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Kady Paterson – VP Internal

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The VP internal gets criticized a lot for just being a party planner, would you agree with that assessment or do you see a bigger role and if so what else?

Well, I definitely agree with the criticism of it being too often a party planner, because I think that is largely what it is now, which is a problem, no question. My actual intent in internalizing the internal portfolio would be to just relate more to the faculties and actually try to build campus community. Break down apathy and create more engagement on campus. Engage politically, engage socially, engage with more students, and actually do something aside from just studying.

Frosh is going to be changing next year, how do you feel about the changes and how the process to change and accommodate SSMU to the changes has been going on right now?

The process has been good, I’ve had the opportunity to work fairly closely on it, I do work for the first year office, so it’s currently my job to recruit people and convince them that this is actually a good idea. I think it’s a step in the right direction in that it is a more inclusive event, it’s not just the crazy Frosh party that it can be, so I think that by having people be Discover McGill tour leaders, academic advising leaders, as well as being Frosh party leaders, it gives people the chance to actually make friends and remember who they met more than a week afterwards.

If you could accomplish one thing next year, what would it be?

Getting orientation off the ground and making sure that it is something people want and people are interested in, we’re trying to use it as a spring-board both at the administration level and at the SSMU level, to start engaging through the entire year, so having that actually work, and having people be pleased about the event, and see the advantages. It will also help build relationships with the Milton-Parc community, so having a successful Orientation Week, and getting people behind that idea and in support of how it works.


If you were a drink what would you be?

I’d probably be an Old Fashioned because has a lot of parts to it, it’s not something that you can just get thrown together, it’s something that actually has a lot of parts that make it a tasty drink and it’s also something that has passed the test of time as far as mixed drinks can go.

Todd Plummer – VP Internal

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How do you feel about the changes to Frosh?

I believe it’s too soon to take a stand on how we feel about Frosh, but I am totally in favour of how this year we are working more closely with the administration. I’m working hard to keep the parts of Frosh that we like alive.


In general, would you say that open dialogue is a big part of your platform?  

Yes, with the administration. In all aspects.


Anything else that you’re especially going to promote?

I hope to foster a sense of community among the students. I feel like this year’s VP internal has done a fairly good job of catering to a small section of the student body, but I look forward to engaging with the smaller cultural groups on campus, the faculty associations, working more with Athletics, and especially working with people from Montreal that still live at home.

Tom has an excellent relationship with SPIN, his events planning committee, and that’s really crucial. But I think he’s stepped on the toes of faculty associations a few times.   


Do you have any ideas for new events?

I want to make a permanent student art gallery happen somewhere on campus. I’d also like to do some off-campus events to engage the people that live at home.  


How do you plan to engage students when your competition is Montreal?

By working with off-campus bars and organizing cultural events off campus.


What are your strengths?

I bring a lot of experience to the table, working on small events, working on large events, completely conceptualizing events on my own and making them happen, like AUS Charity Week.  

I’m really good at damage control. I came into AUS Frosh right before it [ran a large deficit] and tried to minimize the damage, and also was an AUS exec. this year with our whole tax situation and financial situation. I’m really good at negotiating with the administration, and I think that’s something I bring to the table that the other candidates don’t.

As much as this is a job, I don’t see it as a nine to five thing. I see it as signing up to do this 24/7. If it means working 20-hour days, I will. I have an idea of the amount of dedication it takes. 

Wilson Ventura Chan

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My goal as a Medicine Senator is to gain and promote awareness of the issues revolving around our student body at McGill and to voice the students’ opinions on these matters, especially those that reflect the attitudes of my constituency. Currently, as a medical student, and also having completed a Master’s degree at McGill where I acted as student president for the McGill Anatomy Graduate Students’ Society (MAGSS), I have had the opportunity to observe our scientific education from different perspectives and hope to utilize these experiences as assets in providing valuable input on issues presented before Senate.

Mon objectif, en tant que sénateur de médecine, est d’entendre et de transmettre la voix du groupe d’étudiants de McGill. En tant que président de l’association des étudiants de deuxième cycle d’Anatomie de McGill durant ma maitrise, ainsi qu’en tant qu’étudiant en médecine, j’ai eu l’occasion d’observer notre éducation scientifique sous différents angles. J’espère utiliser mon expérience personnelle comme atout pour aider le Senat à rendre ses décisions.

Ryan Kirschner

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My name is Ryan Kirschner and I am looking forward to representing the student body of the Faculty of Dentistry on the McGill Senate. I am an experienced McGill student who completed a BSc in Anatomy and Cell Biology and an MSc in Dental Science. My previous experience as the Dentistry rep on PGSS council and as the current DMDI curriculum committee rep will serve me well to be an efficient liaison between our faculty and senate. Thank you in advance for your support!

Monika Fabian

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Please note that Monika Fabian has been sanctioned for sending unsolicited emails to seek endorsements from campus groups. 

It’s important for our students to have opportunities for involvement outside the classroom.  Monika Fabian has strong background experience in ensuring that these opportunities continue to be bountiful and accessible within the SSMU.  She has worked for, participated in, and managed clubs campus-wide throughout her undergraduate career.  She also has a fair outlook on how SSMU should be representing each club equally; and, most importantly, she has many ideas to improve SSMU’s existing system to better the clubs and services’ infrastructure.  Vote for experience, equality and innovation.  Vote Monika Fabian.

Sameer Apte

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Currently, I serve as Med-2 President, but in 10 years at McGill I have always been a student advocate. Last year, I worked with the faculty on the M.D. Accreditation committee to ensure the quality of our education. Presently, I am on the advisory committee with Dr. Munroe-Blum, McGill’s principal, and Dr. Masi our provost, to review our Dean’s performance. Hence, I am uniquely placed to ensure that the needs of medical students are heard at McGill’s highest levels. As Senator, solutions to McGill’s insolvency, tuition increases, and the potential fallout of the MUHC-McGill partnership will be my primary concerns.

Kady Paterson

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I’m running for VP Internal of SSMU because I feel that my diverse array of experiences allows me to both have a solid grasp of the current portfolio and of effective possible improvements. I have experience planning events with the Education Undergraduate Society, McGill Athletics, The McGill Daily, and SSMU – both through my current involvement as a SSMU councillor, and as a member of the Students’ Society Programming Network, a subcommittee of the VP Internal portfolio.

  My plans for the portfolio consist of diversifying the events run by SSMU to target a broader group of students, while emphasizing the Internal title through greater inter-faculty, and inter-club relations within the Society.

Carol Fraser

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Please note that Carol Fraser has been sanctioned for putting up unapproved campaign posters. 

I’m Carol Fraser, and I’m running for VP Clubs and Services because I’m passionate about student life and student-run initiatives. As VP I’d improve Midnight Kitchen’s new 302 space, foster the development of community-building clubs and services, continue sustainable renovations to Shatner and above all support the groups that make McGill more than just about academics. I’m friendly, organized and committed, qualities I’ve used this past year as MK’s volunteer co-coordinator, and as an active member of Mobilization McGill, at the forefront of student voice on campus. I will work collaboratively with my fellow students, especially transparently explaining policies and procedures.

Mahmoud Almasri

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 My name is Mahmoud Almasri, and it would be an honour to be your Medicine Senator. My aim is to establish two-way communication between Senate and our Faculty, while also building a platform upon which the different topics and decisions discussed at senate level are made accessible to the medical student body. In light of the new curriculum to be implemented, we need to have our best interests represented while securing the full support of the Senate so that our academic goals can be achieved. I am both willing and eager, and I hope to be your choice for Senator.

JoÃl Pedneault

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Hi, my name’s Joël. I’m originally from Ottawa and I’m a fourth-year Arts student. As current vice-secretary general of the Quebec Student Roundtable (a provincial student lobby group representing over 65 000 students, including SSMU) and as SSMU Councilor in 2009-10, I’ve developed the experience needed to work closely with student associations in other universities and coordinate a campaign for accessible education here at SSMU.

As VP External, I plan to work on a province-wide strategy to lower tuition fees for all students and increase access to financial aid.

 Vote for experience and vision, vote Joël for VP External!

Bonjour, je m’appelle Joël.

En tant que vice-secrétaire général actuel de la Table de concertation étudiante du Québec (un regroupement étudiant représentant plus de 65 000 étudiant-e-s, y compris le SSMU) et en tant qu’élu au conseil législatif du SSMU en 2009-10, j’ai acquis le savoir-faire qui me permettra de collaborer étroitement avec d’autres associations étudiantes tout en mobilisant la population étudiante de McGill pour le droit à l’éducation. En tant qu’externe, j’ai l’intention de contribuer à bâtir une stratégie pan-québécoise pour contrer la hausse actuelle des frais de scolarité et ce, pour les étudiants d’ici comme d’ailleurs.

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