Get to know your BUSAC candidates

Faculty of Applied Health Sciences

Aastha Shah

Aastha Shah, 3rd year Medical Sciences

Aastha Shah, 3rd year Medical Sciences

What makes you a good BUSAC candidate?

I am an open-minded, approachable and a hard working candidate who will ensure that representing the faculty is my main priority. I will put in my best work, effort and time to ensure that the voices of my peers are heard. I will be proactive in my work and bring in the skill and commitment required for this job to ensure that the concerns and opinions of my peers are not only heard but also taken action upon.

How will you ensure that the voices of students in your faculty are represented?

I will ensure that the voices of students in my faculty are heard by fighting for what is fair and striving for success. I will take leadership and have the courage to stand up for what is right while being considerate of others needs. As a councilor, I will take the opportunity to utilize Brock’s resources and help initiate new ideas that are beneficial to our student body!

Johnny Colbuc, 3rd year Business Administration

Johnny Colbuc, 3rd year Business Administration

Goodman School of Business

Johnny Colbuc

What makes you a good BUSAC candidate?

Good is a relative term in my opinion, and I’d rather not blend into the crowd. What I do bring forth to the table is objectivity, engagement, transparency, and humbleness. Objective by taking all the decision criteria required to make an honest decision for Goodman through cost-benefit analysis, and the beliefs of students within Goodman. I am open to discussing with students to gain new/existing insights on current affairs within the faculty, and everything I say/do will go through them first. This will help with making Goodman the front and centre of every debate that will go on in BUSAC showing how powerful of a force it is within Brock. I will be humble in anything I do being personable with what I do, not a robotic politician who looks to grab a vote.

How will you ensure that the voices of students in your faculty are represented?

The way I will do this is through having an open door policy with students, and anything that I will do will go through them first. This means creating a forum in which I can bring up issues which are to be debated or anything that the students want me to do outside of that. First I will offer my opinions on the issue at hand, and let students give me their feedback on the opinion then finalizing what the decision will be. Every decision I will look towards costing out what the expenses of said situation are, and finding out the benefits of each decision. This would be operating as a candidate in a direct democracy. Leaving out anyone in a process can create a situation in which corruption can occur since that would mean letting a candidate follow their own means without listening to the voice of the faculty. I won’t leave any student in my faculty behind since that is not what a leader does, a leader looks towards enriching their role and bringing up anyone beneath them.

Goodman School of Business

Argho Utsav Deb

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Argho Utsav Deb, 1st year Accounting

What makes you a good BUSAC candidate?

My goal is to represent the students of Brock University, by listening to issues, opinions, and essentially being a voice for fellow students. I would hate to do a cliché “If elected…” statement, nevertheless, I vow to analyze and carefully consider other’s opinions and viewpoints before making a well informed decision. One thing I believe will make me a good BUSAC candidate is my approachability, I am fully open to other perspectives and opinions and I am willing to discuss any issues. I won’t guarantee that all issues raised will have a positive solution, however, I will put in all my effort and take the initiative to solve any problem that may arise, proving that actions do speak louder than words. Therefore, I sincerely do believe that I will be a good BUSAC candidate because I am so very passionate about helping others and representing my fellow peers.

How will you ensure that the voices of students in your faculty are represented?

Many students are not aware of what the BUSAC council is and I believe that needs to change. If I get the privilege of being elected as Councillor, I will create a public Facebook Page and a Twitter Page, where I will post a synopsis of what is being discussed in each meeting, so that everyone is informed and aware of what is happening within the council. Since social media plays a major role in our lives, I hope to provide information about events and how to get involved, catering to our tech savvy lives. Even currently, I encourage peers to message and ask questions or share their opinion on the “Argho for Councillor” Facebook Page. I would most preferably like people to communicate with me in person and interact with me because communication is something that we lack at this digital based community. This will not only to help enhance my understanding of our issues, but also to help in resolving, and bringing up such issues in meetings. My end goal will be to create a more positive environment for students in all aspects.

Faculty of Math and Sciences

Harris Sheikh:

Harris Sheikh, 2nd year Biomedical Sciences

Harris Sheikh, 2nd year Biomedical Sciences

What makes you a good BUSAC candidate?

Greetings my fellow math and science enthusiasts! What makes me an excellent BUSAC candidate is my affinity for helping others and passion for improving the lives of each and every individual in the community. In my first year, there were many things that restricted my experience at Brock, with just a few examples being broken lab equipment and the lack of halal and kosher options at Brock. I want to make Brock not just a better learning environment, but also one that is safe, inclusive, and accessible. I want to ensure that your money is being used to better your university experience. And so, with your help, I’ve outlined key issues that I’d like to address are: accessibility, introducing halal and kosher options at Brock, better Wi-Fi all around Brock, lower food prices Communication, more informed students, encourage student input Learning Environment, new lab equipment (that is NOT broken/damaged/worn out), better exam preparation and podcasting all lectures, adequately training TAs, and pre-lab videos consisting of demonstrations of the lab, thereby maximizing efficiency during the limited 3-hour lab time.

How will you ensure that the voices of students in your faculty are represented?

At higher learning institutions such as Brock, it’s not uncommon for students to feel uninformed. That’s why I want to ensure that the voice of every student in this faculty is heard. I will ensure that everyone’s voices are heard by offering a variety of communication channels between students and BUSAC. There’ll be posters, in class announcements, and a whole lot of social media promotion for any activities/events taking place. I want to encourage student input — whatever you guys would like to see/happen at Brock — because everyone’s voice not only needs to be heard, it deserves to be heard. And of course, feel free to message me about any concerns or wave me over in the hallways — even if it’s just to say hi!

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Ehab Dawah, 3rd year undeclared major

Faculty of Math and Sciences

Ehab Dawah

What makes you a good BUSAC candidate?

I think I am a good BUSAC candidate because as soon as I learned about the available position, I decided to run to make a change. I am dedicated to create a new atmosphere at BUSAC and bring new Ideas forward that will enhance the student experience on campus, as well as advocate for new initiatives.

How will you ensure that the voices of students in your faculty are represented?

I will create a Facebook page that students can contact on me on and raise or put forward any concerns that they have regarding BUSAC or the University as a whole. Also, the BUSU email will be always available to contact through. I will be address issues that are commonly shared amongst students like: food prices, studying space areas and many more.

*Vote online through your Brock e-mail: Tuesday Oct 27 to Thursday Oct 29!
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