A rundown of the 2014 TRUSU general election candidates

The Omega put three questions to every candidate running in the coming TRUSU general election.

1. Why are you running for this position?
2. What do you hope to accomplish, if elected?
3. If you could join a television cast which show would it be and why?

Hover over each candidate to see their name, position and a responses to our questions. Please note that responses are as they were submitted.

Executive positions

Advocacy Representative positions

Director-at-large positions

Voting will take place on March 26 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and March 27 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the TRUSU Board Room.

Why are you running for this position?
I’ve been a student in TRU for the past three years hearing the same promises year after year nothing changed.
So my friends and I decided that we have to do something about it. Here we are trying to do something for the student’s through TRUSU.

What do you hope to accomplish, if elected?
-Reduce the parking fees and create a new ‘half-day’ fee.
-Extend Dental coverage to ALL students, saving them thousands.
-Extend library hours and open the HOL building for 24 hours.
-Have Apple iMacs in at least 1 public computer lab.

If you could join a television cast which show would it be and why?
Sherlock Holmes, I enjoy solving mysteries.

Why are you running for this position?
I’m running for re-election as President because I’m passionate about the Advocacy, Services, and Entertainment that TRUSU provides and believe that all students are stronger when working together! I’m proud of the massive changes I’ve made in my previous term with TRUSU and want to continue growing the Union.

What do you hope to accomplish, if elected?
I want to add International Students to the TRUSU Health and Dental Plan. That would save International Students hundreds of dollars per year and provide them with a valuable plan that Domestic students already enjoy. This change would also decrease the cost of insurance for all students, because of the increased economies of scale.

If you could join a television cast which show would it be and why?
Sadly I don’t really watch television much so I don’t know many shows! But if I absolutely HAD to choose I would pick Game of Thrones or the Walking Dead. The plot of both series is quite good, the acting is top notch, and who doesn’t love zombies and dragons?

Why are you running for this position?
I believe it is my duty as a leader to serve people if the opportunity arises. The TRUSU Board of Directors is one of the best ways I can give back to TRU and help students make their university experience memorable.

What do you hope to accomplish, if elected?
As I am running in a team, we have the same goals which are; having dental coverage for International students, reducing parking fees, Have one more building open for 24 hours and provide more entertainment throughout the year.

If you could join a television cast which show would it be and why?
I would be in a series called Suits. I have a passion for advocacy which happens to be what TRUSU stands for and so I believe I would be a good fit to represent, support and bring people together.

Why are you running for this position?
I am passionate about this university and helping it become the best experience possible for students! I believe that the best way to do this is through strong advocacy and campaigns work for students on issues that are important to us all.

What do you hope to accomplish, if elected?
I would love to extend access to affordable health and dental care to international students, to work with the city to adjust the transit schedule to better fit what students need, and to create an emergency bursary available for students who face an unexpected crisis.

If you could join a television cast which show would it be and why?
I would have to say Planet Earth. Joining a television crew to travel to the most remote and beautiful corners of the planet to film and share with the world the immense beauty of the natural environment would be an amazing experience.

Why are you running for this position?
I am a huge advocate for student engagement. From firsthand experience, participating in TRUSU events and programs has only made my time at Thompson Rivers University more enjoyable! As VP Internal, I would be able to encourage involvement amongst all members on campus, and how advantageous it can be!

What do you hope to accomplish, if elected?
If elected, I would hope to accomplish events that students can walk away from with a sense of gratification, and positivity. There is no feeling better than walking away from an experience, whether it be a concert, or speaker, and just be excited for what is yet to come!

If you could join a television cast which show would it be and why?
This is probably one of the most difficult questions you could ask. Following a considerable amount of deliberation, I would have to choose the television show “Girls.” It’s hilarious, and extremely relatable, as a young woman trying to figure out her life! I think I would fit in just fine.

Why are you running for this position?
Spending two years in TRU gave me great knowledge and personal experience of what students expect from their Student Representative and I am certain that I can be an active part of the student body. My position as VP Internal will help organize activities at TRU to fraternize the entire student community and integrate their needs.

What do you hope to accomplish, if elected?
I do not intend to make unachievable promises such as reducing the tuition fees. My experience of traveling to 15 different countries and knowing 6 languages gives me a great opportunity to bring together both domestic and international students and create an affable and accessible atmosphere for all students concerned.

If you could join a television cast which show would it be and why?
I’d be a part of Parks and Recreation, since it depicts a satirical interpretation of the organization structure within a diverse community; they grow on you and eventually become your second family, which to me is TRU.


Why are you running for this position?
Since last year I was passionate in creating a discount program for students to gain discounts in their purchases from Kamloops local vendors and businesses. The program have successfully initiated partnerships with blazers, Kamloops Symphony, and Vancouver Film festival. Now, I want to work with the new board to expand the project to include the largest number possible of businesses in Kamloops and empower student capital in and purchasing power for in Kamloops.

What do you hope to accomplish, if elected?
By the end of my new term, I would love to see 30 – 40 solid partnerships offering students minimum of 10% discounts in their purchases. Business includes groceries, dining’s/restaurants, entertainment, service providers.

If you could join a television cast which show would it be and why?
Jimmy Kimmel show, I believe it’s would be fun working environment to work within.

Why are you running for this position?
Candidate did not respond.

What do you hope to accomplish, if elected?
Candidate did not respond.

If you could join a television cast which show would it be and why?
Candidate did not respond.


Why are you running for this position?
I am running for this position because I feel that my status as a mother and a returning student will bring a unique perspective to the students’ union and allow me to address the needs of a wide variety of women on campus.

What do you hope to accomplish, if elected?
If elected, I hope to work with my slate, Your Vote = Your Voice, to create a safe and inclusive campus for all students. I hope to raise awareness on campus about issues that are widely ignored and bring a sense of acceptance and equality to TRU.

If you could join a television cast which show would it be and why?
If I could be a part of any TV show, it would have to be Arrested Development, because there’s always money in the banana stand.

Why are you running for this position?
Graduate programs on campus are going through some growing pains and I believe that there are improvements that can be done to help students deal with issues that they face. Increasing support services and fostering a sense of community for graduate students will enhance everyone’s experience at TRU.

What do you hope to accomplish, if elected?
I would like to help create a sense of community among graduate students by hosting events like student socials, film screenings and workshops. In addition to other advocacy issues, I would continue to push for improvements to graduate student study/work space.

If you could join a television cast which show would it be and why?
Big Bang Theory! I would fit in really well with that group of nerds and who wouldn’t want to rub elbows with the great Sheldon Cooper?

Why are you running for this position?
I love my culture and every time I throw an event or do advocacy on behalf of the aboriginal students on campus, I feel like I am getting closer to my culture. I am super passionate about university governance and this position gives me the best of two worlds.

What do you hope to accomplish, if elected?
I hope to raise more awareness of the missing and murdered aboriginal women in Canada. I think this a huge issue that needs to be talked about more especially here on campus. I also hope to hold some amazing workshops like drum making and moccasin making as well.

If you could join a television cast which show would it be and why?
I would definitely have to say Modern Family. I have never seen a show that is absolutely so hilarious and accurate on the lives of families. I know many times my family has related to that show more than anything! But also having the amazing wardrobe wouldn’t hurt either!

Why are you running for this position?
I am running for the LGBTQ Advocacy Representative position to help create equality for all minorities on campus and educate Thompson Rivers University about gay culture to help move society towards a position where they look past gay barriers and co-exist as just people.

What do you hope to accomplish, if elected?
If re-elected I will continue to build on our work from the previous year and educate businesses how to become a Pride Positive Space. We also hope to invigorate our collective with hot topic forums, discussions, movie nights and diversity events.

If you could join a television cast which show would it be and why?
I would join the cast of the Amazing Race, cause I definitely think I could win!

Why are you running for this position?
I want to see the projects started this year finished. For instance, the Sweatshop-free campaign was a success and I want to be a part of implementing it. I am happy with the work done this past year and am excited for what can be done in the future.

What do you hope to accomplish, if elected?
Three things I would like to see accomplished in the upcoming year are; improved campus transportation including better parking and transit accessibility, adding international students to the health and dental plan, and creating more affordable education by adopting a per-credit fee system for all students.

If you could join a television cast which show would it be and why?
I would be on “Call the Midwife” (and not just because I am a nursing student). The characters model creative thinking, hard work, and compassion for the people around them. They challenge the boundaries of what is expected for women in this era and have fun while they do so.


Why are you running for this position?
Candidate did not respond.

What do you hope to accomplish, if elected?
Candidate did not respond.

If you could join a television cast which show would it be and why?
Candidate did not respond.

Why are you running for this position?
I’m running for the election as a “Director-at-Large” because I have a passion towards serving people. And I strongly believe that if being a part of the Students Union will allow me to be much better heard, and affect change on behalf of the students, why not?

What do you hope to accomplish, if elected?
If I get elected I would definitely want to work on having a “pay per credit” fee structure for the International students; and adding them to our health and dental plan. Also, would advocate for transparency in university governance, making sure that students are well educated about their rights.

If you could join a television cast which show would it be and why?
I would love to be on The Big Bang Theory. I am a big fan of THE Sheldon Cooper. The way he misses out on sarcasm amuses me every time. And I just cannot get enough of this character or the show. It is just fabulous!!

Why are you running for this position?
I am running for Director-at-Large because I think it is a great opportunity. I believe that being a part of TRUSU would help me learn new skills. In addition, I want serve TRU’s student body and contribute to changing TRU for the better.

What do you hope to accomplish, if elected?
If I am elected as Director-at-Large, I hope to work closely with TRU in order to make it a better campus for all students. Making TRU more affordable for all students is something important to me. I would love the chance help make TRU an even better university.

If you could join a television cast which show would it be and why?
If I were to join any television cast I know it would have to be a funny show. For this reason, Corner Gas would be one of my top choices because the show was always fun and Lorne Cardinal, Sergeant Davis Quinton, is one of my favorite actors.

Why are you running for this position?
I would like to run for director at large because I believe that student should get involved with campus activity whether it is joining campus club or joining a team. I want to do my part representing the student body and lead the change as our slogan say so. I was largely disappointed in a number of decisions this year board of director took and i vowed that I would try and do better I feel the team Change TRU and I have passion and energy.

What do you hope to accomplish, if elected?
I talked to a number of students and they were really disappointed about the increasing parking fee so one there behalf I would like to work to truce the parking fee secondly I would like to include dental coverage for all international student. Thirdly extending HOL to be opened for 24 hours.

If you could join a television cast which show would it be and why?
I’d join the House Of Cards cast, it portrays a dashing and methodical politician’s attempts at bringing about personally orchestrated changes in his political strategy and take Washington by storm through climbing the hierarchical ladder to power.


Why are you running for this position?
I have a wide range of passions that are pan-institutional; the Director At Large Position would allow me to be a part of them all. I love being an advocate for change on campus, within all the various groups and communities, this position would give me power to do so.

What do you hope to accomplish, if elected?
I want to crate a real change on campus. I hope to assist the rest of Your Vote = Your Voice with the introduction new initiatives such as adding international students to the dental and medical plans, increasing post-secondary affordability, improving campus transportation and building a safe and inclusive campus.

If you could join a television cast which show would it be and why?
Buffy the Vampire Slayer. The cast throughout the 7 seasons was extremely diverse, featuring a wide range of characters including LGBTQ. The core group within the show is a strong group of individuals, all of which bring something to the cause, similar to our slate, Your Vote = Your Voice.