Director-at-large candidates 2015

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There are 11 director-at-large positions available on the UVSS Board of Directors. In a volunteer capacity, the directors-at-large aid executive directors, scrutinize executive director activities, and coordinate and implement campaigns concerning education defense. Directors-at-large also work on at least two student society committees. Below are questionnaires filled out by 17 of the 25 director-at-large candidates. The responses have been edited for mechanical errors.

Eliza Beaudry
Branko Bevanda
Nathan Butz
Julia Denley
Brydon Kramer
Joshua Lindner
Sky Losier
Delaney McCartan
Heather Middlemass
Barrie Nicholls
Alexander Neiman
Bernadette Peterson
Kylie Pettifer
Elise Pullar
Maxine Stephen
Jade Taylor
Lindsey Willis
Katrina Woollgar

Eliza Suzanne Beaudry — Involve UVic, fourth-year Political Science

1) Why are you running for a director-at-large position?

I want to get involved on campus, specifically with the UVSS. I want to ensure that campaigns and organizations that work towards making the University a safer and more inclusive space [where] students are successful. These campaigns and organizations are important to me because, how can you have a positive university experience if you don’t feel safe or included?

2) What is the main point on your personal platform?

Advocate for affordable housing for students on and off campus, support and establish safer and more inclusive spaces on campus, and encourage UVic’s divestment from fossil fuels

3) What do you hope to accomplish as a DaL?

A five-day reading break in the fall, UVic’s divestment from fossil fuels, more affordable housing for students on and off campus, and continued success for on campus anti-violence and consent based campaigns and organizations.

4) Why should students vote for you? What makes you the best-equipped candidate?

I care about making tuition and housing more affordable to students. Education is a right not a privilege. I also want to crush rape culture by raising awareness and supporting consent based and anti violence organizations on campus. I am very organized and hardworking which would allow me to balance both academics as well as being a contributing director-at-large with the UVSS.

5) If you could change one thing about the University, what would it be?

Making the cost of tuition as affordable as what our parents paid.

6) How do you feel about the referendum questions that students will vote on? (Garden fee inc., SoCC fee, divestment, election fund/food bank fee reallocation)

Garden fee – yes, SoCC fee – yes, Divestment – Yes!, Election fun/food bank fee reallocation – Most definitely.

7) What would you do differently than this year’s Board of Directors?

I would make some sort of positive incentive to ensure all board members get involved and attend all the meetings.

8) Are you currently affiliated with any student clubs or organizations, and are there any campaigns that you either want to start or further support on campus?

I have been trained by the Lets Get Consensual campaign this year in order to volunteer and spread awareness of what consent looks like. I wanted to volunteer with the Anti-Violence Project but they only train students in the fall. I used be on the Vikes Women’s rowing team.

The Anti-Violence Project, Let’s Get Consensual Campaign, Food Bank.

9) What you do expect to gain if you get a DaL position this year?

I expect to gain the knowledge and acquire the means in order to make positive social change for students on campus.

10) Fun fact about yourself?

I rafted the Grand Canyon for 16 days and survived the desert, rattlesnakes, scorpions and bone crushing whitewater.

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Branko Bevanda — Involve UVic, second year Political Science and History (minor)

1) Why are you running for a director-at-large position?

I think the UVSS does a lot of really important work for the UVic community, and I would love to play a more active role in making our campus the best it can be.

2) What is the main point on your personal platform?

Working to ensure all students on campus with disabilities [have] access to services to make their learning experience the best it can be. As a student with a learning disability, I understand how vital these services are, and I would really hate to see anybody missing out on having a positive experience at UVic when we could be doing more to ensure that [positive experience].

3) What do you hope to accomplish as a DaL?

Student wellness is a big part of our campaign. Specifically, if elected next year, we would like to see a five-day reading break in fall, to ensure student mental health. We would also like to further promote the free store and food bank, as well as [pursuing] needs based grants for B.C. students to provide some financial security for all UVic students. I also, of course, would like to work with advocacy groups to promote awareness of, and access to, university services for students with disabilities, and to ensure a positive educational experience for all students on campus.

4) Why should students vote for you? What makes you the best-equipped candidate?

I’m very passionate about the initiatives that we as a slate are running on and have a sincere interest in seeing them come to fruition. In reference to my advocacy for students with disabilities, I would say I am the best equipped because I myself have learning disabilities and have an first hand understanding of the struggles associated with [pursuing] post-secondary learning with such barriers.

5) If you could change one thing about the University, what would it be?

A five-day reading break in the fall. It is a quick change and could go a long way for student mental health.

6) How do you feel about the referendum questions that students will vote on? (Garden fee inc., SoCC fee, divestment, election fund/food bank fee reallocation)

I really support all the referendums. Food security is really important and I think the food bank and community gardens are really excellent ways to supply that to students. I think SoCC is definitely something we should be funding on campus and I think the [70] cents is a small price to pay for the anti-racist work they do. And finally, Involve has been a big supporter of divestment and I would love to see UVic standing by our morals, and actually be the sustainability leader we brand ourselves as.

7) What would you do differently than this year’s Board of Directors?

In general, I’d like to see a group of directors-at-large more committed to being active members of the Board than this last year. I know the Involve team as a whole is really excited about being on the Board and being in a position where we could make real change on campus.

8) Are you currently affiliated with any student clubs or organizations? Are there any campaigns that you either want to start or further support on campus?

I have done some volunteer work with the Free Store, and I have been active in the UVic community as a musician, playing at Frost Fest 2015 with my friends group Folridas.

The Lets Get Consensual campaign has done a lot of really excellent work this year in promoting consent culture on campus and I would really like to see that furthered in the coming year.

9) What you do expect to gain if you get a DaL position this year?

I really hope to gain a really excellent work experience with everyone involved at the UVSS. I’m also excited to gain a greater knowledge of the what actually goes into making substantial change on campus.

10) Fun fact about yourself?

I play guitar, and studied music at Selkirk College in Nelson before coming to UVic

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Nathan Butz — Involve UVic, fourth year Sociology and Environmental Studies

1) Why are you running for a director-at-large position?

I believe that a good community requires active involvement from its members. By being more engaged in the political structures of the UVSS, I can help to implement the changes I’d like to see and maintain the great programs and campaigns that are already set in motion.

2) What is the main point on your personal platform?

The main point of my campaign will be to advocate for UVic’s complete divestment from the fossil fuel sector. I wish to see UVic become a leader in sustainability and the first Canadian university to successfully divest.

3) What do you hope to accomplish as a DaL?

There are several things I’d like to see if I get elected as a DaL. Firstly, as previously mentioned, I’d like to maintain the great work the Divest UVic has accomplished on campus by lobbying the UVic Foundation to divest from its $30 million dollars of stocks within the fossil fuel sector. I would also like to grow awareness of mental health through pushing UVic to extend the fall reading break and advocating for more outside funding for events like the ASIST workshops so they may become more accessible to students. Finally, I’d like to support the ongoing campaign that UVSS is doing alongside the ABCS (Alliance of BC Students) to lobby all levels of the Canadian government to implement a needs-based system for student grants that will provide non-repayable student grants to low-income students who many not be able to fund their education by their own means.

4) Why should students vote for you? What makes you the best-equipped candidate?

I care deeply for the well being of the student community here on campus. I understand the anxieties that students can face in their daily life. I have experienced stress from everything from workload, to basic problems like having a good meal. As well, I am very unprejudiced to issues that I am not well informed and strongly encourage students to openly discuss any problems that are not prevalent to myself.

5) If you could change one thing about the University, what would it be?

If I could change one thing on the University, it would be to see UVic promise to divest entirely from fossil fuels.

6) How do you feel about the referendum questions that students will vote on? (Garden fee inc., SoCC fee, divestment, election fund/food bank fee reallocation)

I strongly agree with each referendum question that students will be able to vote on. I believe that the Food Bank provide an essential service to students and grow awareness of food security issues. Their properly allocating student fees the Food Bank will be able to increase its capacity and become more accessible to students who rely upon their services. The CCG referendum is something that I believe is necessary to further the great work that they do to inform and teach students about gardening methods, as well as being able to incorporate more students who wish to join by increasing the size of their gardens. The work that SoCC does to provide safe spaces to students as well as furthering their anti-racism campaign is a necessary presence here on campus and I strongly advocate increasing their budget. As mentioned before, I am a strong believer in the divest campaign and by having this referendum, it will allow students to have input on a large issue that affects our communities and communities worldwide.

7) What would you do differently than this year’s Board of Directors?

If elected, I would like to see the Board of Directors incorporate more office hours for any issues that students may want to discuss. Making the Board more accessible to students and encouraging them to bring up any grievances will make the UVSS community stronger in solidarity.

8) Are you currently affiliated with any student clubs or organizations? Are there any campaigns that you either want to start or further support on campus?

Divest UVic and Bureau of Sociology Students (Sociology course union).

I want to help support the Food Bank and Free Store here on campus because I believe they provide an invaluable service to the students of UVic.

9) What you do expect to gain if you get a DaL position this year?

I expect to gain a greater understanding to the political structures and they way in which change can be seen within them. As well, by working beside a great team I hope to gain a positive experience.

10) Fun fact about yourself?

My last name is Butz. And yes that is pronounced exactly as you’d think it would [be].

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Julia Denley — Refresh UVic, third year Biochemistry and Psychology, English (minor)

1) Why are you running for a director-at-large position?

I want to be in a better position to effect change on campus, and I believe that the DaL position will enable me to make a greater difference in the lives of other students!

2) What is the main point on your personal platform?

Improving mental health services and increasing mental health awareness on campus. We need better mental health resources, and we need to make sure that students are aware of all the services available to them.

3) What do you hope to accomplish as a DaL?

If elected, I hope to work for a safer and more inclusive, accessible campus, to increase mental health services, to expand the Let’s Get Consensual campaign, to work towards a carbon-neutral SUB, and to ensure transparency with respect to the UVSS Board of Directors’ practices. Is that too ambitious?

4) Why should students vote for you? What makes you the best-equipped candidate?

There are a lot of great candidates with diverse experiences and backgrounds, but I think I bring a greater degree of experience to the table, as well as a whole lot of passion! I have nearly three years of experience serving on non-profit boards; I’ve been on the Board of Directors of the Victoria Sexual Assault Centre for close to three years, on the Board of Threshold Housing Society for six months, and have served on many committees in these roles. Board and committee work isn’t anything new to me, so I will be able to hit the ground running and start effecting change immediately if I’m elected as a director-at-large. Further, my extensive student leadership experience through my club executive positions has both increased my effectiveness when working in groups and managing large projects and events, as well as giving me insight into the challenges students face on campus; I’ve been able to learn a lot from my club members about how they perceive our campus community and about the aspects of it that they like or dislike. My years of leadership experience, my time connecting to and working with students, and my strong desire to make a difference on campus make me an extremely well-equipped candidate for the director-at-large position. Students should vote for me because I’m completely committed to improving our campus and because I have the experience to put that into action.

5) If you could change one thing about the University, what would it be?

If I could change one thing, it would be to make our campus as safe a space and inclusive a community as possible. I want all of our students to feel safe coming to UVic, and to not have to fear any form of violence or oppression. UVic is miles ahead of many other universities in this aspect, but that doesn’t minimize the fact that there are still students who experience sexism, ableism, transphobia, homophobia, racism, and many other forms of oppression on a daily basis. I am absolutely not okay with that, and will work tirelessly to make our campus as inclusive and safe a space as I can.

6) How do you feel about the referendum questions that students will vote on?

I’m really excited to see these referendum questions and will vote “yes” for all four.

Referendum question 1 – I absolutely support the UVSS lobbying UVic to divest from fossil fuel companies. I know that many of our students are proud that UVic has a reputation as a leader in sustainability; I want our reputation to match our actions, and investing in fossil fuel stock is completely irresponsible. I’m very glad that there’s a referendum question on divestment.

Referendum question 2 – I completely support establishing a dedicated fee to support the Students of Colour Collective. We’re talking about less than $1 to support an amazing anti-racist advocacy group. Yes please. They do great work and shouldn’t be so limited by funds.

Referendum question 3 – I also am a big supporter of the no-cost increase of UVSS Food Bank funds through reallocation of UVSS Election funds. Victoria is one of the most food-insecure cities in our country, and students are already living on a tight budget. I think reallocating funds to the food bank is extremely important, especially due to the exponential growth of demand for support from it. Reallocating less than a dollar will increase the budget of the UVSS Food Bank by 50%. Think of how many people that will help – in 2014, there were nearly 4000 visits to the food bank. The positive impact of that is profound. And again, this is just reallocating funds – it’s at no cost to students.

Referendum question 4 – The Campus Community Garden is, in my opinion, a unique and important part of UVic. While I understand financial restraints of being a student, the proposed $0.74 per semester fee increase for full-time students and $0.37 per semester increase for part-time students is a great investment in our campus community. I think that paying less than $1 per semester to expand the community garden, increase accessibility for participation in the garden, and to provide students with an opportunity to learn how to live more sustainably, among other things…that’s a dollar well-spent, to me.

7) What would you do differently than this year’s Board of Directors?

I would have kept up the momentum of the Let’s Get Consensual Campaign and let it continue through the year. I also think the Board should allow more collaboration between the UVSS and UVSS clubs.

8) Are you currently affiliated with any student clubs or organizations? Are there any campaigns that you either want to start or further support on campus?

Yes! Clubs are totally my thing. I’m founder and President of UVic Hope, a humanitarian student club that orchestrates fundraising and awareness initiatives for non-profits, and through that role I’ve engaged dozens of students in raising funds and awareness for important causes. I’m founder and Co-President of the End MS Club, which works to promote multiple sclerosis awareness and to fundraise for the MS Society. Further, I’m founder and President of the Korle-Bu Neuroscience Club, through which I’ve worked with students to improve neurological healthcare in Ghana and West Africa. Over the winter, I co-founded the Mental Health Awareness Club, of which I am now the Co-President. We work to promote mental health awareness on campus and in the community, and to fundraise for mental health services. Lastly, I recently started UVic Students to End Youth Homelessness, a club which will work to address youth homelessness by supporting the local non-profit Threshold Housing Society.

I’m a member of Golden Key International Honour Society, and was the UVic Golden Key’s featured member of 2013. I’ve also worked to help connect other Golden Key members with volunteer opportunities. Recently, I’ve been involved with the UVSS Mental Health Committee. Last but not least, I try to help out Circle K when I can!

Absolutely! The Let’s Get Consensual Campaign is really important to me, but I want to expand it. I’ve been a Sexual Assault Response Team worker for three years, and between that and my Board work at the Victoria Sexual Assault Centre, I’m highly aware of the need to address sexualized violence. I want to extend the campaign so that there are events throughout the year, and I want to work to ensure that students are aware of the services available to them, on campus and in the community, if they are a survivor of sexualized violence. I also want the campaign to focus on the intersectionality of oppression; I want to encourage a dialogue about how oppressive institutions are interrelated and how sexualized violence is connected to more than just sexism – ableism, transphobia, racism, homophobia, and other forms of oppression all contribute to a culture in which sexualized violence is prevalent. I’d love to get students more engaged in anti-oppressive work in general.

I’m also really passionate about mental health, so I want to continue to support the mental health campaign at UVic. I want to expand the resources available to students, start important conversations about mental health, and work to destigmatize mental illness.

9) What do you expect to gain if you get a DaL position this year?

The chance to improve the university experience of other students!!!

10) Fun fact about yourself?

I’ve volunteered in a Colombian prison, hanging out with prison inmates. True story.

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Brydon Kramer — Involve UVic, third year Honours Political Science

1) Why are you running for a director-at-large position?

Like many students, my involvement with the University in my first few years was mostly academic. UVSS is an organization that facilitates a great sense of campus community, which is important for maintaining a healthy student life. I am choosing to run with Involve UVic this year because I see it as a great way to get involved by supporting and expanding our great campus community.

2) What is the main point on your personal platform?

Developing a safe and inclusive campus community. I think it is important that students feel safe so they can express their opinions and beliefs as well as be themselves without the fear of being marginalized or mistreated. This includes ensuring that students have access to proper resources such as food security and mental health services.

3) What do you hope to accomplish as a DaL?

First, I would like to see the expansion of the Let’s Get Consensual campaign, which provides students with great information regarding how to get consent. I would also like to provide more opportunities and resources for students concerning mental health. Having participated in the ASIST workshop this year, I think it is important to continue to seek outside sources to make such events and workshops more accessible to students on campus. Finally, I hope to see the University’s responsible divestment from the fossil fuel industry. By working with a strong team with individuals like Nathan Butz and Tristan Ryan, who are both heavily involved with the Divest UVic movement, I believe such a goal is attainable.

4) Why should students vote for you? What makes you the best-equipped candidate?

Enthusiasm and dedication are things that I bring to everything I do. If elected, I will do everything in my power to reach out to students in order to better understand their needs as well as work with them to make their great ideas a reality. For this reason, I think I will be able to best represent our student population and ensure that the UVSS’s $12 million annual budget is utilized in the best ways possible.

5) If you could change one thing about the University, what would it be?

I would like to introduce a five-day reading break in November.

6) How do you feel about the referendum questions that students will vote on? (Garden fee inc., SoCC fee, divestment, election fund/food bank fee reallocation)

I support all four referendums 100 per cent. The Campus Community garden provides students with an amazing resource by both developing a greater sense of community, as well as providing students with better food security. On a similar note, the reallocation of election funds is important because the food bank helps provide students with greater access to food security and I believe that no student should go hungry. Unfortunately, racism is something that continually affects Canadian society in implicit and covert ways making it difficult to recognize and address. Introducing a new $0.70 fee per full time student will help SoCC continue and expand on the great anti-racism work they are currently engaged in on campus. Finally, I support Divest UVic because no one can opt-out of climate change. As a social leader, I think it is UVic’s responsibility to lead the way on climate change initiatives.

7) What would you do differently than this year’s Board of Directors?

I would like to make events more accessible to students by making sure that they are best suited to student interests and schedules. I would also like to ensure that students have opportunities to voice their opinions by holding regular office hours.

8) Are you currently affiliated with any student clubs or organizations? Are there any campaigns that you either want to start or further support on campus?

I have recently done some work with Divest UVic advocating for the upcoming referendum question on divesting the university from fossil fuels.

Yeah! I really want to work to support the expansion of the Let’s Get Consensual campaign to greater Victoria by introducing the campaign to local events such as Rifflandia. Also, I would like to work with Kenya Rogers and other members of the board to create a strong and effective campaign for the upcoming federal elections.

9) What you do expect to gain if you get a DaL position this year?

I expect to gain the satisfaction of both becoming more involved with UVic’s campus community as well as gain great experience working with a group of enthusiastic individuals to better accommodate student needs and desires.

10) Fun fact about yourself?

My second favourite movie is The Princess Bride- “Anybody wanna peanut?”

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Joshua Lindner — Refresh UVic, third year Political Science

1) Why are you running for a director-at-large position?

I want to see real change happen in our student society and help make it more accessible to everyone. I want people to actually know what is going on more often and would like to see better events happen all year round.

2) What is the main point on your personal platform?

[Better events is] also a major part of my campaign platform. Many students, it seems, feel a level of disconnect from the UVSS and I am the ideal person to help change that. The events and campaigns that the organization runs need to be more tangible and real to people. They need to be more accessible and there needs to be a stronger student community. 

3) What do you hope to accomplish as a DaL?

I hope to accomplish a several things as a DaL. One of the issues is accessibility, but another issue is the ever-evolving transit issue. Lately there also seems to be some strong animosity between UVic students and BC Transit bus drivers. I would like to help change that by helping develop a campaign to create stronger connections between the two groups.

4) Why should students vote for you? What makes you the best-equipped candidate?

I am the ideal person to have on the UVSS to help foster stronger community and to help organize authentic and tangible events that everyone can love.

5) If you could change one thing about the University, what would it be?

I would give out much more free coffee and donuts and create a monthly puppy play time (and a cat lounge and nap time).

6) How do you feel about the referendum questions that students will vote on?

I applaud all the hard work put into the referendum campaigns and I also encourage all students to take part in all of them. Whatever the results are, I will work hard to move forward and act accordingly with the UVSS to see that progress is made.

7) What would you do differently than this year’s Board of Directors?

Not work so much behind closed doors. I will see that the organization is much more transparent and students get an honest sense of what is going on all of the time. I want to see all of the Directors engaging more and working harder to help sustain a strong sense of student community at UVic.

8) Are you currently affiliated with any student clubs or organizations? Are there any campaigns that you either want to start or further support on campus?

I am a member of the UVic Model United Nations Club, the UVic Urban Development Club, as well as  a member-at-large for the Undergraduates of Political Science, and an executive member of the UVic Young Liberals of Canada.

9) What do you expect to gain if you get a DaL position this year?

I expect I will learn a lot as a director-at-large. I expect it should be a challenging yet exciting experience the whole year round.

10) Fun fact about yourself?

I’m huge into Broadway and theatre. Also, peep my outfits each day. Straight Fire.

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Sky Losier — Involve UVic, first year Political Science and Environmental Studies (minor)

1) Why are you running for a director-at-large position?

I truly believe in the potential of students to promote and make effective change in how our University and greater society functions. The UVSS provides amazing opportunities for students and I want to be part of that.

2) What is the main point on your personal platform?

Environmental Sustainability: this includes lobbying the University to divest from fossil fuels and moving the SUB towards being a carbon neutral building by using renewable energy sources and reducing waste.

3) What do you hope to accomplish as a DaL?

As a DaL, I hope to advance the divestment agenda, continue lobbying the B.C. government for needs based grants along with affordable housing for students and work towards creating a safer campus where everyone can feel at home.

4) Why should students vote for you? What makes you the best-equipped candidate?

I am passionate about effecting meaningful change, and if elected I will work to represent the student voice tirelessly. I have experience in legislation and policy drafting and I have sat on various boards and I am ready to jump right into the UVSS and start making a difference.

5) If you could change one thing about the University, what would it be?

We are so lucky to go to a school as amazing as UVic and we should always be striving for perfection but one thing that I think that we should change is the amount of waste we create. Wouldn’t it be amazing to have a school that is a leader in education, student wellness and suitability?

6) How do you feel about the referendum questions that students will vote on? (Garden fee inc., SoCC fee, divestment, election fund/food bank fee reallocation)

I am supportive off all the referendum questions! I think all of the ideas proposed are great ways to advance and strengthen many important aspects of our campus community.

7) What would you do differently than this year’s Board of Directors?

This year’s Board has done a great job; however, I think that we need to work on getting more student involvement in the working of the UVSS (ie. encouraging students attend Board meetings).

8) Are you currently affiliated with any student clubs or organizations? Are there any campaigns that you either want to start or further support on campus?

Yes. I’m currently a member of the UVic Greens and I have volunteered with Divest UVic and the UVSS.

We are so lucky to have such an amazing array of campaigns at UVic! If elected I would like to further support the Divestment Campaign along with helping the amazing organizers behind the “Let’s Get Concensual” expand their reach! I am also very passionate about youth voting and I would love to see a students vote campaign leading up to the Federal Election in October.

9) What you do expect to gain if you get a DaL position this year?

I feel that, as a DaL, I would gain many skills and connections that would be invaluable. I plan on being at UVic for the foreseeable future and all the skills that being a DaL would teach me, I would re-invest these skills I have learnt into our campus community.

10) Fun fact about yourself?

During my time in high school, I took a boat to school instead of a bus.

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Delaney McCartan — Involve UVic, second year Sociology and Social Justice (minor) 

1) Why are you running for a director-at-large position?

I want to see change not only with the UVSS but provincially as well. I have strong leadership skills and am very motivated and determined when I want something to be done! I know as a director-at-large, I will be advocating for students rights and I will be making a change. 

2) What is the main point on your personal platform? 

The main point on my personal platform is one that is close to my personal circumstances as well as many other students trying to obtain a post-secondary education. It is the lack of student-needs based grants. As the highest province for student-debt and the only province without student-needs based grants, we are at a greater disadvantage than most. Education should be accessible to everyone who wishes and desires to achieve one. It is essential in most occupations and is the foundation to a successful future. British Columbia offers merit-based grants which are only offered to those with exceptional grades; therefore lower-income students often do not receive them. Even though the motivation of lower-income students is evident and they have the knowledge and intelligence to achieve exceptional grades, they are often times working part-time jobs to financially support themselves and their families. Student-needs based grants would give all students both young and mature an equal opportunity to a post-secondary education.

3) What do you hope to accomplish as a DaL?

I wish to accomplish a few things. I will be lobbying all forms of government to introduce student-needs based grants and I will be advocating for affordable housing both on and off campus. To increase safer spaces on campus I will be spreading the awareness of consent with the Let’s Get Consensual Campaign. This is an extremely important as every student should be aware of their right to consent to activities they do not feel safe in.

4) Why should students vote for you? What makes you the best-equipped candidate?

This is something I am truly passionate about. These issues, among others, are things I want to change at UVic as well as in the province and being elected would allow me the opportunity to make these changes. I want students to know that if they have an issue on campus that I can solve, they are more than welcome to talk to me about it and look towards a solution! Students should be electing candidates who are genuinely working towards a better future for UVic not just striving for a title. Therefore I am amongst many other well-equipped candidates who I am already excited to be working with!

5) If you could change one thing about the University, what would it be?

Student wellness is one important thing that I would like to change at UVic especially because it encompasses many contributing factors. Student wellness involves financial support with student grants and scholarships, it is directly related to student well-being with all forms of health and it is the ability to feel safe and united on campus.

6) How do you feel about the referendum questions that students will vote on? (Garden fee inc., SoCC fee, divestment, election fund/food bank fee reallocation)

Being a sociology student, I am aware of stigmatization behind a lot of contemporary social issues whether that is race, the environment or individual well-being. These issues need to be addressed to the student population and everyone should have an opportunity to be aware of the reality that they present. I feel the referendum should be fully supported so these issues can be brought to light in the University.

7) What would you do differently than this year’s Board of Directors?

No response provided.

8) Are you currently affiliated with any student clubs or organizations? Are there any campaigns that you either want to start or further support on campus?

I am a community-outreach co-ordinator and director-at-large with the Bureau of Sociology Students as well as a “big buddy” to Anna, my “little buddy” with the UVic Students for Literacy group!

If elected, I will be highly involved with the ‘Let’s Get Consensual’ campaign and will work with others to introduce the campaign within the greater Victoria community. After that has been completed I would like to introduce it to British Columbia and hopefully nation-wide.

9) What you do expect to gain if you get a DaL position this year?

I expect to gain an incredible experience with fellow members of the Involved UVic slate and members of other slates. Furthermore I would like to gain knowledge of the University issues that need to be covered and work towards finding solutions for these problems.

10) Fun fact about yourself?

I am absolutely terrified of birds and yes, it’s a rational fear, for me at least! I really want people to know that if they ever see me walking on campus in all sorts of directions or random routes, it’s mainly because there are birds in the way. Also, if you have a fear of birds, please let me know because not many people do and it’s comforting knowing there are more people out there!

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Heather Middlemass — Involve UVic, third year Honours Political Science and Environmental Studies (minor)

1) Why are you running for a director-at-large position?

I know how hard it can be to get involved. As a student who is heavily involved in my academics I know how mental health can take a back seat. I really want to help student access the many resources the UVSS has to offer, as well as support advocacy groups and campaigns already implemented by the UVSS.

2) What is the main point on your personal platform?

Inclusivity. I know that may seem simple, but I want to make sure that every student feels as if they have a safe space to go and express themselves. This ties into mental health, which includes food security and outreach revenues. I want to make sure the UVSS is readily available and utilized by all students.

3) What do you hope to accomplish as a DaL?

I hope to create more accessible resources for students, as well as safe and inclusive spaces, by supporting and expanding campaigns such as Lets Get Consensual. I hope to support the many advocacy groups on campus such as SoCC and the on campus food bank. I hope to make events more inclusive, safe, and accessible for all students. I also plan to lobby the government for needs based grants as everyone has the right to post-secondary education.

4) Why should students vote for you? What makes you the best-equipped candidate?

I believe that I best represent [students]; I understand how hard it can be to be involved both academically and socially in your university. As a result, I believe that I can best cater to these students, and work hard to make the many resources put forward by the UVSS available to them. The UVSS has an annual budget of $12 million, that’s a lot of money that is there for students and I want to make sure that every student has access to the resources that stem from this funding.

5) If you could change one thing about the University, what would it be?

I would add two days to the fall semester reading break. I believe that students deserve a break for their mental health, and coming back to school for two days seems redundant.

6) How do you feel about the referendum questions that students will vote on? (Garden fee inc., SoCC fee, divestment, election fund/food bank fee reallocation)

I fully support all four of the referendum question put forward this election. The Campus Community Garden is extremely deserving of funding as they present many services to students, not limited to campus community growth, as well as providing food for students and the food bank. The Students of Colour Collective is also very deserving of the funding they are asking for. SOCC offers a safe space for students, as well as promotes anti-racism dialogue, both are very important to the involve slate as we believe every student should have a voice and a space to fully express themselves. The Divest campaign also has my full support, I believe that the university should stand by its image as a leader in sustainability, as well as not profit from the destruction of stolen Indigenous lands. Finally the food bank fee reallocation has my full support. One of my main platform points is student wellness, and the food bank provides an essential service to students food security and overall well-being.

7) What would you do differently than this year’s Board of Directors?

I will promote more student participation by creating more accessible events changing the time of events, as well as having them across campus. I will also make sure that I am accessible for students, and will have office hours frequently, ready to talk with students about anything they find important.

8) Are you currently affiliated with any student clubs or organizations? Are there any campaigns that you either want to start or further support on campus?

Currently I am not, but I play soccer for the Lakehill Women’s Premier team, off campus. Also, last year I attended Thompson Rivers University where I participated in the human rights club. I helped organize and facilitate fundraiser, events, and film viewings.

I would really like to support the Lets Get Consensual campaign, expanding it to all events at UVic, as well as throughout Victoria (at events like Rifflandia). I would also like to promote mental health awareness through workshops like ASIST, as well as possibly creating other events that bring students from the same faculties to come together and discuss common concerns and stresses. I also wish to further support the federal election campaign, as I believe it was a great success in getting students involved in Canadian politics.

9) What you do expect to gain if you get a DaL position this year?

I expect to gain a greater understanding of the student body, what students are passionate about. I hope to gain experience in representing this diverse student body. Already I have seen how amazing and innovative the students here at UVic are, I am very excited to get to work with them and support the creative ideas and passions that our vibrant student body has to offer.

10) Fun fact about yourself?

I was my high school’s mascot.

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Barrie Nicholls — Refresh UVic, Political Science and History (minor)

1) Why are you running for a director-at-large position?

I want to reinforce the idea that the UVSS is one hundred per cent dedicated to improving the lives of all UVic students.

2) What is the main point on your personal platform?

To increase the transparency of the Student Society. I hope to help foster a strong and active student community that creates a goal to work alongside course unions, campus clubs and activist movements.

3) What do you hope to accomplish as a DaL?

I hope to accomplish all of the main points of my platform. I want to build stronger relationships, decrease student fees and work towards pressuring the government into providing more student grants.

4) Why should students vote for you? What makes you the best-equipped candidate?

I am passionate about this University and I am willing to put in the necessary amount of work to make Uvic the best school to go to!

5) If you could change one thing about the University, what would it be?

Better funding to campus clubs.

6) How do you feel about the referendum questions that students will vote on? (Garden fee inc., SoCC fee, divestment, election fund/food bank fee reallocation)

The work that has been put towards the referendum issues needs to be applauded. They are positive examples of the hard work and passion of all UVic students. I support the idea of taking these issues to a referendum. And once the voices of UVic students have been heard, I will work in a way that accomplishes their desires.

7) What would you do differently than this year’s Board of Directors?

I am willing to work past differences to make a more effective and less divisive Board of Directors.

8) Are you currently affiliated with any student clubs or organizations? Are there any campaigns that you either want to start or further support on campus?

I am a member of the UVic Model United Nations and on the executive of the Uvic Young Liberals of Canada.

I support the work that has been put in towards building UVic’s mental health awareness club.

9) What you do expect to gain if you get a DaL position this year?

I hope to gain respect from my peers because I will work hard to earn it.

10) Fun fact about yourself?

I have a twin brother and I can cook minute rice in 59 seconds.

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Alex Neiman — Refresh UVic, second year Software Engineering

1) Why are you running for a director-at-large position?

I’m running with the Refresh UVic slate because I do not think there is proper engineering representation and I think I can improve the UVSS.

2) What is the main point on your personal platform?

My personal platform revolves around improving school experiences by making Felicita’s more enticing and exploring zoning changes for the pub.

3) What do you hope to accomplish as a DaL?

I want to increase the number and popularity of student events, in order to make the school have a tighter community.

4) Why should students vote for you? What makes you the best-equipped candidate?

I have some experience with school governance, being a member of the UVic Senate in 2014-2015 and I am acclaimed for 2015-2016. I am the best person for this position because I can represent a large part of the university that isn’t represented in the UVSS therefore I bring opinions that are often not considered by the rest of the candidates.

5) If you could change one thing about the University, what would it be?

The greatest thing the UVSS could improve is to make the University engaging and not just be a place of learning but also a community.

6) How do you feel about the referendum questions that students will vote on? (Garden fee inc., SoCC fee, divestment, election fund/food bank fee reallocation)

I think that divestment is a good idea; however the topic has to be approached carefully as to not lose money and cause an increase in student fees.

7) What would you do differently than this year’s Board of Directors?

No response provided.

8) Are you currently affiliated with any student clubs or organizations? Are there any campaigns that you either want to start or further support on campus?

I am a member of the UVic Vikes Ultimate team.

9) What you do expect to gain if you get a DaL position this year?

No response provided.

10) Fun fact about yourself?

No response provided.

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Bernadette Peterson — Involve UVic, second year Astronomy and Physics, Mathematics (minor)

1) Why are you running for a director-at-large position?

Because I’m a motivated student who cares about student issues and would like to be more involved in the decision-making process by the UVSS.

2) What is the main point on your personal platform?

To increase the diversity and accessibility of events put on by the UVSS throughout the year.

3) What do you hope to accomplish as a DaL?

I really wish to connect with a wide range of students through my different affiliations on campus and ensure they are all represented in any decisions made by the UVSS Board.

4) Why should students vote for you?  What makes you the best-equipped candidate?

In a group mostly dominated by political science students and the likes, I believe that I could bring some diversity in opinions to the table while still keeping the best interests of the student body in mind.  What makes me best-equipped is the absolutely incredible slate that I’m running with. We are a group of very involved students with not only great ideas but the plans to see those ideas through.

5) If you could change one thing about the University, what would it be?

I would like to increase student resources on how to fund your university education and all the different underutilized and lesser-known sources.

6) How do you feel about the referendum questions that students will vote on? (Garden fee inc., SoCC fee, divestment, election fund/food bank fee reallocation)

I fully support all the referendum questions. I believe they are all very important changes and in the cases of the community garden, SoCC and food bank, they are extremely valuable resources on campus for students that currently go underfunded and would greatly benefit from the changes these referenda would implement at such a small cost to students.

7) What would you do differently than this year’s Board of Directors?

I would have posted office hours in the UVSS office in the SUB so that you anyone can always rely on someone to be there at a given time of day.

8) Are you currently affiliated with any student clubs or organizations? Are there any campaigns that you either want to start or further support on campus?

I’m most heavily involved with the cheerleading team and as a Vikes Nation ambassador. At the beginning of each semester I also serve as an orientation leader, welcoming new students to campus. I’ve also become recently involved with Phasers, the Course Union for physics and astronomy students.

I would definitely like to further the Let’s Get Consensual and Mental Health campaigns on campus.

9) What you do expect to gain if you get a DaL position this year?

I wish to gain experience by working closely with the Director of Events in order to possibly run for the position next year.

10) Fun fact about yourself?

I was a performer in the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics

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Kylie Pettifer — Involve UVic, fourth year BSc Geography and Business (minor)

1) Why are you running for a director-at-large position?

My main motivation was the lack of community I feel that we have at UVic. I don’t see a big sense of connectedness between different student groups be it across faculties, with international students, first years, or students that face different barriers to their UVic experience. I feel that the UVSS can be a tremendous source of help and information for students that want to get involved in student life, need access to resources or want to find a place to belong on campus. Everyone has the right to be the best possible version of themselves and my hope is that the UVSS can be a powerful tool to help relieve any barriers that might come in the way of students achieving that.

2) What is the main point on your personal platform?

I strongly believe that UVSS events can be a source of belonging and community for students. As such I really hope to make sure that there is a wide variety of events for all ages, backgrounds and interests so that everyone can find a place where they feel they are safe, supported, and able to have fun. Using UVSS events as a platform, I believe student engagement with the UVSS in other areas can increase as students feel more comfortable with their relationship to the UVSS. Ensuring that all students know that they have a place where they belong and matter on campus is my number one priority.

3) What do you hope to accomplish as a DaL?

I want to ensure that the SUB renovation happens as sustainably as possible. I believe that sustainability, in the economic, social and environmental aspects of the word, is the way of the future and that our Student Union Building should reflect this. I am hoping that I can improve the diversity of events that the UVSS offers and finally, I hope to give students more access to the campaigns, resources and personnel of the UVSS and build new ones to ensure they have all the tools they need to succeed! This includes lobbying for needs based grants, affordable housing, food security and more.

4) Why should students vote for you? What makes you the best-equipped candidate?

As a fourth year student that has been heavily involved in the UVic community I have a lot of knowledge about resources and tools in place at UVic. In particular, I have a lot of experience working with clubs, international students, and first years. This means that I really understand the challenges newcomers face when joining UVic and the Victoria community. While I have a lot of experience in tasks like event planning and budgeting, my passion for ensuring that every student has the ability to thrive makes certain that I will follow through on my promises!

5) If you could change one thing about the University, what would it be?

In terms of academics at UVic, I would like to see more opportunities for experiential and interdisciplinary learning where students are able to share ideas and knowledge across departments and faculties and work together in cooperative learning outcomes. This is what the job market looks like now and I feel that the University should update its structure to reflect that. What the UVSS can do is try to provide some of these experiences informally in the events programming it runs.

6) How do you feel about the referendum questions that students will vote on? (Garden fee inc., SoCC fee, divestment, election fund/food bank fee reallocation)

I support all the referendum questions being put forward this year. Each organization does great work on campus to make it a better place for students and I feel that the difference they will make with the support of the student body behind them will make much needed impact

7) What would you do differently than this year’s Board of Directors?

I think that this year’s Board made a great start to informing students about what the UVSS is, but I think that student engagement can definitely be brought to higher levels. Involve UVic has some really innovative ideas about how to build the UVSS’s connections to the different student populations on campus and provide the relevant resources for their success.

8) Are you currently affiliated with any student clubs or organizations? Are there any campaigns that you either want to start or further support on campus?

I am currently the General Coordinator for WUSC UVic, so I oversee all Local Committee volunteers and Student Refugee Program activities.

I think that there are some great campaigns on campus that I definitely want to support. I think that there is lots of room for the Mental Health campaign to grow. I would love to see the Let’s Get Consensual campaign to all UVSS events and hopefully to other campuses in order to start building safer spaces on campus.

9) What you do expect to gain if you get a DaL position this year?

I am really looking forward to the opportunity to engage with the student body on a larger scale and learn more about their wants and needs.

10) Fun fact about yourself?

While on exchange in Sweden, I visited the Arctic Circle and learned how to dog sled.

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Elise Pullar — Refresh UVic,  first year Biology and Environmental Studies

1) Why are you running for a director-at-large position?

To have a voice in the UVSS and use this voice to address environmental issues on campus and in the community.1) Why are you running for a director-at-large position?

2) What is the main point on your personal platform?

Sustainability, bike access, and community involvement.

3) What do you hope to accomplish as a DaL?

I hope to fairly represent the needs and wants of students on campus, while ensuring that facilities and events are planned with the environmental impact in mind.

4) Why should students vote for you? What makes you the best-equipped candidate?

I am not your everyday politician. I don’t want credit, awards or fame for my contributions to the UVSS. I just want to see that my passion for positive change makes a meaningful difference in the lives of UVic students and staff.

5) If you could change one thing about the University, what would it be?

No response provided.

6) How do you feel about the referendum questions that students will vote on? (Garden fee inc., SoCC fee, divestment, election fund/food bank fee reallocation)

I really support the garden fee referendum to increase funding for the campus community garden because the expansion of the garden will positively impact a wide range of students and faculty members. I also support the food bank fee allocation because it is important that low-income students, or those of us in student debt have access to good nutrition. Divestment is also a campaign that has my support.

7) What would you do differently than this year’s Board of Directors?

No response provided.

8) Are you currently affiliated with any student clubs or organizations? Are there any campaigns that you either want to start or further support on campus?

I participate in ESSA, the Green Team, Usually Outdoor Yoga and the Campus Community Garden here on campus.

I would like to start a renewable energy campaign, to decrease the universities reliance on fossil fuels. I would also like to expand the ability to grow food on campus, which could provide students with healthy, fresh, locally grown fruit and vegetables. I can envision the campus as a self-sustaining area in the future. Plus, I will continue supporting sustainable, affordable transit such as biking and busing.

9) What you do expect to gain if you get a DaL position this year?

I hope to gain experience in event planning and community engagement through the DaL position. I would love to learn about the inner workings of the UVSS and have the authority to make lasting contributions to this amazing school.

10) Fun fact about yourself?

I travelled to India this past summer on a volunteer trip based on food security

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Maxine Stephen — Involve UVic, first year Biology

1) Why are you running for a director-at-large position?

Having several food allergies myself definitely gave me the idea to try bringing in more food options for those with dietary restrictions, especially in the residence cafeterias. I know many people who struggle with finding something to eat on a daily basis. Also, I strongly believe that our fall reading breaks are not long enough at all. Especially since first semester does seem to be a bit more stressful.

2) What is the main point on your personal platform?

Definitely to incorporate better food selections, I’m really going to focus on that a lot when I am elected.

3) What do you hope to accomplish as a DaL?

I’m hoping to work on finding local bakeries and grocery stores that carry certified gluten-free foods and bringing in their products to sell on campus. I will focus a lot on working with Food Services to offer a better selection for those living in residence as well.

4) Why should students vote for you? What makes you the best-equipped candidate?

Almost everyone has or knows someone with dietary restrictions, whether it be by choice or allergy. As of right now, not much is being done to help out those with these restrictions, so I’m hoping to change that.

5) If you could change one thing about the University, what would it be?

Definitely the food! Living in residence has been pretty difficult in terms of finding food that I can actually eat.

6) How do you feel about the referendum questions that students will vote on? (Garden fee inc., SoCC fee, divestment, election fund/food bank fee reallocation)

I think they are all very important for students to vote on. Personally, I support all of the referendum questions.

7) What would you do differently than this year’s Board of Directors?

I think the current board has done great things this year and I’m excited to be involved in continuing that work.

8) Are you currently affiliated with any student clubs or organizations? Are there any campaigns that you either want to start or further support on campus?

Not right now, but I’ve definitely come across a few that I would like to join next year. I would be interested in getting involved with Let’s Get Consensual and Make Transit Work. Both are critical to all students.

9) What you do expect to gain if you get a DaL position this year?

I think it would be a really great experience to be a voice for the students of UVic!

10) Fun fact about yourself?

I make mean lattes.

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Jade Taylor — The Independents, second year Political Science and French, Women Studies (minor)

1) Why are you running for a director-at-large position?

I had an unfortunate experience during my first year at Simon Fraser University while staying in residence. I believe that if SFU had campaigns like Let’s Get Consensual, or a Women’s Centre on campus that I might have stayed and finished my degree. When I found out about all the great things UVSS does to support students in Residence, or the Mental Health campaign for example, I immediately wanted to get involved.

2) What is the main point on your personal platform?

Sustainability. My longterm dream would be to one day have a collaboration between the community gardens, students, and a salad bar in the SUB. It’d be great to grow our own food on campus and serve it through a salad bar program. I’d also like to get solar panels for the SUB this year.

3) What do you hope to accomplish as a DaL?

I’d like to see the UVSS be a recognized group on campus, so many students have never heard of us, or don’t know what the SUB building is. I’d like to increase transparency and make all UVic students passionate about being part of the UVSS.

4) Why should students vote for you? What makes you the best-equipped candidate?

I am very dedicated to campaigning and and committed to representing the students with THEIR desires for THEIR campus. That’s why I’m running with the Independents, because I’m willing to work way harder than any other DaLs, which I believe I am currently doing as our slate is only 3 people, and I’m the only DaL.

5) If you could change one thing about the University, what would it be?

Making the University [that] is sustainable. Not just environmentally sustainable but also having a community of students that are sustainable as well, I’d like to see UVic having a positive role as a community in Victoria by supporting eachother and others through things like the Food Bank, Mental Health, Let’s Get Consensual, the Free Store, the Students of Colour Collective, the womens centre, LGBT community, etc.

6) How do you feel about the referendum questions that students will vote on? (Garden fee inc., SoCC fee, divestment, election fund/food bank fee reallocation)

I support them all and encourage students to vote YES to all of them! I’m especially passionate about the Community Garden because I’d love to have a salad bar up and running. But they’re all great, the food bank fee reallocation, Divest, and the Students of Colour Collective all deserve our YES vote.

7) What would you do differently than this year’s Board of Directors?

Be more involved, I’d like my role as a DaL to prepare me to run again next year as a Director, and then maybe even Chairperson one day. I am willing to work incredibly hard to pursue the goals and ideas that UVic students would like to see, as well as achieve my passions. But the UVic students passions and concerns come first.

8) Are you currently affiliated with any student clubs or organizations? Are there any campaigns that you either want to start or further support on campus?

UVic Greens, French Club, UPS, UVic Community Gardens club, UVSS.

An eat local and sustainable campaign would be awesome, again having a salad bar in the SUB that was sustained by gardens on campus that were tended to by students would be super amazing!

9) What you do expect to gain if you get a DaL position this year?

I expect to gain valuable experience for all future involvement with the UVSS but most of all I expect to have a ton of fun participating in politics which is something I love to do.

10) Fun fact about yourself? 

I’m a tree-hugging, peace loving, LGBT loving hippie!

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Lindsey Willis — independent, third year History and Slavic Studies

1) Why are you running for a director-at-large position?

I currently sit on the Board of Directors as a director-at-large and I really enjoy working with the UVSS. As someone who has transferred from another Canadian university I have the ability to bring different ideas to the table.

2) What is the main point on your personal platform?

My will is to increase the interaction between the UVSS and students which includes international students and student clubs. I want to do this by creating a newsletter which would be written by the DAL’s and a bi-weekly event where the UVSS can set up a table outside the library which will invite students to share ideas and give input about their Student Society.

3) What do you hope to accomplish as a DaL?

I hope to accomplish everything that I am running on such as a more transparent UVSS, a campus community, more engagement and and end to transit problems such as pass-ups. I know I can accomplish these because I already know how the board works and what we can and cannot control.

4) Why should students vote for you? What makes you the best-equipped candidate?

I will bring experience to the Board as a DaL and assist the newly elected DALs.

5) If you could change one thing about the University, what would it be?

I really wish there was more collaboration between the UVSS and university groups such as the International Office and ResLife. The Vikes are always interested to work with the UVSS and it would be nice if groups on campus such as ResLife were more willing to work with the UVSS.

6) How do you feel about the referendum questions that students will vote on? (Garden fee inc., SoCC fee, divestment, election fund/food bank fee reallocation)

I fully support the reallocation of the funds from the food bank. The Campus Community Garden fee increase and the SoCC fee are much needed but I wish they did not have to come from the pockets of students and instead had money reallocated to them. As for divestment, I wish that the student group Divest UVic could give some examples of potential investors. I believe this will gain more votes for divestment as well as show their dedication to this Canadian wide movement.

7) What would you do differently than this year’s Board of Directors?

Like the other slates have noticed right know we, the UVSS, is lacking in student engagement. I think we should be engaging more with international students like other universities do in Eastern Canada and Europe. I want the UVSS to become a society which unites all students on campus.

8) Are you currently affiliated with any student clubs or organizations? Are there any campaigns that you either want to start or further support on campus

I really want to further support the Make Transit work campaign. I hope to create a Make Transit Work campaign that will include more student engagement. I also think it would be nice to begin a positive body image campaign.

9) What you do expect to gain if you get a DaL position this year?

If I am re-elected as a DaL I hope to be outside the SUB bi-weekly to talk to students and hear their ideas and input of what they want to see in their student society.

10) Fun fact about yourself?

My dog is named after a beer

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Katrina Woollgar — Involve UVic, second year applied to social work

1) Why are you running for a director-at-large position?

I am running because UVic has such an amazing community with so many amazing initiatives that I want to help make happen.

2) What is the main point on your personal platform?

To support and establish safer and braver spaces on campus because I truly believe a community is strongest when every member is active and comfortable.

3) What do you hope to accomplish as a DaL?

As a DaL, I am going to help the amazing teams push for UVic divestment from fossil fuels and try to stop the increase in housing rates.

4) Why should students vote for you? What makes you the best-equipped candidate?

My passion, and [because] once I have a goal in mind, my drive will do everything to accomplish it.

5) If you could change one thing about the University, what would it be?

There are still groups and individuals on campus who don’t feel at home here. This needs to change!

6) How do you feel about the referendum questions that students will vote on? (Garden fee inc., SoCC fee, divestment, election fund/food bank fee reallocation)

Divestment needs to occur in order to hold UVic accountable for being an environmentally friendly university. The Garden and Food Bank questions, if voted yes, will improve wellness on campus by ensuring food security. The SoCC fee is critical for creating a safe space for students of colour.

7) What would you do differently than this year’s Board of Directors?

I will ask students to hold me accountable by holding regular office hours.

8) Are there any campaigns that you either want to start or further support on campus?

Let’s Get Consensual campaign is a pivotal to ensuring safe spaces on and off campus.

9) What you do expect to gain if you get a DaL position this year?

Due to having a part-time job and being a full-time student, I have not had a lot of time to be fully involved on campus. This campaign has allowed me to see all of the amazing activism on campus and I have already had so much passion joining other students. It has been an exciting and eventful time and I can’t wait to continue.

10) Fun fact about yourself?

My parents called me Casper for the first two years of life due to my extreme lack of hair.

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Bryce Aubrey (Refresh UVic), Myim Bakan Kline (Refresh UVic), Calder Brown (independent), Jamie Cook (Refresh UVic), Gabriel Gutierrez (Refresh UVic), Kash Gwiazda (Refresh UVic), and Phillip Schrod (Refresh UVic) are also running for director-at-large positions, but have not yet responded to this survey. They will be included as they come in.

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