CSA Elections COMPLETE
Friday, March 10, 200629 Comments
Questions for Candidates
1. Why have you chosen to run for this specific position?
2. What do you hope to achieve if you do get elected into this position?
3. What experiences, strengths, etc will you be bringing into the position?
4. Why would you want to become a part of or remain a part of the CSA?
Please note that not all candidates have submitted a response.
CANDIDATES FOR FINANCE AND HUMAN RESOURCES COMMISSIONER
As F&HR I will have the opportunity to work on some of the most exciting projects of the CSA such as the Bullring, CSA Clubs, Safe Walk, and thecannon.ca. My ideas and motivations are very much centralized around these projects, and my experience speaks volumes of what I will be able to achieve. The F&HR is also responsible for supervising over 40 staff, along with balancing a personal budget of $282,000 as project for next year. As a Co-founder of a CSA club, I know a lot of the issues surrounding club executives and anyone interested in running events on/off campus. I will work with the Clubs coordinator to improve on those issues. I want to promote the Bullring’s transition towards environmental sustainability, as well as encourage the great work Safe Walk has been doing so far by working towards expending off campus. For my full platform, please check out my website- www.uoguelph.ca/~ltaracha I represent the Guelph Campus Co-op on the CSA Board of Directors, as well as sit on the co-op board. I have served as a VP Finance, VP Administration, VP Public Relations, and am now elected President of the EERP. Also, worked as Peer Helper for the Student Activities Office along with many other involvements. As a Board member of the CSA I have gotten to know the F&HR role very well. I am running for this position because I have the experience and the knowledge necessary to work for an open, accessible, and sustainable CSA.
Website: www.uoguelph.ca/~ckiller for my comprehensive platform. I choose to run for Finance and Human Resources Commissioner because of what I have to offer – I have a lot of fresh ideas for all components of my portfolio and I want to utilize the finance and HR background I have to help ensure a stronger CSA for the future. If elected, I will be working towards sustainability for the CSA to face any future challenges at the university. Firstly, working with the CSA Executive I want to reconnect the students with the CSA next year. As well, continuing and improving financial accountability and working with the permanent and part time staff to establish stronger training programs and create greater working relations within the CSA. What I bring to this position is two things: Experience and Ideas. I have a very strong background with finances in a student organization and as an HR Employment Specialist in a past job. I am the most qualified candidate for this position and I will bring new initiatives to the CSA, continue old ones, and accept fresh ones from the undergraduate students at the university. I want to become a part of the CSA because I have so much to offer to this campus. I’ve remained very connected with the undergraduate students and I will be an ideal F&HR Commissioner to represent them. I want to advocate important issues and work with the finances and the staff to ensure a strong CSA for the future.
CANDIDATES FOR LOCAL AFFAIRS COMMISSIONER
Our campus and City is our home for 4 years. We share these neighbourhoods with many amazing community members and it is important to make the most of our time here. The Local Affairs portfolio is about community and I have a passion for community issues. I would like to create an opportunity for regular, relaxed dialogue about local issues so that students can voice their concerns, start a shuttle between campus and Pearson Airport before and after major holidays, ensure that the late night bus shuttle from down town gets back on track, and facilitate the resolution of landlord-tenant issues by advocating on behalf of students. uoguelph.ca/~lzamecni for more! I have the pleasure of being the Central Coordinator of Meal Exchange. Our Chapter leads the country in donations raising over $80,000 this year. This has given me the opportunity to network extensively with community and student groups as well as organize campus-wide events. I’ve also been a member of Interhall council, direct a summer Leadership camp and have many other volunteer experiences. I’m also from a family farm, which has shown me the value of hard work. Most of all, I’m an approachable, enthusiastic person with a new perspective. I would like to continue to be a part of the CSA because it has the potential to do a great deal for students. Everything from advocacy to one of the many fantastic services, the CSA exists to help make our undergraduate experience the best it can possibly be.
Because I am both qualified for this position and confident that I have the ability to adequately gage student opinion. I feel I can bridge the gap and network more with community groups, college governments, Interhall, student groups and everyone that pays the CSA money.
An online notes bank for free, easy access to course notes; an on-campus farmer's market for cheaper food from local farmers; an emergency rent fund for help with rent, utilities and housing costs more course-packs instead of expensive textbooks; the re-instatement of the late night bus service for better service; and more affordable housing (using the $100,000 fund for affordable student-run housing, more accessible housing and to subsidize student rent).
Support committee for the current Local Affairs Commissioner, College of Arts rep on CSA Board of Directors and Senate, executive of 3 clubs. I have worked with community groups such as the Guelph Civic League, Community Task Force on Youth Violence and have been a Neighbourhood Relations Peer Helper, which has taught me about advocacy , tenant and landlord issues and the Tenant Protection Act.
I want to work towards making the CSA more accountable to students and do more to reach out. I have promised to hold fun events so that students can have easy access to the CSA executive in a setting that is enjoyable to them like cheap pub nights and more free concerts. I want to engage students with local politics and the Guelph community. My entire platform can be found at www.uoguelph.ca/~bwalt
I’m running for the local affairs portfolio because I believe in this community
and I believe that the students can do a great deal to improve it. Here’s some
of what I hope to accomplish if I am elected (1) an on campus soup kitchen for
students, (2) reestablish the late bus, (3) involve the university in community
shared agriculture – this would give students access to fresh, local produce at
an affordable price. This could also give students the opportunity to volunteer
on local farms, get their hands dirty and gain some perspective on local
(go to http://www.kemptvillec.uoguelph.ca/ag_news/eighteen/community.htm)
(4) Lobby the city to improve bus reliability. (5) Lobby the city to create more bike lanes - this has been the city’s policy for five years and they have yet to take action on it. (6) Create a CSA newsletter for both students and community members so we’re all (literally) on the same page. (7) Use the affordable housing fund ($100,000) to improve the campus co-op and provide bursaries for students with financial need. (8) Listen to and represent you, the students. I should mention that I have zero CSA experience - I won’t hide there. If you take issue with that then vote for Bre or Leisha; they’re good too. I do, however, have extensive experience and knowledge of advocacy, student life, local politics, agriculture and community planning. I am qualified for this position and I have the ambition, passion and ability to see that these ideas are realized.
CANDIDATES FOR ACADEMIC COMMISSIONER
First and foremost, academic advocacy is the number one priority for the Academic Commissioner. I want to provide the academic support that students deserve, and work to make education accessible.
It was recently announced by the provincial government that universities can increase their tuition up to 5%. We need all members of the university community – students, faculty, staff and administration – to lobby the government for more funding and fight for quality of education, diversity in classrooms, and accessibility of learning. I am already working on this campaign.
I will get a reassessment of the criteria for the Work-Study Program so that students who are not eligible for OSAP and do not receive financial assistance from their parents can still work. I want to extend the deadline for tuition payment so that students who need to work in the summer to pay for school don’t get deregistered for paying late.
I will get more professional career counseling so students can figure out what they want to do in life and how to get there. I will also continue work on already-started projects such as the online exam bank and Senate’s project of cocurricular transcripts.
I am committed, qualified, and most importantly I care about student issues. Through my experience at the CSA Legal Resource Room, I know how to advocate on students’ behalf and navigate the system to get solutions. As Student Manager of the Wellness Centre, I know how to engage students and want to facilitate the involvement of different groups on campus.
The CSA has a great ability to affect positive change. By working together with different groups on campus all working towards students’ best interests such as Interhall, Senate, and college governments, we can make things happen for them.
CANDIDATES FOR COMMUNICATIONS COMISSIONER
In short, I chose to run for communications because communications is one of my greatest strengths. As the communications commissioner my highest priority will be to be CLEAR with students on the plans and activities of the CSA. Moreover, I bring to the table a variety of experiences which enable me to relate to a wide range of people. Additionally, communication is an area that the CSA can improve upon greatly. A visible, transparent and most importantly, representative CSA will serve to immensely enhance the experience of Guelph students.
Above all, I would like all students to feel like they are well represented by their student union. I plan to achieve this through constant consultation with students by conducting online polls, focus groups and town-hall-meetings. I also plan to achieve this by augmenting voter turnout for elections by putting voting online.
As previously mentioned, I am a strong communicator. In addition to that I have developed my work ethic through volunteering, my current involvement in the CSA and through varsity athletics. I take great pride in my work, and I’m never afraid to take the extra time to make a project perfect. Lets just say I’m not unfamiliar with consecutive all-nighters.
I would like to continue to be a part of the CSA because I see the great things it has accomplished, and I think that with the continued efforts of the right people, it can not only be great, it can be phenomenal.
I chose to run for Communications Commissioner because I know that a lot of students don’t feel connected to their CSA and that’s not good. Guelph’s 17,000 undergrads are part of a student union that we pay dues into, but many of us feel alienated from it. I think that’s messed up. The Communications Commissioner’s job is to coordinate and enhance communication between the CSA and the students, and I think my experiences make me the most qualified person to do this.
I want to strengthen the connection between students and their union. I’m going to make students more aware of all the great services and opportunities the CSA offers, but I also want to make it easier for students to tell the CSA Exec and Board how they feel about issues. I’m going to do this with town hall meetings, suggestion boxes, a CSA newsletter, and by running more CSA events during O-Week.
If elected, I bring a number of strengths to the position. I have seen how previous Communications Commissioners have struggled with the job, and I think this knowledge will help me avoid some of the difficulties they have run into. I am also a skilled graphics designer, web developer, and I have cultivated working relationships with many student leaders across campus.
I would like to continue my involvement in the CSA because it’s a great organization and I think it’s a shame that more students don’t realize how much it can do for them. The CSA is an important force in some students' lives, and I want to increase the number of students who feel it makes a difference to them.
If more students feel ownership over their CSA when I leave office, I think I will have done something good. When people are invested in something, they want to see it grow and get better, and that’s precisely what I want to see happen to the CSA.
CANDIDATES FOR EXTERNAL AFFAIRS COMMISSIONER
Over the past year I have sat on the CSA Board as a Senate Representative. I have come to understand the organization, and witness its potential. Given my ambitions and ideas I think the CSA is the best avenue to pursue in order to advocate for the student issues that matter most. My experience, and my academic pursuits in political science make the position of External Commissioner an ideal one for me. I have the experience, the networking, and the knowledge to successfully and cooperatively fight for students on issues such as tuition, sustainability, and our legal rights. If elected I will continue the fight to freeze, and even reduce tuition.
However, I understand that in one year the goal to reduce tuition may not be feasible. That is why I plan to focus my attention on maximizing the value of our tuition dollars. If we are paying more, we should GET MORE! I want to continue to work on this issue with other student groups, and through the tuition campaign, (which I am currently on) so that together we can achieve these goals. I want to continue pushing for a more sustainable campus and make the University of Guelph a national leader in this regard. My determination, my political science degree and my involvement in Senate, the CSA board, The CSAHS Student Alliance and residence government make me very qualified for this position. Because I think I can make a difference. I think I can bring about change, and actively listen to student opinion so that I may represent the interests of all students at Guelph to the best of my ability. www.uoguelph.ca/~jcoombs
TUITION: Tuition is a concern for most students. I will, as your External Commissioner, inform you about "the whole picture". I will fight for FAIR tuition.
GREENER GUELPH: I will continue supporting efforts to keep the "G" in Guelph. One example is: having recycling bins outside campus buildings in addition to having them inside.
REPRESENTATION: I will strengthen the link between students and the CSA; so that your voices can be heard and understood.
FOCUS: Students. I believe the CSA must be Student-Centered. After all it is YOUR Central Student's Association.
INTERCONNECTIVITY: More connection between clubs and the CSA. I will work with clubs like the ISO to have international students work off campus. I also want to get as many clubs as possible to, with support from the CSA, put on a year end event whereby all clubs will all be able to showcase themselves. This will improve the connection between clubs, students, and the CSA; as well as, allow students an opportunity to expand their horizons.
With your vote, together, we can achieve results
Monitoring provincial, federal and global policies/legislation which impact students
Running, coordinating and organizing campaigns centered on federal and provincial issues affecting students
Promoting acceptance and tolerance
I would like to become a part of the CSA because I want to use my experiences and qualifications to get results for University of Guelph students. I am hard-working and results-oriented.
As your External Commissioner, I will get you results.
I want to use my experiences in lobbying at the University and provincial
level to stop tuition increases. I think the only way this will be effective is through partnering with other student unions and the Canadian Federation of
Students. Working with the CFS is part of the job description of the
external commissioner; therefore it would be the most appropriate position in which to accomplish these goals.
Coordinate a strategic and well organized tuition campaign directed towards
the provincial government. I will work with student governments from other
universities, student governments from across the U of G campus and the entire
student body to make this happen. The CSA needs to focus on issues like tuition and expanding student services so that we can unite students instead
of dividing them on controversial issues. I not only know how to work with the administration and build student coalitions, but I've already accomplished a lot doing so. This year I've worked with the UC admin to get more space for student clubs in the UC. I started the energy retrofit campaign that got the University to bring more energy conservation to campus. This is cutting our pollution and saving the University over $200,000 / year, which in tern saves us money.
To continue to use my experience to advance the interests of students in the
areas of tuition, environmental sustainability and to continue to be
accountable to the students.