Both candidates for the VP Clubs and Services position are well qualified for the position. However, we have the most confidence in Allison Cooper for fulfilling this role.
Cooper has had extensive experience as a club member and leader. However, we believe that her experience as a receptionist behind the the front desk at SSMU is the most relevant and has prepared her for dealing with the inherent bureaucracy of the position. She has the most comprehensive understanding of the challenges faced by clubs and services themselves, from paperwork to complaints. Working behind the front desk, Cooper has effectively been training for this role all year.
The scope of the VP Clubs and Services portfolio makes it one of the most challenging. With over 300 clubs and services at McGill, the VP Clubs and Services must have tremendous organizational and management abilities. Cooper played an integral role in the compilation of the Independent Study Inquiry, processing dozens of interviews and drafting a lengthy and comprehensive document regarding the events of Nov. 10. We hope her management ability and initiative will transfer well to the role as VP.
Cooper understands one of the broader issues facing McGill clubs and services: institutional memory often fails to develop within clubs and services. Cooper hopes to continue current VP Carol Fraser’s efforts to digitize club documents. We were also impressed by her interest in promoting sustainability projects.
That said, Sahil Chaini is experienced in dealing with one of the most contentious issues among clubs and services this year: the use of the McGill name. Her role as Clubs and Services Representative undoubtedly makes her a viable candidate for VP Clubs and Services, and we welcome her ideas to increase clubs’ awareness of how SSMU can help them develop and thrive.
Ultimately, we think that Cooper’s experience with red tape—and enthusiasm for dealing with it—makes her the best candidate.