VPA By-Election Candidates

 

Here are the two candadates for Vice President Advocacy for the remainder of the 2016-2017 year.
Voting period for Vice-President Advocacy runs from November 10-15
For more info please contact the Chief Returning Officer at cro@lusu.ca


Ben Steinmetz

FB: Ben For VPA 

Hey Lakehead, my name is Bimg_1859en and I want to be your Vice President of Advocacy. In terms of Academics I’m in my second year of Political Science with the Pre-Law emphasis and have plans on adding a second major in Women’s Studies when the opportunity arises in the next academic year (hopefully!).

1. What qualifies you for the position of VPA? 
I want to be your VPA for a variety of reasons. First and foremost, as a student here I have a vested interest just like each of you in our student union. Further from that, over the last year, as a student who lives here on campus Lakehead has become my home and I want to contribute as best as I can to making this a place myself and everyone else who attends the university feel as welcome and included in the student community as possible.

 

2. What is your experience working in an organization such as LUSU? What have your contributions been to the student union in the past?  

My qualifications for this position go hand in hand with my experience in working with LUSU in the past. Since last year I have been a very active with the LUSU Food Bank, assisting with researching food insecurity amongst students, being a regular presence in the centre for students who need their services, and finally, something I’m very proud about due to its success this year, helping organize and run Trick or Eat as its Logistics Officer this year. As well, through PRIDE, later in the month of November I will be speaking on a panel discussing topics surrounding gender bending.

Another qualification I consider greatly important for this position, above all else in fact, is that I care deeply about the students of the university. A large part of why I volunteer with LUSU already is because I want to contribute to the wellbeing of as many people as possible here at Lakehead. It is of my opinion that the VPA post is the best way I can do that.

3. If elected, what are three things you’d like to accomplish during your term

If I had to think of three things I want to do with my term, th
e first thing that comes to mind would be starting a campaign emphasising and hopefully expanding on the current resources for sexual assault survivors, providing more avenues for survivors to talk about their experience in whichever way is most helpful for them and providing the most support possible should they decide to report the assault to authorities. The second goal that comes to mind would be working with as many students as possible to craft and execute methods of celebrating Lakehead’s diversity amongst the student body. Finally, as VPA I want to investigate and if I’m able develop a method of assisting with academic appeals that guides students through the process of appeals, and in cases where necessary places an emphasis on self-care and seeking help for the emotional aspects of the situation.  

Overall, Lakehead is very much my home, and I want to do as much as possible to do right by it. This said, I’m confident in my ability, I’ll be creative in my execution, and I’m ready for the job.

 


Dawson Mihichuk

FB: Dawson Mihichuk for VPA; hashtag “#StandByMihi”

meVote for the voice that won’t back down, Dawson Mihichuk VPA
A question students might find themselves asking is “what should we expect from our VPA?”  The answer is simple: nothing but the best.
That’s why I decided to run, to bring progressive new ideas to the table as well as a concrete plan for action.  As your VPA I will work incessantly to fight for students.  I will represent us at all levels of government, locally, provincially, and federally. I will work  closely with the CFS to fight for student rights.  A vote for me is a vote for students and the Student Movement.
I grew up in Fort Frances and have been involved in politics my whole life.  I’ve years of experience behind me.  I am the regional director of Fair Vote Canada, an organization that advocates for electoral reform on all levels of government and I have proudly attended many political events on a variety of issues where I bring the fresh progressive political views of youth to the table.  I’ve never hesitated to stand up for my beliefs and will not back down under pressure.
But that’s only one aspect of the job, the VPA also advocates for students through the LU Senate and by working with the Centres to help to organize events.  As your public servant, I will not hesitate to do so.  I’ve years of volunteer experience and recently helped with the Fight the Fees campaign.  I am an advocate for mental health issues and often volunteer with the Canadian Mental Health Association.  I fully support the issues the Centres work to advocate for and will help them continue their excellent work on campus.

I hope this brief autobiography helps inform you about myself and why I am running, as well as my qualifications to serve you and our community of students here at LU.  So during our by-election voting period of November 10-15, vote for students, vote Mihichuk.


1. What qualifies you for the position of VPA? 

I have been involved in activism for years. I’ve fought to bring the issues that I believe in to government, as well, I constantly volunteer to help others.  I work well with others and I am proud of my views and will not back down under pressure. As your VPA I will be available 24/7 for you if you have concerns, comments, or even just ideas about how our Union should be run.
2. What is your experience working in an organization such as LUSU? What have your contributions been to the student union in the past?  
I’ve lots of experience working for organizations like LUSU that represent a group of people. I’m the regional leader of Fair Vote Canada, an organization that advocates for electoral reform across Canada. As well, since day 1 of university I have been involved with LUSU as much as possible. I help whenever I can with events such as “Fight the Fees.”  As your VPA I will continue to fight for students and human rights.
3. If elected, what are three things you’d like to accomplish during your term
Three things I would like to accomplish this term, simple;
  1) work with LUSU and the municipal government to ensure we keep our bus passes
  2) End the use of First-Past-The-Post for LUSU elections
  3) Work closely with the Labour Movement and the Canadian Federation of Students to get our voices heard

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