Vice President of Student Services

The last of the Vice President positions is Vice President of Student Services.

The VPSS is involved in all aspects of the student experience, including coordinating different activities and events, bringing in new services, and ensuring there is access to important resources. This can really impact your experience as a Brock student, so let’s see what the candidates have to say!

VPSS Candidate: Nathan Chick

Which position are you running for, and why did you decide to run?

First of all, thank you for having me! I am running for the executive position of Vice President Student Services within the Brock University Students’ Union. I have been planning on running for some time now. I guess it stems from my 3 years of experience with the organization. I began working in BUSU’s union station 3 years ago and fell in love with the people, but also what BUSU stands for. I’ve met some of my best friends here and being able to work along side each and every one of them is what keeps bringing me back. That being said, my experience has provided me with some valuable insights regarding what can and should be improved. Every year students access their email and vote for their new executive staff, so it’s my responsibility to make sure there is a candidate that will speak for the students. I owe a lot to Brock students and plan on giving them all I’ve got in the 2017-18 school year. Current and past VPSS elect’s have done an amazing job for the student body and it is my hope that at the end of next year, I will have done the same.

What unique experience can you bring to the position?

I believe that I can bring a dedication and diversity that no one else can. Not only have I worked at BUSU for 3 years, but I have tackled jobs ranging from Isaac’s kitchen and bar, to writing on the student blog and even working as a Marketing Coordinator in the office. Each job provided me with the means for looking at challenges with a positive and dynamic perspective. I have helped organize student programs, introduced some of my own initiatives (such as the GB Rise and Grind promotion), and helped make on-campus concerts, Isaac’s nights and various student events a reality. I have also worked with the current executive staff for nearly a year which has allowed me an insight to the VPSS position, offering a smooth transition into the roll. However, the number one experience that makes me a strong candidate, is that I am a student just like you. I enjoy having fun with friends on Thursday nights, I take the bus daily and of course I need my GB coffee before class. I see what the student body sees and I want to make the same changes. That’s why I would make for a strong VPSS.

What are your main platform points that you plan to address if you are elected?

First, would be to remove the Isaac’s Army Coordinator position and repurpose that money towards creating student jobs (ideally Internships). With growing support, Brock Athletics’ “We Are Ready” campaign has removed the need for BUSU to Pay a Coordinator to do the same thing. However, I would like to create more student jobs which are responsible for supporting the “We Are Ready” campaign in new and exciting ways. Second, will be renovating the Union Station / Isaac’s Bar & Grill space. With the recent renovations to Skybar Lounge and the Skybar itself, it is suitable to complete the renovations with the downstairs space. This will allow for a more fun atmosphere on Isaac’s Thursday nights and All ages nights, as well as a nice eating space for Union Station customers. Lastly, I wish to bring GB services to the new downtown campus. It is currently looking like the space could accept a small coffee and muffin stand and I look forward to working with GB and the Downtown campus to make this a reality. I have discussed each of these points with my Co-workers and office staff and I’m positive each platform point will help the student body.

Why do you think it is important for students to vote in the elections?

Voting is crucial, there is really no other way to put it. Much like voting in your community, how you vote in the BUSU elections greatly affects how YOUR money is spent. For those who choose not to vote, I get it. Voting is not the most glamourous task in the world, but it can be finished in under 5 minutes. If you take the bus, eat at school, use the walk-in clinic, attend Isaac’s nights, attend any BUSU event, enjoy Wellness Week or depend on the SJC and Ombuds services, voting will affect you. And that only scratches the surface of what BUSU does for students. If you simply don’t know what or who you should vote for, just ask! There are countless peers here at Brock that would love to help you make an educated decision. Your vote matters, so let’s come together this polling season and make a vote to better our school. I would like to say thank you to the Student Powered Blog and thank you to the student body. Talk soon!

 

VPSS Candidate: Maddy Wassink

Which position are you running for, and why did you decide to run?

I am running for the position of Vice President, Student Services (VPSS), known to many as “Jad’s job” at this time. I decided about two years ago that I wanted to have a role like this one, after becoming involved with volunteering on campus during O-Week and seeing the difference being involved can make. After building amazing friendships through that week of volunteering, I began to take more interest in student life and getting involved, which lead me to getting multiple on campus jobs and seeing even more how much better university life is when you make friends and get involved. I want to make the incredible experience I’ve had at Brock something that every Badger can experience. That way, when we all walk across that stage one day at convocation and look back at our time at Brock, we can think about how awesome these four (or more!) years were. I am a Brock U enthusiast for a reason, and I know that I can get the whole Badger community feeling that way if I am elected.

What unique experience can you bring to the position?

Throughout my almost four years at Brock, I have been involved with Brock in many capacities, not only with BUSU itself but in other departments on campus as well. This summer I had the amazing opportunity to be able to interact with the majority of the first year class as a member of the Smart Start team, where I was part of a team that went through six weeks of training to learn as much that can be taught about Brock as possible, followed by us carrying out an orientation program to help Badgers transition into university life. Since the VPSS will play a large role in O-Week, this type of relationship and interaction with first years is vital to make it a memorable experience for them. I have also had the opportunity to travel abroad with Brock in my program to Namibia, where I gained invaluable experiences in an international context. I am also a marketing coordinator at BUSU, a job that I got after being on the street team, where I have helped run the social media, carry out events and interact with students in the halls. With a combination of experience like this across multiple facets of Brock life, along with volunteering on campus and cheering on Badger athletic teams, you can see why my slogan is “get you a VPSS that can do both.”

What are your main platform points that you plan to address if you are elected?

If I am elected there are a few main points that I would like to focus on to make Brock a better place as VPSS. I would create a Wellness Area above the Hungry Badger where comfortable furniture would be brought in so that students can study in comfort and use the space for sleep if they need it as well. Creating more of a community atmosphere around Brock through engaging students to come out to athletic events and BUSU run events (that we would budget for monthly) would also be a priority for me, because I know from experience how much better the university experience is when you are involved. These events would be based on student requests so that BUSU is providing students with events that they really want. In order to do this, I would hold office hours similar to a TA during which students can come talk with me, make suggestions, and I could even help them find other ways to get involved! Finally, revisiting the policy design of the CPC (the funding board for clubs) so that club funding can be effectively budgeted in order to get funding to all clubs.

Why do you think it is important for students to vote in the elections?

It’s important to vote in this election, along with any other election that you have the opportunity to vote in because your voice matters. Not only during the votes, but after too! If you want to see change on campus and improvements to this community, you have the power to do that by getting informed and voting. These four executive positions should be held by people that have worked to get where they are, and are ready to work to make next year an even more successful one than the last. As a student, I know that none of us are rolling in money (unless it’s Monopoly money) so funding is another huge factor! BUSU operates on student money, so this should not be something that you let go unattended. With that being said, do your research! Ask us questions. I would love to talk with any Badger that wants to voice concerns, and then make a change for the whole student body!

 

VPSS Candidate: Ngozichukwu Ozoemena

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Keep these profiles in mind when voting opens next week! In the meantime, you can watch the first debate here.

To learn more about the other candidates, check out the post on VPFA and VPEA candidates, and check back tomorrow for the final post on candidates for President!

Voting takes place February 14th, 15th, and 16th through your Brock email account.