RUNNING FOR VPFA
My name is Bilal Khan, I’m currently in my 4th year of BAcc (Hon.) program. Over the current academic year, I have had the honour of serving the undergraduate student body on BUSAC as an at-large Councillor. This year, with the same passion and commitment I hope to serve the students as VPFA of BUSU.
- To the best of your understanding, what is the role and responsibilities of the VPFA?
“Vice President, Finance and Administration (VPFA) or in other terms Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of Brock University Student Union (BUSU) is mandated with overseeing BUSU Health & Dental Plan and resolving transit-related issues affecting students on campus. The VPFA also lobbies the university’s senior administration on behalf of the undergraduate student body.”
- Why have you decided to run for the position of VPFA?
“I have had the honour of representing the undergraduate student-body on Brock University Students’ Administrative Council (BUSAC) over the current academic year, and with the same passion and commitment, I hope to serve the students as their VPFA.”
- Why do you believe you should be elected VPFA?
“I believe I’m the most qualified candidate running for this position because of my academic background in accounting and finance, and because of my experience on BUSAC as an at-large councilor through which I’ve learned a lot about student politics and developed some great relationships. I was also appointed/elected to Clubs Policy Committee, External Affairs Committee and Hiring Committee of BUSAC, which is proof of [many] council’s [having] confidence in my leadership abilities.”
- If you needed to summarize your platform into three main issues at Brock that you believe need to be addressed, what would they be? How do you plan to address these issues?
“The first and foremost would be Transit, especially for students living in Thorold. Top priority in terms of transit is to bring back the Winterberry bus route. Other solutions to improve transit for students include increasing hours of operations during nights and weekends, having more buses during spring/summer semester, running the Drive Home Program during mid-term exam period and reintroducing the summer bus pass subsidy. The issues revolving around transit were mainly due to funding; with the success of transit referendum last semester we’re now able to move with the new budget to resolve transit issues.
As a VPFA I would also be responsible for administering the Health and Dental Plan, through my research I learned that our existing plan is amongst one of the best across the board, however, the introduction of OHIP+ by Government of Ontario covering over 4,000 prescription drugs creates some room for us to reallocate that funding elsewhere, if elected I’ll be utilizing that fund towards extending vision coverage.
VPFA is also tasked to act as an internal lobbyist to Brock University’s senior administration. I’ll fulfill the role by promoting wide range of other issues and concerns that students have brought up to me, some of which include affordable parking, cheaper and healthier food options, extending gym hours and making syllabuses available online.”
- If elected, what would you do differently from past VPFA’s?
“Aidan Hibma has done an excellent job of leading the students’ union in his role as a VPFA [this year]. What I would do differently is find better ways to connect with students to promote the initiatives of the student union, over the past weeks of interaction with hundreds of students I’ve learned that many students are not aware of the services offered by the students’ union so much so that I’ve made it one of my platform points to enhance the communication between students and BUSU.”