Meet your CSA Election candidates: Jodie Lalonde

Monday, March 7, 2011


Name: Jodie Lalonde

Running for: CSA Board of Directors (College of Arts)

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1. Please tell us a little bit about yourself.

Well, I’m a third year English major, aiming to complete a concentration in French. I’ve been living in Guelph for a little over a year now, and have been studying at the UoG full-time since I moved here. You can find me at the GMSA Lounge (Guelph Mature Students Association), and at Student Life where I volunteer as a Peer Helper. I work at the Circulation/Reserve desks at the library, and also with the CSA (i.e. Bus Pass Distribution, Discount Book Sale).

Before moving here, I worked as a professional cook in downtown Toronto. I have a Culinary Management Diploma from Sir Sandford Fleming College in Peterborough, ON. I have a soft spot for home-cooked meals and enjoy brewing my own beer. I have a neat “foldy”-bike that I use to get around (come on spring!) and a sweet aquarium set-up full of cichlids.

2. Why do you want to represent students on the CSA Board of Directors?

I think it’s important to have multiple liaisons on behalf of each college. When I found out that the general interest in sitting on the Board of Directors has dwindled, I figured that it was a time for a change. I have never been actively involved in student politics; however I believe that having a willing, albeit inexperienced, voice is infinitely better than having no voice at all. I want to inform people about what the CSA is all about, try to help maintain a positive spin on student politics and let people know their opinions matter!

5. What goals do you have for your term?

It seems that our campus is somewhat lacking a sense of ‘centralization’. My goal is to encourage communication between the CSA and the student body in the College of Arts. The CSA has a remarkable impact on campus life, yet many still remain aloof to its functions. In a sense, I want to create a visible presence in an attempt to spur indifference. By engaging with the College of Arts beyond the representation of a single appointee, I hope to be an approachable and accessible liaison for students.

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