Come out to vote for next year’s executive! Make your voice heard and have a say in choosing your student leaders!
March 25th, 2010 / 6-7 pm / SSMU B30
Here are your candidates:
My name is Sarina Isenberg and I am running for the position of VP newspaper. I am entering into my final year of the English Literature Honours program. I have been involved with JHR the past two years and I would to continue to be a part of this fantastic group. Two years ago, I helped organize the Train-the-Trainer conference, and this past year, as VP External, I organized a film screening with Cinema Politica, a Human Rights Internship Panel with the Arts Internship Office and helped out with other events. I have also been quite active with Speak Magazine, both as a contributer and editor. I would like to be VP Newspaper because I think as a Literature student with a passion for journalism, I can contribute a lot to the publication. In terms of my relevant past experience, in the past three years I have served as Director of McGill Global AIDS Coalition, VP External for Journalists for Human Rights, Senior Editor for Channel (The Department of English Students’ Academic Undergraduate Journal), VP Communications for First Year Council, and Journalist for The McGill Daily and the Bull and Bear Magazine.
Since I started McGill, I’ve slowly gotten more and more involved with politics and journalism. I have developed a passion for politics and for writing and these passions have encouraged me to use my writing skills for advocacy – of human rights, of free expression and of democratic rights. I believe JHR values these principles as well and that is why I would love to be part of JHR. I know I would be an excellent candidate because I am a strong writer, a team player and I love to take initiative. I would like to see the JHR newspaper become a staple of our student life on campus because I think it truly contributes to positive academic discourse. I would like to expand our readership and our members to include a diverse student body. It is something that every student can contribute to and can appreciate. JHR is such a worthy cause and I would love to become more involved and help make JHR’s paper the best paper it can be.
My name is Kaitlyn Shannon and I would like to run for the position of VP Advocacy. I have been involved with JHR since I first came to McGill, and thus have written articles for Speak for almost two years. Last spring, I participated in JHR’s Train-the-Trainer conference and I later became a member of the coordinating team for this event, which was held in September.
I am a second year IDS and Political Science student, and thus the mandates and interest areas of JHR are relevant to my areas of study. I am excited to use what I learn in my classes to enhance my contributions to JHR.
In addition to organizing Train-the-Trainer, I have plenty of other experience as a coordinator. In high school I was student council president and also representative of my school to a district leadership group, which organized various conferences and events throughout my city.
I am passionate about making human rights known and wish to become more deeply involved with JHR. I am eager to make JHR more prominent on campus and in the Montreal community by coordinating with other campus groups and organizations to spread our important message and inspire action.
As a U1 IDS student hoping to pursue a career in Journalism, I was excited to discover Journalists for Human Rights. I got involved with both the Events team, helping plan and sell tickets for Rights in Black and White, and the News team, writing and editing for Speak!. I am now running for VP Advocacy and plan to use my communication skills to collaborate with other campus clubs as well as services outside of the university.
I have actively taken part in several clubs both at McGill and while attending university in England last year. There, I organized fundraisers for my university’s Amnesty International chapter and awareness-raising campaigns for our Green Team. I also helped plan and market our production of the Vagina Monologues. This year I am involved with Oxfam McGill, UNICEF McGill, Helping Darfur, and the McGill Daily. As VP Advocacy, I would work to establish better connections with these groups and others–to coordinate educational events like speaker panels and to share fundraising ideas.
1. I like being involved with JHR because it has given me so many ways to express my interests in writing and production.
– I’ve been involved in JHR’s various activities – newspaper, layout and TV/documentary making
1. I’m resourceful and creative – I was able to access a pool of contacts for the documentary we are working on and contributed to research findings
2. I’m experienced – I was heavily involved in film production in high school and volunteered as a mentor for Youth, Camera, Action!
– a program for youth interested in film offered Planet in Focus, an NGO that hosts an international environmental film and video festival in Toronto.
3. I’m enthusiastic and committed – I can do a great job because I’m familiar with the goals that we need to set as a team
If elected, I plan to bring more of a marketing element to the portfolio, including helping to coordinate event publicity.