Meet your CSA Election candidates: Christina Thomson

Monday, March 7, 2011


Name: Christina Thomson

Running for: CSA Board of Directors (College of Social and Applied Human Sciences)

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1. Please tell us a little bit about yourself.

Hello! My name is Christina Thomson. I am a student of Political Science and History. Over my time here at Guelph I have been involved in a number of different initiatives and positions of leadership. A few of which include my on-going role as a Peer Helper in the Civic Engagement unit (this is my third year in this position). I also hold a position on the Student Volunteer Connections board, I am proud to be a member of the Bracelet of Hope-UoG chapter executive, and a perpetual Project Serve participant!

2. Why do you want to represent students on the CSA Board/Executive?

I am confident in my ability to represent student interest on the CSA board. When faced with difficult decisions I am able to examine an issue rationally and take time to assess both short and long term impacts any given decision would have on the student body. I look forward to being a member of the CSA board as I see this body as a team of leaders who have the ability to not only represent student interests but advance them by introducing and supporting new initiatives.

3. What experiences or skills do you have that make you an ideal candidate for your position?

Experiences in leadership positions throughout my time here at Guelph have taught me a great deal about the critical importance of communication and team work above all else. Particularly in the setting of the CSA board the ability to effectively communicate the interests of CSAHS students and work with fellow board member is crucial.

4. Can you outline some experiences that have given you knowledge of CSA policies and the way things are run?

I sit in on CSA meetings when topics of interest to me are being discussed. Through my experiences over the years I feel that I have a good understanding of the running of the CSA board as well as the policies. My experiences this year sitting in on meetings has actually been my motivation to run for this position. If elected to the board I would encourage improvements in communication between board members to usher in greater representation of student interests.

5. What goals do you have for your term?

As mentioned previously, communication and teamwork are key for the board and I hope to play a role in this regard. Specifically, I understand the role of accurately representing CSAHS students as my central objective- plain and simple. To be effective in this regard I will focus on open communication with CSAHS students on issues as they present themselves.

6. The undergraduate student body is large and diverse; how will you ensure you represent the interests of students?

The ability to accurately represent the interests of CSAHS students is a challenge due to the sheer size and diversity of this student body. I will meet this challenge by being approachable and available to students in an effort to open communication and dialogue that will allow me to best represent their interests.

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