W21 General Election: Candidate Bios — Executive
Candidates listed per position alphabetically by last name.
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Candidates: President —
The CSA’s mandate is to represent and amplify the voice of undergraduate students at UofG, and that is why I am running to be your president. As a commerce student who has first-hand experience working in the CSA, I value the opportunities our student union provides, but also see tremendous ways to improve to ensure every student is given a voice. To do that I am ready to listen. We are entering unprecedented times as a post-pandemic world emerges. My goal is to re-evaluate what CSA services matter most and understand the needs of the modern student. This will be done by increasing the resources for clubs to amplify their views, by encouraging transparency on our common goals and by offering events that increase UofG’s sense of community as life on-campus is re-established. With so many unknowns, I can assure you that your best bet is to vote Charette.
Hello voter! I’m Nicole Walker and I want to be your 2021-2022 CSA President. I’m a fifth-year student in the Bachelor of Science, majoring in Human Kinetics. My leadership experience as a member of Interhall Council (IHC), the Orientation Team, Board of Governors, Senate, and more, have taught me that the collective student voice can bring about positive change. As the 2019-2020 IHC President, I represented ~4800 residence students on committees across campus, while working with the IHC team to improve the student experience. If elected as President, I would continue to advocate for an inclusive campus and accessible learning, while prioritizing the safety of and communication with students. My leadership experience, diverse knowledge of the Guelph community, and passion for advocacy will allow me to be a strong voice for Guelph undergrads. I want to continue to be here for you! I would appreciate your vote of support!
Candidates: Vice-President Student Experience —
Hi everyone! My name is Sara and I am re-running in the CSA elections for the same position that I’ve held for the last year, VP Student Experience! Over the last year, I ran events such as Sexy Bingo, Trivia Party, Halloweek, and many others! I had an incredible time hosting these events for you and I’m hoping to do bigger and better ones if elected. In addition to events, during my term I want to advocate for more menstrual hygiene product dispensers all over campus – and not just in select bathrooms. I would also like to make club accreditation more accessible and make resources more easily available for students wanting to start new clubs!
Candidates: Vice-President Academic —
My name is Lisa Kazuhara. I am a 4th-year student in Nutritional and Nutraceutical Sciences running for the CSA VP Academic position. I am the Co-President of the International Student Organization and a Peer Helper for the English Language Program, where I tutor conversational English. Academics and teaching have always been my passion. Last semester I had the opportunity to pursue my interests by creating an e-textbook with like-minded students for a human physiology course. Currently, I sit on the Provost's Task Force on Pedagogical Innovation meetings as an undergraduate representative, where I advocate for higher quality education. I would be a great for CSA VP Academic because I would like to continue raising students' voice on academic issues such as the online learning environment, financial support, and education accessibility. My goal is to enhance the student experience on campus and ensure that all voices are heard.
Candidates: Vice-President External —
My name is Shilik Hamad, but you can also call me Shil! In this election, I want students to believe they can trust me to represent them to decision-makers on a university, municipal, provincial, and federal level. In my final year of studying International Development and Political Science, what I hope to bring to the position of CSA VP External is a growing sense of community and belonging on UofG campus, as well aswithin the community of Guelph. I plan to execute effective campaigns and advocacy work as VP External while listening to students’ concerns about pressing issues on campus (eg.environmental, Indigenous affairs, racial inequality, accessibility etc.). I aspire to do this by cultivating close relationships with community and student organizations, UofG students, and decision-makers to represent the collective interests of students.