Last update: April 26, 2017

In March, a call for nominations was sent to all students of the Okanagan Campus for the one remaining student Senator-at-Large position remaining vacant for the one-year term ending March 31, 2018. There is one position available.  Nine eligible candidates have let their name stand, therefore an election is necessary.

Voting Instructions

Please follow the instructions below carefully. 

  1.  Log in to your SSC
  2.  Find "WebVote" under the "Grades and Records" menu
  3.  Click on “Cast Vote"
  4.  Click on “Vote” next to the "2017 Okanagan Student Senator-at-Large By-election"
  5.  Vote for your candidate by clicking on the box next to the candidate's name.
  6.  Click on “Submit Vote” then click “ok” to confirm your submission.

Polls will close at midnight on Wednesday, May 10th, 2017.


Kelsey DesRoches

Over the past 4 years that I have spent attending UBCO, I have seen a lot of changes and growth regarding non-academic and academic resources/policies on campus.  Through personal involvement in Campus Life, I have become very passionate about making each student’s experience at UBCO the best it can be.  Being in contact with a variety of students through academic and leadership workshops, campus social events, as well as just a colleague has allowed me to be exposed to many perspectives and thoughts regarding matters relevant to the UBC Okanagan Campus.  I want to ensure each student that they will be represented by someone who is committed to resolve concerns and debate in a matter that will facilitate effective change among the various committees that the student senate is involved with.  Since university is a time for development, whether it be personal or professional, on behalf of the students I would like to voice their opinions that will benefit the majority of the student population, providing opportunities and stepping stones for success for all students at UBCO.

Sarah Ellis

As a third year student going into my fourth year at UBC Okanagan, I want to help make this campus the best it can be. My past three years here have made the more well-rounded more confident person I am today. I have had opportunities to get involved with different clubs and volunteering and through this have gained leadership skills I never had before. I want to now apply these skills to the UBC Okanagan Senate and help make this campus better. I want more students to be informed on how the senate and inner workings of UBC. There are so many ways for students to get involved on campus to do with academics and curriculum, yet not many people know about this. I want to be able to be a voice for students in the senate and have students be able to come to me with their concerns about academic matters. This is my final year to make a difference at this school, and I want to do my best to make a difference by being a representative to all students.

Manuja Gupta

Purpose. Growth. Focus

I stand on three primary principles: purpose, growth and focus. I believe that these principles form the fundamental basis for what I hope to accomplish through my role. Additionally, I wish to enhance the resources that are available to students to help them grow as individuals. The pioneering intention of my role is to take part in the growth of the UBC community.

Through my role, I hope to find more initiatives for students that would allow them to obtain more value from their degrees. I believe that value can be gained through the provision more opportunities, thereby allowing students to be able to learn and grow. Finding ways to implement more awards and rewards to acknowledge students that are doing things to better their communities and exceeding in academics. I hope to find ways for students to be able get their voices heard and helping increase the value of their education. Lastly, if elected, I promise to keep the best interest of student needs and wants in mind before deciding on a project or implementing a new strategy.

I am open to having conversation with students and taking their recommendations to the table and finding ways to implement any change that benefits the UBC community as a whole. Feel free to message me on Facebook or find me in person to hear about my plans.

Ahad Hashemi

I, Ahad Hashemi, would be honoured to serve as an at-large representative on the Okanagan Senate. To me, being a representative of the Senate means to represent and uphold the values, beliefs and desires of the student body in every decision that is made that impacts their academic lives. One of my strongest traits is the ability to consider the impact of a decision no matter the circumstance. Many that know me know the importance that I put on considering and evaluating the consequences of every one of my actions. I strongly believe with every bit of me that this is by far one of the most important traits a representative can have. In addition, I believe that the mental wellbeing of every student must be the considered. I have, and will continue, to advocate for mental health on and off campus.

Many may argue that my lack of experience is my weakest trait. Yes, I may lack experience; however, I don’t believe this will impact me in any shape or form due to my strong values and consideration I have towards the student body and university as a whole. I will make an impact, I will make my presence known and I will fulfil my duties to the best of my abilities and beyond.

Thank you for your time and consideration. I hope to represent the students of UBC Okanagan and make sure every thought, belief and issue is heard.

Tom Lange

I am an upper year undergraduate student studying microbiology and political science. Throughout my time at UBCO I have come to develop a great fondness for this community. I have volunteered both on campus and off, with St. John Ambulance, Canadian Blood Services, and the Canadian Cancer Society. It is with this experience and mindset of community servitude, that I submit my candidacy for the UBC Okanagan Senate. I am running on a platform to promote the senate to students as an academic service rather than an elite popularity club populated by students only keen to polish their resume. I am here to serve you, not the other way around. In countering this perception of the senate, I pledge a candidacy that is honest, transparent and responsible. I will work with students in my capacity as student representative-at-large to ensure that their academic concerns are objectively addressed. The senate should at all times be a place where students can feel solace in bringing their concerns to for mediation. UBCO is place that has become near and dear to my heart. Now, in my final year, I want to give back to the community that has helped shape my character with humility, compassion and the heart of a servant. Let me now serve you in shaping UBCO’s future as an academic monument for generations to come.

Nestor Mendoza

Today I speak to you as a fellow student and I beg you please DON’T VOTE FOR ME.

I am originally from Venezuela, a state that is in crisis and is currently in the brink of Civil war. The mismanagement of the hegemonic state created a hostile environment for me and my family which lead to our relocation. I consider myself a citizen of the world most of all. I have been a part of over 10 different public and private states. I have been subjected to many oppressive and liberating policies by each of these states. I don’t claim to know what the best policy is, but the will of the people will ensure the best result.

I plan to reunite the student body as a single entity. I will attempt to use the full power of the student alliance to ensure that its membership is represented. I plan to unmask the current status quo upheld by the divided coalitions in order to find the Utopian state. The student represents around 30 % of the voting power in UBCO. Meaning that, united we have a substantial say in the current state of affairs that dictate our everyday lives. The survival and safety of a student are the factors that determine his or her success. A student that is falling down can’t ensure his best result.

THAT’S WHY I ASK FOR YOUR SUPPORT, because a vote lets you cast away responsibility. Your support symbolizes the idea of a new beginning. 

Connor O'Reilly

A life long resident of Kelowna, Connor is committed to creating a better UBCO.

He has carried on his family tradition of community involvement by volunteering with the Friends of Fintry Society.  Along with focusing on his political science major, Connor has also committed himself to supporting the thriving wine and tourism industry which attracts so many UBCO students.

Connor has pursued schooling from Britain’s Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET), which is generally considered to be the world’s leading provider of wine industry training.  He has completed WSET’s Level Two Professional Certification in Spirits as well as WSET’s Level 3 Award in Wine & Spirits with an achievement of pass with distinction and pass with merit, respectively.

Not only does Connor demonstrate the commitment, work ethic, skill-set and knowledge to be an asset to UBCO’s next senate; he is personally invested in creating an even better campus and surrounding city.

Connor believes that we need to attract the best talent from around the world and retain our post-secondary graduates.  He has an optimistic vision for this University.  Connor will help to create a UBCO that is even more vibrant, one that is even more prestigious in the broadest sense of the term.

He believes in a UBCO that uses its strengths to catalyze and fund improvements where it is weakest.  UBCO needs to be a place that attracts global talent not only because of its academic programs, but also because of its culture, recreation and people.

Ian Pusey

I do not take the challenge of being a student representative lightly. I am not a career politician here to boost my own ego or add a reference to my resume. I am running for Senate because over my past two years at UBCO I have come to love and respect the spirit of my fellow students, the dedication of the faculty and staff, and the integrity of this Institution. I feel it is my duty, as an humbled and honoured student of UBC, to give back to the institution in a meaningful capacity.

I believe now is a better time than ever to both work with the Student Union and governing structure of the University, and to hold them to account. As senator I will focus on building bridges, maintaining close connections with the Pride, Women’s, and Aboriginal resource centres on campus. In addition, I will also attend every possible meeting concerning the well being of the student body of UBCO. I am well aware of the problems that face Senate: the majority of the student body has no idea what the Senate is or what it does. As senator, I will write a report on our activities for The Phoenix after every Senate meeting, to help keep students informed about what exactly it is we do.

Now is the time to take control of your academic life here at UBCO; a vote for Ian Pusey is a vote for integrity, communication, and accountability.

Arthur (Jackson) Traplin

Wilihowtek! Good day, friends. My name is Jackson Traplin and I am Cow Creek on my Dad’s side, and English on both my parent’s sides. I grew up in Okanagan territory and I have a great love for the land and its inhabitants. I have been fortunate to have had the opportunity to explore Indigenous issues on a deeper level through my academic studies. I hold an Indigenous Studies diploma from Camosun College, where I was elected to the Student Society as First Nations Director for a single term. In that position I represented some 1100 self-identified Indigenous students across two campuses. I am currently an undergraduate student here at UBO Okanagan, once again majoring in Indigenous studies. I am confident that my student governance experience, in combination with the interdisciplinary nature of my studies will ensure a strong student voice on the UBC Okanagan Senate. Thank you.


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