The following candidates have put their names forward to represent students on the TRUSU Board of Directors in 2019/20.

Voting will begin on March 18 and ends March 22 at 2PM. Every student will receive an email with ballot instructions on March 18, 2019. If you do not receive a ballot please check your spam folder and then contact the electoral committee at elections@trusu.ca 

Click on any of the committee names below to jump to the candidates for the positions on those committees. 


Campaigns Committee


Vice President External

 

Kole LawrenceKole Lawrence

Progressive Student Advocates

Kole Lawrence is a fourth year Psychology student at TRU, and he is running for the position of Vice President External with the Progressive Student Advocates (PSA). PSA is a slate of strong, diverse, well-minded people seeking improvement, and Kole couldn’t be more honoured to run with them. His years at TRU studying politics and serving as a member-at-large on the Campaigns Committee have afforded him insight on how to tackle initiatives that best serve student interest. He believes that if students are working hard to follow their passions, embracing their unique selves and orienting themselves with compassion, then these students deserve excellence in higher education, and support of government ought to reflect that. Continuing to address TRU’s inequitable funding, building an international student plan and pushing for a need-based grants program are some of the initiatives he is excited to help foster. Ask him and he’ll owe his competitive and creative edge to he having an identical twin brother, after all, when normally sharing the same thoughts as someone, unique ideas require some drive to generate. Reminded every day of how passionate, proud and kindhearted TRU students are, Kole wants the chance to help deliver excellence to them.

 

Brock MorfordBrock Morford

For the Lulz

My Name’s Brock, I’m in my Fourth Year of the BBA Program, and the main reason I’m running is nothing here was planned, but hey, you gotta learn things somehow. Fail forward, right?
Experience wise, I’ve sat on several committees and the Executive for the local Fraternity, all of which were elections by my peers. I was the Fraternity’s Treasurer for a year, and worked to make the budget more accessible to our members while also being transparent and working to better safeguard our funds and lower the chance for corruption. I later stepped down to focus more on my studies. after getting re-elected to the position for another year, continuing to work alongside the new Treasurer.
Anyways, time for a quote;
“Do not let your fire go out, spark by irreplaceable spark in the hopeless swamps of the not-quite, the not-yet, and the not-at-all. Do not let the hero in your soul perish in lonely frustration for the life you deserved and have never been able to reach. The world you desire can be won. It exists.. it is real.. it is possible.. it’s yours.” Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged

 

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Campaigns Committee Representative (2)

 

Manuela CeballosManuela Ceballos

Progressive Student Advocates

Manuela is a 1st year Bachelor of Arts student with huge enthusiasm and passion for engaging with her community and helping out others. Manuela is currently a Social Media Ambassador at TRU and has a long history of volunteering and participating in the Student Council of her school as a representative of the class. She believes that everyone has the potential to improve things and she is positive that in this position she will use all her potential to take action with campaigns that advocate for the progress of students in an academic, municipal, federal and provincial level. Moreover, Manuela has the desire to continue supporting and developing past campaigns that have shown excellent results, she wishes additionally to increase the awareness of the issues that the campaigns advocate for in the student community. She believes in the end that her open-minded and emphatic personality will be a perfect fit for the TRUSU Board of Directors and, as part of the PSA Slate, she will search for actions and solutions that fit the student’s needs.

 

Ali MuljiAli Mulji

Progressive Student Advocates

Ali is a first year Faculty of Law student running to be your next Campaigns Committee Representative. This role demands having the courage and confidence to stand up for our peers. Student governance is his passion. Ali has previously served as a Senator and Student Union Board of Director at my previous university. In addition, Ali served as chairman for various committees including Student Groups, Course Unions and Business Faculty. Ali believe’s that he’s the best candidate for this position because he’s not afraid of standing up for what he believes in.
As a Campaigns Representative, Ali will advocate for increased transparency and offer suggestions for policies revolving around student needs. Most importantly, Ali wants to ensure that student ideas are not only heard but implemented. Ali is certain that he can make a difference and that his representation 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.
Ali looks forward to serving as your next Thompson Rivers University Student Union Campaigns Committee Representative!

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Entertainment Committee


Vice President Internal

 

Mackenzie ByersMackenzie Byers

Progressive Student Advocates

Mackenzie is a second year nursing student and a Wolfpack athlete running for the position of Vice President Internal. Mackenzie has spent the past year working on the TRUSU Entertainment Committee as a member-at-large and is ready to take on more responsibility within the committee. As a member of the entertainment committee she worked on planning events like the Back to School Barbecue, Outdoor Movie Night, and Common Voices. She is also the President of the Nursing Undergraduate Society and has planned many large events during her time in this role. Mackenzie has also had experience sitting on professional committees that have prepared her for an Executive position on the Board of Directors. Mackenzie was a member of the city of Abbotsford ‘s Safety and Advisory Committee and currently sits on the Nursing Dean Search Committee. Both of these experiences have prepared her for the professional responsibility that being the Vice President Internal requires. Mackenzie is excited to be running with a strong slate like the Progressive Student Advocates, who will ensure to work to the best of their ability to advocate for the members of the student’s union if they are to be elected onto the board.

 

Tylor Pater

Tylor Pater  

For the Lulz

I’m just a small town boy with a big heart who is ready to help run your student union! Born in Vancouver, I moved to Vernon when I was six and later moved to Falkland, where I lived for the ten years prior to coming to TRU. Through my teenage years I was heavily involved with the Cadet program, where I was quickly promoted to leadership, so you can say I have experience managing teams. Currently I’m the Supreme Dictator of the TRUSU Anime Club, and volunteer with the TRUSU Computing Science Club board. I’ve been involved with running clubs since my first year, where I immediately volunteered as Treasurer for the CompSci club.
Also, I’m very single and ready to mingle.

 

Robert YoungerRobert Younger

Alliance

I am from Vancouver BC I moved to Kamloops to study history at TRU in September 2018. I have great leadership experience from my time in Army Cadets. I was apart of my high school choir, singing as a tenor. I have a keen interest in music, I play guitar, bagpipes and sing. I enjoy classic movies, reading and live gigs. I am running in the election because I see a great potential for TRU to develop a lively school community.
My main effort as internal VP would be to create more opportunities for students to experience and participate in live music events. I would also like to build a stronger school culture made up of the individual talents of the student body. I feel many people have talents, skills and abilities which go unseen on campus. I want to try to provide the opportunity for these people to do something with it. Under my direction community events at school will be more frequent and feature more of the passions that students have. The creative endeavours of students whether it be film, art, music or writing and much more deserve to be showcased and shared. Let us go forward together!

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Entertainment Committee Representative (2)

Henry AlbuquequeHenry Albuquerque 

For the Lulz

I’m going to be real with you guys. I got like 2 midterms and 4 essays this week, so writing 200 words about myself seems like I’m adding another assignment to the pile. So I’m just going to post a quote from Trump that sums up my candidacy.
“Remember, I said, when I’d be a little bit wild, and we’d have a lot of fun, they’d say, ‘He’s not acting presidential,’ and I’d say, ‘Well, it’s a lot easier to act presidential than to do what I do.’ Anybody can act presidential.” – Trump, 2018

 

Paras Luthra

Paras Luthra

Progressive Student Advocates

Paras Luthra is a 2nd-year graduate business student at TRU, running for Entertainment Representative with the Progressive Student Advocates (PSA). He can be found on campus helping graduate students, and currently works as a graduate teaching assistant. Paras believes that co-curricular are as important as academics in student life, and looks forward to bringing this to his role. He believes that motivating both undergraduate and graduate students to actively participate and volunteer in the ongoing events will help individuals with exposure and involvement on campus. Paras hopes to ensure that all students are heard and that any new ideas they have about events are implemented wherever possible. With his experience of attending various social functions throughout the community and his education, he has identified areas where events can be improved. This includes increasing participation at TRUSU events like the Back to School BBQ, Clubs Day, and Last Class Bash. Paras hopes to create an engaging environment where students can be involved in the planning process, increase their volunteering experience, and improve their organizational skills.

 

Tek NathTek Nath

Alliance

Tek Nath is Events and Festival Management student and a part of Toastmasters Club family. Tek is grateful of the fact that he is a part of diversity in TRU . He always tries to be a part of different activities on campus. He believes that becoming Entertainment Committee Representative will provide him with more opportunities to serve diversity on campus.

 

Kunwar RajdeepKunwar Rajdeep

Progressive Student Advocates

Kunwar Rajdeep is a 2nd year Post Baccalaureate student at TRU, running for the position of Entertainment Committee Representative with his slate, the Progressive Student Advocates (PSA). Kunwar also serves as the current Vice-President of the TRUSU India Club. You can find Kunwar participating and volunteering in many on-campus events as he is an involved student at TRU. He’s a friendly face that many of you may have met in the Open Learning building as he can always be found drinking tea, laughing and conversing with new people.
Kunwar believes his experience managing the India club and being an active member of the TRUSU Bangladesh and Fashion club could be justifiable to the roles and responsibilities as an Entertainment Representative.
Kunwar has been very welcoming to students and often shares his experiences and the situations he has faced when he himself was new to the environment in Kamloops. He believes spreading his knowledge and wisdom to other students facing the same circumstances can guarantee success and harmony for everyone in their student life and beyond. He always stands by his words of success for all and continuously tries to work for it in the university and the community as well.

 

Idan YacobovitchIdan Yacobovitch

Alliance

Idan is an international student. He has graduated his B.A. in Social Science focusing on Political Science and International Relations, a Civics Teaching Certificate and TV Studies diploma all from the Open University of Israel, his home country. There he was also an activist for equality, liberty and pluralism, focusing on public transit and LGBT2Q+ rights. He is a post-bachelorette Human Resources Management diploma in TRU. He had been the HR Manager for the Modern Marketing Association and helped them with last year’s Business Gala. Amongst his volunteering activities were New Students’ Orientations, TRU World’s Social Media Squad, Enactus, Sustainability Fashion Show, TEDx and the HR Club. After working his way up from VP of PR, he became the President of the TRU Toastmasters Club. Idan occasionally visits the Summit Drive Church, FOCUS Club and Wellness Centre. His vision for the students union is an accessible body that listens to everyone when implementing a policy efficiently and communicates achievements with pride. Idan believes in bringing together people from different backgrounds through events, cross-club collaborations and networking conferences. In joining Alliance Idan demonstrates his confidence in a group of motivated individuals that want to bring a new spirit to the union.

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Equity Committee


Vice President Equity

 

Brandon HayashiBrandon Hayashi

Progressive Student Advocates

Brandon Hayashi is a 4th-year Science student at TRU, running for the position of Vice President Equity with the Progressive Student Advocates (PSA). You can typically find him on campus serving as the Co-President of the Chemistry Biochemistry Club or as the current Visible Minorities Representative with TRUSU.
Brandon believes that all students are at TRU under the same collective banner; to pursue the opportunities that post-secondary education can provide. During this pursuit, however, there are many societal or systematic barriers that can hold certain students back from academic success, whether that be due to prejudice, hatred, or systematic bias. To ensure that everyone, regardless of race, sexual orientation, sex or gender, has a place in academia, Brandon will represent his committee’s interest to the fullest during the upcoming term.
Brandon plans on designing a social media system that allows culture clubs to share their diverse events using TRUSU’s platform, lobbying so that all-gender washrooms are required in future TRU buildings, and creating events that highlight the diverse voices of students that are often unheard. Brandon is thrilled to run with PSA to actualize his vision for this institution; A vote for PSA is a vote for equity!

 

Zach Poba-NzaouZach Poba-Nzaou

For the Lulz

It me!
Vote me

 

Dominika ZhevnoDominika Zhevno

Independent

It would be an honour to represent you as one of the members of TRU Student Union in a position of Vice President Equity. For those who haven’t had a chance to meet me, I am in my first year at the Thompson Rivers University completing my Bachelor Degree in Tourism Management. Although I am a new student, I am involved in the life of the university and happy to make new friends and listen to people. Like you, I am a member of this community needing to be heard.
I represent an ambitious, youthful generation of people who have a lot of new and creative ideas that could be implemented. I want to see progress. We need to put our thoughts in motion and see visible changes.
We can bring new energy and new thoughts, but we are not alone in this. Let me be your voice and let us share a progressive and sustainable Thompson Rivers University. Thank you for your consideration!

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Indigenous Representative

 

Lesley CampbellLesley Campbell 

Progressive Student Advocates

Lesley Campbell is running for the position of Indigenous Representative with the Progressive Student Advocates (PSA). Lesley moved to Kamloops, and Secwépemcul’ecw, from the Nlaka’pamux Nation and is now in her 4th year of Geography & Environmental Studies. She spends her time on campus as a member of the executive board in Kappa Beta Gamma, a Member-at-Large for TRUSU’s Equity Committee, and an Aboriginal Peer Mentor at Cplul’kw’twen [The Gathering Place]. Lesley is aware that Indigenous students face a unique set of challenges while attending university, impacting their university experience. As Indigenous Representative, Lesley’s goal is to uphold tradition at TRUSU events, create a stronger relationship with TRUSU and TRU’s Indigenous community, provide opportunity for students to be able connect and learn about Indigenous cultures, and use this position to help make TRU a platform for Indigenous student success. Lesley is delighted for the chance to work with PSA and the Equity Committee; to strive for equality by minimizing societal and systematic barriers at TRU.

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LGBTQ+ Representative

 

Dallas OdsenDallas Odsen

Progressive Student Advocates

Dallas Odsen is currently in his second year of Sociology for his Pre-Law undergraduate degree. Currently, he serves on the Academic Integrity Senate Committee and sits on the TRUSU Equity Committee as a Member-At-Large, as well as participating in the Pride Club and TRU Pre-Law Society.
Dallas is running for the position of LGBT+ Representative in order to represent his community, and to make sure that all voices, especially those of the LGBTQ2IA+, are heard, defended, and fought for within the overall structure of TRU, and to ensure that all people, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity, have an equal chance at success in their post-secondary endeavours while also having a safe, supportive, and inclusive community to be a part of.

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Visible Minorities Representative

 

Deepinder BalDeepinder Bal 

Independent

Deepinder Bal is a first-year student in Bachelor of science program at TRU, who’s running for the position of TRUSU’s Visible Minority Representative. 
He was born in India and brought to Canada at a young age. He did his secondary schooling in Toronto and has a diploma from SAIT Polytechnic, Calgary. Having experienced the multitude of cultures in these cities, he has a pretty good understanding of cultural diversity and how important it is in Canada and for TRU. 
In the past, he has volunteered in Peel Region Municipal Elections. He was part of the organizing committee that helped a first-time candidate run for Peel District School board Trustee. The whole electoral process was a unique experience and got him interested in politics and serving people. 
Having a passion for connecting and learning about different cultures, Deepinder believes he can bring in a new perspective to help connect different cultures, minds, and hearts. Having been at TRU for two semesters he wants to use this platform to minimize communication barriers between students from diverse backgrounds and be a strong voice for the visible minorities at TRU. 
Thank you! 

 

Earl BalageoEarl Balageo

For the Lulz

Hi Im Earl, born in the jungles of the Philippines. I grew up in Calgary where I witnessed and experienced the prejudice against minorities. I am here to help break the barrier between ethnic groups.

 

Elma Masiha

Elma Masiha  

Progressive Student Advocates

This is Elma Masiha, she is a 2nd-year Bachelors of Business student at TRU and she is running for the Visible Minorities Representative on the Equity Committee. She also currently holds a vital executive position on the TRUSU Bangladesh Club as the Cultural Secretary.
Despite being a Business student, politics has always been a strong passion of Elma as she thoroughly believes that politics should be about helping others. According to her, it is essential to be a part of the campus; not just as a student but as a strong leader. She ensures to be highly approachable via social media and around the campus to answer any questions or concerns that the students may have. If she is elected, she promises to make sure that all your voices and concerns will be heard.
She is very excited to run with PSA as it is a diverse and inclusive slate with folks from all educational backgrounds around the campus. 
Therefore, as a voter, you are invited to do your part in this year’s election by educating yourself on each candidate’s platform to ensure that your voices are well represented.

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Women’s Representative

 

Mackenzie FrancouerMackenzie Francoeur

Progressive Student Advocates

Mackenzie Francoeur is a second-year student in the faculty of science. She is a former member of the TRUSU World University Services of Canada club and is a certified TEFL instructor. She can often be found on campus doing outreach for current TRUSU Equity Projects or studying in the library. She is a current member-at large on the TRUSU Equity Committee and is running for the position of Women’s Representative with the Progressive Student Advocates. Off campus she is passionate about world travel, environmental protection and social justice. Mackenzie is proud in her identity as a woman and as an ally to the LGBTQ2SIA and Indigenous communities in Kamloops. She feels that helping to provide equitable access to education is the most effective way to contribute to her community and hopes to do so this year by continuing her work with the Equity Committee. Mackenzie intends to represent TRU women by making their issues on campus heard and addressed, and by helping women to learn about and access all available resources including; feminine hygiene products, gender inclusive washrooms and sexual health products. A vote for Mackenzie is a vote for advocacy, action and results!

 

Sukhpal KaurSukhpal Kaur

Alliance

Sukhpal Kaur is taking Post Baccalaureate Human Resources and works with Aramark, Food Services on Campus. She did her Bachelor’s in Journalism and Mass Communication, with a Certificate Course in Tourism and Air Line Management. She has worked with an International Organization AIESEC for a year and has an experience of working with a production house. She is an active member of the Toastmasters and Salsa Club. She stands for women empowerment and community building through active involvement.
Where Leaders spends 95% of their time discussing the problems and 5% for the solutions, she feels a leader should be more solution oriented. Bringing the women’s perspective to important decisions on campus and making sure that women are equally involved in all university affairs is her aim. She also proposes on building a platform for the women where they can come and talk or seek help on issues such as sexual harassment, mental health, day care for students with kids. She is running with the Alliance, together we aim to work on open textbooks, advocating lower fees, abolishing the pet ban and a lot more. We want the women on campus to know that we care and are there for you.

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Services Committee


Vice President Services

 

Andrew Sahayak

Andrew Sahaydak  

Alliance

Andrew Sahaydak is a 3rd-year BBA Student, majoring in Finance.
He has been involved with TRU and the Kamloops community since moving here in 2016. Andrew is a dedicated individual who works tirelessly in his volunteer roles with the TRUSU Toastmasters Club, CFBX “The X” Radio Station, and numerous other on campus clubs. Outside of his on campus roles, he is a volunteer with several Electoral District Associations and political functions. He has also helped out in feeding the homeless and other community enrichment activities.
Andrew’s vision for TRU stems from his ambition to make student government more efficient, keeping costs low, and providing a better overall experience for all students at TRU. When tasked with a challenge, he continually performs and exercises his volunteer and professional roles with absolute determination and courage, never afraid to stand up for what he believes in. Andrew will be a fierceless advocate for students, and is currently known as such by his peers. He, and his Alliance colleagues, will work united to ensure a prosperous and sustainable future for TRU.
With indisputable drive and determination, Andrew Sahaydak is the best choice for the next VP Services.

 

Sajeesh SomanSajeesh Soman

Progressive Student Advocates

Sajeesh Soman is running for the position of Vice President Services with the Progressive Student Advocates (PSA). Sajeesh is a proactive student, with a strong background in Entrepreneurship & Marketing. In line with his major, he currently serves as the Marketing Director for TRUSU Taxation Club, a highly beneficial club on campus that assists students in filing their tax returns for free. Sajeesh has successfully founded a startup that was featured on Medium, one of the top publishing platforms in the world. His interview was featured alongside globally elite and accomplished entrepreneurs. Sajeesh intends to create an array of services built to fit student needs while continuing to improve existing options, including but not limited to; emergency grant funding, the Health and Dental plan, the Housing Registry, and the Common Grounds coffee shop. Sajeesh plans to consult with TRUSU members and the campus community when undertaking his role as Vice President Services, making sure to keep in mind the affordability of Union services and with a goal of creating job opportunities for students on campus. Being a part of this diverse student community is a matter of immense pride, and serving them is PSA’s foremost objective.

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Services Committee Representative (2)

 

Jessica GuthierJessica Guthier

Progressive Student Advocates

Equity and social justice are two of Jessica Guthier’s biggest passions. Since beginning her Bachelor of Science in Nursing program two years prior, Jessica has been actively involved in the TRU campus. During her first year, Jessica attended several events relating to justice, health, and advocacy and gained a passion for the social and structural variables that affect individual and community health. Jessica held the position of Associate Delegate and Treasurer for the TRU chapter of the Canadian Nursing Student’s Association (CNSA), helping to organize events such as a leadership conference held last spring and provide services such as conference attendance and health information. Over CNSA’s National Conference, Jessica campaigned for and was elected as the Community and Public Health Committee Chair (CPHCC) for the national CNSA board of directors. She is currently serving her term as CPHCC and is aimed at working in public health and policy upon graduation. Jessica was inspired to campaign for TRUSU as she believes her unique perspective and political ambition will allow her to advocate for student’s health and wellness. Currently, Jessica is campaigning as part of the Progressive Student Advocates (PSA) slate and is proud of the diversity and passion her slate represents.

 

Dipak ParmarDipak Parmar

Progressive Student Advocates

Dipak Parmar is a 2nd year Computing Science student at TRU, running for the position Services Committee Representative with the Progressive Student Advocates (PSA). You can typically find him on campus serving as the President of the TRU Open Source Club and as a current Services Representative with TRUSU. In his free time he volunteers for CFBX FM as a radio jockey hosting a diverse music show. He is always eager to help his fellow students’ and answer any questions. From his first year on campus he has been involved with various committee at TRU and TRUSU. He raised issues to TRU IT services on the third party edu platforms that faculties are using and charging them to use for their course. Despising conventionality and believing in the freedom to express oneself has motivated Dipak to campaign with the Progressive Student Advocates (PSA). PSA strives to create a students’ body that portrays diversity and works to accomplish goals necessary to meet and exceed student needs. By working alongside the members of the PSA, Dipak is excited about the chance he may get to represent student-life on campus.

 

Tristan SemeniukTristan Semeniuk

Alliance

Tristan is currently enrolled in the Bachelor of Science program as a first year student, but is going to be switching into the Journalism program in the fall. He is passionate about birdwatching, photography, and hiking. Tristan would be a good candidate for Service Committee Representative, because he could help to make a difference in the student services on campus.

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University Affairs Committee


President

 

Fraser BarclayFraser Barclay

Alliance

If elected president I will advocate for: 
No Pearson/Connect/Tophat
Some course instructors require you to purchase a $100+ subscription to non-TRU services in order to unlock relevant course material and part of your grade. Paying your tuition should grant you access to all course slides for free on Moodle, and let you earn up to 100% in the class.
Lower Union Fees
Did you know a fulltime student contributes $189 per semester to the Student Union (excluding health/dental)? TRUSU has an annual budget in excess of $2,000,000. Have you been getting your money’s worth?
Affordable Food on Campus
Food options on campus are limited. Affordable food options on campus are non-existent. I will look to bring affordable options to campus as well as review the current business model of Common Grounds so that it is self-sufficient and not reliant on your student union fees.
Have you ever had a concern, complaint, or suggestion that affects students? Parking, textbooks, exam/course scheduling, buses, pet ban, memes, weed on campus, etc? As TRUSU President I will make it easy for you to voice any issues, and I will personally bring them up during board meetings.
Vote for Alliance!

 

Ndumiso Makunura

Ndumiso Makunura

Independent

Hello, my name is Ndumiso Jonathan Makunura,
I’m an International Student from Zimbabwe, currently in my 3rd year of a 4-year science degree majoring in Cellular and Molecular Microbiology. I wish to further my education in medical school and one day, with the knowledge I have acquired from my studies abroad, help improve Zimbabwe’s health care system and standards in hopes that this will lead to a betterment of Zimbabwe’s way of life! In my years at TRU I have learned, the importance of diversity, multiculturalism and diplomacy, I have also noticed a dire need for the world and its people to hold each other with higher esteem! I wish to continue to grow more open and keener to learning from and experiencing other cultures, edifying my understanding and appreciation of those around me, I feel that as we, the human race, scaffold towards the common goal of enhancing and simplifying life, a lot can be learned, provided we’re willing to be humble and accommodate one another, these are values I represent. I dream of a TRU that addresses the demands and requests of its students and is constantly seeking to improve and outdo itself accordingly.

 

Sierra RaeSierra Rae 

Progressive Student Advocates

Sierra is a 4th year Natural Resource Science student running for the position of President with the Progressive Student Advocates (PSA). Sierra has been an active member of the TRU Students’ Union for over 4 years, working as a Member-at-Large on the University Affairs Committee and as a board member on the Equity Committee. Sierra was elected as Women’s Representative in 2016 and was elected into her position as Vice President Equity in 2018, where she currently acts as the spokesperson, liaison, and chair for the Equity Committee. Sierra’s Student Caucus experience includes being a representative on both the Landscape Advisory and Parking Appeals & Advisory Committee, and she has been involved on campus campaigns such as Hungry for Choice, Open Textbooks, and the annual Student Budget Consultation. She has dedicated her work to providing students with the services and advocacy they need to have a positive student experience. If elected, Sierra and her slate will work to tackle issues prevalent to students including parking, international student tuition, study space, and course offerings. She is excited to be part of a diverse and experienced team ready to put students first.

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Graduate Representative

 

Olumide AdewoleOlumide Adewole

Progressive Student Advocates

Olumide Adewole Danielle is a 2nd-year graduate student taking her MBA at TRU, running for Graduate representative with the Progressive student Advocates (PSA), she serves on the graduate studies committee with TRUSU.
Danielle has sat with the graduate studies committee to ensure that students in the open learning division receive the same learning experience as an on-campus graduate student by making courses available online and providing necessary course materials.
Danielle believes that equal opportunities should be given to all student at TRU regardless of their level of education, age, race, sex, gender and that a postgraduate education should be somewhat seamless, inclusive and comprehensive while providing a unique set of experiences to different students. Danielle understands the importance of a well-rounded study experience, and she is prepared to represent her committees’ interest during the upcoming term.
Danielle plans to raise issues concerning availability of on-campus work opportunities to graduate students, create events that project diverse voices of graduate students that can be unheard, lobby so that there would be no need for external course applications. Danielle is excited to run with PSA to actualize her plans for graduate studies; A vote for PSA is a vote for equality!

 

Paul Oke

Paul Oke

Independent

My name Oke Paul and I am a MBA student. My love for this University has encouraged me to run as a candidate for the post of Graduate representative. My goal as your future Graduate representative is to ensure that all your needs and concerns as graduate students are addressed with efficiency and effectiveness. As a Graduate representative, I will work towards applying the perspectives of students and my own personal experience to make decisions with the board of directors. This goal will be achieved by opening communication between students, professors, and staff members. My goal is to not only make the Student Union better but to make sure that you are included in the decision-making process. With just your votes, I will be able to improve TRUSU……………………We stand with Paul!

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International Representative

 

Hemanth AnilHemanth Anil

For the Lulz

Hemanth Anil is a third-year Computer Science Student of TRU, who is running for the position ‘International Representative’. “A former Child and a Self-Professed geek with a life “, Hemanth enjoys building relationships and solving problems. At a young age, he started travelling many countries, getting matches on Tinder has tremendously helped him to learn and explore many cultures across the globe. Being an international student with experience of working with people of diverse background, Hemanth understands the issues faced by many international students and he has many ideas to improve the present situation.
He has strong interests include Statistics, Research and Data Mining.
In addition, Hemanth is an active member of the Computer Science Club at TRU.
He will be running with ‘For the Lulz’ slate and is very proud to run along with them in 2019 election.
He can always be reached at look4meanil@gmail.com or swipe him right on Tinder.

 

Sravani Kakuru

Alliance

Having confidence, credibility, and courage to stand up for your peers is why I’m running to be your International student representative for this year. To all those students who stood up for yourself by taking the decision to come away from your family to pursue your career and explore your choices at TRU, you are a leader yourself. I’m proud of each one of you. Your family, friends, and homeland are proud of you. I relate myself to the most important elements of life water and air which are adaptable and help you survive with your new surroundings. TRU values it’s International students and celebrates its diversity. Firstly, my desire to improve the engagement of International students in the events, clubs, and develop their career towards achieving their dreams. Secondly, addressing the elephant in the room would be lowering the tuition fee for International students. Being an International student myself, I understand every bit of each of you and would love to solve them for you by working together as a union.
Casting your vote towards my name is a vote for a better voice for International students. Vote for “Alliance”

 

Raj SoniRaj Soni

Progressive Student Advocate

Raj Soni is a 2nd year Marketing student at TRU, running for the position of the International Representative with the Progressive Student Advocates (PSA).
Raj has been an integral part of a number of different teams at TRU and currently serves as both Brand Ambassador with the School of Business and Economics and as Event Coordinator with the TRU Modern Marketing Association. Raj also currently serves as a Member-At-Large with the TRUSU Campaigns Committee. Raj’s previous experience includes serving as a Social Media Ambassador for TRU World, and as an advocate for the WUSC Student Refugee Program. These roles have given him a unique and comprehensive perspective on international issues. Furthermore, playing a core role in the Welcoming the World initiative of the Campaign Committee, Raj has a had an important voice in the Internationalization of TRU.
Raj believes that concerns of TRU’s international community must be voiced competently. International students have been facing a number of problems that have been completely overlooked, and Raj and the rest of his slate, PSA, are committed to ensuring fairness for international students.

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University Affairs Committee Representative (2)

 

Aria AppletonAria Appleton

Progressive Student Advocates

Aria is a first year Science student running for the position of University Affairs Representative with the Progressive Student Advocates (PSA), where she will work on internal affairs such as parking, open textbooks, and course offerings. Her academic goal is to be a Veterinarian; in the meantime she believes in helping make TRU the best place it can be. Besides running in this election, she has been an active member of the student caucus and co-chair of the Student Success Committee. Aria plans to increase university wide communication by getting more people interested in change at TRU and on campus events, through the work of her committees and slate. Her slate is the most diverse and the only full slate to run this year. PSA has members from all educational backgrounds and all levels of experience to provide the students the representation they need. She, along with her slate, want to make this university better for all students regardless of gender, sexuality, race or ethnicity. She strives to use this position to make student voices heard and get the results they need.

 

Navin Jain

Navin Jain  

Alliance

Navin Jain is a 2nd year Accounting student who is running for the position of University Affairs Committee Representative with TRUSU Alliance.
In the last decade, Navin has worked closely with people in various industries, diverse functions, and across age group in India and Canada. He has been awarded with three professional degrees in India. He also got awarded by “GEM of JSPL” by Jindal Steel & Power Limited, India. Presently, he is serving as an Auxiliary employee at TRU Culinary Arts, TRU Bookstore and Line cook at Earl’s restaurant. Navin is result focused and has perseverance attitude who is promoting community building through volunteerism. He is a Residence Council Executive at TRU UCH Housing and member of TRUSU Taxation club. He is actively involved in LEAP, SOBE, Academic Advising, Career & Experimental Learning, International day, Kamloops MS Society walk and The Mustard seed.
Navin has a strong will to make students’ life better by developing a positive learning environment where students feel motivated to learn within their boundaries and expectations of a financial and academic support with safe classrooms.
He has excellent interpersonal skills and excited to be a voice in decision making.
Vote for Navin and TRUSU Alliance.

 

Shanta SharmaShanta Sharma 

Progressive Student Advocates

Despising conventionality and believing in the freedom to express oneself have motivated Shanta to campaign with the Progressive Student Advocates (PSA). PSA strives to create a students’ body that portrays diversity and works to accomplish goals necessary to meet and exceed student needs. By working alongside the members of the PSA, Shanta is excited about the chance she may get to represent student-life on campus.
Shanta is currently pursuing MBA and has been a part of Student Caucus since 2018. Born and raised in India, she is magically drawn towards tea, blue skies and road trips.
She loves responsibilities and achieving goals (no matter how small they are), motivates her. A strong believer of the quote, “If there is no solution, there’s no problem”, her primary focus is to improve students’ experience in terms of on-campus food services and parking, fight against rising tuition fees, voice housing troubles and many other topics that need urgent attention. She would continue working hard to ensure everyone has a voice in the university and that every voice is heard. It would be an honor for her to represent fellow students by being a University Affairs Representative.

 

Shruthi RavindranathShruthi Veeramanchala

Alliance

Hello! I am Shruthi Ravindranath, studying Human Resource Management. I have a Bachelors degree in Commerce and I served as the Head of Media and Arts department of my university, India. I served as the Vice President for our university Commerce club and worked in the editorial board of my university. I am an active member of TRUSU HRM club and volunteered in several events conducted by our club. I am mostly into volunteering, both on and off campus. I am running for the University Affairs Committee Representative with our slate, Alliance. I believe that my active participation in the university events and passion in communicating with everyone has helped me develop my leadership skills, understand and reflect the student problems and feedbacks. During the past one year of my study in TRU, I have observed that most of us are facing problems on campus. If elected, I will represent the students and their problems such as expensive textbooks, parking fees and facilities, limited food options, poorly accessible washrooms, availability of feminine products, improving financial aid for international students. Your vote for Alliance and me, will support us to raise the voice and work for the TRU that you want!

 

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