By Skedline Reporter Cassandra Turco
The job description of IGNITE’s Board of Directors is to set organizational priorities and provide feedback to the organization based on ongoing consultations with the student body. In other words, they speak for the students and try to promote and organize what the student body wants (according to IGNITE Student Life).
Third year Bachelor of Child and Youth Care Student Camila Ruiz Tacha is one of the three candidates who wants that job.
Ruiz Tacha said she wants to hold IGNITE accountable. “It’s an opportunity to ensure that IGNITE’s budget is being allocated towards projects that are beneficial for all students,” she said.
Both Lakeshore and North campus vote for three Board of Directors, while Guelph-Humber votes for two and Orangeville votes for one person.
The other candidates running for Board of Directors at Lakeshore campus are Asiya Awan and Stephanie Fallico.
Ruiz Tacha is an advocate for a specific set of goals, which she said she will pursue if elected. Her first campaign idea is to provide more grants and scholarships for students. She said she thinks IGNITE needs to do more to provide financial stability for students.
She also wants to make the campus more accessible. She promotes inclusivity and wants to make sure all students get the care and consideration they deserve on campus.
Finally,Ruiz Tacha wants to ensure IGNITE continues to promote mental health and self care. Ruiz Tacha is passionate about mental health and said she knows how students can be impacted by it.
“I believe that my involvement on campus really showcases my commitment for the well-being of students at Humber,” she said.
Ruiz Tacha believes her passion for student life is what makes her stand out from other candidates. She is involved in two Humber departments, First Year Experience and Humber Athletics. Both involve helping students and improving their experiences at Humber, which she said is something she enjoys.
“I feel that this would be a great opportunity to improve on my leadership, communication, and problem solving skills, and would further my professional growth and development,” she said.
All Humber students collectively vote to elect one President to represent all three campuses, Lakeshore, North, and Orangeville. Elections also take place at the University of Guelph-Humber. Other positions such as Vice President and Board of Directors are specific to each campus.
On the ballots there is a spot marked “abstain,” which means the voter does not vote for any of the candidates. If “abstain” gets more votes than a candidate, it means they will not be elected.
Voting closes March 1 at 4 p.m. Winners will be announced the same day at 5 p.m.
For more background, go to http://ignitestudentlife.com/elections/