Heidi Stricko – Candidate Profile

RUNNING FOR VPSS

Photo Credit: Remy Zanotto

Photo Credit: Remy Zanotto

Candidate Interview:

To the best of your understanding, what is the role and responsibilities of the VPSS?

I have been involved with Brock and BUSU for the past 5 years and I have a really strong understanding of the roles and responsibilities of the Vice President, Student Services. The Vice President, Student Services is responsible for ensuring that clubs, events, orientation week and frost week, wellness weeks, volunteers and athletics supports are all given the best supports possible to contribute to an incomparable student experience. It is the VPSS’s job to be the voice of the students and to provide every student opportunities to be involved and connect with their university by ensuring that all student services are safe, fun and accessible.

Why have you decided to run for the position of VPSS?

I am running for VPSS because I am passionate about student engagement and I am excited for the opportunity to take my experiences to help support the amazing events and initiatives that are in place for Brock students, and help work with the BUSU team to make sure that we can reach every student so that they love their school as much as I do. Brock and it’s students have so much to offer for involvement and it has made a world of a difference for me being a part of it over the past 5 years. I am running for VPSS because I am so thankful for all of the opportunities and experiences that I have had during my time at Brock and I would love to be a part of making someone else excited and proud to be a Badger.

Why do you believe you should be elected VPSS?

When looking at our qualifications, in comparison to the other candidates I am the most experienced and well-rounded which is why I should be elected as VPSS. The VPSS is a LEADERSHIP position, not a learning position. The student deserve someone who can hit the ground running and get as much done in 12 months as possible. In my 5 years I have been a Club Member, a Club Executive, a Smart Start Team Assistant, an International Student Conversation Partner, BUSU’s Clubs Coordinator and BUSU’s Student Life Coordinator. I have also been heavily involved in supporting athletics games as a fan and representing Brock at a number of external opportunities including the Ontario University Fair and Fan Expo. I am the best candidate for the position because for 5 years I have proven that I seek every opportunity to be involved and am so passionate about the difference that student involvement can have on anyone’s university experience and I hope to use this platform to make those involvement opportunities better and more available to all students.

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?

When creating my platform, I worked with the groups that fall under the VPSS portfolio and asked them what they need from a VPSS candidate in order to be successful. To summarize my 5 platform points into 3, you can bring the focus to the 3 main areas of the VPSS portfolio; O-Week and Events, Clubs, and Student Engagement.

O-Week and Events: I would like to use the engagement levy by bringing diverse events and programming throughout the year to groups of students who have to travel to main campus for any events. This looks like increased mental health support in residence lounges during BUSU Wellness Weeks, events and programming branching out and hosting events for students in the International Centre and Marilyn I Walker Campus. These students are consistently asked to come out of their comfort zone to main campus to participate, but I would like to bring BUSU events and services to them.

Clubs: With my past 5 years of being involved in clubs, I have seen a growth in club supports especially since the passing of the Clubs Levy a few years ago. When speaking to clubs and the Clubs Manager to see what supports they need, the one piece of feedback I received consistently was better Marketing Opportunities. As of now, clubs can post their marketing materials as posters, or on their own social media networks… so if a student does not follow that club on social media, they do not know how to get involved. I propose putting televisions in residences and around Brock’s campus (similar to the ones in Skybar Restaurant) with an events calendar for BUSU, Brock and for Clubs.

Student Engagement: My involvement in BUSU as the Student Life Coordinator this year has shown me just how many amazing and passionate student volunteers that we have at Brock. I would like to give these students more opportunities to be appreciated and more leadership opportunities. A) Bringing back Isaac’s Army with more supports, and reviving the student-lead fan base that is currently dissolving. B) Giving BUSU volunteers program specific networking opportunities with BUSU’s partners, as well as training or professional development opportunities as desired to get more out of the volunteer experience.

If elected what would you do differently from past VPSS?

I have had the privilege to work under the leadership for both 2018-2019 VPSS Joyce as BUSU Student Life Coordinator and 2017-2018 VPSS Maddy as BUSU Clubs Coordinator, so I have become familiar with their work ethics and have learned lots about the responsibility of VPSS from my experiences as a coordinator under their leadership. I feel like each VPSS is different from the next, as with them they each bring a different set of experiences and passions for student involvement. I am honoured to be a candidate for this position and I think that what I can do differently from previous the past VPSS’ is the new experiences and perspectives that I bring with me. Since my platform was created around the needs of clubs, events, athletic involvement and volunteers as they fall within the VPSS portfolio, my candidacy does not just bring my voice into the office if elected, but the voice of every group my platform points speak for. I hope that this gives me the opportunity to improve on what has already been done within BUSU by the hard work of past VPSS’.

 

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