Eli Ridder | Report

While at least one Senate candidate has so far responded to The Avro Post giving an in-depth breakdown, some have only appeared to have given more details via the nominee statements attached to the ballots when voting.

Others have campaign social media accounts or post details via their personal Instagram or Facebook profiles.

Link: Elections 2019

These candidates are campaigning to get of four available seats the University of Guelph-Humber has on the main Guelph campus Senate — a body of student government focused on academics.


Nora Elgharbawy

This candidate did not yet respond to any of The Avro Post’s request for comment, but has this nominee statement:

“The students of Guelph-Humber deserve to have someone who can give them an opportunity to have control over their education and their university experience. Since I am now approaching my fourth year at the university, I’ve attainted a good grasp of what exactly Guelph-Humber needs.

“Some of what I plan to advocate for includes; reducing parking expenses, reducing food costs on campus, stricter deadlines for professors to submit grades on time and advocating for better accommodations to be made around the university.

“I realize that every program is different and I will do my best to tailor all changes that I want to make to align with every programs’ needs. By allowing me to become your Student Senator, I will ensure that every single student will have a chance to dictate their own journey at the University of Guelph-Humber.


Danya Elsayed

This candidate has answered requests for comment and The Avro Post is expecting more details as the week goes on. Here is her nominee statement:

“My name is Danya Elsayed, and I’m a third year Public Relations/Journalism student at the University of Guelph-Humber.

“I understand that a reciprocative dialogue between faculty, students, and board members is important for the success of our university. We pay tuition to receive a higher education, which includes programs and opportunities that enrich our lives both in and out of the classroom. It is important to me that all students are aware of policies and program adjustments that affect them.

“In my three years at Guelph-Humber I have been an active leader on campus with roles such as Vice President of Events at the Guelph-Humber Marketing and Advertising Association (GHAMA), Student Transition and Resource (START) leader, and Content Writer at IGNITE. All of these experiences have made me an active listener, empathetic worker, and creative thinker.

“My passion towards bettering the University is my reason for running to become your senator. If elected as a Senate member, I will continue to raise awareness for issues that affect our school by serving Guelph-Humber students with respect, integrity, and humility.”


Hooria Katal

This candidate just recently ran in the fall Senate by-election, where she came second last with 42 votes. She has not responded to requests for comment, is not finable on social media and appears largely unknown. This is her nominee statement:

“I would like to be a part of Student Senate for the University of Guelph-Humber for several reasons.

“As I understand, Student Senate are responsible for academic programs, policies and regulations related to both the University of Guelph and the University of Guelph-Humber.

“I would like to represent my colleagues to the best of my ability regarding making any changes to programs, determine/regulate the educational policy, and matters in connection to scholarship and bursaries.

“I would like to take on a leadership role on Student Senate to make changes where possible. I am very passionate about having opportunities and enabling others to be successful, and by creating more scholarships/bursary programs for students I feel that more students would be able to enjoy the same or more opportunities as others.

“With changes to the Ontario Student Assistance Program, I feel that providing more opportunities for students is now a responsibility of all representatives of students. I would also like to be a part of Student Senate as it will enhance my social, communication and leadership skills. I will use these skills to best of my ability, to improve and implement any changes where need be for the betterment of all students.”


Jessica Lecques

This candidate agreed to an extensive interview and went in-depth with her campaign — here is her nominee statement:

“Hello U of GH students! My name is Jessica Lecques and I am currently completing my second year in the kinesiology program. I would be honored to represent the concerns, ideas and voices of our student population on the University of Guelph Senate for the 2019-2020 term.

“Due to my extensive on-campus involvement with student affairs, I have had the pleasure of connecting with many of you to discuss about the various ways that we can ameliorate the quality of life and educational experience for all undergraduate students here at Guelph- Humber. I possess a great fervor for the areas of professional and academic development, student autonomy and extracurricular opportunities as I believe that these components are central to student success both on-campus, and long after they have graduated.

“Having occupied positions as a peer mentor, student ambassador, co-founder of GH’s first Pre-Med society and KinSoc representative, I am certain that I am qualified to help establish a vital network between pupils, campus organizations and faculty to facilitate connections between students and the resources that they covet.

“If elected, my goal is to ensure that the voices of all students are heard and to implement and/or modify existing policies that will allow for greater student autonomy and ultimately enhance the university experience of all students.”


Justin Mihaly

This candidate has not responded to a request for comment yet, here is his nominee statement:

“Greetings, my name is Justin Mihaly. I will be a second-year business student following the 2018-2019 school year. I am running for Guelph Senate because I want the students of Guelph-Humber to have their voices heard and ensure that funding continues to be allocated to the University of Guelph-Humber.

“As a member of the Guelph Senate, I want to stay transparent and communicate with students about their needs and advocate for them at Senate meetings and group discussions.

“With new government policies approaching within the next school year, I aim to ensure that funding cuts from the University of Guelph don’t impact our school’s well-being. The new provincial government plans a 10 percent tuition cut to universities, meaning that schools will be looking for ways to cut back expenses and find alternative revenue streams. The University of Guelph is expected to lose over $20 million in tuition revenue because of the tuition cuts.

“I want to ensure that our school does not face major funding cuts because of the new government policy. To achieve this, I will find alternative revenue streams and try to receive money through fundraisers to ensure no cuts to scholarships and bursaries occur. Thank you.


Maheen Nazim

Maheen Nazim is currently the IGNITE vice president of the University of Guelph-Humber. She has not responded to requests for comment from The Avro Post since August 2018. Here is her nominee statement:

“By choosing me, Maheen Nazim, you are selecting an experienced, trustworthy and compassionate leader. As the Vice-President of Guelph Humber (IGNITE – student union of Humber/UGH) for the year 2018-2019, I worked closely with many stakeholders at the university including professors, program heads, placements coordinators, etc.

“I am very familiar with the Academic system at UGH as I’ve been an Academic Program Representative for the Justice Studies program. In this position, my partner and I pitched for summer placement opportunities in 2017-2018, and as of summer 2019, Justice will be offering this!

“As a senate member, the job requirements include understanding how academic management works at UGH and sitting on committees that make decisions in regards to course changes, additions, or deletions. As both VP and APR, I was able to partake in these committees – this means that I am experienced and knowledgeable and really looking to take the Senate role to the next level.

“I hope to be able to pitch the following changes: class start times for 9AM instead of 8AM to accommodate the commuter school and continue to work on getting summer placement for all programs. If you choose me, you will be choosing results and dedication for this role.


Genevieve Samlal

This incumbent candidate has not yet responded to requests for comment from The Avro Post. Here is her nominee statement:

“As a returning Student Senate candidate during the 2018-2019 academic year, being involved has truly enabled me the opportunity to view the campus through an alternate lens, develop my soft skills, act as a building block in terms of my individual confidence, enhanced my ability to interact with others on a communication and work ethnic basis as well as enabled me to play an active role the upbringing of policies, regulations and academic programs.

“With this being said, I aspire to continue this valuable experience to further aid in broadening and improving my inherent strengths. Supplementing this, I believe that by being re-elected as Student Senator representing the Guelph-Humber campus would be highly influential for the reason of the vast networking opportunities it provides and with this being said, would act as a pivotal opportunity for me to meet new student faces from Guelph-Humber, other post-secondary intuitions and many incredible faculty members.

“Moreover, being a part of Student Senate has given me another perspective on the impact I can do for the Guelph-Humber campus and how I can be involved with the process of making everlasting positive impacts of the student learning experience, academic program considerations, regulations and policies jointly related the University of Guelph and the University of Guelph-Humber.

“In addition, I highly feel that becoming a Student Senate representative will allow me to develop strong leadership skills that will prove invaluable throughout my undergraduate journey and future career pathway. I highly feel that becoming a Student Senate representative will allow me to develop strong leadership skills that will prove invaluable throughout my undergraduate journey and future career pathway.


Images of Senate candidates from files, their social media and The Avro Post.

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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