past two years both as a Director-at-Large and the VP External. In those roles, Cole played an integral part in the development and carrying out of campaigns such as ‘Fund the Future’ (designed to address TRU’s inequitable funding), and ‘Invest for Success’ (to create the most effective/efficient form financial aid for BC).

Further, Cole spent the past two years as a member of the Student Caucus. He spent this time addressing TRU’s notorious food quality, addressing the rising costs of textbooks and engaging the student population on what their priorities are, through initiatives such as ‘Hungry for Choice’, ‘Open Textbooks’, and the ‘Student Budget Consultation

Cole, his committee, and the PSA are running on a platform that is data-driven, politically palatable, and capable of delivering a tangible outcome to benefit the students of TRU and beyond.

Vote PSA!

 

Paola Lopéz

Yours Truly

Faculty of Study: School of Business and Economics
Program: Marketing
Year: Two

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Candidate Biography

Hello!

You have no idea how many times I typed and erased this paragraph because I couldn’t find the exact words to describe my personality or to provide you an idea of the type of person that I am. But, I just hope you can relate to my experience.

My name is Paola Lopez. I come from a small country in Central America, El Salvador. A country where you find a warm welcome and a smile in every corner, where the sun is shining at least 300 days during a year and where the beach is only a 15 minutes drive away.I have travel 6,559.5 km away from my culture, my home, and my family in order to get the experience and knowledge I need to become the person that I once had a dream of.
I am in love with the idea of combining my future knowledge and my heart to speak for those who can’t speak and be part of all what is good and transparent. I’ve always been a person that fights for what she believes on, and this is not the exception.

 

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Candidates for Vice President Internal

 Simranjit Singh

Progressive Student Advocates

Faculty of Study: School of Business and Economics
Program: Master of Business Administration
Year: Two

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Candidate Biography

Simranjit Singh is a 2nd-year Master of Business Administration student who is running for Vice President Internal with the slate Progressive Student Advocates (P.S.A.).

In his term as the International Students’ Representative on the Students Union’s Board of Directors, Simranjit has been a relentless advocate of students and worked effortlessly towards his goal to improve the rights and concerns of both international and domestic students in any way he could. Along with other members of Students’ Caucus Steering Committee, he successfully lobbied TRU administration to hold a meaningful food services consultation, freeze the parking for 2018/2019 year, implement Degree Works program and have more strategic funds for “Open Textbooks”.

After striving to improve university governance, Simranjit is now focused on creating a more vibrant and fun environment for students on TRU campus. His desire to boost students and clubs involvement in university life is compounded by his active social background and extensive volunteer involvement. His past involvements with clubs and students has equipped him with the tools and connections vital to exceed as the Vice President Internal. He also possesses excellent interpersonal skills, and is excited to collaborate with the Entertainment Committee, as well as hear feedback from students to start the entertainment that will create lasting university memories.

To Vote for Simranjit and Progressive Student Advocates is to vote for better entertainment.

“WE AREN’T IN AN INFORMATION AGE, WE ARE IN AN ENTERTAINMENT AGE” – Tony Robbins

 

Patience Nyoka

Yours Truly

Faculty of Study: School of Business and Economics
Program: Bachelor of Business Administration
Year: Two

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Candidate Biography

Hey There.

My name is Patience Nyoka and I am in my second year of the business administration degree and I am running for the position of Vice President Internal. I want to run for this position because I want to advocate for those that cannot advocate for themselves. I believe that the only way to lead is to serve and I plan on listening to all the ideas students have so that the events that take place are events they want to go to. I want to emphasize the importance of entertainment as it is also a platform for socializing and networking and provides an opportunity for students to interact with one another, make friends and gain confidence. I want to have events that are based on diversity and events that are inclusive. I believe entertainment provides a chance for students to express themselves but that can only happen if the students enjoy the events planned for them. I am a happy soul and strongly believe in the power of a smile. My favorite quote is ” The only person you are destined to be is the person you decide to be.”

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Candidates for  Vice President Services

Inderpreet Bains

Yours Truly

Faculty of Study: School of Business and Economics
Program: Bachelor of Business Administration
Year: Three

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Candidate Biography

Inderpreet Bains is a third year student at TRU, who’s running for the position of Vice President Services. Inderpreet is currently serving as the Services Committee Representative on TRUSU’s board of directors; What motivated Inderpreet to run for this position last year was the amount of TRU students who are dissatisfied with the services provided to them. This year Inderpreet would like to step it up and chair the Services Committee as she is well familiar with the services now. For the past year Inderpreet has been working very hard on the Services Committee and throughout the year she has been informed on key issues students face with TRUSU’s Services. Inderpreet has been working on promoting TRU’s Services for the last year and if elected she wishes to work on improving the services this year and hopefully introducing more services, as last year she found it was important to first educate the student body on the services available to them as many students still did not know that. If elected on the position of VP Services Inderpreet will continue to take student voices to authority and help make the changes every student wishes to see. Inderpreet would like to continue to bring a positive change for the students and try her best to make the right decisions for the student body of TRU. To support Inderpreet and her slate Yours Truly please come and vote. Thank you!

Samantha Baker

Progressive Student Advocates

Faculty of Study: Faculty of Arts
Program: Sociology
Year: Four

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Candidate Biography

Samantha Baker is a 4th-year student in the Bachelor of Arts program; she is majoring in Sociology & minoring in English.

Samantha’s drive for serving others can be seen from her work study in student affairs and Co-op with the orientation department, she organized the 2017 Orientation event and provided students with information/resources to help them transition into university life. Along with her school and Co-op, she also can be found volunteering at Aberdeen Elementary school, facilitating a supportive environment for a grade 1-3 class.

Samantha aspiration is to improve the world around her and her focus at TRU is to eventually become an elementary school educator. With that, she is always improving and trying new things to make projects fun, engaging, and exciting so students that find schooling a healthy challenge, and not a reluctant chore.

Samantha gives 110% every day and in everything she does. Her efforts are recognized by both her peers and faculty alike, honored as an Arts Student Ambassador last year.

With such drive for improvement – matched barely by the others in the Progressive Student Advocates (PSA) – Samantha will be a fantastic choice as the next VP Services.

Vote for PSA this March 14 – 16 in the TRUSU Lecture Hall.

“The road to success is always under construction” -Arnold Palmer

Joginder Singh

Independent

Faculty of Study: School of Business and Economics
Program: International Business
Year: Two

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Candidate Biography

Joginder Singh Maan is a second year student majoring in international business at Thompson Rivers University, who is running for the position of Vice President of Student Services. His motivation to run for this position was his own initial personal experience as a new student at TRU where he had no access to any personal help to adjust. Since then, Joginder has been trying his best to personally help new incoming students. Joginder has been a member of the TRUSU student orientation volunteering team for the past two semesters. By electing Joginder, you will be enabling him to help you with any issues and make your experience as a student at TRU a smooth one. Joginder realizes that there is no I in team and that we all have to work together to make every student’s life better at TRU. Joginder would be honored to serve you all as your Vice President of Student Services Committee. If you believe in Joginder, please show your support by coming to vote on 14th-16th March between 9 am and 5 pm in the TRUSU Board Room inside the Campus Activity

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Candidates for Graduate Representative

Fatimah Abdullahi

Progressive Student Advocates

Faculty of Study: School of Business and Economics
Program: Masters of Business Administration
Year: Two

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Candidate Biography

Fatimah Abdullahi is a Nigerian and a second year MBA student at TRU. Her background is in accounting as such, she is very adept at critical thinking and problem solving. She is currently a member-at-large of the services committee at TRUSU. She is one of a few responsible for overseeing the development and implementation of the annual services plan for the union. She has a passion for volunteering and was the Volunteer Coordinator of the 2017 BC MBA games at TRU. In addition, she has contributed to her community through volunteering for the Kamloops Ribs festival and the recently concluded 2018 BC Winter games and many other events hosted at TRU such as the Idays. By working alongside members of the Progressive Student Advocates, she is excited by the probable chance of meeting the needs of all graduate students and contributing positive changes to the campus community.

Shireen Rahman

Yours Truly

Faculty of Study: School of Business and Economics
Program: Master of Business Administration
Year: One

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Candidate Biography

Hello, I am Shireen Rahman and I am from India. I am currently enrolled to the Masters of Business Administration program at the Thompson Rivers University. I am running for the position of graduate representative.
I did my undergraduate studies in India and I pursued the Bachelors of Business Administration with a major in marketing.
At my undergraduate university, I was involved in the following-

1)Entertainment representative at my university
2)Represented my university internationally at the Singapore Management University, 2014
3)Social worker for the the specially abled children
4)Awarded second best speaker at the Anti Nationals debate against ragging.

I have been involved at TRU in the following ways-
1) Served as volunteer manager for the international marketing webinar conference, 2017
2)Hosted the Diwali event held at TRU in 2017
3) An active member in the MBA games, 2017
4)The current Vice President of the MBA club at TRU.

Marriappan Vasudevan

Independent

Faculty of Study: School of Business and Economics
Program: MBA
Year: One

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Candidate Biography

Experienced software professional with over more than 5 years of work experience. Completed over more than 80 projects in three different organizations
Undergraduate degree in engineering with a first class division from the University of Mumbai
More than 300 volunteer hours in rural development, youth empowerment and community development.
Have been selected to be the Technical Head, Student Coordinator for the Student Union in the undergraduate degree and have organized more than 100 events during annual student festival

 

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Candidates for Indigenous Representative 

James-Dean Aleck

Progressive Student Advocates

Faculty of Study: Faculty of Arts
Program: Theatre Arts
Year: Four

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Candidate Biography

James-Dean Aleck is grandson of Fred Alec and Roberta Simpson Aleck.

Growing up James was raised by his grandparents, with his grandfather being chief for most of his life, putting James-Dean in line to be the hereditary chief.

He has been Indigenous Representative for two years, taking part in many Equity actions and movements across TRU.

James plans to keep moving forward and help create change for a better way of living, not just for his people, but for all people across Canada and the world. If re-elected James will continue to take actions that ensure the issues that First Nation people – and any other oppressed groups – face will be heard and take action to solve.

James-Dean hopes that one day we can all stand together as equals and take a step forward together for a better world.

Your vote is greatly appreciated. Vote for PSA!

Josh Martinez

Yours Truly

Faculty of Study: School of Business and Economics
Program: 
Year: One

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Candidate Biography

My name is Josh Shackelly-Martinez, I am a 25-year-old aboriginal student in my first semester. I’m studying business as I one day hope to start an organization that will give me the ability to provide opportunities for employment and education for aboriginal people.
I was born and raised on Vancouver’s east end, as I was growing up I seen the effects that alcohol, drugs and crime has had on aboriginal people. I plan to one day be able to make change and help youth growing up in these environments break the cycles caused by the intergenerational impacts. I’m new to the university and don’t have much experience but I want to make a change and the best way to learn is by doing.

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Candidates for  International Representative

Giriraj Ojha

Progressive Student Advocates

Faculty of Study: School of Business and Economics
Program: Post baccalaureate
Year: Two

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Candidate Biography

Giriraj Ojha is a second year student from India studying for a Post Baccalaureate Diploma in Marketing. Giriraj is a member of the TRU Modern Marketers and Financing Clubs, and is currently also a member of student caucus. Giriraj is an energetic leader and has been a key coordinator of events such as the Business Gala and Idays at TRU. As a member of student caucus, Giriraj worked hard in support of the Hungry for Choice and Open Textbooks campaigns to support student options. As International Students Representative, Giriraj Ojha will be continuing to work hard for these campaigns and advocating the international student perspective. Notably, Giriraj and the Progressive Student Advocates will be working to cap international student tuition fees.

A vote for Giriraj Ojha and the PSA is a vote for a strong international student voice and a vote for a better future.

Damandeep Singh

Yours Truly

Faculty of Study: School of Business and Economics
Program: BBA
Year: One

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Candidate Biography

Damandeep Singh is a first year international student enrolled in the BBA Program. Damandeep has decided to run for the position of TRUSU’s International Student Representative. If elected, Damadeep desires to increase and improve student services and empowerment, reduce the inequality international students face on campus, and wishes to make TRU a more lively campus so students have the chance to distract themselves when feeling homesick. Damandeep has currently been quite active on campus, and is involved in various clubs. Damandeep demonstrates leadership as he tries his best to help any student he can, which has also inspired him to run for this position. Being an International student, Damandeep understands the issues international students face while studying abroad and with the help of his team, Yours Truly, he can work to address them. Damandeep wishes to be the change he wants to see on campus! Thank you!

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Candidates for LGBTQ+  Representative 

Beckham Evans

Progressive Student Advocates

Faculty of Study: Faculty of Arts
Program: Adventure Therapy
Year: Four

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Candidate Biography

Beckham Evans is a fourth-year student working towards a degree in Adventure Therapy. His passion for LGBTQ+ rights stems from his personal experience as an openly transgender man. Much of Beckham’s leadership skills were developed through his 7 years in the Royal Canadian Army Cadets, and from working as a Resident Advisor at TRU Residence on campus. Through Beckham’s journey of coming-out and transitioning in his third year of university, he has recognized the systemic barriers that exist for transgender and gender non-conforming students. Beckham’s goal is to eliminate these challenges that TRU students face. Through education, outreach and action Beckham is committed to working hard and advocating for the LGBTQ+ community. He believes every student deserves a safe academic environment regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity.
To vote for Beckham Evans and the P.S.A is a vote for inclusivity!

Gloria Franciso

Yours Truly

Faculty of Study: Faculty of Science
Program: Biology
Year: One

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Candidate Biography

I am an international student from Angola in south-west Africa. i like to read, go for walks, listen to music and i love memes.

I am running for the position of LGBTQ+ Representative because I would like to see more inclusion and representation for anyone who identifies as as any letter in the queer spectrum, and any other visible minority.

I am a resident advisor at TRU-McGill housing. I believe that the skills I have learned and improved in this job will help me in this position too. Working in res-life has taught me how to create a community, how to make sure that everyone feels welcome, that everyone feels heard, and how to create a safe and inclusive environment for people of different backgrounds.

These are some of the things that I’d like to bring to TRUSU – a community filled with love, support, inclusion, representation etc.

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Candidates for Visible Minorities Representative 

Yogesh Gandhi

Yours Truly

Faculty of Study: School of Business and Economics
Program: Post Baccalaureate Diploma – Finance
Year: Two

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Candidate Biography

Yogesh is a post-baccalaureate finance student at Thompson Rivers University(TRU). He works at Walmart as a Customer Service Manager. Previously, he was associated with Bank of America (derivatives project). Yogesh is from India. Being a follower of Mahatma Gandhi, Yogesh believes in doing good for the society and serve the society at best.

While we attend a great institution Yogesh believe that together we can perfect our University. He’ll work hard to tackle the issues most important to you so you don’t have to by ensuring your voices are heard in our student government. The issues he plan on addressing include our Sexual Misconduct Policy, ensuring that it is applied to all people equally, without regards to gender, race, or sexuality.

A vote for me is a vote for you! Vote for a rep who listens and gets things done.

Ibrahim Mussa

Progressive Student Advocates

Faculty of Study: School of Business and Economics
Program: BBA
Year: Three

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Candidate Biography

Ibrahim Mussa is a third-year student in the Bachelor of Business Administration program at TRU.

Since highschool, Ibrahim has been part of various student unions (including TRUSU), community organizations, and clubs over the span of several countries.

Currently, Ibrahim is the serving President of TRUMSA Club. He has played an integral role in planning such major events as the ‘Welcoming 2018’ and the annual ‘Muslim Festival of Eid Al Fitr’.

As a speaker of five languages, Ibrahim prides himself on being a connector of cultures, minds, and hearts within any community. Because of his unmatched experience, vast knowledge, and tireless passion, Ibrahim will be the best candidate to serve you as the next Visible Minorities Representative of TRUSU.

Vote for the Progressive Student Advocates (PSA) and Ibrahim Mussa for a students union you can be proud of.

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Candidates for Women’s Representative 

Elycia Buckley

Progressive Student Advocates

Faculty of Study: Faculty of Science 
Program: Computing Science
Year: Four

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Candidate Biography

Elycia Buckley is Bachelors of Computing Science Student seeking a position as the Women’s Representative. Elycia takes an active role in her community both on and off campus. She was selected by Kamloops Innovation as the youngest panelist for the Women In Tech:#RealWITTalk panel and is the first female president of the TRUSU Computing Science Club. She is a mentor for high-school students interested in technology, teaches a Robot-Building workshop for children, and takes interest in inspiring girls to pursue a future in science. If elected, Elycia strives to achieve inclusive learning, living, and working environments for Students with Disabilities. She will be campaigning to improve sexual violence outreach and education by student consultation, promoting safe spaces, and working with TRU to review the Sexual Violence Policy. She is committed to making TRU a place where all students can have a safe, inclusive, and active experience at TRU.

Paige Caswell

Yours Truly

Faculty of Study: Faculty of Arts
Program: Theatre
Year: Three

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Candidate Biography

Hi! My name is Paige Caswell, and I would love to be your Women’s Representative. As a 3rd year Bachelor of Arts student majoring in Theatre, I see this as an amazing opportunity to advocate for ideals that I am passionate about.

As a woman entrepreneur, as well as an Arts Ambassador, I will empower the women, LGBTQ, Aborginal, and visible minorities of TRU.

My experience in this will assist me in creating such opportunities to make a positive influence on the Women’s lives at TRU.

I am a strong advocate for body positivity, women in power, equal pay, as well as taking a stand against bullying, racism, inequality, and sexual harassment. All of which are prevalent in society today — the time is now to change that.
Now is the time for the empowered women to empower women!

Thank you!

Shilpy Verma

Independent

Faculty of Study: School of Business and Economics
Program: Post bacc in business administration
Year: One

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Candidate Biography

I am an international student at TRU.

I love to explore various cultures and get to know people’s perspective on life.

I believe that the true purpose of being alive is to bring happiness in the life of every single soul you meet during your journey of life.

Love,Hope and Focus goes a long way!!

Dont forget to smile coz today is another beautiful da

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Candidates for Campaigns Committee Representative (2)  

Obaapa Ayisa

Yours Truly

Faculty of Study: School of Business and Economics
Program: Bachelor of Business Administration
Year: Two

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Candidate Biography

I am currently a second year student in the Bachelors of Business administration and majoring in marketing. After working with residence life for two years as a resident advisor, working with students has become a great passion of mine and would like to expand my scope to students beyond the walls of the residence. Educating my fellow students on some of the things that are going on on campus and letting them know their opinions matter even as students and some of the things we can change, will bring great joy to me as a person, which is why I feel that I would be the perfect candidate for this position. I believe strongly in the progression of the Student Union and I am comitted to bringing energy and enthusiasm to every duty in the campaign committee representatives agenda

Aria Kornas

Progressive Student Advocates

Faculty of Study: School of Business and Economics
Program: Economics
Year: Three

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Candidate Biography

My name is Aria (she/her) and I’m running to be your next Campaigns Committee Representative!

Over the past year, I volunteered with the committee as a Member-at-Large, and got the chance to work on a number of projects that address issues such as the ever-growing costs of post-secondary education, availability of up-front financial aid, as well as better institutional funding for TRU.

I’d love to continue this important work and expand on it by advocating for international tuition fairness and more accessible public transit solutions, especially during non-peak hours. I’m also committed to making social, environmental, financial sustainability, as well as transparency, a top priority in all aspects of Student’s Union activity.

If you have any questions, concerns or ideas to better our collective university experience, message me at ariamkornas@gmail.com. I’d love to connect with you!

Siddarth Sharma

Yours Truly

Faculty of Study: School of Business and Economics
Program: Post Baccalaureate Diploma – Finance
Year: Two

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Candidate Biography

Siddharth Sharma is a post-baccalaureate finance student at Thompson Rivers University. He has an academic background in marketing and accounting as well. He is of the belief that a good campaign plays a very important role in the success of any event or amendment.

He has always been a part of the student council from high school which has inculcated in him a sense of bringing about change since a very young age. He has a firm belief that every student on campus is connected and has a right to stand up for each other. He has a corporate background in Marketing and Operations for Multi-national companies like Amazon.

Siddharth, if given an opportunity, promises to strive for bringing about the necessary changes that every student here at TRU is waiting for.

Nicholas Warner

Progressive Student Advocates

Faculty of Study: Faculty of Arts
Program: Geography/History
Year: Three

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Candidate Biography

Nicholas Warner is a third year student with a passion for politics and equality. In tangent with his school work, Nicholas has been a Campaigns-Coordinator with the TRU Eco Club, and is currently a Member-at-Large with our student union. Through these positions, Nicholas has enjoyed making our campus and the community more sustainable, more accessible, and more admirable. Working with our student union on campaigns such as Fund the Future, Nicholas has worked tirelessly to ensure that TRU is a top tier university better able to serve it’s students. Nicholas has also been working with the committee to ensure that the British Columbia government makes universities more accessible to students by implementing a need-based grant system.

To vote for Nicholas Warner and the Progressive Student Advocates is to vote for these campaigns to continue forward. A vote for PSA is a vote for student progress.

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Candidates for Entertainment Committee Representative (2)  

Christian Andrews

Progressive Student Advocates

Faculty of Study: School of Business and Economics
Program: Economics and Entrepreneurship
Year: Two

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Candidate Biography

As vice-president of operations at Enactus Christian has overseen all events and entertainment for the club. Leading his team to victory at the regional competition he has the drive to make change to the community while energizing our campus. With his open mind he is not afraid to try new things. His diverse way of thinking truly empowers others around him.

Mackenzie Byers

Independent

Faculty of Study: Nursing
Program: Bachelor of Nursing
Year: One

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Candidate Biography

Over the past two years I have worked closely with Abbotsford’s City Council members where I have learned a lot about leadership, commitment, and time management. I served on Abbotsford’s Safety and Advisory Committee and have been an active member in the City Council General Meetings, where I voiced my opinion on potential city regulations. The skills I have learned from these involvements will be very beneficial to my success in this election as well as for my potential position as Entertainment Committee Representative. Last year, I also planned and hosted a charity dinner. This event raised $8000 for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and has taught me many valuable planning skills that I will put to use to benefit all of TRU if I get elected as the Entertainment Committee Representative.

Haonan Deng

Progressive Student Advocates

Faculty of Study: School of Business and Economics
Program: Accounting
Year: Three

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Candidate Biography

Haonan Deng – a third-year accounting student from China – is excited to be running with the Progressive Student Advocates for this upcoming election!

Haonan has been working as the president of the Chinese Students Scholars Association for the past few years, responsible for leading one of the largest events on campus, the annual Chinese Spring Festival Gala.

Last year, Haonan joined TRUSU as a Member-At-Large in the Entertainment Committee. From this, he has been diligently involved in the planning and promoting of the ‘Back to School BBQ’, ‘Out Door Movie Night’ and ‘Common Voices Lecture Series’. All of which gave him the necessary experience to be a highly effective representative for the Entertainment and Board of Directors.

Nevertheless, Haonan believes there are areas of tangible improvement for Entertainment on campus, and hopes to work tirelessly to ensure TRU is not just a place to learn, but to thrive.

Arman Gill

Your Truly

Faculty of Study: Faculty of Nursing
Program: Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Year: Two

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Candidate Biography

Currently, I am a second-year nursing student. I am from Abbotsford and I enjoy football, Netflix, and coffee. Before coming to TRU, I was a member of the Royal Canadian Air Cadet program and served as president of my school’s Kiwanis International Key Club. I also have experience advocating for youth and collaborating with peers during my three terms on the Abbotsford Youth Council. Currently, I am the second-year representative in the Nursing Undergraduate Society and a member of the Canadian Nursing Student’ Association. In the community, I volunteer as a first aider with St. John’s ambulance and I teach aviation classes to youth. As a hopeful elected representative of TRU students of all programs, years, abilities, cultures, and sexual orientations, I am looking forward to promoting the principles of safety, inclusion, and accessibility in the planning, coordination, and execution of TRU entertainment events and activities.

 

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Candidates for Services Committee Representative (2) 

Kazim Amirali

Independent

Faculty of Study: Faculty of Science
Program: Bachelor’s of computing science
Year: One

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Candidate Biography

I have served in different background of ages and societies. I have served as a administrator as well as an assistant head teacher for a community school. I have been the head of an event organization committee for 2years. I have many other experiences which are similar to the position I am applying for.

Swagatam Mujumber

Yours Truly

Faculty of Study: School of Business and Economics
Program: Post baccalaureate diploma in Accounting
Year: Three

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Candidate Biography

Swagatam is a post baccalaureate accounting student at Thompson Rivers University(TRU).

He is the founding president of the first ever Taxation Club at TRU with an aim to assist students in filing their tax returns at no cost starting from March 2018. In the last 4 months under his leadership the tax club has grown from a modest headcount of three team members to a staggering volunteer base of more than 90 students. Also, it rarely happens that a student gets a full- time job opportunity from one of the best accounting firms in the world right in his first semester. Swagatam competed for this coveted position at KPMG, Vancouver amongst students from other Ivy league universities and yet successfully secured his spot.

Swagatam is confident that he can continue serving the students of TRU given an opportunity to be a part of TRUSU.

Abu Taj

Yours Truly

Faculty of Study: School of Business and Economics
Program: Undecided
Year: Two

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Candidate Biography

Abu Taj is a Business Student and involved in community work. He is motivated to strengthen TRUSU service to ensure student success, both socially and academically. Abu is a recognized debate trainer by Nation debate federation Bangladesh and also fond of Model united nation. He has trained over 5000 youth back in this country by conducting workshop in more than 24 different districts in Bangladesh. He was also the associate member of United nation youth and student Association Bangladesh. And have experience of work in a lot of projects of the UN in Bangladesh. Abu would focus on his term more in campus activities for student involvement and developing grants for club equipments. Last but not the least better medical plan for all student including 100% dental coverage.

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Candidates for University Affairs Committee Representative (2)  

Ramatoulaye Comma 

Yours Truly

Faculty of Study: Faculty of Science
Program: Molecular Biology
Year: One

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Candidate Biography

Greetings.
My name is Ramatoulaye Comma. I am in the Science program. I am running for university affairs committee representative and this is because of my diverse background. I am dedicated to bettering the lives of the students in the university and that means putting them first. I am willing to be the ear when no one else will listen and I am dedicated to hearing the stories of the students from various backgrounds and hearing how I can better their lives. I believe there is so much work to be done on campus and I am willing to do it. I am a social person and because of this I will be willing to go to the students instead of them coming to me and I believe that is what leadership looks like.

Matt Eriksson

Progressive Student Advocates

Faculty of Study: Faculty of Arts
Program: Bachelor of Arts (History)
Year: Three

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Candidate Biography

My name is Matt Eriksson and I’m a 3rd year History and Political-Science student. I’m the Vice President of the TRUSU Socialist Club, a youth representative for the NDP in Kamloops-Nicola region, and your current representative serving on the Budget Committee of Senate. I believe that as a poli-sci student I have an obligation to represent student interests at TRU. Our University is awesome but there is definitely room for improvement. If elected to the University Affairs Committee I promise to fight against the increased parking fees, overall lack of parking, lack of Food services, and rising tuition costs. We have an upcoming consultation on food services next year, and I believe I’m the best individual to negotiate on behalf of students. I believe my background in activism and Political Science leave me uniquely qualified for a position on the University Affairs Committee.

Shammah Madamombe

Yours Truly

Faculty of Study: Faculty of Arts
Program: Psychology
Year: Two

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Candidate Biography

My name is Shammah Madamombe. I am from Zimbabwe and I have been in Canada for almost two years. I moved here because I like the aspect of diversity and there was no other country I would have liked to find myself. I am running for the position of university affairs committee representative and this is because I am passionate about helping other students and making their lives better and easier in any way I can. I am committed to dedicating my time to the needs of the students and taking the feedback they give me and using it to better the union. A union is a group of people who are put in place to advocate for the needs of the people they represent and that is what I plan on doing.

 

 Mico Miege-Moffat

Progressive Student Advocates

Faculty of Study: Faculty of Adventure Culinary Arts and Tourism
Program: Bachelors of Tourism Management
Year: Two

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Candidate Biography

Hi everybody! My name is Mico Miege-Moffat, and I like listening to smooth jazz and social justice. I’m in my second year of bachelors in Tourism Management. I’ve been involved in the Student Caucus and the University Affairs Committee for the last two years. During that time, I’ve worked on Hungry for Choice, Open Textbooks, implementing degree works, and the annual Student Budget Consolation.

If I’m elected to the Board of Directors I promise to keep advocating on issues that are important to students and continue to ensure ways that everyone has a voice in our university. Be through the Student Caucus, the food services consolation or any other dialogue opportunities on campus. If you have any other questions or ideas on how to make our university a better place do not hesitate to talk to me in person. Thank-you!

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