Candidates

IGNITE amplifies the voices of 30,000 students. We’re looking for the brave ones with brilliant ideas. Driven to shape your world into a better place. The ones who aren’t afraid to stand up for student rights to give you the programs and services you want and need.

Voting for the 2022-23 IGNITE Elections is open from Mon. March 14 – Wed. March 16. Scroll down to see the candidates for your campus and read their bios.

 

Aksnoor Singh Kamboj

North Candidate

What one qualification do you think will make you successful in the role? Why?

I am open to connect with people and always ready to listen to them. I am also determined to take immediate action to help people. If we aren’t connected, then students can find me here: askamboj2001@gmail.com. If given a chance I will try my best to bring up the concerns of the students to the union. I am reliable and easily approachable, so I can responsibly help the students.

How have you developed and strengthened your leadership skills?

During my high school, I was a part of the student council where we used to have a council assembly to have discussions about the issues concerning students and were taken to the management. So, I have great experience working in an environment similar to the student union. At Humber, I have helped many students academically outside of classes. Being a peer tutor, I have shared my knowledge to the best of my abilities with the student learners. Now, I would like to advocate students’ voice to the union and be involved in making life at Humber fun and easy, through Ignite.

Why do you believe it’s important for students to get involved with their student union?

It is important for every student to get involved with the student union as we are able create a good social network, have fun during the events organized along with studies and it empowers the union (unity in diversity). If a student faces any issues or concerns, they could take the matter to the union which then will be resolved as soon as possible. Students should take part in surveys or give their personal suggestions to improve the working of the student union.

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Azi Afousi

Lakeshore/IGS Candidate

What one qualification do you think will make you successful in the role? Why?

While I do believe my diverse background has helped me navigate and have success in various stages of my life and school, I think the one qualification above all that will allow me to succeed in this role is time management.

Balancing six classes, working, participating in various extracurricular projects and competitions, organizing a student group, and a personal life have taught me the value of proper time allocation.

I believe that this skill will be invaluable as a representative who aims to amplify student voices.

How have you developed and strengthened your leadership skills?

A recent example would be the creation of a student group that advocated the needs of thousands of Humber students and faculty to the decision makers and leaders of the institution. Through grit, dedication and perseverance, we were able to garner the attention of the Vice Presidents and even meet with them on repeated occasions to voice these many needs.

Mobilizing and organizing this group has given me a great deal of hands-on experience and an intimate look into the inner workings of student politics, unions and the chain of leadership at Humber.

Why do you believe it’s important for students to get involved with their student union?

If not us then who? It’s so important for students to understand just how much power they truly wield and how much of a difference they can make for themselves, their peers and future students.

By taking the important step of being involved during their time at Humber, they can impact and influence not only their student experience but further advance the

There is also value in experience gained at a student union to better prepare individuals as they enter or advance in the workforce, since they can develop leadership qualities, attention to detail, a strong work ethic, and learn to enact change in a diplomatic and efficient way.

Brittany Bartolome

UofGH Candidate

What one qualification do you think will make you successful in the role? Why?

One qualification I believe will make me successful in this role is how self-reliable I am. I am able to shoulder responsibilities and be held accountable for those in need. This skill also comes with having patience and integrity when working with others, where I am able to manage many types of people along with guiding them with my honest advice. Personally speaking, by having these simple qualities, it leaves room for a broad mind, observance and acceptance, which I believe a member of the board of directors should have to healthily adjust to new people, situations and conflict.

How have you developed and strengthened your leadership skills?

The ways I have developed and strengthened my leadership skills is by simply putting myself into different situations. The main source of these situations has come from working at my retail job, where I find myself training new associates, guiding customers around the store and getting involved in the work community by attending regular meetings. I also put myself in charge of projects within my classes as well as volunteered to organize sweater orders for my program where I gathered personal information, gathered the money and sent in my orders and payment to our campus bookstore. These situations have taught me many skills such as financial work and time-management, which I believe will help me achieve my leadership goals in the future.

Why do you believe it’s important for students to get involved with their student union?

It is important for students to get involved with their student union to not only become inspired by their teachers, peers and other faculty members but to also inspire those who wish to improve themselves with their school life, work life and personal life. I believe that having a secure outlet towards a safe organization can make a difference in all three of these aspects in one’s life and will ultimately shape them to become the best versions of themselves. When achieving this best version of oneself, one will be able to spread their experiences and become happier within themselves and by helping others.

Gaganpreet Darar

Lakeshore/IGS Candidate

Hello everyone, my name is GAGANPREET DARAR, student of Police Foundations program at Lakeshore Campus. This year, I have decided to run for Board of Directors’ election to enhance on-campus student life. I am highly motivated to work for students. 

What one qualification do you think will make you successful in the role? Why?

The vital quality which will make me successful in this role of Board of Director is – Integral Communication, by this, it does not mean just to transfer the ideas and issues from students to higher authorities but to have courage to listen and voice out correct and important concerns to make a great change which makes circumstances better and smoother. This skill also helps in problem solving. Such an honest behaviour towards this role can lead to maintaining surroundings where students are comfortable and confident about sharing true issues, conflicts and concerns with student unions as they are aware of the fact that they will be listened. I had opted this skill from my experience of being Front Desk Manager where I listen to multiple customers everyday about their complaints, concerns and feedback and take quick action right away or communicate it to higher management.

How have you developed and strengthened your leadership skills?

Leadership is an act of guiding and motivating an individual or group of people to work towards a common goal. Leadership is not just an enactment of leading the team by giving them instructions of what to do. Good leader must; have empathy towards others, work with integrity, learning agility and listening ability. Stated qualities does not come overnight but needs to be worked on. For me, I have practiced being a leader since my high school where I leaded the teams for multiple competitions and continues my legacy by being a group leader for assignments, projects and presentations through out my college life. By all this, my leadership quality got evolved. It wasn’t this, but this ability also assisted me to grow myself in my work life and I became Front Desk Manager within 6 months of joining the hospitality industry. Leading a group can be easy but leading it with ethics, empathy, integrity, ability of delegation, great influence and communications – is something which require experience.

Why do you believe it’s important for students to get involved with their student union?

An educational institution is an entity where people from different backgrounds come together and take the services of education under one roof and they became students of that institution, for some it can be really welcoming whereas for others it can possibly be quite chaotic. Student unions are always there to listen to students. Therefore, students should also join and get involved with such organizations, since they provide safe meeting spaces where you can raise right concerns. Such groups also help build a strong foundation of networking for future. Student Unions facilitate and organise student activities such as clubs, socials, peer support and volunteering. They also debate and campaign on behalf of the students they represent. They provide an insight into the college wide issues that affect the learner’s journey. Hence, a student must join or get involved in Student Unions for better improvements.

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Jessica Urzua Cordon-Carrera Valle

North Candidate

What one qualification do you think will make you successful in the role? Why?

The one qualification I feel will make me successful in this role would be my determination. When I set my mind on something, I do whatever I possibly can to achieve the goal/outcome. I can give you an example when my determination kept me going. Back in my second semester, during the second week I found I was pregnant with my second child. During the semester I experienced really bad nausea and headaches but I kept pulling through and ended up on the Dean’s list. Thank goodness for the summer break! When returning for my third semester I actually went into labour the Sunday leading into the second week. I ended up having a C-section. The thing was that I promised myself that I would graduate on time and I didn’t want to push back on school any longer since I was out of school for 10 years already. I ended up only taking one week off, and return back to class and pushed through the pain. No one said succeeding in life would be easy, and it hasn’t been in the last two years but I haven’t and won’t give up. This is how I will be in this role, because I don’t give up anymore. I don’t want any opportunities to pass me by and I want to show all the students at Humber to fight for what they want no matter how hard it gets.

How have you developed and strengthened your leadership skills?

Before my parents’ divorce I was a very shy and worrisome person. I was tired of not standing up for myself, so I decided to make a change on my approach on life. My first step was actually a big one and it was running for vice president in my elementary school. I was the new kid in school and though I was nervous, I did pinpoint one big problem in the school and it was in the school yard, it wasn’t presentable. I ended up winning and with the help of the community donations we ended up repairing the school yard and adding a jungle gym, swings and also fixed up the kindergarten yard. This school was located in an area that is known to be troublesome, so my goal was to help change the appearance of the school and then maybe the students would start to see their value. I wanted to show them that they can get any opportunity they want if they just kept pushing forward. Since then, I always strived to be a leader or help delegate projects/ events. I always push to be to be on top and with that power help everyone around me. I don’t care what position someone is in; everyone deserves a chance and everyone should be thanked for helping support the businesses we worked in.

Why do you believe it’s important for students to get involved with their student union?

It is important that students get involved with their student unions because how would the union know what can help with a student’s success if they don’t speak up. I feel like a lot of people struggle throughout the school year because they think there isn’t any help/ support from the college they’re in, which can lead to failure or struggle. As I was walking around North Campus for signatures, a lot of students didn’t know that we had a student union and I had to explain what Ignite was. Students were shocked that Ignite offers financial support, events, contest, free menstrual products, tax clinic, soup bar, etc. All of these things were brought to students by our student union, and we should take advantage of these products because they were made for us! Imagine how much more we can accomplish and get done when more students reach out with the type of support that is needed? Ignite helped me out when I didn’t have money for groceries, and I am so thankful for that. If it wasn’t for social media and how active the ignite team is who know what we could have been eating or how we would be struggling that one month. It’s hard being a student, with our school load, living expenses, school cost, etc., sometimes we have to cut back on our education just to have the basic needs. With Ignite were given a chance to succeed and push through to the finish line of our education.

Lauren Abela

UofGH Candidate

What one qualification do you think will make you successful in the role? Why?

Every great leader has a strong team behind them. If I were elected to a position, my priorities would be listening to student concerns, advocating for their benefit, and ensuring a high level of transparency.

“I can do things you cannot, you can do things I cannot; together we can do great things. Do not wait for leaders; do it alone, person to person.” I love this quote from Mother Teresa. If it were continued, I would imagine it like this: “…for within each of us lies a great leader.” Every person is capable of being a leader, but those with the will to inspire action in others are the mark of a great leader. I do my best to live my life in Mother Teresa’s wisdom, and only hope to leave my community better than how I found it.

How have you developed and strengthened your leadership skills?

Leadership is a quality of mine that has been unintentionally developed through my passion for helping others. For example, there are at least 10 volunteer commitments I can share extensively about, but the one that I am most proud of is my dedication to starting Humber North’s / GH’s first ever Best Buddies Chapter with my best buddy, Jessica. Upon entering post-secondary in 2019, I was disappointed that there was not already a chapter, but I did not let that stop me. The process was not easy, but every effort to make it a reality was worth it. If you are interested in learning more about our startup story, please feel free to read about it in this article here. In addition, I am an active First Year Experience (FYE) and Student Transition and Resource Team (START) Leader working part-time to support new and prospective students.

Why do you believe it’s important for students to get involved with their student union?

A student’s union exists to serve student needs of many backgrounds and circumstances, adapting to changes in the world from studying at home to creating quiet spaces on campus for mental health breaks. They are the voice of many, including those who cannot speak on behalf of themselves. After all, our education is in our hands and if something needs to be changed – let’s do it together.

Neha Singh

Lakeshore/IGS Candidate

What one qualification do you think will make you successful in the role? Why?

The reason I think I would be successful for this role is my general sense of duty towards my responsibilities and a want to make a positive change in people’s lives. At Humber I am a student in Police Foundations Program and I am hopefully looking forward to a life where I get to serve people, I have learnt a lot from my courses, my professors and their experiences in serving people and I wish to apply what I have learnt so far to make a difference in the lives and experiences of my peers at Humber and learn even more from my fellow students and everyone around me.

How have you developed and strengthened your leadership skills?

I have developed and strengthened my leadership skills in a number of ways. I have always been eager to take on responsibility and lead a project, task or assignment, in school I have developed leadership through collaborating with other students to make an assignment stand out, by doing proper team work and being accountable for any mistakes that I or any group member of mine might’ve made. I have also strengthened my leadership skills by volunteering at a number of places where I was held accountable for certain tasks to make sure things are done properly.

Why do you believe it’s important for students to get involved with their student union?

In my opinion, it is important to get involved with student union as it gives students a platform and a voice to be a part of how things are done, and allow for a collaboration between students and the administration, this ensures that students opinions and needs are respected when making important decisions that will have an impact on the lives of students at Humber. I also believe that student unions provide good learning opportunities for students to learn a great deal about how administration works and how to collaborate with people from different fields and backgrounds, and how to make decisions that are sensitive to the needs of each and every individual.

Parul Yadav

Lakeshore/IGS Candidate

What one qualification do you think will make you successful in the role? Why?

I am an international student with my foundational pillars of volunteerism, sustainability, diversity and inclusion. Being a student and entrepreneur, I have been highly engaged in a variety of leadership positions.
Before joining Humber, I spent a year serving as the president with the students’ association of my student faculty of English Literature and Philosophy at University of Delhi. I also founded and led a non-profit organization called We Believe India, where young girls were trained on sustainable partnership building, community strengthening, curriculum and classroom best practices.
At Humber, I’ve been working to build deep community connections through partaking in different events, peer mentoring, education and engagement – for now provided through a virtual ongoing basis. I would love the opportunity to continue to help us grow and be the support students’ need!
I am passionate about projecting my energy and fundamentalism towards building a better diverse Humber student experience. My process of engagement involves transparent dialogue, respect and integrity that can accelerate students towards a more equitable campus experience.

How have you developed and strengthened your leadership skills?

Throughout my undergraduate degree, I have honed indispensable skills and devoted considerable time towards various non-profit, social and public advocacy groups which focused on developing digital youth engagement strategies. I also had the opportunity to work closely with the United Nations Populations Fund (UNPF) to conduct extensive research on women in an Internet-mediated world and their role in using and understanding Information and Communication Technologies.
Moreover, I actively authored a few articles, and one dissertation which was published in both National and International Journals. The art of attention to detail emerged from regular reading and practicing. Literature gave me as a forever bibliophile the strength to believe that I, too, can change the world. Driven by my instinct for community service, I have worked as the national board member of ‘Leading Women of Tomorrow’ an organization where I oversaw conducting outreach with universities to equip undergraduate women with the skills to become advocates in their fields. During this discourse, I not only became more cognizant of the importance of interpersonal communication in building a team but also learned to be an empathetic leader.

Why do you believe it’s important for students to get involved with their student union?

Every student is automatically a member of the student union and without them, we wouldn’t exist. It is incredibly important for students to get engaged with their student governance and initiate dialogues about finances, mental health, wellbeing, accommodation and academic support.
I know IGNITE typically offers a myriad of ways for students to become better involved with their own college experience. However, increasing awareness among students may connect with new campus clubs, discover a common interest, or even find their future careers at job fairs hosted by student unions. By blending the social and academic aspects of college life, student union can help students to better see their priorities and discover how they can effectively get involved with their school and their community.

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