There will also be an opportunity to ask questions of each of the candidates at the All Candidates Forum on March 25th at 7:00PM in the TRUSU Lecture Hall. Voting will take place on March 26th from 8AM-8PM and March 27th from 8AM-4PM in the TRUSU Boardroom.
Candidates for President
My name is Abdullah Abalkhail, I am a business student in my 3rd year. I served as a member in several TRUSU clubs , also I have volunteered in many activities in TRU. I have organized a number of sports and outdoor events off campus in Kamloops and Vancouver for TRU students in the bast tow years. From my experiences with the students and the difficulties they go through, I believe that I acknowledge there needs and I have a good perspective of how to serve them rightfully, therefore, I consider my self the best representative for my fellow students and there ambitions. I will devote myself to insure that TRU students will have the best services on and off campus, and to help make their studying experience easier and enjoyable.
Dylan Robinson is a 4th year Philosophy major and Political Science minor running for reelection as TRUSU President. Dylan combines a transparent and consultative leadership style with a long track record of successful campus involvement including: a term as TRUSU VP External and a term as President, 2 years organizing the P.H.P. Conference on campus, 4 terms on the TRU Senate, and much more. Dylan’s past experience as TRUSU President and his experience in University Governance will be a valuable asset to the position of President, while his connections to TRUSU Clubs and campus groups ensure he is an approachable and open candidate who is representative of all students and their concerns. Dylan has proven that he can win real change, with success in growing the number and strength of student representatives at TRU through leadership of the TRUSU Student Caucus and increasing the amount of resources that TRUSU Clubs receive to host amazing events on campus. Dylan is eager to combine his experience with TRUSU, with the fresh perspective brought by the members of his diverse slate Your Vote = Your Voice. He hopes to continue to be a strong spokesperson for the Union and a strong voice at the TRU table on behalf of all students. Dylan is an excellent candidate to continue growing the strong Advocacy, Services, and Entertainment work of TRUSU in 2014/15.
Candidates for Vice President External
Blessing Chiduuro is a BBA student pursuing a degree in Finance. He has a passion for serving and helping people, which is shown through his work with the United Way, Enactus, TRU and mentoring young offenders with the Elizabeth Fry Society. As a travel enthusiast, Blessing has travelled to many countries for school and pleasure making him culturally diverse. As a provincial and college athlete, Blessing has developed a strong work ethic and a drive to be the best at whatever he does. He is well known for his debate, public speaking and leadership skills. After being in leadership positions as captain of sports teams and leading fundraising teams for the elderly and homeless in Zimbabwe, he challenged himself with the TRUSU Club Leadership Certification Program, which he has just completed.As a Bible believer, his mission statement is to “treat others as he would like to be treated.” If he could describe himself with one word, it would be ‘servant’ as he sees his goal in life is to serve others. Vote for Blessing to serve YOU, as Vice President External for the Student Union.
Leif Douglass is a 4th year Bachelor of Arts student who is running for VP External because he is passionate about student advocacy. Leif views student representation as vital in continuing to support and improve TRU as a more diverse, open, and responsive university and has extensive experience in campus involvement and governance. Leif’s previous work includes serving as the VP External for 2013/14, a Director-at-Large in 2012/13, representing students on the TRU Senate and numerous senate sub-committees, and working as a Research Assistant for the Department of Environment and Sustainability on campus. Having worked on campaigns for TRUSU for the past two years, Leif is intimately familiar with what it takes to win campaigns for students, including working on campaigns such as making TRU a sweatshop free campus, reducing the sale of plastic bottles on campus, and working to increase the amount of funding available to students for conferences, lectures, and events. In the coming year Leif will advocate for a more sustainable and equitable campus that listens to students voices. With this experience and a passion to continue to engage students and create positive change on campus Leif is an excellent candidate on the Your Vote = Your Voice slate for the position of Vice President External.
Candidate for Vice President Finance
Trad Bahabri is a fourth year business student, running for the position of Vice President Finance under “Your Vote = Your Voice” slate. it is his third year working with the Union, he started as vice president internal in 2012, and vice president finance 2013. Through the last 2 years working in the Union Trad have successfully advocating and serving students as the chair of entertainment committee and services committees. Trad is very proud of organizing successful events for the last 2 years such as Margret Atwood common voices lecture series, Blazers Nights, Cineplex Movie Night (Pre-screening Broken City), Back-To-School BBQ and few others. In Trad’s services portfolio he has successfully partner with local communities in Kamloops to offer student discounts and quality services such as the Kamloops symphony tickets for $5, Blazers tickets for $5, Free membership for student in Kamloops film festival and tickets for $2, and register more than 700 students for ISIC card which is a student card can be used locally and internationally to gain students discounts. Trad’s mission for next year is to extend partnering with local vendors and service providers to offer more discounts for students in Kamloops. Trad is very committed and motivated to offer students at TRU great advocacy, services, and entertainment for the upcoming year as vice president finance.
Candidates for Vice President Internal
Melissa Gordon, but you can call her Gordo, is pleased to announce that she is running for the executive position of Vice President Internal for the 2014/2015-year on TRUSU! When she isn’t busy organizing environmental events with groups throughout the community, or staff and faculty on campus, Melissa can be found determinedly working towards her Bachelor of Science Degree. Throughout this past school year Melissa has lead the TRUSU ECO Club as a President, participated in the Club Leadership Program, and represented the student body on the Environmental Advisory Committee through the Student Caucus. As an executive member of the Board of Directors she will be working towards a secure and safe campus, continuing towards affordability for both International and Domestic students, as well as more effective transportation resources to ensure your commute to campus each day is as smooth as possible! Within her position as VP Internal she will co-ordinate the events on campus to their upmost potential, and make sure they’re up to your expectations as students! Melissa’s passion for social justice, and student advocacy will only add to the diversity of the Thompson Rivers University Students’ Union. She is very excited to be working with Your Vote = Your Voice slate as a woman on executive, and looks forward to encouraging engagement among the members on campus!
Pooyan Sijani Second year, Bachelor of Art student. Born in Iran, in the middle of Iran-Iraq war. A hard time to grow up in, but it taught me a lot about how to fight and achieve my goals. I moved to Dubai, UAE, after the war and started to learn English and Arabic whilst studying in an Iranian system of education, and learned Azerbaijani Turkish as well. I traveled to over 15 different countries, and can talk in 6 different languages. This gave me a great opportunity to learn about different cultures and ethnicities. It enables me to communicate with all domestic and international students. Working as a wedding organizer, Interior designer, and translator (with my book published from English to Persian), motivated me to apply for VP internal due to my experience and work background. I think that I can help TRU as my family to achieve more and take bigger steps towards success. Experience proofed me that together we can.
Candidate for Aboriginal Representative
Liz Whiting is proud to be of the Nuxalk Nation who is hoping to be accepted into the Bachelor of Social Work here at TRU. She is thrilled to be running for re-election for Aboriginal Representative. She is currently the Aboriginal Representative of TRUSU as well as a previous Aboriginal Representative of CBUSU. She is also involved in the Canadian Federation of Students’ National Aboriginal Caucus where she shares the same passion as others from universities across Canada. If re-elected, Liz has huge plans to raise more awareness on campus as well as in the community of the missing and murdered Aboriginal women in Canada. She also plans to keep advocating on behalf of all aboriginal students on campus within the committees she currently sits on. Liz is running among her current co-workers as apart of Your Vote=Your Voice. She hopes to see you all out to vote. Stutwiniitscw!
Candidate for Graduate Students’ Representative
Sabina Donnelly is graduate student in the Master of Science in Environmental Science program and is excited to be running for re-election as the Graduate Student’s Representative. Sabina’s previous experience includes serving as the Graduate Student’s Representative 13/14, acting as a member of Student Caucus 13/14 & 12/13, and being the Treasurer and Secretary of the TRUSU Eco Club 12/13. Sabina is passionate about advocacy and as graduate programs are relatively new on campus, she believes there is a need to increase support services to enhance the graduate experience at Thompson Rivers University. By working alongside members of Your Vote= Your Voice, Sabina hopes to advocate for the needs of graduate students and campaign for an affordable education for all students.
Candidate for International Students’ Representative
Meshari Alanazi i am a third year Bachelor of business majoring in Marketing i am from Saudi Arabia, looking to become the International Student Representative in the Thompson Rivers University Student’s Union.i have worked in student’s union as Director at large, and i am very passionate about serving others, as well as addressing the major issues and concerns that affect the International student body. I am actively involved in several school activities and, having worked as a Student’s Representative in CUEF, entertainment and services Committees, and also i have valuable experience and knowledge that i wish to use to advocate for the International Students of the Thompson Rivers University.
Candidate for LGBTQ Representative
Nic Zdunich is running for re-election for a second term as the LGBTQ Advocacy Representative for the Thompson Rivers University Students Union. Nic is a second year student enrolled in the School Of Business & Economics with a focus on Marketing. He is very active on campus and leads the TRUSU Marketing Club, while working alongside the Career Education Department. Nic strives to create better campus life for all students, and actively promotes and organizes many events on campus and in Kamloops. He enjoys exploring the community, and learning about the culture of interior BC; you will often see Nic at a concert, the movies, or on one of the many hiking trails in the area. A vote for Nic Zdunich is a vote for your voice.
Candidate for Women’s Representative
Paige Bernard is excited to announce her candidacy for the TRUSU Women’s Representative for this upcoming term. Paige is the mother of three beautiful children but that doesn’t stop her from majoring in Sociology and advocating for women’s rights as well as students’ rights. Paige believes that bringing a strong female perspective, as well as her experience as a student and a mother, will allow her to address the needs of female students on campus and will be an invaluable addition to the Students’ Union. She is proud to be running alongside the candidates of Your Vote = Your Voice, and believes that her new perspective will help shape these upcoming years and help provide a more safe and secure campus for all women.
Candidates for Director-at-Large (4)
Kaitlin Clement will be going into her fourth year of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program. Kaitlin worked as a director at large last year and is hoping to be re-elected for the same position. Kaitlin is enthusiastic about education and health. She believes that affordable, equitable, and accessible education is in direct relation with a healthy student and their overall well-being and success as a student. Kaitlin has been working on creating a sweatshop free campus as well supporting the international fees campaign. She is enthusiastic about environmental initiatives and hopes to work on more accessible transportation to and from school. Kaitlin wants to help improve the campus environment and make it a healthier and more sustainable place to be. Kaitlin is running alongside the old and new additions of the Your Vote=Your Voice slate in the upcoming year and would greatly appreciate your support.
My name is Assetou Coulibaly but I go by the name of Assie, I’m from Mali (West Africa) I’m currently in my second year in Bachelor of Arts majoring in sociology with an interest in visual art. I’m looking forward to getting more involved in our activities here at TRU and to represent students and come to their aid if necessary. I feel like I would bring in several new perspectives due to my mother’s job which allowed me to move from country to country and experience a lot of diverse schools and meet new people this brought on several challenges that I was happy to take on and conquer.
Lahana Ghosh is currently a Post-Baccalaureate student in Marketing. She truly believes that in order gain the best education, students should be able to afford it. Therefore, if elected by her fellow students she promises to work against all tuition fee increases. She would try to to provide students with a safe and inclusive campus and; improve campus transportation for the ease and benefit of the students. Being an international student and with her past experiences, she understands the vulnerability of students moving to a new country. She would be working to guide and help students with rules, regulations; advocate for transparency in university governance, making sure that students(especially internationals) are well educated about their rights. Lahana strongly holds that her passion towards being equitable and righteous allows her to be the perfect candidate on the Your Vote = Your Voice slate for the Director at Large position.
Taylor Rae is a second year communications and public relations major. She also wishes to minor in political science. In the past, Taylor has been involved with Rotary International and was a Rotary Ambassador abroad in Thailand. Living abroad has given her leadership experiance as well as the confidence to effectively assist TRU as a TRUSU representative. She is very excited for the opportunity to run in the TRUSU election. Taylor wants to represent TRU students by running as a Director-at-Large. If elected to TRUSU Taylor, will work towards providing TRU students with a secure and inclusive campus, affordable tuition for both international and domestic students, improving campus transportation, and adding international students to the medical and dental plan. Taylor is running alongside other members of Your Vote = Your Voice.
Hello, my name is Feroz Shah and I am a second year BBA student in Economics. I am a person who thinks positively and critically. I am constantly looking to execute difficult tasks to try and challenge and develop myself. With any given assignment, I look to figure out the best ways to complete it, in an autonomous manner. I am highly motivated and organised student with a drive to be diligent in whatever task. I have served as the Director of the Student Council at my High School in Pakistan. This responsibility has taught me to effectively manage people and resources, therefore, I will be able to extend the same skills to the students at TRU, I will carry out my duties diligently to my best knowledge. Vote for me as Director at Large.
Cameron Staff is a fourth year bachelor of journalism student who will be starting his events management diploma after he graduates this April. He is running for one of the four Director At Large positions, alongside the amazing Your Vote = Your Voice slate. Cameron is involved within many areas of campus including being a member of the TRUSU Marketing Club, the work-study student for the Centre for Student Engagement and Learning Innovation and an active contributor to Thompson Rivers University’s student newspaper, the Omega. Cameron is passionate about seeing growth at TRU – both academically and socially. By encouraging all students to get involved in campus initiatives and taking part in campus events, Cameron hopes to insure all students have a unique university experience, inside and outside the classroom. Cameron remains active on campus and has strong support for the various collectives, including the LGBTQ community.