Eli Ridder | Analysis

Recently elected student leaders who took positions as IGNITE executives in April were asked by The Avro Post several questions to get a sense of what they have been up to since the summer semester kicked off in May. 

Only two executives responded via email, but they said they have been busy with “a lot of informational sessions”, finding their roles “diverse” requiring attention “in many different aspects” as they go from campus to campus.

IGNITE is the student government and life services rolled into one organization, and covers all Humber College campuses along with the University of Guelph-Humber.

We asked the vice president representing Guelph-Humber, Maheen Nazim, about her campaign promise to launch a phone app for IGNITE services, but she wasn’t able to give an update yet as she is in the “beginning stages” of her initiative.

Graham Budgeon, who was elected as vice president of Lakeshore Campus, said much the same in regards to executives working on planning out their campaign objectives.

“Right now a focus is building out accurate timelines that service the needs and appropriate task durations during the actual Academic Year,” Mr. Budgeon told The Avro Post, adding: “It’s great to know how busy this summer is going to be.”

“Our first month, May, consisted of a lot of fundamentals-learning, as well as meet and greets with staff in the college we’ll be working closely with,” he wrote.

“I think towards the end of May we’re beginning to adopt a rhythm and routine to our work flow, which is incrementally increasing our pace in advancing our initiatives.”

Both executives said they are on campus, with Budgeon adding that, depending on the week’s needs, he splits his time between the Lakeshore and North Campuses.

Also, the pair confirmed that they did indeed vote in the Ontario election, but declined to add in what party their ballot went to.

Nazim won the vice presidency with 412 ballots in favour, taking 40.5 per cent of the vote at Guelph-Humber.

Budgeon scored a win with 1,194 points on election day, securing 42.6 per cent of voters’ support at Lakeshore, according to the Mar. 16 final tallies.

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Written by Eli Ridder

Eli Ridder is a freelance journalist. He founded The Avro Post in October 2017. He writes for Breaking911 and Guelph Politico, among others. Feel free to connect at ELIRIDDER@ICLOUD.COM or at ELIRIDDER.CA

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