Candidates on the ballot:

Director of Operations

Brenda Agyei

Candidate’s name

Brenda Agyei

 

Who are you in three sentences?

I am an action-oriented person that takes pride in seeing projects and tasks to completion.  I am fully skilled to work in solitude, but I thrive in a team setting. I will continue to learn, in order to add value to my community.

 

In three sentences or less, why are you running for this position?

The Director of Operations position will be a great opportunity for me to add value to my community and further develop my skills.

Working with the SA and the Operations Manager has given me better insight on how I can add value to the overall student experience.

 

If elected, what would be your top three priorities?

1. To continuously ensure that SA programs & services are effectively and efficiently connecting with students.

2. Ensure the Student Association is transparent and operating within budget.

3. To give GBC students a platform to voice their opinions.

 

What experiences have you had thus far that have prepared you to take on this position?

Over the years, I have gained experience working with many diverse individuals and groups. I have taken initiative to effectively reach team objectives. It has taught me that in order for any successful engagement or change to take place, one must first respect and relate to the experiences of those they wish to help.

 

What does inclusivity at George Brown mean to you?

It means a safer space for all, including traditionally marginalized groups.

 

INSTAGRAM:     http://instagram.com/agyei.brenda2017

Kushagra Manchanda

Candidate’s name

Kushagra Manchanda

 

Who are you in three sentences?

I, Kushagra Manchanda moved from Delhi to Toronto to pursue my passion and higher studies. Having a business background, it has always been an attractive future prospect to explore this field which motivated me to undertake the current business diploma I am doing in Marketing.

 

In three sentences or less, why are you running for this position?

Ensure that the Student Association is transparent with their finances and stays within budget

Increase awareness among students about the fees they pay to the Student Association.

Increase scholarships and bursaries

 

 

If elected, what would be your top three priorities?

Promote a healthy, welcoming and accommodating safe place for all

Improve the core financial and administrative functions of the Student Association

Increase awareness among the students about college and community scholarships.

 

What experiences have you had thus far that have prepared you to take on this position?

I have been working with George Brown for almost two years now, starting with St. james library as a library assistant which prepared me to take an initiative to apply for the International Student Representative at the Student Association. The position with Student Association helped to get a closer look at how the SA and its members function to get the best services and events to GBC students. I also prepared proposal to havea on/off campus job seminar by collaborating with the International Centre for the students. Simultaneously I also applied for a position in peerconnect as a peercoach which further enhanced my ability to help and empathise with other students. With the experience that I have acquired over a period of two years I think I’m well suited for this position and I think I’ll do justice to this position.

 

What does inclusivity at George Brown mean to you?

Coming from a country where there’s a saying “Anekta main Ekta” which literally translates to “Unity in Diversity”, I understand the concept of diversity and multiculturalism very well and it would be my top most priority to manage this college as a one united diverse family.

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Snapchat             kushmanchanda30

 

Arts, Design and Information Technology Representative

Supitcha Thadi

Candidate’s name

Supitcha Thadi

 

Who are you in three sentences?

Strong, Positive and Beautiful

 

In three sentences or less, why are you running for this position?

I am running for this position because I love to get involve in school life and education. I also would like to inspire others and make change of campus life for many people.

 

If elected, what would be your top three priorities?

If elected, my top three priorities would be issues of student, their relationship in campus and well as healthy physical and mental

 

What experiences have you had thus far that have prepared you to take on this position?

In my past I was one of a leader in high school, I have had many experiences and opportunity to work with many staff and student. I have been through many issues of student as well as the education. I do understand the struggles and would love to help others as much as I possibly could. I believe that my leadership skill  in my past would prepared me to take this position.

 

What does inclusivity at George Brown mean to you?

Inclusivity at George Brown to me means love and help each other grow because we are family. In order to maintain a healthy relationship and moving on to the next generations we as Huskies need to indicate the power of our love and understanding to others because this would tighten George Brown together and grow stronger, this is my definition of “inclusivity” at George Brown College.

 

Jeremy Worrall

Candidate’s name

Jeremy Worrall

 

Who are you in three sentences?

I’m outgoing, a people person who likes to help. My passions are DIY projects, music and technology. Naturally a diplomat I can both resolve conflicts but also an activist in many respects.

 

In three sentences or less, why are you running for this position?

I am running for this position because I want to make sure that the students in Arts Design Information and Technology have a peer they can approach who is happy to listen to their suggestions and concerns and just generally champion for them. I understand how jarring college can be at times. Sometimes life might get in the way and you just need someone to say the right thing to put that fire back in you. Already this semester assisted some of my peers with navigating college life but I want to do more. To do more, I need more resources.  It goes without saying, my goal is to impact student life in a positive way. I will always be compassionate, objective and have my constituent’s best interests at heart.

 

If elected, what would be your top three priorities?

I was shocked to hear the province denied our college access to training our emergency personnel in administering Naxolone in the event someone on campus suffered a Fentanyl overdose. I will work with the Director of Education and Director of Equity to deliver a seminar with certified instructors in administering Naxolone for students who wish to be prepared in case of emergency.

Top priority for me is increasing accessibility to school resources for my constituents, taking suggestions on improving our portal systems and any other concerns my constituents may have. I will engage enthusiastically with the board, so my constituents can be sure their voice will be heard.

Events are a passion of mine, and as an ambassador of the school I will assist in continuing improvement on events for the students in ADIT by gathering surveyed data from them. That way we at the SA can make sure everyone is excited to attend, my constituents will enjoy the best out of George Brown!

 

What experiences have you had thus far that have prepared you to take on this position? 

Before George Brown I was at another college who less than fairly represented their students when they had grievances or concerns. Rather than a student advocate they had a full-time employee who was a non-student, whose focus was to deter litigation. It was an eye-opening experience, also an emotionally draining one.

I realized that not all organizations hold their members in the highest esteem. The student association there was very lacking in presence and was almost non-existent. It made me think of all the things I want from college life and the things I wasn’t getting. Now that I am attending George Brown I can be the person I wish my previous college had. That experience made me stronger and now I can be strong for my peers who need support.

 

What does inclusivity at George Brown mean to you?

Inclusion is extremely important at George Brown because of the large amount of diversity college. Our societal microcosm here reflects how we are going to act and behave in the real world. George Brown is very inclusive but we can be even more openly inclusive. That means working as a team, and all the students at George Brown, whether they know it or not are part of a large team.

Our actions on campus and the decisions we make shape the quality of life in our college, and affect us long after we leave so inclusion is very important. When people feel included they perform better, and when the students perform better the college does better. Inclusion positively fosters a symbiotic relationship between the college and students.

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Acclaimed candidates:

 

St. James Campus Director

Calvin Bartholomew Soto

Candidate’s name

Calvin Bartholomew Soto

 

Who are you in three sentences?

I am a soul put into a vessel that is collectively a by-product of all my experiences, observations, thoughts, and physical appearances.

 

In three sentences or less, why are you running for this position?

I’m running for the St. James Campus Director position because I believe the requirements of this job align with what and who I am as a person, thus I can derive passion from the work I do.

 

If elected, what would be your top three priorities?

Awareness. Awareness. Awareness. 1. It is important that the students are aware of the resources and tools that are available to them at all times during their time here as a student. 2. We are in the year 2017, with that being said things are constantly changing. As the St. James Campus Director I plan on learning to be aware and understand the constantly changing needs of the students and become a voice for them. 3. Most importantly, students should be aware of themselves in terms of their mind, body, and spirit. Self-care is extremely important and there are many ways to take care of your well-being; thus, as a student leader I plan to spread this awareness through leadership and guidance.

 

What experiences have you had thus far that have prepared you to take on this position?

I believe my experience of being a student who is involved in the events and the George Brown College community prepares me for this position. As a student you know and hear what other students want to see, and having been a student at GBC for almost 3 years now I’m able to understand the needs and wants of them.

 

What does inclusivity at George Brown mean to you?

Exclusivity is where a select few people are chosen to be part of a collective. Contrary to the definition of exclusivity, inclusivity is where anyone and everyone is welcome to be a part of a collective.

 

Waterfront Campus Director

Jolie Taros 

Bio not yet available.

 

 

Business Educational Centre Representative

Kevin Yu

Candidate’s name

Kevin Yu

 

Who are you in three sentences?

I am a third year accounting student with strong networking and relevant job experience.

 

In three sentences or less, why are you running for this position?

I want to use an entrepreneurial approach to bring new formats for business students to learn and network at the same time.

 

If elected, what would be your top three priorities?

My top three priorities include: bringing in additional networking opportunities, representing business students’ concerns and suggestions, establishing stronger connections between students and the available student support network.

 

What experiences have you had thus far that have prepared you to take on this position?

I’ve accumulated great amounts of relevant work experience ever since starting my first co-op term as well as joining the college’s Enactus team. I have worked for PwC, The Toronto Blue Jays, Shark Club, and a few other professional organizations. I am highly confident in my networking abilities and this will allow me to pull opportunity towards the college.

 

What does inclusivity at George Brown mean to you?

To me, inclusivity is about tailoring services to reach the largest audience possible.

 

Linkedin               https://www.linkedin.com/in/kyumb

 

 

Construction, Engineering Technology Educational Centre Representative

Matthew Mokedanz

Candidate’s name

Matthew Mokedanz

 

Who are you in three sentences?

A returning student to George Brown College, Matthew is a Rover Scout and young professional in the Construction industry. Dedicated to family, friends and hobbies, as well as his new stint at more education, Matthew enjoys dark chocolate way too much, and a variety of movies and video games.

 

In three sentences or less, why are you running for this position?

I’m running to represent my faculty at Casa Loma Campus, and to make sure students have good representation in the SA. I’m confident in my ability to stand up for what students need in my faculty.

 

If elected, what would be your top three priorities?

Ensure equal access to all students to essential services with regards to their education. Ensuring students are treated fairly by the SA and the College. Making sure that students feel properly represented.

 

What experiences have you had thus far that have prepared you to take on this position?

I’ve led in positions in Scouts Canada, at work, and abroad. I’m well equipped with a level head and sound mind to tackle problems on behalf of students.

 

What does inclusivity at George Brown mean to you?

To ensure everyone is treated equally and has a voice.

 

 

Black Students’ Representative

Arnel Fleurant

Candidate’s name

Arnel Fleurant

 

Who are you in three sentences?

I’d like to think about myself professional person. Seriously but caring when needed.

 

In three sentences or less, why are you running for this position?

As the black student representative would like to make a difference at GBC for students of colour.

 

If elected, what would be your top three priorities?

More opinions and opportunities for students of colour. More event to  educate on black culture. Business career events for students of colour to info about business opportunities and info on business ownership.

 

What experiences have you had thus far that have prepared you to take on this position?

I being a student at GBC strive to break all the black culture Stereotypes and choice to be different and represent myself differently. And believe as a black male I can be better then the  Negative barriers set for us.

 

What does inclusivity at George Brown mean to you?

To me mean that doesn’t matter what you are race, gender, class, sexuality, disability you are all equal and can all achieve the same things. Being a student of disability myself at GBC that means a lot to me.

 

Women and Trans Students Representative

Jimberly Cotoner 

Candidate’s name

Jimberly (Jimbo) Cotoner

 

Who are you in three sentences?

I am an easy going and open minded person with a passion for equity and human rights. I enjoy a balance of professionalism & creativity at work.

 

In three sentences or less, why are you running for this position?

I had the privileged to serve as the Women & Trans Rep last school year, and it was, by far, one of the most insightful and amazing job experience I had. I got to work with amazing people, and most of all, contribute to making a safer, more inclusive and fun experience for students.

 

If elected, what would be your top three priorities?

1. Improve student experience thru events and making decisions during meetings with strong consideration on the needs of my constituency.

2. Increase volume of involvement of my constituency on events and services offered by SA and/or GBC

3. And finally work on fulfilling a project that is long overdue: Centre for Women & Trans Job Fair. This project hopes to increase job opportunities to women and trans students at GBC

 

What experiences have you had thus far that have prepared you to take on this position?

Being the Women & Trans People Representative last school year has opened my eyes regarding real challenges that my constituency had and still continue to face today. My ability to listen, empathize and create positive relationship with individuals, my ability to lead, while being coachable and open to criticism at the same time would be some of the greatest assets that will help me perform efficiently on this role.

What does inclusivity at George Brown mean to you?

To me, it means a safe, a welcoming, and a positive engaging experience at George Brown regardless of one’s individuality.

 

Board of Governors of George Brown College of Applied Arts and Technology

Nureisse Khan

Candidate’s name

Nureisse Khan

 

Who are you in three sentences?

A lover of people and dogs, and I have scary dependence on Netflix. I enjoy terrible puns, so please do not hesitate to ask for one.

 

In three sentences or less, why are you running for this position?

I care about my education, and with the cost of living consistently increasing, it is getting harder for students to afford all their expenses. I want to make sure that we receive all the support from the college we can! With the strike pending, now more than ever it’s important that students have a voice in the college. My number one priority is to remind everyone of this during this difficult time.

 

If elected, what would be your top three priorities?

1. Provide more financial aid support to students. This is not just scholarships, but basic financial literacy to help people better manage their expenses.

2. Further support for mental health for students. The counselling we provide and aid can be improved, and we need to start the dialogue so students feel more comfortable about asking for help when they need it.

3. Putting the student’s of George Brown College and their education first as a priority with the strike looming.

 

What experiences have you had thus far that have prepared you to take on this position?

I have participated in student government in the past, and I have operated in a governance role at CIBC. My passion for education and improving student welfare is what will make me most qualified to bring forth the student agenda at the board of governors. I want to make this college a place where students feel comfortable and supported!

 

What does inclusivity at George Brown mean to you?

It means not questioning the differences between others, but rather embracing them and using the diverse culture we have here at the college as an opportunity to make new friends and learn new things.