Education

Candidate Bios

Students' Council (3 seats available)

Emily Howell

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Hi folks! My name is Emily Howell and I am running to represent the Faculty of Education on the Students' Union Council for the upcoming 2017/2018 year.

I'm not from Edmonton and I have moved all over Canada, yet I truly consider the U of A and Edmonton to be my home. I have lived and worked as an RA and SRA in residence on campus for the past three years; where my passion for University student affairs was founded. I was an integral part of the formation of the Resident Assistant Unionization process on campus in the past year, and I wish to continue advocating for my fellow campus stakeholders. I am currently in my third year of my Bachelor of Secondary Education, majoring in French and minoring in Social Studies. I'm also working on my certificates in International Learning, Catholic Education, and Global Citizenship. Through these academic endeavours I have been fortunate to meet and network with countless students in the Faculty of Education; making me confident that I will be able to represent their unique needs and wants on the council. As Education students are in a pre-professional degree, they deserve a representative that will be able to listen and ensure that their demands are being heard. I recognize that our faculty is often underrepresented in comparison to the larger faculties on campus, and I am ready to fight to bring our voice to the table.

On March 22nd and 23rd, vote for Emily to bring your voice to the Student's Union.

Malcolm McSween

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My name is Malcolm McSween. I am a third-year Secondary Education student hoping to represent Education students on SU Council for the upcoming academic year. I have spent the last year serving as Vice President (Finance and Operations) for the Education Students’ Association (ESA). This has given me valuable experience working in student governance and I believe will help transition me into this new role if elected.

In my time with the ESA I noticed that there is a disconnect between the SU and the students in our faculty. My main goal, if elected, is to increase communication between these two groups. I want to do this by having regular meetings with ESA council and Education students. This will not only allow me to share developments within the SU, but also allow me to hear any concerns students have that I can bring back to council.

I also want to ensure that professional events put on by the SU (such as EMP fest) are better-advertised and more accessible to Education students. By making sure we are included Education students can become bigger members of our University community and take full advantage of all the opportunities presented by the SU.

Jonathan Barraclough

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"Hi there! My name is Jonathan Barraclough, and I am incredibly excited to be running for an Education seat on the Students' Council. I am committed to providing an open dialogue for students across our Faculty to voice their issues and concerns to the students' council. I will provide fair and responsible representation for all students in the Faculty of Education, and I will ensure that I am conducting my work as a voice for our amazing Faculty. All too often, Education are placed at a lower level in the University social hierarchy, and I vow to fight for legitimacy and recognition of our students who have chosen to go into one of the most vital professions to our Canadian society. Finally, I will work with other faculties to ensure maximum benefit for all students at the University of Alberta, and collaborate to ensure a welcoming, and friendly campus community for all. I look forward to meeting with as many of you as possible, and I hope you will get out and make your choices for Students' Council on March 22 & 23."

James Thibaudeau

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My name is James Thibaudeau, and I am running to be your next Education Students’ councillor, as well as your next General Faculties councillor as well. I have represented the Education students this past year as the VP External for the Education Students’ Association, and I have loved every second of it. I have always had an open door policy to Education students’ as a member of the ESA, and I believe it is incredibly important to continue that as a students’ union councillor. I want to work closely with students, and the ESA to make sure that every concern is brought forwards, and so that you will always have an advocate in Students’ council.

Perhaps even more importantly, I want to continue working with council to ensure there are always opportunities for our campus to help break down any barriers for students. Whether those barriers are based on financial need, diversity or your mental health, our students’ council needs to ensure that students can make their education their first priority.

I have experience with student governance, and on advocating on behalf of the Education students’. I hope to win your vote on March 22nd, and 23rd, and have the honour of representing the Education students’ to the council for 2017-18.

Kara Farris

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My name is Kara Farris and I am running to be your Education Councillor for the upcoming year. Over my 3 years at the University of Alberta I have volunteered as a Team Facilitator with Orientation/Week of Welcome and have served as the Liaison Commissioner with the Education Students Association (ESA). Through these experiences I have gained a lot of knowledge about the Faculty of Education and the Students Union as well as a passion for student politics. I hope to bring my experience and passion to this role by giving students a better insight into what the students' council does as well as continuing to strengthen the relationship between the SU and the ESA. I will work on increasing modes of communication to students through newsletters and social media posts. Additionally I will continue to connect with ESA executives and representatives to bring student voice to the forefront and create a better student experience.

General Faculties Council (4 seats available)

James Thibaudeau

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My name is James Thibaudeau, and I am running to be your next Education Students’ councillor, as well as your next General Faculties councillor as well. I have represented the Education students this past year as the VP External for the Education Students’ Association, and I have loved every second of it. I have always had an open door policy to Education students’ as a member of the ESA, and I believe it is incredibly important to continue that as a students’ union councillor. I want to work closely with students, and the ESA to make sure that every concern is brought forwards, and so that you will always have an advocate in Students’ council.

Perhaps even more importantly, I want to continue working with council to ensure there are always opportunities for our campus to help break down any barriers for students. Whether those barriers are based on financial need, diversity or your mental health, our students’ council needs to ensure that students can make their education their first priority.

I have experience with student governance, and on advocating on behalf of the Education students’. I hope to win your vote on March 22nd, and 23rd, and have the honour of representing the Education students’ to the council for 2017-18.

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780-492-7102

Fax

780-492-4643

Email
cro@su.ualberta.ca

Address

Students' Union Elections Office
Room 6-04
Students' Union Building
University of Alberta
8900 - 114 Street NW
Edmonton, AB
T6G 2J7