A few words from your BUSU election winners

On Feb. 14, Isaac’s hosted the first ever live BUSU executive elections results, which were announced that evening at 9:30 p.m. There were 4,875 votes cast over the three-day voting span, resulting in an appealing 27.4 per cent voter turnout. Cooper Millard was elected President; Christopher Yendt for Vice President, Finance and Administration; Roland Erman for Vice President, University Affairs; and Liv Meriano for Vice President, Student Services. There was a 53 per cent vote yes, which allowed for the passing of the “A Safer Brock” referendum.
Here is what the newly elected Brock University Student’s Union (BUSU) leaders have to say about their campaign successes:

Cooper: President
1. How do you feel about being elected for the position of President?
I am ecstatic to be spending another year at BUSU! I can’t wait to start my term as President!! The people that work here are amazing, and I can’t get enough of them! I’m excited to help oversee some of the changes that we made happen this past term and hopefully replicate the amazing year we had at BUSU this past year!
2. Moving forward, how do you plan to set your goals into action?
As a returning executive, I think I’ll take it upon myself to help the rest of the Executive transition in properly before I begin working on my platform goals. It’s important that we work as a team to accomplish as many of our platform points as possible and work as hard as we can to best represent the students who elected us! That being said, a number of my platform projects are underway and I can get right down to actual business on meetings, presentations and capitol purchases as soon as the new executives are transitioned in!
3. Anything you would like to say to the Brock students as the new BUSU President?
THANK YOU! I am eternally thankful to the students who voted in this year’s election! I promise to finish the year strong as your current VP Student Services and will carry that momentum into my term as President, starting May 1st!

Christopher: VPFA
1. How do you feel about being elected for the position of VPFA?
It is an incredibly humbling experience, especially knowing that all of the work over the past year, the research, the preparation, the studying of the position, are things that students actually care about.
The election proved that Brock cares about a platform and want things that they came up with to be implemented.
I want all students to know that the conversation did not end on the campaign trail, and neither did the platform, it was a collection of student feedback and that will continue all year long.
2. Moving forward, how do you plan to set your goals into action?
I have already begun work on connection with the Hamilton Campus, and was in the process of doing that during the campaign. My experience in the office, with the day-to-day workings, as well as my financial experience is going to lend itself to the job rather seamlessly, and be able to really make the best use of my time for the benefit of students.
I plan on sitting down with the University Administration as soon as possible to open up the dialogue for the base of the tower, and from their talking to the various transit authorities.
3. Anything you would like to say to the Brock students as the new VPFA?
Get ready for a serious year of change and development, this year is going to mark a major shift in how the VPFA operates for students. The role is going to become much more present, and accountable to students so they know where the money goes, who determines how it is spent, and how everyone can make their voices heard to ensure that choices are made by consulting with students and assessing the needs of all. Come May 1st, ask me questions and you will get answers, because together we can build the best student union possible.

Roland: VPUA
1. How do you feel about being elected for the position of VPUA?
To be very honest I don’t think it’s really set in. I’m humbled to have been elected and it really means I have this great opportunity to represent every Brock student to the best of my ability. I still feel the same. It certainly is humbling though considering how many good candidates there were across all the races. Hopefully I can give back by my hard work and my actions throughout the year to show how grateful I am. I really look forward to the challenge.
2. Moving forward, how do you plan to set your goals into action?
For me it’s already started. Although I do not officially start in office until May, I’ve already begun writing the job descriptions that will work alongside my position for next year. I have also contacted certain Brock departments in order to ensure my platform ideas will be completed when I am in the office. For me it’s never becoming complacent with where I am. Now that I was elected, I need to get things done. “Hit the ground running”, I like that saying.
3. Anything you would like to say to the Brock students as the new VPUA?
Simply just to thank everyone who voted (for me or not, it doesn’t matter). I am hopeful that this coming year I will represent everyone accordingly and make an impact within Brock, which has always been the focal point of my platform. I think the most important message I can communicate to everyone is that my door is always open for input, advice, criticism, etc, and that the best way to move into the new year is to ensure I keep a high level of interaction with all Brock students.

Liv: VPSS
1. How do you feel about being elected for the position of VPSS?
I wish there was a single word I could express to sum up what I’m feeling. I feel so fortunate, so honoured to be following in some great shoes, and most of all- stoked! It’s something I’ve always wanted the opportunity to do and now that I get the opportunity, I honestly need to pinch myself!
2. Moving forward, how do you plan to set your goals into action?

I’m someone who firmly believes in time management and organization. Starting early and meeting with the individuals who can make the projects I want to execute in the next year happen is definitely something I have already looked into and started doing.
3. Anything you would like to say to the Brock students as the new VPSS?
My fellow Badgers- I’m going to work so hard to enhance your overall Brock University experience! Thank-you so much for voting in this year’s election, I won’t let you down! Let’s go badgers! Come on, we are after all the ultimate badass of the animal kingdom!

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