Eli Ridder | Report

Business Administration student Ostap Pavliuk is running for the vice presidency of Humber College Lakeshore Campus, and told The Avro Post in an interview on Wednesday he wants to “change things for the better”.

Last year, Pavliuk ran for the Board of Directors, and said his experience running and as a student taught him a lot about what “students think should be changed” — which he says is a “perfect combination” to bring change.

“I am sure that IGNITE is doing a great job, but there is always room for improvement,” the second year said to a question about the history of the student union.

His platform includes “gathering feedback from students about their ideas”, “enhancing wellness and health of students” via IGNITE clubs and groups, “creating a system that will gather a feedback about teacher and class material” and improving mental health — though he did not detail how.

Though Pavliuk did not know the Ontario Student Assistance Program grant cuts carried out by the provincial government were confirmed as coming into effect this fall, once he was informed by The Avro Post he clarified that he was “against” the move.

“And, as of now, I didn’t familiarize myself with how the IGNITE budget works and the whole situation with the funds cut, to answer this question I need some time to explore,” he added.


Full interview

In one sentence, why should students vote for you?

Changing things for better – that’s the ultimate goal for everyone, and I am going to follow it.

In whatever length you wish, why should students vote for you? What makes you stand out?

First of all, the fact that I am studying at Humber College for 2 years and aware of all the problems and issues lakeshore campus has. Also, last year I was also running for the board of directors position, and during that campaign I have got to know a lot of what students think should be changed. With my passion to bring a difference to this world, I am sure it is a perfect combination.

Do think that IGNITE is effective despite scandals that have existed in the past?

I am sure that ignite is doing a great job, but there is always a room for improvement, we have to remember that.

What will you do for transparency with IGNITE?

Don’t quite understand the meaning of this question. Sorry.

What kind of Vice President will you be?

The one who will work to change things for better. Listening to students, their ideas, then shaping them and enhancing the life on campus. 

In simple points, what is your platform?

  • Gathering feedback from students about their ideas.
  • Enhancing wellness and health of students, throughout Ignite clubs and groups.
  • Education, creating a system that will gather a feedback about teachers and class material, and then enhancing this points to improve the quality of our time spent studying.
  • Mental Health 

IGNITE’s student union has completely ignored The Avro Post since August 2018, except to tell us we are ‘not sanctioned’. Will you agree to talk to the student press as a vice president?

I have to familiarize myself with the “student press” and vice president position first. There is no problems with talking to the student press, I just don’t want to promise things I migjht not accomplish, that’s why there is no straight “YES”.

What will your approach be to the OSAP cuts and especially the optional student fees? Will you release a line-by-line budget if elected?

As far as I know it is not a 100% situation when the OSAP is going to be cut. And as of now, I didn’t familiarize myself with how the ignite budget works and the whole situation with the funds cut, to answer this question I need some time to explore.


Image of Ostap Pavliuk.

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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