SEC 2016-17 Elections!

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As the 2015-2016 year almost comes to an end, it’s time to elect a new group of executives to continue to lead SEC.

Check out https://secubc.com/people/ to see who the current executives are!

Positions include:
• Co-Chairs (2)

Marina Melanidis:

I’m writing this to apply for the position of the Student Environment Centre Co-Chair. I have been a member of SEC for all three years of my undergraduate career, having served as a general member, a sub-committee coordinator, and this year as the outreach coordinator. I am familiar with the role of SEC as a resource group, and I have personally participated in achieving SEC’s goal of increasing our role as an environmental networking leader on campus. I have experience leading events and fostering initiatives, such as SEC’s first ever “Kickin’ it at Koerner’s”. I have also acted as a SEC spokesperson on the Sustainability Council this year, and am familiar with our mandates and values as a campus group.
But, most importantly, I love SEC and as Co-Chair I would be able to use my past SEC experience, as well as my leadership and charisma, to spread that love to the entire UBC community!
There is a chance that I will be on co-op out of the city during one of the two terms of the next school year – in this case I would still work to fulfil my duties as Co-Chair as best as possible (organizing the newsletter, answering emails, communicating with the AMS and other groups, etc.).

 

Erik Alonso:

From the moment I joined SEC in the beginning of this year I’ve loved the group and the people and have been deeply committed to it. I’ve really enjoyed my time with the group and am proud of the work we do, the impact we have and the potential for even more influence among the community.

I’d love to see the group grow, not in size but in our reach around campus, groups and individual students, so everyone joins our amazing (and important) commitment to sustainability. I’d like to push for more connectivity between us and other sustainability related groups (we had that icebreaker at the beginning of the year and think a lot more can be squeezed out of there), as well as collaborating with the whole group to create more of our events, ideas and initiatives and get more recognition around campus (by stamping our logo on EVERYTHING for example).

Looking forward to another great year and would really enjoy to be right there in the middle of it.

Ela Bandari:

Hello everyone, as an active, passionate and committed member of SEC in the past year, I have been in awe of the broad spectrum of initiatives and events we engage in and the influence we have as an AMS Resource Group. I would love to continue working at the core of SEC as the next co-chair.  My main goals for the next year include but are not limited to:Firstly, maintaining our current ties (hint: this includes sprouts and their yummy vegan brownies) but also establishing new partnerships and collaborative projects with the other sustainability-related groups, resource groups and student organizations on campus.Secondly, enhancing our relationship with the AMS and working with the next AMS VP administration in implementing a paid staff position for the resource groups.Finally, establishing a strong sense of community within the group whilst ensuring openness and inclusivity towards all members of the UBC community.   However, these are merely some of my personal ideas of the possible directions SEC could take. As the consensus process is an integral part of our group’s community, if elected I would work closely with the other members of exec team and general members to choose what our priorities should be and to create a strong action plan for the upcoming year.

 

• Treasurer

Julius Rusko (1st choice):

My name is Julius and I am a 3rd year Geography major with a specialization in Environment and Sustainability. I am applying for the position of Treasurer where I hope to be more directly involved in the operations that SEC performs. Throughout the year I have been punctual by attending meeting and frequently going to office hours to assist with the lifestyles committee. Since joining SEC last September, I have been amazed by how many student initiatives were funded by this resource group. It would be an honor to continue doing my part of supporting these works that bring awareness of environmentalism and sustainability to UBC students. I believe my dedication and commitment would make me a suitable candidate for treasurer. Thank you for your time and consideration.

Marcos Kavlin:

Hi my name is Marcos Kavlin. I’ve gotten more involved in SEC this past term and have really enjoyed being a part of this resource group. I’ve met some great people, learned quite a bit and been exposed to amazing events. I would like to run for treasurer of SEC because I would like to help the resource group and I think being treasurer would be the best way for me to do so.
Thanks for your consideration.

 

• Secretary

Julius Rusko (2nd choice):

My name is Julius and I am a 3rd year Geography major with a specialization in Environment and Sustainability. I am applying for the position of Treasurer where I hope to be more directly involved in the operations that SEC performs. Throughout the year I have been punctual by attending meeting and frequently going to office hours to assist with the lifestyles committee. Since joining SEC last September, I have been amazed by how many student initiatives were funded by this resource group. It would be an honor to continue doing my part of supporting these works that bring awareness of environmentalism and sustainability to UBC students. I believe my dedication and commitment would make me a suitable candidate for treasurer. Thank you for your time and consideration.
• Events Coordinator

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• Outreach Coordinator

Bilal Sayed:

Hi my name is Bilal Sayed and I am a first year natural resource conservation student. I  would like to apply for the “Outreach Coordinator” position because I believe with my outgoing and kind personality, that I would be a suited fit for the position. With my ability to interact with people positively and with a friendly approach, computer skills, and passion for SEC and protecting the environment I would be honoured to become the outreach coordinator. Thank you for your time and consideration!

Athena Huynh:

I would like to be your Outreach Coordinator next year! As an active member of SEC for the past two years, I feel that I have come to know this group well, and I would like to continue promoting our interests to the wider community. During my term as Co-Chair this year, I was able to expand our membership base by several fold through active boothing at various events. In doing so, I realized how much I enjoyed networking with other environmentally conscious people and lending support to their ideas by referring them to the resources that we provide. As a result, my goal for next year would be to continue building an organized and integrated group of environmental groups on campus (especially with the Sustainability Representatives position about to come into effect), optimize our social media platforms and website to reach more people, and expand our presence in campus media outlets such as the Ubyssey and faculty newsletters.

 

• Subcommittee Coordinator

Kendall McLaughlin:

My name is Kendall and I would like to run for the Sustainability Representative Coordinator. With knowledge I’ve gained this year from being in Common Energy on the Zero Waste team, I have confidence in knowing how to sort-it-out in which the majority of students struggle with everyday. If I was the Sustainability Rep Coordinator, I can help the other reps understand how to sort-it-out and hopefully transfer their knowledge to their club/group. I’ve also gained networks on campus from being a part of Common Energy, such as the Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability in which this group actually proposes sustainable initiatives on campus.

I am currently a sustainable representative for the Forestry Undergraduate Society and part-take in the current sustainable rep pilot project with SEC. I’ve also joined SEC this school year and been actively participating in meetings since September. I am greatly passionate about saving the environment and I’m determined to make UBC a sustainable leader. Thank you so much.
Jihyun Kim:

From when I could attend meetings, I had the chance to learn more about this club and the importance of a role it plays on providing sustainable resources and encouraging awareness of environmental issues on campus. I have always had a passion for nature and the environment. As I got older, it became natural for me to want to change my lifestyle in order to be a more environmentally conscious consumer, so I decided to become a vegan. The reason I believe that this plays a role into why I would be a good candidate for Sustainability Rep Coordinator is that I firsthand experienced and became aware of the negative stigma even small “radical” environmentally conscious actions face from the view of society’s norm. Therefore, implementing Sustainability Representatives as well as making their roles accepted and significant, is a challenge I believe I have the knowledge to take on. As well, I have had many experiences in leadership roles whether it came to organizing events or taking on active leader roles through volunteering. I feel like I will always regret not being more involved in my first year this year so I want to really take this opportunity to become a part of this amazingly dedicated club as well as the sustainable community within UBC.

 

• Free Store Coordinator

Bridget Trerise:

I am currently a first year Forestry Student, and have been involved with the Free Store ever since I helped to get it set up in its new location at the beginning of this year. In a campus that aims for sustainability, I believe that the Free Store serves an incredibly crucial role by facilitating anti-consumerism and waste diversion; It is really important to me to make sure that the Free Store continues to grow stronger become more well-known on campus. After working with the Free Store throughout this year, I understand how the Free Store works, what challenges it faces, and what its potential is. I have been a part of every aspect of the Free Store so far, including general organization and promotion, as well as collaboration with other campus groups—this has allowed me to demonstrate reliability, dedication, and communication skills. My dedication comes from my passion for the environmental concept behind the Free Store, and I would love to coordinate the Free Store next year. I am very excited to see where the Free Store goes as I spend these next few years here at UBC.

 

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