Staff | Interview
The Avro Post reached out with questions for University of Guelph Senate candidate Emelia Maceášik, and recurved answers Sunday night.
This is the relevant text of the interview.
1) What has motivated you to run? Has your experience with leadership experience motivated or prepared you?
Great question. I feel that the University of Guelph-Humber is an accurate reflection of our vibrant and diverse city: We have students from every walk of life. With that, I have noticed that there are some gaps in services that the University offers us—we have a long way to go in terms of full accessibility for individuals with disabilities and accommodations for students who are parents, or who care for dependants.
My leadership experience is broad. Having worked as a nursing assistant in private palliative and hospice care, I was responsible for a multitude of various tasks, including the administration of medications and monitoring vitals. I’ve been in positions where I had to make decisions that would directly affect the lives of individuals who were in my care. My job has taught me to strive for excellence. It helped me to learn the skills that I needed to collaborate with others on an interdisciplinary team and provide the best service possible to my clients.
2. What other positions have you held at the university or Humber College?
As a two-time Humber College Alumni, I have held quite a few different positions in and around Humber. Currently, I am the Humber College and Guelph-Humber Chapter President of an organization called Canadian Students for Sensible Drug Policy (CSSDP). We advocate for harm reduction, reasonable drug legislation and policy reform. In fact, we are planning a cannabis information day that will take place in October, after the federal legalization of recreational cannabis.
I am also a Humber Arboretum Ambassador and a member of the Sustainability Club. As an Arb Ambassador, I’ve encouraged students to learn more about the space that we live in by reconnecting with nature and taking part in free workshops that the Arboretum has to offer us. I’ve built bird boxes, harvested maple syrup and worked with children at the Arb’s outdoor summer camp. I have a deep passion for ecology and a desire to help preserve our campus environment for us, and for every future generation.
It is an honour to have the opportunity to run for Guelph-Humber Senate, and I am glad that every student is able to make an informed decision on who to elect for the position.
3) What year are you in at GH? What program?
I’m a third-year Psychology student.
4. Do you live in Toronto?
I was born and raised right here, in Toronto’s Rexdale neighbourhood.
5. What should people know about you?
I’m a leader, an activist, and a self-starter. I follow through, and I’m not afraid to ask questions or seek out new information to tackle a problem.
6. Where can people find out more about your platform for Senate?
I’ll have a platform up by Tuesday. Alternatively, join us on Facebook for the Live Senate By-Election Debate, Tuesday September 25th at 12!
7. How can people get in touch with questions?
You can follow me on my personal Instagram or send me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
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