Meet your candidates for the Student Representative Council!
Accessibility Rep Candidate: Will Brewer
Why are you running for this position?Because with the recent five years already having the experience as the accessability representative I worked and advocated on the union and making a voice for myself and others while sitting on the src table.
I’m very passionate towards others and with living with Down syndrome I’m passionate towards my community as well my own family and the work I do with accessability in the community and at msvu.
What is one thing you would like to accomplish if you are elected?
I will host accessability town halls to have discussions the importance of accessability as well how the pandemic effected accessability life either on and off campus.
What is the many things you would like students to know about you?
I had recently been the Accessibility representative 5 years before running spring of last year as SU interim then full time president during the COVID-19 pandemic until the fall of 2020.
I sit on the board of the Halifax NS Down syndrome Society of Halifax Nova Scotia.
I am the first Down syndrome adult throughout Canada to be town crier member of the Nova Scotia Guild of Town Criers and an honourable member of the Ontario guild of town criers.
I’m also a member of the bill 59 alliance accessability group and one of the members to receive an award of the NS human rights commission.
PAANS (Public Access Awareness Nova Scotia) 2015 Mel Hebb Hourglass Action Awards: Encore Award recipient recognized advocating for the Down syndrome community during awareness week.
Recently spring 2020 right up to fall term I was the Canadian Federation of students representative at our local 34 for MSVU chapter.
Arts Rep Candidate: Michael Gillis
Hey, everyone! My name is Michael Gillis (he/him) and I am a second year student from Stellarton, NS, majoring in English and Political Studies. During my two years with the Mount community, I have met and connected with profs, students, departments, as well as clubs and committees around MSVU. I’ve had experience with the many delights and difficulties associated with an arts degree. Accordingly, I’d be honoured to serve as the student body’s arts rep. As your representative, I will help facilitate equal and open communication between professors and students, advocate for students’ needs during, and following, this transition out of a predominantly online environment, and aim to strengthen the link between the position of arts rep and our school clubs and committees.
I love comfy sweaters, and creative writing is my passion! If you have any questions about me or my candidacy, please do not hesitate to contact me at email@example.com!
Education Rep Candidate – Maddison Short-Robertson
My name is Maddison Robertson, and I am so excited for the opportunity to run for the Education rep! I am so excited to be following my childhood dreams of becoming a teacher by entering the Elementary Education program at MSVU this Fall.
I currently work for Halifax REC as a supervisor, in addition to being a family photographer here in HRM. Through my work experience I am confident that if given the opportunity to represent this amazing program, that I will do a great job representing everyone.
I am a firm believer that everyone’s voice deserves to be heard and addressed. And as students, we deserve a quality education. In addition to being there for when things may get tough, I can also picture creating a community within the program, and hopefully opportunities to support each other on our journeys in education.
International Students Rep Candidate – Navpreet Kaur
My name is Navpreet Kaur, student of masters of applied human nutrition. This is my second year of the course and I am standing for the position of International student representative. Being an International student, I think I am already familiar with the problems that international students go through. There are various issues such as home-sickness, inadequate information, less confidence, etc. that are faced by international students. So, my main aim of standing as an International student representative is to solve these problems of students by taking various initiatives. If I am elected, I would like to focus more on needs of part-time students as well as full time international students. Students can reach me any time, whenever they need my help. I will thank all of you to elect me as your new International student representative in the upcoming elections.
Mature Student Rep Candidate – Harsh Jasani
Hello everyone! My name s Harsh Jasani and currently,
I am 2nd-year of my Master’s in Applied Human Nutrition at Mount. This current pandemic has changed the way of living and studying, yet online platforms have played a vital role in connecting us together. I have recently joined the student union, which has given me the opportunities to work for the betterment of students and my classmates. I believe my past experiences from the student union during my undergraduate degree would be helpful for me to represent Mature students in a better way.
If you have any questions regarding me or my campaign for this position, please do not hold back to reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I would be more than happy to answer your concerns or issues.
“The way to achieve your own success is to be willing to help somebody else get it first.” – Lyanla Vanzant
Professional Studies Rep Candidate – Cheyenne Hardy
Hi everyone! My name is Cheyenne Hardy and I am finishing up my 2nd year of the Child and Youth Studies program. I’ve been your Professional Studies rep for a year now, and I have enjoyed it so much. During my time as a councillor, I’ve been able to make connections with so many wonderful, hard working and diverse students, as well as faculty and staff. I have been a Senator fighting for student voices, have put many hours into the upcoming Soup Kitchen and plan to serve as your volunteer coordinator. I am also chairing the Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Accessibility working group through the Mount Mentorship Committee, and so much more. I’ve worked hard on behalf of students and it would be an honour to continue to do so. For that reason, I am re-running for the position of Professional Studies Rep!
If I get re-elected I will continue to work hard to create changes needed to make the most difference. As online classes continue, and potentially shift to an in-person hybrid in September, I want to continue to connect students with faculty to ensure students are getting the support that is needed to thrive.
I may not get everything right the first time, and I might not know exactly what everyone needs, but I promise I am willing to learn, to always try on your behalf, and most importantly, to listen.
If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to me anytime. You can message me via Instagram/Facebook, or email me at email@example.com .
My name is Smita Silvi Nishi, I’m from Bangladesh and I have been living in Halifax for the past 2 years studying BSc with a major in Psychology. I love dancing, eating and sometimes painting. This is my first time running as a representative at the Mount, I have acquired leadership skills by previously being a leader for team building camp during my college year and during the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Program (from United Kingdom) which was held in Bangladesh. If I get elected as a Racialized Representative, I am hoping to organise events that can bring all of us together and get to know each other better. If you would like to contact me please message me at email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you!
Residence Rep Candidate – Nathan Buchanan
Hello Students! My name is Nathan Buchanan or Nate (pronouns: he/him) and I’ll be re-running to be your residence representative for the 2021-22 academic year. I have held this position for over a year now and I have liked every aspect of it. From getting to know students to planning and organizing events, it has been a blast to serve the residence community at Mount Saint Vincent University. As a residence student, I understand the importance of balancing academics with campus life. I strive towards creating a welcoming and fun residence community for all students to get involved. If re-elected, I will continue to foster and facilitate opportunities for students to gather in an online environment (and hopefully in-person too!).
With residence expecting to open up to a fuller capacity in the fall, there will be two cohort (first and second years), who will be on campus for the first time and getting used to campus life. I want to help ease the transition by holding events during orientation week and throughout the semester to forge relationships that will make adapting to your new home as smoothly as possible. Furthermore, since it’ll be 16 months since everyone’s been on campus, it’ll be so important to restore and rejuvenate all the good positive things that campus life brings to anyone’s university experience.
The one thing I would like students to know about me is how involved I am within the students union and the university. I am currently on the soup kitchen working group where we are addressing food insecurity by providing soups, salads and sandwiches for students at MSVU. I was also part of the Fall Advocacy Working Group last fall, to address any issues that students were having. Furthermore, I have a seat on the Universities Senate, which is a governing body that makes all of the academic decisions (pass/fail, etc.). I am currently on the Mentorship Committee. This committee is a collective group of faculty, administrators, SU reps/ execs, and some student at large members to improve relationship with all parties at the university. I am also on the Advancement External Relations Committee (AERC) and will continue to work on furthering the mission, vision, objectives and supports institutional priorities by promoting relationships between the University and its communities, if re-elected. And finally, I am on the Senate Library Committee (SLC) who is in charge of library resources and services at the university. So I guess you can say, I love being busy and being involved!
I am really looking forward to getting another opportunity to be your residence representative and I hope that I get to continue serving my university for another term. Thank you!
Before I introduce myself, I feel it is necessary first to thank the students and faculty that helped me make the most of this unconventional year. I extend my appreciation to the people invested in making my education a transformative experience—I will continue to try my best to reciprocate their efforts.
My name is Carson Cameron, and I am a first-year Bachelor of Science student. If granted the opportunity to represent Mount Saint Vincent’s science community on the students’ union, I will focus my efforts on creating more hands-on experiences for science majors. While small, Mount Saint Vincent’s science department has a strong backbone, composed of key professors that are more than willing to put forth the effort to create more engagement in mathematics, chemistry, biology, and psychology. I will also serve as a financial watchdog, ensuring science majors are given the resources they need to succeed.
The cornerstone of my platform will always be student involvement. The purpose of a union is to protect and represent the people it serves—your ideas, suggestions, and feelings will always come first. Transparency is vital to a strong support system, so my day-to-day activities within the union will be clear and open to one-on-one discussion. My email is email@example.com. Please, do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions about my campaign.
Thank you for reviewing my short biography. I would love to serve science undergraduates on the students’ union. I look forward to the upcoming weeks of campaigning and voting!