Students putting students first.
IGNITE’s 2020-2021 Board of Directors (BoD) began its term on Monday, May 4, 2020. These students hold the utmost power at IGNITE—they decide where your money goes and ensure you have access to programs that make your life easier.
The student leaders who make up the BoD work hard to make you their top priority. With that in mind, they’d like to formally introduce themselves so you can get comfortable with your peers running the show.
First, we profiled the Humber College North campus BoD members—including your Board Chair, Eli Ridder, along with the Guelph-Humber campus BoD members. Next up are your Lakeshore campus BoD members: Aashi Jhunjhunwala, Gabi Hentschke and Ryan Stafford.
Introduce yourself! What’s your program, campus, social media channels, email and year of study?
Gabi Hentschke: This fall, I’ll be starting my third year in the Bachelor of International Development program. I’m happy to be a student at the beautiful Lakeshore campus. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org and my Instagram (for informative content and an overload of plant pictures) is @gabihentschke. Feel free to reach out to me with any questions and I’ll do my best to answer or direct you to resources.
What inspired you to run for the Board of Directors?
Aashi Jhunjhunwala: I had worked for IGNITE last year and I absolutely loved it, but I wanted the voices that I heard on the floor to reach the top. This position was the perfect opportunity to stand for the students, to make positive changes and to contribute to making IGNITE build the community.
Gabi Hentschke: I have a passion for community engagement, so I figured running for the Board of Directors would be an opportunity to represent my peers inside IGNITE and maintain open communication channels. IGNITE already does a lot of great work, but there is still more that can be done.
Ryan Stafford: Being involved with IGNITE last year as the vice-president of Lakeshore, I wanted to continue my journey with an organization I believe in, making changes to better my fellow classmates.
What do you consider to be IGNITE’s most significant accomplishment to date?
Aashi Jhunjhunwala: IGNITE never misses an opportunity to help make campus and student life easier. It has done a lot, from Real Talks to pay what you can Soupbar, but to name one significant stands initiative out will be the free menstrual kits. It was an ultimate step to inclusivity.
Gabi Hentschke: I think IGNITE’s open-mindedness is incredible and drives a taboo-free culture at Humber. It’s remarkable how IGNITE is open to having discussions that might be challenging for many people and the way the organization uses its platform to really bring up certain topics. Two examples are the free menstrual kits initiative that tackles menstrual hygiene and Real Talks where many brilliant conversations around mental health were had.
Ryan Stafford: Understanding that there are different segments of students to target to achieve the best experience for all.
With that in mind, what do you hope to see IGNITE accomplish throughout the upcoming year?
Aashi Jhunjhunwala: This year has been a rough year for all of us because of COVID -19. Especially the upcoming academic year is going to be challenging, with 60% classes moving online, because of which IGNITE is adapting and changing. IGNITE can keep the interests of students unharmed, keep them motivated, engaged, and connected while providing resources and support.
Gabi Hentschke: Our world was just turned upside down, so having that situation in mind, I’d say I hope to see IGNITE providing even more support to students. We are off to a great start with IGNITE’s Emergency Fund and the contribution to Humber’s Support our Students Fund. Hopefully, IGNITE will be able to keep supporting students financially, and also modify events to better fit in this new reality, and help students navigate a different learning environment.
Ryan Stafford: Increase the amount of student engagement, obtaining primary research to tackle current student needs, while informing students that we are here to support them, always!
What message would you like to share with your fellow students?
Aashi Jhunjhunwala: It is going to be a tough year but we are here to serve you. It’s different with a pandemic this year, a lot of things are new, and a lot of things have changed, but that only motivates us to work harder to make your life easier. The advocating won’t stop. We are in this together; you elected us. Trust us—we will do what’s right.
Gabi Hentschke: We are going to get through this together, just hold on for now. The Humber and Guelph-Humber community is incredibly resourceful and resilient, so don’t hesitate and reach out!
Ryan Stafford: We were created to help, so don’t be afraid to speak up! Your opinion matters more than you know!
Now you know a little more about your 2020-2021 Board of Directors! If you have any questions, comments or concerns about your life at school, reach out to a Board member and they’ll do their best to work it out.
IGNITE is here for you. Always.
Contact your IGNITE directors with any questions about life at Humber or UofGH.