In light of the COVID19 pandemic, the Students’ Union will be cancelling the candidate forums for the 2020 TRUSU Election. Voting will continue online on March 24-25. For more information check out our COVID-19 Updates Post

– updated March 17, 2020

Candidate Biographies

Below you will find photos and biographies of the candidates who have been nominated for election to the TRUSU Board of Directors in 2020/20201.

Voting for the 2020 TRUSU Election will take place from March 24, 2020 – March 25, 2020 at 2:00 PM. All members of the Students’ Union will receive an email on March 24, 2020 which will include a link to their 2020 TRUSU Board of Directors Election ballot. Please follow the instructions in the email to cast your ballot. Please do not forward the email or reply to the email as your vote will not be registered. Ballots must be completed by no later than 2:00 pm on March 25, 2020. If you do not receive an email with your voting information on March 24, 2020 please contact elections@trusu.ca (please be sure to check your spam folder).

President
Cole Hickson

Cole Hickson

Progressive Student Advocates
Faculty of Arts

Cole Hickson is a fourth-year student studying Politics and Economics at TRU and is both honored and excited to be running to be the next TRUSU President. In his past three years on the TRUSU Board of Directors, Cole, and his colleagues, worked tirelessly both internally and externally to promote the accessibility and quality of higher education in Canada in data-driven, evidence-based format. Values that Cole and the PSA slate are committed to continuing in order to deliver the best possible outcomes for students, community members, and TRU.


Vice President Equity
Mackenzie Fancoeur

Mackenzie Francoeur

Progressive Student Advocates
Faculty of Arts

Mackenzie Francoeur (she/her) is a third-year sociology student and the current TRUSU Women’s Representative. She identifies as a female and as an ally to all marginalized communities at TRU. She is currently seeking election to be the Vice President Equity for the 2020/2021 term. Mackenzie has spent the previous two terms working on the TRUSU Equity committee, first as a member-at-large, then as the Women’s Constituency Representative. Throughout her time with TRUSU Mackenzie has found an increased passion in equity work. In accordance with her studies as a sociology student, Mackenzie believes in a critical approach to the assessment of systematic forms of oppression, in order to challenge the barriers that marginalized communities face on institutional and societal levels. If elected Mackenzie intends to place a particular importance on intersectional equity, as to ensure that all students have an advocate for their social and educational rights at TRU and in Kamloops. Along with her team, the Progressive Student Advocates, Mackenzie hopes to provide the community of TRU with advocacy, action and results.

Vice President External
Kole Lawrence

Kole Lawrence

Progressive Student Advocates
Faculty of Arts

Kole Lawrence wants to be re-elected for the position of Vice President External in the 2020/21 year. His passion for the student movement and his dedication towards providing fairness for students in TRU and in B.C. has grown tremendously, and he is sincerely grateful for the opportunity he’s been given to be a voice for TRU students. Whether it was playing a role in delivering a need-based grants system to B.C. students, informing the campus and community on Canada’s discriminatory Blood Ban, or kickstarting the Union’s Breaking Bread project, Kole has helped to engage students politically at the municipal, provincial and federal level. Kole believes the students of TRU are what make the university a great place to study. He, on behalf of the Progressive Student Advocates, wants your vote to continue his advocacy efforts towards fairness and to show you what else he has in store for the coming year.

Vice President Internal
Keegan Lawrence

Keegan Lawrence

Progressive Student Advocates
School of Business and Economics

Keegan Lawrence is a slate member of the Progressive Student Advocates and he is seeking election as Vice President Internal for the upcoming academic year. Keegan has been involved in the student movement for 2 years: One year as a volunteer Member-at-Large for TRUSU’s Entertainment Committee and the following year as an Entertainment Representative for the Board of Directors. Over both years, Keegan has collaborated with his committee and taken feedback from students to host and improve impactful events across campus. Keegan recognizes the importance of campus-wide events and the role these events play into student life and wellbeing. He has recently assisted with some TRU research on “Student Inclusivity and Students’ Sense of Belonging” This research emphasized how student participation has positive effects on academic results and he believes this engagement can be partly achieved through effective, meaningful events. Keegan’s passion for student engagement will be reflected in the events him and his committee choose to organize over the year. He is eagerly looking to improve the established student union events, and bring forth his ideas for new events this year. Keegan, on behalf of the PSA, promises to deliver exceptional events that include all of our on-campus students.

 

Vice President Services
Dipak Parmar

Dipak Parmar

Progressive Student Advocates
Faculty of Science

Dipak Parmar is the current Services Representative of the TRU Students’ Union and is seeking re-election for the upcoming 2020/21 term for Vice President Services. Throughout his experience in the student movement, He has developed informed stances on critical student issues, which have inspired him to take a robust and leading role in their resolutions. He and his committee worked to improve the current services offered to TRU students and continuously improving day by day by adding new services. Some are improving Building operation hours, digitizing the study rooms and improving food quality. He is an active student and community member participating in various committees at TRU and TRUSU. He raised issues for students getting charged for online tools for their courses. As a result, a new campaign, “TRU Open Education Week,” is begun to make aware students and faculties use open source tools and open textbooks. He believes in sharing his knowledge with others and helping fellow students. As an international student at TRU and Student Representative at TRUSU, he strives to enhance students’ experience at Open Learning for current students and future students. Also, creating a social culture at TRU by advocating, improving services for TRU Students.

 

Graduate Representative
Amisha Patel

Amisha Patel

Independent
Faculty of Nursing

Amisha Patel is the current Graduate Student Representative for TRU Student’s Union and is seeking re-election in the upcoming 2020/2021 term. As a proud TRU graduate student that is easy to approach, she is the perfect representative to come to with your concerns, who will then advocate for your needs. With a background in health, working as a registered nurse, she understands the importance of student-voice, as student’s are a complicated vulnerable population who need the best support possible. Through her experiences within the Master of nursing program, she has insight into the difficulties graduate students face at TRU. Utilizing her lens and team-based skills, she has and will continue working hard to promote the best outcomes for those around her through her role in the TRUSU University Affairs Committee.

 

Indigenous Representative
Bayley Taranov

Bayley Taranov

Progressive Student Advocates
Faculty of Science

Bayley Shannon Taranov has been an active member of student caucus for 2 years, and has been serving on the Qelmucw Affairs Comitee as a student representative since the beginning of her journey at TRU. During this time, Bayley has been committed to continuously furthering her understanding of obstacles, and issues that marginalized communities on and off campus are currently facing. Bayley demonstrates a passion for justice and reconciliation to indigenous communities across the globe and particularly in Canada. She believes that the voices of indigenous people are integral to spurring progressive political change, and decolonizing the narratives seen in government and in modern media. Bayley is dedicated to creating an inclusive, and equitable culture within TRU, and is determined to serve the student body of TRU to her fullest abilities.

International Representative
Raj Soni

Raj Soni

Independent
School of Business and Economics

Raj Soni is currently serving as the International Students’ Representative for the TRU Students’ Union and is enthusiastic about continuing his term in the current position. He believes that with the internationalization of TRU, it is of utmost importance that international students are provided with the SAME RESOURCES, ACCESSIBILITY AND SUPPORT as every other student. Through his work at TRU and TRUSU, Raj has developed critical skills and leadership quality’s attributed to his zeal for progress and equality. Raj is gallant and unafraid of taking stances on critical issues and to speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, ensuring equal rights for all!

Over the course of 2 years, Raj has served on numerous committees like senate of international affairs, campaigns committee, food services and university affairs and advocated for the rights of students in general and International students in particular. Raj has worked on broader issues such as food services at TRU, Welcoming the World(internationalization of TRU), Open Education, Study Space, Grants not Loans and WUSC Student Refugee Program.

Raj ensures that the concerns of the International student community at TRU will not be UNHEARD and promises to work with the same zeal and enthusiasm moving forward


Shantanu Gupta

Shantanu Gupta

Independent
School of Business and Economics

Shantanu Gupta, 1st Year Post-Bacc – Marketing student. Shantanu has been consistently involved in various activities on the campus. He handles the Social Media Strategy for Modern Marketing Association and is also SoBE Brand Ambassador Winter 2020. He aims to create a lasting impact while serving at the Board of Directors – TRUSU. He believes in “change” and the power of the student body. As an International Representative, he will work towards providing more clarity for International students with regards to housing, job opportunities, and curriculum. He will strive to lower housing costs, provide a platform to discuss rising fess for International Students, work on U PASS subsidy and create an easier and diverse forum where International Students can discuss their issues and share their experiences. Shantanu believes change starts from within. Being involved in TRUSU will provide him a platform to help the students of today and tomorrow. Shantanu is an extrovert, curious mind and always looking out for challenges. He is also self-motivated, cheerful and a great leader who believes in taking everyone forward, together. This election, vote for forward thinking and change.

LGBTQ+ Representative
Chandan Sehgal

Dallas Odsen

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Eliana Baboiu

Eliana Baboiu

Independent
Faculty of Nursing

Eliana Baboiu is a second year nursing student. Her passion for LGBTQ+ rights lead her to be involved with the TRUSU Pride Club . This time with the TRUSU Pride Club, she learned about the different inequalities other LGBTQ+ people face on campus. Much of her leadership skills developed during her time in the nursing program and while collaborating with other people as well as the TRU Wellness Centre to start Queer Connections, a social group for LGBTQ+ people on campus. When she began her coming out journey last year, she began talking about assumptions and inequalities LGBTQ+ people such as herself face as well as how people can work towards self acceptance. She believes that every student has the right to feel safe at school and to have access to the right resources regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. Once elected, Eliana hopes to not only represent all LGBTQ+ people on campus, she also hopes to bring more inclusion on campus.

Racialized Persons Representative
Rida Zainab

Rida E Zainab

Progressive Student Advocates
School of Business and Economics

Rida Zainab is the current Visible Minorities Representative of the TRU Students Union. She is seeking re election as a candidate for Racialized Persons Representative for the term 2020/21. Zainab served on the board of directors for four months prior to running for this year’s election. After serving on the board she realized how important it is to talk about issues that are taboo and people who do not talk about being discriminated due to race, gender, colour, etc. I want to serve under the equity committee because I know how it can affect an individual emotionally and mentally. I aim to serve in a way that focuses on more issues that are not openly discussed, by raising awareness about racial issues. Zainab also makes sure when she commits to something she will be dedicated to achieve the final results. Her communicating skills are one of her strong points, so she will make sure all students voices are heard, regardless of race.

 

Women's Representative
Manuela Ceballos

Manuela Ceballos

Progressive Student Advocates
Faculty of Arts

Manuela Ceballos (she/her) is a second-year Psychology major from Colombia. With a feminist mindset and heart, Manuela is hoping to be elected for the Women’s Representative position. Manuela identifies as a cisgender woman and she is passionate about advocating for equity and especially for rights to those that identify as women. Since she can remember, Manuela has been taught to be an empowered woman and to share this feeling with the women around her. She is currently the Campaigns Representative in TRUSU, a Social Media Ambassador for TRU World, and the Vice President of the Engage for Change Club, advocating every day to make awareness around different social issues. Making feminine hygiene products and support services more accessible everywhere around TRU is a priority on Manuela’s campaign, along with generating awareness of the issues that women face not only in Canada but in many other parts of the world to give those women recognition and a voice in the TRU campus. Her dedication and initiative are the great combination that created for her desire to run in this election along with her slate, Progressive Student Advocates (PSA) and together, they will ensure every student gets their voice heard.

Campaigns Committee Representative (2)
Jordan Smith

Jordan Smith

Progressive Student Advocates
Faculty of Arts

Jordan is a second year Psychology/Biology student at TRU and is running with the Progressive Student Advocates (PSA). Jordan has been involved with the TRU Students’ Union for one year, tackling many important initiatives to better the lives of students across campus and the province. As a previous member-at-large on the Campaigns Committee, Jordan has already developed the skills and capacity required to address the many issues facing students in today’s social climate.

Whether it was supporting the campaign to end Canada’s discriminatory blood ban or informing the student body and lobbying for a student grants program in BC, Jordan has dedicated his energy to movements that he believes in. A few goals he is passionate about for the upcoming year includes further development of the student grants program, tackling the housing market for students at TRU, and continuing to improve the experience of international students.

Jordan is an advocate at heart, continually trying to have the voices of students not only heard but listened to. Jordan believes that his dedicated and empathetic nature will not only be a great fit on the Board of Directors but will allow him to make a greater impact within his committee’s work.


Shantelle Bishop

Shantelle Bishop

Independent
Faculty of Arts

Being institutionalized since I could learn to talk , has taught me exactly what I don’t want to see in my University. Being on the campaigns committee I would get the opportunity to implement new ideas and advocate on student issues like grants not loans, access to more affordable online resources. Students voices aren’t always being heard and my goal is to change that.


Entertainment Committee Representative (2)
Dev Shah

Dev Shah

Progressive Student Advocates
School of Business and Economics

Dev Shah is an active & passionate candidate running to be your Student Union’s Entertainment Committee Representative for the upcoming 2020-21 Term. From Day 1, Dev has been involved with various clubs, activities and student causes at TRU. With his experience in events & voicing students concerns, he has developed a strong base for understanding the vision to fulfil the entertainment needs of students at TRU.

At TRUSU, he joined the Student Caucus to represent Student Interests and soon became a member at large in the Equity Committee to promote and advocate for equity on campus and more. Actively participating through leadership roles in the Modern Marketing Association, Taxation Club & South Asian Association have helped him display skills & understanding of Entertainment possibilities at TRU.

As an elected representative of TRU students, he looks forward to promoting Unity, Inclusivity & Sustainability in the planning, coordination, and execution of TRU Entertainment Events and Activities. With a firm belief in himself and the slate, he will ensure that all students at TRU get the representation and results they deserve.


Sarvesh Khosla

Sarvesh Khosla

Progressive Student Advocates
Faculty of Science

Sarvesh Khosla is an enthusiastic and hardworking candidate running to be your Entertainment Committee Representative for the term 2020-21. With an established, active role in the entertainment industry, he understands the importance of student inclusivity and the encouragement necessary to go along with that. This experience will give an opportunity to share his ideas and address his concerns in order to make events on campus more successful than ever before.

Being an active member of almost all the activities and events held at TRU since he joined, has helped him immensely in understanding the importance of these events in shaping campus life and students’ experiences.

Now Sarvesh is eager to get involved in the Student Union by running for Entertainment Representative in the 2020/2021 Academic year. In doing so, he will promote unity, sustainability, and effective planning of entertainment events at TRU.

With a firm belief in himself and his slate, he will ensure that all students at TRU get the representation, results, and events they deserve!


Services Committee Representative (2)
Ali Mulji

Ali Mulji

Progressive Student Advocates
Faculty of Law

Ali Mulji is second year Faculty of Law student seeking to be re-elected as a TRUSU Board Director. Student governance is a passion of his as he currently serves on TRU’s Board of Governors and Senate. He previously served as a Senator at Ryerson University and as well as the Faculty Representative at the Ryerson Student Union. During his term in office he implemented strategy and policy for the Union, representing over 40,000 students, and managed a fiscal budget of over $35 million dollars. He served as chairman for various committees including Student Groups, Course Unions and Business Faculty. His past leadership roles will allow him to be a great advocate for students and to ensure not only that their voices are heard but that actual changes are implemented. Ali will advocate for increased transparency, build a strong student-faculty relationship and offer suggestions for policies revolving around student needs. Ali is certain that he can make a difference, and that he can help this campus evolve through greater partnerships and innovation. Lastly, Ali will use his role to promote and advocate for an inclusive TRUSU which is representative of the entire university, considering all races, genders, sexualities and cultures.

 

University Affairs Committee Representative (2)
Aria Appleton

Aria Appleton

Progressive Student Advocates
Faculty of Science

Aria Appleton is a current University Affairs representative for the TRU Student’s Union and is seeking re-election for the upcoming 2020/2021 term. In the past year on the University Affairs committee she has worked with her peers and colleagues to address student concerns in a collaborative effort with TRU faculty and staff. With this experience she is confident in her abilities to create lasting working relationships so that they may work together to solve student issues in the future as well as to continue working together on initiatives she has taken part in this past 2019/2020 term. Aria knows that students deserve to be represented by someone who can not only do the advocacy work and get results, but by someone who can pave the way for a more efficient process in the future. Her goal this year is to get as many students informed and involved in the advocacy work as possible because students hold all the power of change in our community. She believes that if we all work together we can change TRU for the better.


Harnoor Singh Bajaj

Harnoor Singh Bajaj

Independent
School of Business and Economics

Hello! My name is Harnoor Singh Bajaj studying Post Baccalaureate Diploma in Finance. I’m in the first year of my program and standing for the position of – University Affairs Committee Representative, 2020-2021. I always ready to take an initiative in volunteering for clubs and events. Earlier in January I have been volunteering for the Sustainability Department & been able to involve myself with TRU Eco Club & TRU SAASRC Club. Moreover, recently I became a Diversity Ambassador of SAASRC. Being an international student, I believe that students away from their home, should feel comfortable and be able to adapt themselves to TRU’s environment. This involves encouraging students to get them involved in a wide range of opportunities that TRU offers.

If elected, I will be handling all student issues concerning the availability of cheaper and better food options on campus. I know parking is an issue that is faced by a majority of students so I’ll be working tirelessly to resolve that problem. Being a student I’m well aware of how expensive purchasing a textbook could become. Being an extrovert and proactive these concerns will be my priority and I’ll make sure I do justice with my part.


Juliana Hazarika

Juliana Hazarika

Progressive Student Advocates
School of Business and Economics

Juliana Hazarika is a first-year Post Baccalaureate Marketing student from Guwahati, India. She has been actively involved in various activities from the beginning of her TRU journey. She’s a part of the Student Caucus in TRUSU as the Academic Computer Technology Advisory Committee (ACTAC) member since September 2019. She is also a member of the TRU Modern Marketing Association club as a Social Media Marketing Manager. She is passionate about helping other students at TRU during their journey here. She wants to bring changes in a good way and direct the voice of students to the right authority.

She is standing for University Affairs Committee Representative position in TRUSU 2020 election. She brings in a good amount of experience and believes that her leadership quality both on and off campus can be utilized to achieve the needs of the student here at TRU. She wants to be involved in solving issues such as providing more accessible study materials to students, better housing and parking convenience on campus, more fun activities for students to get involved. With this mission in mind, she and her slate (PSA) always promises to stand by the students.


Sufal Kapoor

Sufal Kapoor

Independent
School of Business and Economics

Hi, I am Sufal Kapoor, I am in TRU for my Post Baccalaureate Diploma in Marketing. Currently, I am in my second semester of course and also working as a sales associate in Best Buys. I came from Mumbai, India where I had completed my Bachelor’s in Commerce and was last working with one of the fastest-growing companies in India Ebix inc. I worked as a territory manager for Ebix Inc. My major interest is to connect with people to know them more and if needed help them solve their issues with my best efforts. I am a very outspoken and extrovert person, I really love to interact with people of different cultures and learn more about them. From the beginning of my studies, I was following TRUSU as an outsider and now I really want to be a part of this and work with it. I believe I am a good fit for the position because of my extrovert nature people can connect easily with me and I had the experience of working at a position where I have heard people’s issues and tried my best to resolve them.