STUDENTS’ COUNCIL ELECTION

STUDENTS’ COUNCIL ELECTION

Students’ Council Election 2022

Are you interested in being a part of Students’ Council?
Join an incredible team of dedicated individuals looking to make SAMU and the MacEwan experience better for everyone. Nominate yourself today or share this information with a student you believe would be a great fit.

Everything you need to complete your nomination can be found in the below nomination package!

SC Expenditure Report

Full Name
Max. file size: 50 MB.

Meet this year’s candidates!

My name Is Cierra Jacobs, I am a third year of studies in the Bachelor or Arts program and a first generation, post-secondary student at MacEwan with a double major in psychology and philosophy. As a first-generation learner, a large consideration for enrollment at MacEwan included how the cost of tuition reflects a high-quality education. With many choices in post-secondary institutions, MacEwan stands out with programs and supports available to students. The use of SAMU fees towards matters within the representation of the Students’ Council, like the use of the SAMU building, and mental health supports like StressLess and Peer Support, are of special interest to me. It’s my goal to become engaged with these matters through Students’ Council and be able to represent the student body in effective ways. If elected, I would be a consistent advocate for ways we can improve the world-class student supports offered by SAMU.

Hello, my name is Alem Tesfay, and I’m hoping to get re-elected to the student council this year. Since the school setting has normalized, I think it’s important to get students more involved with everything our campus has to offer. I’m currently in my third academic year at Macewan majoring in management with a double minor in marketing and political science. Being a part of various extracurricular activities has positively affected the way I approach my academics. I believe if you only go to school to obtain a certificate, you aren’t getting your money’s worth. The skills and networking opportunities you can gain from being a part of things like student groups, the ambassador program, or simply joining committees is priceless. If I get re-elected to the student council, I will continue to work hard to advocate for student engagement. Thank you for your consideration and support!

Greetings! My name is Abby Beka, and I am running to be re-elected as one of your Students’ Councilors! I am a third-year chem major with a minor in biology. Apart from council, I also serve as the Board of Governors Student Representative and President of the student group HuRDE (Human Rights, Diversity, and Equity). If re-elected to council, I would love to act as your student representative, voicing your concerns and needs! I aim to advocate for more community engagement opportunities for students, promote an understanding of mental health supports available to students and promise to approach every student’s council decision with the student’s best interests in mind, encouraging equity and inclusion for all students.

I am a 19-year-old girl who loves making an impact anywhere she goes. I love to organize things, meet new people, and help them. A few things I love about me are helping people in my discomfort and ensuring they are open when they are with me. I love social events, workshops, clubs, and public services. That is why I want to be part of the student council. I admire the Students’ Council and want to be part of them. Being part of the Students’ Council fosters leadership, public speaking, time management, communication, and other necessary skills. I have met students that find it hard to interact, and I want to help them.

I’ve always had a passion for Student Council, since my sixth-grade election, I was fighting for longer recess breaks and the cancelation of PATs. Having the opportunity to voice my ideas at MacEwan through student council allows me to build my own place in the Griffin nest. In that nest, I plan to instigate more sustainability in day-to-day waste such as; Investing in compost bins that would reduce our overall waste and prove nutritious to our soil on campus as well as, spreading awareness about the effects of toxic gas emissions that produce from leaving our car engines running unnecessarily.

 

Understanding the needs at MacEwan is not only a responsibility I am prepared to take on, but I guarantee to bring a sparkle of fun and set aside time dedicated to organizing events benefiting student life in and out of campus!

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Last year, during my membership in Ross Sheppard High School’s principal advisory committee, I worked to create new school policies such as gender-neutral washrooms, allowing hat usage at school, and high-quality free sanitary product usage for all students. When I entered Macewan for the first time this semester, I was pleasantly surprised by the similar policies already in place. I think I’ll fit right in. If I am elected as a counselor, I will push for policy that is inclusive and equitable, for policy that strengthens bonds between peers and staff, and for policy that  helps our constituents have fun. People learn and work better when having fun, so I will push for a positive environment where students experience just that. Lastly, as a member of the small but mighty nursing faculty, I will give my fellow nurses a desperately needed voice in the student council.

Hi, I’m Gabriel (he/him)! You might recognize me as the President of the Investment Club, Vice President Internal of the FentaNIL Project (overdose mitigation group), and the founder and President of the Chess Club. I’m looking forward to getting into law school with a major in Political Science. Actively engaging with the student body has made me well aware of the adversities my peers endure, especially those concerning mental health and stress issues. I am passionate about making a genuine, positive impact, so I’m deciding to run for re-election on our Students’ Council. I intend to advocate for efforts geared towards mental health support, financial stress alleviation, and inclusivity, diversity, and acceptance programs. I believe that my time serving on Council and my experiences as an Executive for multiple Student Groups has given me the skillset necessary to represent the Student Voice. YOU are my priority. Thank you!

Hello everyone! My name is Darjan, and I am immensely pleased to be this semester’s candidate for Student Councillor. I am seeking election to positively impact our university’s governing bodies by significantly enriching the Governing Board with diverse perspectives and a fearless voice for accessibility, acceptability, and rationality.

I plan to achieve infinite prosperity on behalf of all students at MacEwan University. Specifically, by applying knowledge from numerous international and domestic community involvements. Before my academic dedication to Canadian politics, which commenced two years ago, I had been awarded the status of Golden Advisor to the Protector of Human Rights and Freedoms of Montenegro (Ombudsman) at the age of XIII. With this service, I participated in reviewing a UN Convention on the Rights of the Child in that country. Most importantly, I also served in the municipal and two federal elections in Edmonton, bearing the title – Supervisor.

Hi everyone! My name is Jayden, and I’m running for Students’ Councilor. I was appointed to the position last year and am eager to serve the student body again. My campaign is focused on the immense fulfillment that I have had attending MacEwan University and making sure that all students have the opportunity to see what this school has to offer as well. As the campus reopens it’s important that we bring back all the student events that contribute to the student experience. Along with this, I believe that the council must advocate for students in times when the Provincial Government may not have their best interests in mind. All in all, it’s essential that students have the resources required to gain the education that we are all seeking. Thank you.

Hello friends!

My name is Justine Mae Tan, and I am currently in my 2nd year of Business Management diploma Aviation Management Major.

Making friends is not easy and it can be quite intimidating especially for new students. It is my goal to inspire other students to get out of their comfort zones and put themselves out there and to improve student’s environment to make it easier to socialize and talk to other people. I am dedicated in helping my fellow students to get the best university experience they could have.

To be a friend they can rely on, to be a voice for the students and to be someone who will tell them “If I did it, so can you!”.

GET TO KNOW THE CANDIDATES. TUNE IN TO MAKE AN INFORMED VOTE. 
Meet the Candidates | Oct. 5, 11 am – 2 pm | The Lookout – 2nd Floor*
Candidate Live Forum | Oct. 6, 3:30 am – 5 pm | The Lookout – 2nd Floor*
DON’T FORGET TO VOTE: VOTING BEGINS OCTOBER 12, 9:00 AM – 13, 4:00 PM

Ballots for online voting will be sent to your mymacewan.ca email at 9:00 am on October 12th. Voting closes at 4:00 pm on October 13th. 

About Students’ Council:

Students’ Council is the highest governing body of the Students’ Association of MacEwan University (SAMU) and consists of 19 elected members of the student body. SAMU runs a number of services, organizes student events like Fall Fest and the Speaker Series, and lobbies on behalf of MacEwan students. Students’ Council approves bylaws and policies that govern the activities of SAMU, they also ensure expectations have been met. 
Students’ Council speaks on behalf of MacEwan students and helps to make sure your concerns are being addressed and that your university experience is the best it can be. So get involved! And have your voice heard at the highest level of SAMU.
If you feel running for a position on Students’ Council might be right for you, check back on Sept 6th to download the Nomination Package, or contact SAMU’s Governance Advisor for more information:

Alan Honey
780-633-3449
honeya@macewan.ca  

2022 – 2023 Chief Returning Officer
Josh Stock

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SAMU Programs aim to provide students with activities and opportunities to learn about wellbeing, as well as raising awareness about various resources available to students, both in and outside the MacEwan community.

Our mission is to provide ongoing and one-off programming with the direct aim to improve the long-term wellbeing of MacEwan students and their community.

SAMU Programs consist of the Student Refugee Program (SRP), StressLess, Sustainability, SAMU Cares, and Artworks. SAMU Programs also runs a variety of other programming and interactive campaigns, blog posts, hands out wellness bags, and organizes activities that fall under two umbrellas of focus – Wellbeing and Community.

Please note, all SAMU programming is subject to change as we respond to updates and guidelines for COVID-19.

Programs Manager
norteym@macewan.ca

Community Assistant
SAcommunity@macewan.ca

Wellbeing Assistant
SAwellbeing@macewan.ca

Stress is a common and normal issue for a student to experience. It can be the result of any number of problems.

Signs of stress can be physical, emotional, or behavioural. Some common symptoms of feeling stressed include:

Sleep problems
Irritability
Headaches
Anxiety
Indecisiveness
Stress is the result of an imbalance between demands and coping strategies. When the demands placed on us are greater than our ability to cope with them, we experience stress.

The key to handling stress is to regain balance by increasing our coping strategies to deal with the demands. When we look at coping, we want to be doing things that are both external and internal. It is essential to develop a strong social system, break up your routine, take care of your body, and ask for help when needed.

Stress is a common and normal issue for a student to experience. It can be the result of any number of problems.

Signs of stress can be physical, emotional, or behavioural. Some common symptoms of feeling stressed include:

Sleep problems
Irritability
Headaches
Anxiety
Indecisiveness
Stress is the result of an imbalance between demands and coping strategies. When the demands placed on us are greater than our ability to cope with them, we experience stress.

The key to handling stress is to regain balance by increasing our coping strategies to deal with the demands. When we look at coping, we want to be doing things that are both external and internal. It is essential to develop a strong social system, break up your routine, take care of your body, and ask for help when needed.

Stress is a common and normal issue for a student to experience. It can be the result of any number of problems.

Signs of stress can be physical, emotional, or behavioural. Some common symptoms of feeling stressed include:

Sleep problems
Irritability
Headaches
Anxiety
Indecisiveness
Stress is the result of an imbalance between demands and coping strategies. When the demands placed on us are greater than our ability to cope with them, we experience stress.

The key to handling stress is to regain balance by increasing our coping strategies to deal with the demands. When we look at coping, we want to be doing things that are both external and internal. It is essential to develop a strong social system, break up your routine, take care of your body, and ask for help when needed.

Stress is a common and normal issue for a student to experience. It can be the result of any number of problems.

Signs of stress can be physical, emotional, or behavioural. Some common symptoms of feeling stressed include:

Sleep problems
Irritability
Headaches
Anxiety
Indecisiveness
Stress is the result of an imbalance between demands and coping strategies. When the demands placed on us are greater than our ability to cope with them, we experience stress.

The key to handling stress is to regain balance by increasing our coping strategies to deal with the demands. When we look at coping, we want to be doing things that are both external and internal. It is essential to develop a strong social system, break up your routine, take care of your body, and ask for help when needed.

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Jane Smith | Third Year, Political Science

Student Refugee Program

Each term, $2.50 of your student fees goes towards supporting SAMU’s Student Refugee Program (SRP). Working with World University Service of Canada (WUSC), SRP funds the tuition and housing of a refugee student for four years. With the help of a local committee group made up of students and staff, SAMU ensures all the sponsored student’s needs are met throughout their time at MacEwan.

Questions? Email norteym@macewan.ca

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Questions? Email norteym@macewan.ca

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