Getting to Know Your Mayoral Candidates

Campaigning for a position on WCI’s Student Council, ABCD, can be very stressful and a lot of work.

This process is something that current ABCD Co-Mayor Paul T. knows himself. He shared his views and advice on the process with FJORD:

“Firstly, I’d like to say just how happy I am about this year’s candidates. As Mayor, you get really invested in the role and want to make sure that it is filled by the best possible people. I considered running again myself, but when these candidates announced their intention to run, I felt completely comfortable handing the reigns to any of them. They all bring something different to the role through their experiences and their personalities, and speaking as the voter with undoubtedly the most insight into the position, I assure everyone reading this that they can’t go wrong with any vote.

 

“Nevertheless, I do have some recommendations for students when they go to the polls. Mayors need to have a balance between an extroverted and introverted personality. They need to have experience running events and a working knowledge of every event we run. The best way to determine that is to think about who you have seen around the school playing a meaningful role in events. Their behaviour and presence are important. When you vote, ask yourself who deserves it most and you are making the right decision.”

To get to know the mayoral candidates, FJORD contributors Emily Nighman and Kate Schneider asked them some questions about themselves and their campaigns. In alphabetical order by last initial, here are their answers:

Mark C.

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What’s your favourite dessert?

Apple crumble.

Name one of your pet peeves.

People who eat my food.

Who’s your celebrity crush?

Oh, there’s so many… I’m gonna go with Rihanna.

What school clubs are you involved in?

I think I signed up for Spirit Club (if that counts, I think everyone signs up for that). I think I’m part of the Eco Club too; I did one thing for that, picked up garbage at the beginning of the year. I managed volleyball, [and I was on] football, rugby, and then I was on the Semi Committee. I’m on the AB Committee. I’m on the Relay Committee. I think that’s it.

Why are you running?

I don’t know. One of my things about me is I really like helping people and stuff, so I figured running for mayor, I could have the best shot at helping people and mostly just helping them enjoy their high school experience just because the four or five years you’re in high school are the most important years of your life, or some of the most important years of your life. So, I want to try and make that enjoyable for everybody.

What was your ABCD position this past year? List all the events you ran.

So, I was Boys Athletic Commissioner. Honestly, the Boys Athletic Commissioner doesn’t really have a ton of jobs specifically that they’re in charge of. My biggest one was I co-ran Holidays are for Helping and then I just helped out at all of the events, pretty much all of them, I’d say, around the school. So, I don’t know, I guess, I’m kind of like your go-to. The Newcomers Welcome Party was one [event I helped with], ESL Sports Night, I was part of organising Semi and all of the committees I was a part of.

What will make you a better mayor than your opponents?

I’m passionate: I know I’ll put my heart and soul into the position. I’m hardworking, motivated, enthusiastic; I guess those are a couple words that would describe me. I have a lot of WCI spirit. I like people! (laughs)

What are you going to do to include a variety of student voices in running our school’s activities?

I kind of mentioned this in my speech. So, one of my biggest goals is to try and make everything as inclusive as possible around the school, to try and include every grade and kind of every clique, I guess, because there’s all kinds of different people at the school and everyone has something to offer. I know because we go to a school like WCI where we’re surrounded by so many talented people, I think it makes sense to get everyone involved instead of just keeping it within ABCD. That’s probably the biggest one.

KENDRA P.

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What’s your favourite dessert?

The cookie part of the Dairy Queen ice cream cakes.

Name one of your pet peeves.

When people act dumb and they’re not.

Who’s your celebrity crush?

Ryan Reynolds.

What school clubs are you involved in?

I’m on ABCD, AB Committee, Relay Committee, Spirit Club, Eco Club, volleyball, and I managed the senior boys volleyball team.

Why are you running?

When I think about all the people that say they hate high school, high school was the worst years of their life, it makes me really sad because when I think of high school, I think of this time when you don’t have too many responsibilities and you’re becoming free almost, you learn to drive (well, most people do). So when I think about all the people that say that they hated high school, I feel like there’s things that they could’ve gotten involved in that they didn’t and that people didn’t introduce them to, so I just want to be that person that reaches out to grade 9s or even people in older grades and help them enjoy their high school experience.

What was your ABCD position this past year? List all the events you ran.

I’m Special Events Coordinator, so I ran Viking Olympics, Ice Cream Giveaway, Haunted Change Room, and then I’m in charge of Carnation Sales and coming up, I have Grade 8 Orientation.

What will make you a better mayor than your opponents?

I would say I’m a very dedicated person and, to me, sub-par or just on par is not enough; I want to go above and beyond and I think that that can really pertain to how we run ABCD. So, I think that for so many years and I know we say this every year but it’s always stayed the same and people are scared of Student Activities, they can’t get involved in ABCD, so I really just want to put my all into making ABCD more inclusive. And I think with the new semestered system and the new positions, I think we will have a better chance at reaching out early on and getting people involved because after, I know, so many grade 9s apply and get turned down and then think that that’s it, it’s over for them. So with the new positions for the younger grades.

What are you going to do to include a variety of student voices in running our school’s activities?

Yeah, I think that’s the main thing for the grade 9s because once you have more people involved at a younger age, they’re more prone to get involved later. But I think it’s also important to continue to reach out and try and get people involved in class councillors. And I think that [with] the different committees, I want to make sure that when we have Relay for Life Committee chairs [or] people high up, they’re not necessarily on ABCD and I want Semi-Formal Committee chairs to not be on ABCD. I think that that’s a great opportunity for someone who can’t fit ABCD into their schedule to get involved in the school and with a position that is more than just hanging a few posters for Pyjama Day. It’s actually demanding and they can really put their all into [it].

MAGGIE S.

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What’s your favourite dessert?

Chocolate cake … mousse chocolate cake.

Name one of your pet peeves.

Slow-walkers.

Who’s your celebrity crush?

Liam Hemsworth.

What school clubs are you involved in?

The Fjord, Investment Club, DECA, Trivia [Club], yoga, Concept, Multi, swim team, I guess that’s it.

Why are you running?

Well, leadership has always been a skill that I’ve wanted to progress with and I have had the experience of being on ABCD this year, which has really given me a lot of confidence. And I felt like running for mayor was the next step in pushing myself and challenging myself to become an even better leader and especially considering that I aim to go into business, which has a large emphasis on leadership. I felt like the experience should be valuable.

What was your ABCD position this past year? List all the events you ran.

I was the Health and Well-Being Coordinator. I organised Mental Health Week [and all the activities around that].

What will make you a better mayor than your opponents?

Well, I believe that my wide variety of interests and involvement in the different aspects of WCI, from clubs to the arts to academics to athletics, really give me a broadened perspective and more of an in-tuned voice [about] the issues that are in our school.

What are you going to do to include a variety of student voices in running our school’s activities?

I think that the makeup of ABCD next year is extremely important to ensure that we have diverse voices on Student Council as it truly is the core of our school. And then, also, extending greater leadership opportunities in terms of committees, Semi, Relay for Life, and just making sure that there are more opportunities for students to take leadership roles.

ANDREW T.

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What’s your favourite dessert?

Pie?

Name one of your pet peeves.

Fingerprints.

Who’s your celebrity crush?

Kendall Jenner.

What school clubs are you involved in?

Technically, Spirit Club, if it were actually a thing. Semi Committee, Fast for Freedom Committee, Relay [as a volunteer]; I helped out at Grade 9 Party. And football and rugby.

Why are you running?

I want to better WCI, make it more involved for the student body and the general public, break down the barriers about how WCI is elitist, change that perception of ABCD, and, hopefully, get more people to get involved.

What was your ABCD position this past year? List all the events you ran.

So I am Activities Controller as part of Board of Control. I have run Spirit of Waterloo activities, Nog Chug, [I’ve] been running lunch intramurals all year long with successful mini-tournaments, I guess. I will be running Battle 2.0 activities and hoping to do some caf games in the near future.

What will make you a better mayor than your opponents?

I think that I am pretty well involved with other grades and I get to know a lot of the other people. I branch out to more than just my friend group and I think that I have a wide variety of support from different people of different ages, of different genders and whatnot that’ll hopefully support me in my campaign and then in turn tell their friends.

What are you going to do to include a variety of student voices in running our school’s activities?

I will definitely branch out and create more sub-committees under the big school events, such as Battle and Semi, AB, Arts Ball, any large events that we could have more people involved. And try to get more of other students that I believe are strong leaders to come out and help instead of relying on the same ABCD crew to do the majority of the work.