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Meet your CSA Election candidates: David Nguyen

Monday, March 7, 2011

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Name: David Nguyen

Running for: Local Affairs Commissioner

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1. Please tell us a little bit about yourself. (Take the opportunity to introduce yourself to student in whatever way you’d like).

My name is David Nguyen and I am running for the CSA Local Affairs Commissioner. I have been intensively involved in student affairs since 1st year. I personally believe that your years at university are where you can experience different viewpoints and gain the wonderful experiences that can benefit you both, short-term and long-run. I believe I have the credentials to take my involvement further and represent the undergraduate students of Guelph.

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

I have a viewpoint of the CSA that no other candidate this year obtains. I have experience three years of the CSA through the lens of a student staff. I understand the strengths along with the weakness that this organization has. I will bring a new perspective to the board to allow a diverse open discussion.

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

The main portfolio of the Local Affairs commissioner is to advocate on the rights of students in the City of Guelph. I have experience working with the city of Guelph including with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Guelph, Frontier College, Relay for Life and Project Serve. I also have experience advocating for the undergraduate students of Guelph on the UC Board of Directors and the Judicial Committee.

Furthermore, my full-time employment experience as a community outreach facilitator for a community living NGO in Hamilton has developed my ability to communicate, advocate, and connect with individuals with different economic, cultural and political backgrounds.

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

Like mentioned before, being a staff member for three years, you kind of start to understand the rights and wrongs of the polices of the CSA. The CSA is a wonderful organization that has its good parts, but where there’s a good, there’ a bad. In addition, I’ve also been elected CSA staff Rep this year. I understand the human rights and equity polices as long as with strengths and weaknesses between staff relations, the backbone of the organization.

5. What goals do you have for your term?

Really? How far can we justify the part where we charge students a bus-pass replacement fee if you loose your card? Exactly. I will work towards removing or decreasing this fee.

Second, has anyone ever tried getting to and from campus on the weekend? From anywhere…no buses after 7pm on Sundays..okay. You’re probably saying that oh we have late night bus service and Sunday service…but did you know You’re paying a separate fee per semester? Yup. 3 million dollars, 8 months, a huge amount of “sorry bus full” messages.

Third, I will strengthen and communicate the information discuss on the Awareness of Sexual Assault and Prevention committee, because let’s face it – Guelph should be safe, and you should be aware

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

I believe that in order to know what to advocate for, students need to speak up. I cannot “Assume” the interests of all students if students don’t voice their opinions. Of course, I will make the communication between students and the CSA more friendly and easier but again I am advocating YOUR VOICED opinions, not my assumptions.

6. (a) The Local Affairs Commissioner represents the interests of students to elected officials and organizations in the Guelph community. Why do you think it’s important for students to be included in discussions at the local level?

Guelph is for most, your home away from home. You need to be involved in these discussions. Most students are here for 8 months of the 12 month year…why should you not be able to have a say in Guelph Transit and other community decisions? We are the students, we are the transit riders, we are neighbours in the Guelph Community.

7. Is there anything else you'd like to add?

I encourage all students to make an informed discussion during this election to ensure a strong democratic process in YOUR student union. And remember, I’m not handsome, I’m not popular, so TRUST ME, I have time for student government.

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