This has been a hard year for many students. Studying online has brought with it many challenges and hardships. As we emerge from the pandemic, we are entering an exciting time for the Students’ Union and starting the process of coming back to campus. Important decisions will be made by your representatives such as what that return will look like and what we want our campus culture to be in the upcoming year.

The following individuals have put their names forward to lead the Students’ Union through this process of returning to campus. We encourage you to take a look at the profiles submitted below to determine who you believe will be the best choice to take on this task moving forward and to lead us into this important next phase as a community.

Voting will take place online from March 24 at 9:00 AM to March 25 at 2:00 PM (PDT). For positions where there are multiple candidates, you will have the opportunity to select the candidate of your choice. For positions with a single candidate, you will have the opportunity to vote yes or no to that candidate. Ballots will be emailed to all current members of the Students’ Union. If you have any issues completing or accessing your ballot please contact the Electoral Committee at elections@trusu.ca or call 250.828.5289. 

President

Azul Hernandez-Billy

TRU Trailblazers

Faculty of Arts
Third Year

Indigenous, 2SLGBTQIAP+ Ally, Anti-Racist Trauma Informed Value System, Intersectional Feminist Hello TRU Students! My name is Azul Hernandez-Billy and I am running to be elected as your next TRUSU President! Why vote for me? I am always jumping at leadership opportunities to ensure that appropriate representation is being met and rightfully advocated for. This is inspired by an attempt to diversify the TRUSU’s perspective and represent the marginalized and misunderstood. An example of this is the importance of ensuring that prosperous Indigenization tactics are rooted and facilitated in both higher education and governing systems. Students need a representative that can add unique value and experience to these high governing positions. I have experience displayed in a variety of different leadership opportunities including: Yukon University Student Union treasurer, TRU Board of Governors, TRU student Caucus, TRU Qelmúcw Affairs Committee, and TRU Governance and Human Resources Committee. All of these experiences have led me to strive for the instillment of narratives of inclusivity and appropriate representations as a matter of utmost importance. These are habits of change and progress, and I, Azul Hernandez-Billy, would be honoured and fully committed to making efforts towards the contribution to positive and more systematically inclusive changes.

Vice President Equity

Shantelle Bishop

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Faculty of Arts
Fourth Year

I am running for vice president of equity because not long ago, a person, specifically a black women would never have the freedom to run for a position of power. I find this a liberating, exciting and enriching opportunity to be a voice for the voiceless, advocate for students who are marginalized and create a safer and inclusive space for all individuals. It would be an honour to further understand and learn about the complex intersections that take place within our marginalized and oppressed communities . Through this knowledge, I will utilize the perspective of the students to nourish my allyship and hone in on social injustices and represent the student body through my unique lens and specific self location. I want to give my perspective, my lens, as a black woman to identify issues on campus while fighting for justice for my fellow peers. I want to shock the system and prove that you can make a change regardless of your gender, race, ethnicity, social class, religion, sexual orientation, ability, and gender identity. There used to be a board of people that I could never identify with, i’m trying my best to change that, one trail at a time.

Vice President External

Sachin Pathigoda Arachchige

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Faculty of Law
Third Year

My name is Sachin Pathigoda and I am a Faculty of Law student running to be your next TRUSU ‚ Vice President of External Campaigns. As VP External Campaigns, I will strive to create more meaningful interactions with the student body and allow for positive experiences for all. In particular, I want to allow TRU students to have a greater voice when communicating with government bodies and ensure that their concerns and needs are met. Change is especially critical now more than ever to address the new and alarming events that are occurring around the world. As such, I will advocate to leave a positive and lasting impact on TRU while ensuring that your ideas are heard in the process. I look forward to serving as your next VP of External Campaigns. Vote for The TRU Trailblazers! Follow us on instagram & FB @thetrutrailblazers

Vice President Internal

Filza Raza

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Faculty of Law
Second Year

My name is Filza Raza (she/her) and I am excited to announce that I am running to be your next Vice President Internal of TRUSU. I am a second year law student and have over five years of experience in student governance, administration, and event planning. This previous year I had the pleasure of serving as your student senator for TRU and as a member of the Academic Integrity Committee through the Student Caucus. I believe that my experience with clubs and various student organizations at TRU demonstrates my passion and understanding of issues that impact students daily. Student engagement and involvement has been our primary concern during the transition to online learning. We hope to bring fresh ideas to rebuild and enhance the student community and experience. We want to offer events that are safe, interactive, and provide opportunities for students to reconnect and network with each other. We want to ensure that students feel like they are an active part of the TRUSU community again and that their mental wellness is our top priority. Vote for The TRU Trailblazers! Find us on instagram & FB @thetrutrailblazers

Vice President Services

Ali Mulji

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Faculty of Law
Third Year

My name is Ali Mulji and I am a Faculty of Law student running to be your next TRUSU – Vice President Services. The role of VP-Services demands having the courage and confidence to stand up for our peers. I believe that I’m the best candidate for this position because I’m not afraid of standing up for what I believe in and for what students want. Student governance is my passion. I have previously served as Board of Governor and Senator at TRU and as well as Board Director for the past two years at TRUSU. I believe that my past leadership roles will allow me to be a great advocate for students and to ensure not only that their voices are heard but that actual changes are made. I will advocate for increased transparency, build a strong student-faculty relationship and offer suggestions for policies revolving around student needs. Most importantly, I want to ensure your ideas are not only heard but implemented. Lastly, I will use my role to promote and advocate for an inclusive Union which is representative of the entire university, considering all races, genders, sexualities and cultures. I look forward to serving as your next VP-Services.

Graduate Representative

Gina Dillon

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School of Business and Economics
First Year

I returned to TRU as a mature student in 2018 to complete my BBA in Human Resource Management and Leadership, and I am now pursuing my MBA. In 2020, I won the Ken Lepin Prize of Business Excellence Entrepreneur & Communication (MBA) in recognition of my leadership qualities. I have served on the Student Caucus for the last three years, and I am a student representative on the Graduate Studies Committee and co-president of the TRU Women in Business Club. I have been an Envision Network Advisor, student representative on the SoBE Faculty Council and the Focus on First-Year Committee, and co-president of the TRU Human Resource Management Club. I am a long-time Kamloops resident with over 15 years of management experience in the hospitality and retail industries and the proud mom to 3 wonderful children. I believe that everyone has the potential to be successful and that they deserve an equal opportunity regardless of their background and economic circumstances. Students must have a voice in their education and participate in their success. On Facebook and Instagram: @TheTRUTrailblazers

Indigenous Representative

Darien Kilbreath

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Faculty of Science
First Year

Weyt-kp! My name is Darien Kilbreath (She/Her) and I am a student in the Bachelor of Science program. I am both Metis and Kwakiutl, of the ‘Namgis Nation. I am currently learning about my Kwakiutl ancestry from my grandfather. This will be my first time running on the TRUSU Board of Directors, and I will be running for the position of Indigenous Representative. It is important to me and I will do my best to prioritize the voices of our Indigenous Community, ensure that our community is being treated with the utmost respect, and to make sure that equal opportunities are being granted to the individuals within the community. I recognize and acknowledge that there are different privileges, and my goal is to focus on inclusion and diversity. I plan to challenge outdated misconceptions and help to educate people on systemic bias. It is imperative that we acknowledge and respect the land of the Indigenous Peoples in more meaningful and understanding ways. Kukwstsétsemc! G̱ilakas’la!

International Representative

Parth Bavishi

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School of Business & Economics
Second Year

This is Parth Bavishi, a student of Bachelor of Business Administration at TRU who is running for the International Student Representative position for TRUSU Elections. I am a International student from India. I am a current senator, a part of TRU Governing body and a part of student caucus at TRU. As a International student Representative, I will make sure that your concerns and needs are met. I will always have open ear to your problems and I will work towards solving it through my knowledge and experience. I am passionate and focused about my work and I love playing sports, the place from where I learnt more about team work and how to have a common purpose. I am a diversity ambassador of SAARSC Club. I know how to show leadership and I know what to achieve as a leader. I am enthusiastic, hardworking and creative. I always want to create a difference wherever I go. I am always a learner and an optimistic person. The self-belief which I have in me has given me strength and confidence to become a person that I am today. Vote for TRU Trailblazers! Follow us on instagram & FB @thetrutrailblazers

Lakhwinder Singh Rehsi

Independent

School of Business & Economics
Second Year

Hello everyone, I am Lakhwinder Singh Rehsi. I would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge that we are on the traditional and unceded land of the Secwepemc people. I am running for the position of International Students Representative. Currently, I am a second-year student in the Post Baccalaureate Diploma in Economics and a core team member at the SAASRC club at TRU. During my study time at Amity University in India, I founded the Economics society, worked towards social issues like women empowerment, the abolition of child labour, and stray dogs welfare. I also organized activities to promote student development like university fests, athletic events, academic events like inter-departmental quizzes, seminars, workshops, and various other extracurricular activities. I want to use my student service experience and bridge the gap between University officials and international students to voice their concerns. As a representative, I would always be available through all available channels to hear your problems through a feeling of service and offering oneself. Let’s create a friendly and welcome space for all international students from different cultures and communities in Canada’s multicultural land!

LGBTQ+ Representative

Eliana Baboiu

TRU Trailblazers

School of Nursing
Third Year

My name is Eliana Baboiu and I am a third-year nursing student who is running for the Position of LGBTQ+ representative with the TRU Trailblazers. I am currently the president of the TRUSU Pride club and has organized social groups such as Queer Connections with the TRU Wellness Centre. Through these social groups, I learned about barriers other LGBTQ+ students face on campus. I also attend TRU toastmasters club and has done speeches educating people on inclusivity and issues LGBTQ+ people face. I was also the LGBTQ+ representative on the TRUSU equity committee the previous term. I have worked on initiatives such as Pride @home, TRANSform TRU, systemic racism project, Write for Rights and various Amnesty International Urgent Actions. If re-elected, Eliana hopes to achieve an inclusive environment for students on campus and to help make the TRU campus a more equitable place by promoting safe spaces to make students feel accepted no matter where they are from. Once re-elected, I hope to continue to advocate for better resources for LGBTQ+ students, increased communication with faculty, lower tuition and Indigenization of courses to make TRU a more equitable place.

Skyler Trotta

Independent

Faculty of Arts
Second Year

I am a queer and non-binary person who uses they/them pronouns. I have always loved to educate others and advocate for 2SLGBTQ+ rights, and I am always trying to do more for the community. I am currently a SWAT Leader at TRU’s Wellness Centre, and I have put my focus on mental health and 2SLGBTQ+ education within my role there. If elected, I will continue to focus on these topics and will strive for equity and acceptance on campus for everyone of all diverse gender identities and sexual orientations.

Racialized Persons Representative

Amisha Patel

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School of Nursing
Second Year

My name is Amisha Patel (she/her) and I am running to be your Racialized Persons Representative. As a Master of Nursing student, practising Registered Nurse, intersectional feminist, and racialized person with lived experience, I understand the complex intersection of factors that contribute to our experiences within our system. Through my job as a registered nurse and through my various mentorship and committee roles my work helps provide support and promote equity for those in need. Through my previous work on the Board of Directors and the University Affairs Committee, I helped advocate for system improvements within our university governance. Now, in this role, with this same knowledge, I will ensure that the unique experiences of all racialized persons are better understood and that equity is promoted through every avenue available at TRU.

Women's Representative

Shannon Lopes

Independent

School of Business & Economics
First Year

Weyt-kp, I acknowledge that TRU is located on the enriching, traditional unceded territory of the Tk’emlups te Secwépemc peoples. I’m humbled and grateful to be a part of this land. My name is Shannon Lopes & my pronouns are she/her. I’m enrolled in the Post Baccalaureate-HRM diploma, W21. I am a woman who champions the rights of minorities with clear communication and compassion. I consider myself intersectional feminist with a conviction that feminism is essential for gender justice, especially for those facing intersectional barriers and compounded marginalisation. We can make a difference to the world around us by amplifying the voices of those who cannot stand for themselves. Hence, I will bring a distinct perspective to the committee that stands for diversity and inclusion of women from all walks of life. I aspire to use my platform to support and bridge the gap by facilitating a safe space for meaningful dialogues between students and TRUSU Directors by representing you to the best of my abilities. I vow to keep students’ interests at heart by making valuable contributions that represent your views and uplift the student body by advocating for your rights and interests, always. Thank You. Kindly Vote for Shannon.

Rida Zainab

TRU Trailblazers

School of Business & Economics
Fourth Year

I am an international student, in my 4th year majoring in economics. I will be running for the 2nd time on the TRUSU board of directors, previously I was elected as the Racialized person representative. This time I would like to be a voice for the women in the community, so I will be running for the Women’s Representatives position. For me being a woman is the most important thing to be proud of, accepting oneself and being able to feel independent is the fuel that keeps me going. I want to change the fact that women should not feel obliged to ask for ‘permission’ from a male to make big decisions in life. I would like to promote the interests of women within our community, aware women about laws that speak for their rights, lobby, and advocate for equal opportunities. Most importantly ensuring gender equality, and protecting the interests of female students and staff.

Campaigns Committee Representative (2)

Rami Johal

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Faculty of Law
Third Year

This above all: To thine own self be true, And it must follow, as the night the day, Thou canst not then be false to any man.” ~ Shakespeare (Hamlet) My name is Rami Johal and I am a running to be a campaign representative. If elected for this role I will trail blaze a path for student reform that invites more inclusivity from all student groups. I believe in fostering an environment where students can confidently have their concerns relayed to the government bodies and expect some form of change. I want to help create a platform to discuss the public transit needs of TRU students and the problems associated with student financial aid in particular. In doing so, I dream of creating a forum where students can come together and openly discuss the issues that plague them, especially when these issues are continually involving during this pandemic. I look forward to making an ever-lasting impact on the TRU community and serving you as your next campaign representative.

Rahin Talukder

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Faculty of Law
First year

Hi everyone! My name is Rahin Talukder and I am a first-year law student in the JD program at TRU. My preferred pronouns are he/him. I am excited to announce that I will be running for the position of Campaigns Committee Representative on the TRU Students’ Union. If given the opportunity, I hope to advocate for students to have a greater voice in communications with governing bodies. Especially this year, where COVID-19 has really disrupted the way we both live and learn, I believe student concerns should not only be heard, but more importantly they should be addressed. I am looking forward to doing my part in the TRU community! Vote for The TRU Trailblazers! Follow us on Instagram & Facebook @thetrutrailblazers

Entertainment Committee Representative (2)

Farzaan Ahmed

Independent

School of Business & Economics
First Year

I have been a merchant marine officer for a decade and I am pursuing my higher studies to explore the supply chain business dynamics here in Canada I am an avid adventure sports enthusiast and have travelled to 79 countries on my exploration trips.I love cooking multinational cuisines,organizing house parties,perform open mic night gigs with Karaoke and Live Singing.Following are some of the activities I have engaged in over the years. ‚ Module 2- Level Spanish (Foreign Language) Certificate in 2015. ‚ Basic Communicative French (Ongoing) in 2020 ‚ 3 months A- Grade Certificate in Computer Applications in 2009. ‚ Stood 2nd in Inter-College Oratory Competition in 2007. ‚ Stood 3rd in Intra-College Dance Competition in 2007. ‚ Won inter-school quiz, singing and creative writing competitions in 2006. ‚ Won a Ten Sports WWE sponsored trip to Miami to watch WrestleMania in 2012. ‚ Cleared stage 1 interview, group discussion, and reached personal interview round for a reality TV show “MTV Roadies” on MTV network. ‚ Runs a YouTube channel “Fazedy” on which one can find several self-choreographed videos and open Mic Night vocalist gigs both on ship and in shore. ‚ Keen interest in body art like tattoos.

Kristen Jacobsen

Independent

Faculty of Adventure, Culinary Arts, & Tourism
Fourth Year

Hi! I’m Kristen, and I am a 7th year student at TRU. I have completed a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, and am currently working on a Bachelor of Tourism Management with a concentration in Festivals and Events. I am very passionate about events, and have never hesitated to get involved on campus. I was involved in PCMA-TRU for 2 years, one of which I spent as Vice President. I have also been a part of the TRU Philosophy, History and Politics Conference for the past 4 years, and am about to begin my second term as Chair of the conference. I enjoy leading and being part of a group, and would really like the chance to use my knowledge and skills in events and entertainment to give back to the university. We’ve all been very isolated for this past year, and I would be excited to contribute to bringing students back together.

Daljeet kaur

Independent

Faculty of Education & Social Work
First Year

Hello my lovely friends. My name is Daljeet Kaur and doing master of education at TRU. I have strong desire to be the part of Entertainment Committee because I believe that I have the attributes to entertain my friends. I have skills of doing Punjabi folk dance(Bhangra) that is an energetic folk dance which definitely helps to refresh our minds. I am passionate about this dance. I participated in the dance competitions in youth festivals. In addition, I did teaching for four years in the school where I was the member of different clubs that taught me how to organize events effectively. I can sing for you if you want to rejuvenate yourself. The most important thing that matters for me is your happiness. I want everyone to be happy. Happiness is the key value in my life and wants to spread everywhere. I can achieve my this target to some extent if I would be appointed as the representative of the Entertainment committee. Please provide me an opportunity to serve you. Thank you everyone and be healthy and happy.

Helen Pogoson

Independent

School of Business & Economics
First Year

Helen….she wants a world where every little joy and win counts towards building the bigger picture. When she is not busy being “an adult”, you can find her whipping up delicious carbs full whimsical moments.

Harivansh Shah

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Faculty of Science
Second Year

Hello! My name is Harivansh Shah and I am a Second-year Biology student here at TRU. My preferred pronouns are he/him. Firstly, I would like to acknowledge the Secwepemc Nation, upon whose traditional and unceded land Thompson Rivers University is located (ne Secwépemc). Here’s a little bit more about myself, I am originally from the city of Ahmedabad in India. I am running for the position of Entertainment Committee Representative on the TRU Students’ Union for this academic year. With the support TRUSU and the Entertainment Committee, I intend to have a safe and steady resume on student life back in school. The past year with the start of the pandemic, the key element of going through college that makes it a wonderful experience has been extinct. In the better days to come hereafter, I look forward to working with my fellow peers in giving the student body as it needs. Vote for The TRU Trailblazers! Follow us on Instagram & FB @thetrutrailblazers !

Devansh Sharma

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Faculty of Science
Second Year

Greetings everyone, My name is Devansh Sharma and my preferred pronouns are he/him. I am a second-year Bachelor of Science student majoring in Chemical Biology. I am running for the Entertainment Committee Representative position. It was challenging being a first-year student and experiencing the entire first year in a virtual environment. But what helped me going through these unprecedented times was the various activities organized by the TRUSU clubs. The Fun ‘Games Night’ where a group of strangers ended up being texting buddies. . Coming into the second year of my education, I believe it’s time that I contribute my innovative ideas towards such activities. I have the passion, dedication, and necessary critical thinking skills to make effective decisions for the betterment of students and faculty of TRU. And most importantly, coming up with various ideas to provide something Entertaining for you guys. Over the next couple of weeks, I look forward to meeting as many of you as possible to discuss why I am the best candidate to represent you as the Entertainment Committee Rep. Vote for The TRU Trailblazers! Follow us on Instagram & FB @thetrutrailblazers

Ruchika Shetty

Independent

School of Business & Economics
First Year

Hello Everyone. Greetings! Thank you for taking the time to read my statement. My name is Ruchika Shetty, and I am a student of post baccalaureate diploma in human resource management. I am writing this application with an aim to run for the position of entertainment committee representative on TRUSU’s Board of Directors. I am confident I will be able to assist the entertainment committee because I have done it before when I was the class representative for 3 years during my bachelor studies. Currently, I volunteer as an HR head In Youth India Foundation, an NGO run by the youth, that provides free online tuitions to children in rural parts of India. I have always been actively involved in all the events held in my university like debates, extempore, treasure hunts, fashion show and dance. I enjoy dancing, it adds an extra little spice to my life. I believe my active participation and energetic attitude will contribute towards planning and implementing events throughout the year. I love to engage in the process. I am looking forward to work on amazing activities planned for you and I assure 100 % efforts from me. Thank you for your time and consideration.

Swagath Swamy

Independent

Faculty of Arts
Second Year

Hi! My name is Swagath Swamy and I running to be an entertainment committee representative. I am currently in my second year in the Journalism program. I have always taken up leadership roles enthusiastically and I believe in the power of voice. The past year has been tough on all of us-we missed the fun of physically being present at the campus and enjoying our annual celebrations. Moving forward I want to play an active role in making arrangements to make the most of our student lives. I love to read, write and perform. I believe that entertainment lets you be the person you are; it helps you connect to your true self. My idea is to help students build a network and plan events that that is designed to increase their sense of belongingness and enjoyment. Being involved in activities on and off campus has helped me interact with a lot of people and learn. I have held various positions on campus and I volunteer in Kamloops and Vancouver. These experiences have equipped me with the knowledge and tools to be a better leader. If elected, I would make passionately work with the team.

Services Committee Representative (2)

Esssam Abdul Sattar Abdul Hannan

Independent

School of Business & Economics
First Year

Hi! I’m Essam, currently a first-year Post Baccalaureate Diploma student and a member of the student success committee of TRUSU since Sept’2020. Since Dec’2020 I’ve also been a part of the Student Success Mission Fulfillment Working Group at TRUSU. Basically, my parents are from India but I’ve been born and brought up in multiple countries like KSA, U.A.E, and Kuwait. It’s my passion to work at a place where I can use the opportunities I have to help and support others. With this position of Student Representative for the service committee, I believe I can bring a good representation for overseeing the development and implementation of student service. In addition to this, I’m an international student which helps me relate, understand and represent the perspective of an international student. Apart from this, if we’ve had the pleasure of having a communication, you’d mostly remember me as a funny, humble and helpful person.

Jasjit (Jessy) Khind

TRU Trailblazers

Faculty of Law
Third Year

My name is Jessy Khind and I am a third year law student running to be one of your next Services Committee Reps alongside my good friend Robert Lim. I have a background in student governance as I served on the senate during my second year at TRU. TRU needs someone who will prioritize the services that are important for students by developing and implementing an effective Services Plan. I understand the difficulty of learning in this pandemic environment and I will do my best to ensure the services students receive reflect those difficulties. I will do my best to amplify student voices and get things done. I will strive to make myself accessible to the student body and aim to be transparent in all my work. I look forward to serving as your next Services Committee Rep! “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” ‚Winston Churchill

Robert Lim

TRU Trailblazers

Faculty of Law
Third Year

I would like to acknowledge that I live on the shared, unceded traditional territory of the Tsleil Waututh, Squamish and other Coast Salish Peoples. “The new frontier lies not beyond the planets but within each one of us” , Pierre Trudeau My interpretation of our former prime minister’s quote is that self- discovery and actualization encompass our true reason for being. In other words, our true purpose in life is to discover who we are as individuals. In my opinion, educational institutions such as Universities play such a pivotal role in guiding students on their path to self-actualization. I believe that the services that a University’s student union offers can deeply impact any student’s university experience. It is with that sentiment that I am running to be a TRUSU services committee representative. Having served as a TRU Student Senator in the 2018 ‚ 2019 year, I have previously advocated for the voice of the student body on academic and policy matters and hope to similarly advocate for the voice of students for the provision of student services in a manner that will truly provide support for students in matters relating to academic life and wellness.

University Affairs Committee Representative (2)

Kushal Bhansali

Independent

School of Business & Economics
First Year

Hello everyone, I am Kushal Bhansali enrolled in Post Baccalaureate Diploma in Supply Chain Management and this is my first year at TRU. I am a voracious reader (mostly into fantasy and sci-fi fictional books) and love to travel. I would say I am an extrovert person and like to meet new people and explore new places. During my 4 years of bachelors which I did from India, I have been a part of multiple committees and groups and I think that experience would help me to work here too. Hope you guys consider me for the University Affairs Committee’s Representative. Looking forward to meet you all soon at campus.

Daniel Bleiwas

TRU Trailblazers

Faculty of Law
Second Year

My name is Daniel and I am in my second year at TRU studying law. I am originally from Toronto but have loved living in B.C. the last two years! The position I am running for this year is the University Affairs representative. I am running for this position to make TRU a better place during the pandemic and for the future! I am passionate about improving mental health access on campus, reducing tuition, and ensuring all aspects of campus life are more enjoyable and affordable!

Karelle Nelly Irankunda

Independent

School of Business & Economics
First Year

My name is Karelle Nelly Irankunda; I am a first-year graduate student at Thompson Rivers University, pursuing an MBA degree. My passion for leadership, ability to speak up for my peers, and previous experience as a student senator have provided me a deeper appreciation of the work the student union board does to support the student body. I believe the TRUSU board has been the voice of every student on this campus for many years. I would like to be a part of an organization that ensures students from diverse backgrounds can freely address their needs and ideas. I have a significant amount of leadership and volunteer experience that I believe will be valuable for the TRUSU board. My goal in joining the TRUSU board as a university affairs committee representative is to work closely with other students and other members of the university affairs committee to create a positive change that will last even after I leave. I would also like to help with the recruitment and resourcing of different systems and strategies that will create a great university experience for all students from different parts of the world.

Kerri Schill

TRU Trailblazers

Faculty of Arts
Fourth Year

Weyt-kp, Kerri Schill ri7 ye7éne (Hello, this is Kerri Schill) and I am running for University Affairs Committee, Representative. I’m a fourth-year BA Communications major (Honours) with Aboriginal Studies & Marketing minors. I’m actively engaged in PACs, SD73 DPAC & BCCPAC. Experiencing diverse backgrounds in healthcare and education, coupled with student advocacy & leadership roles, have led to my ability to facilitate and develop education policy frameworks at the local and provincial levels. Co-Chair of Students Mad About Rising Tuition (SMART) at UCC, I co-championed and marched towards tuition equity, affordability and tuition freezes, consequently igniting my eagerness for equality and justice in education. In 2004 I completed my Digital Art and Design diploma at Thompson Rivers University (Cariboo College and University College of the Cariboo). My focus is on equitable, authentic and inclusive education, policy development, Indigenization, leadership, governance, graduate employability, mental health, accessibility and parking. Finally, fair and affordable tuition fees for International, Domestic and Open Learning students. It is critical that all students are supported during this pandemic and must have accessibility to resources, services and opportunities despite facing financial, academic, discrimination, and mental health challenges. The TRU Trailblazers – Follow us on Instagram & Facebook @thetrutrailblazers