Governance proves invaluable
Different people can take different things out of the same experience.
So it is with members of the 2009-2010 Students’ Union Executive Council, who share what they learned in student governance over the past year and how it has impacted their University careers.
Jeremy Girard, University of Lethbridge Students’ Union (ULSU) president, had been involved with the organization for three years prior to deciding to run for executive council.
He recognized the value of the ULSU to the student body and decided that he had the capacity to lead the organization in continued progress, trying to make it more professional, accountable and valuable to the University community.
“There is no doubt in my mind that I have a sharp advantage, in terms of governing, managerial, professional, financial and communication skills, for getting the career I want, whatever that may be,” says Girard of the experience.
Cole Lehto, vice-president internal affairs, ran for council because he was interested in expanding the activities he took part in during his academic term.
“I felt I had done a lot of things in my life, I wanted to be able to say I’ve been more than a student and this has been a great step in that direction,” says Lehto. “I think the main reason you should get involved in anything during your time as a student is to broaden your scope and perspective.”
Alex Massé, vice-president academic, has a less romantic take on why he pursued public office. He says he ran for council, simply, for something to do.
“I had no big plans or grand ideas. It just seemed like something I’d do ok at,” says Massé.
Calling it a very rewarding position socially, Massé says he was able to meet a variety of fun and motivated people that he otherwise would never have crossed paths with.
“I think I’ll gain a lot more from the personal growth I’ve undergone than from the additional point on my résumé,” says Massé.
Allan Hall, vice-president administration, had always been thinking about running for council.
“I wanted to run for office because I wanted to help make the campus a better place for students,” says Hall.
Hall says he has grown from the experience and become a well-rounded person throughout the last year.
“I have learned a lot about human resources, non-profit governance, public relations and countless other things,” Hall says.