candidate for VICE PRESIDENT ACADEMIC
My name is Jonathan Alley and I am running for Vice President Academics of the Executive Council. I have been involved in professional employment organizations for the last 8 years. Through real world experience, I have the qualifications, skills, and the knowledge to handle the demanding job of VP Academic.
I am a returning NAIT graduate. I graduated with my Canadian Red Seal in Carpentry January 2014. I’ve been working in the trades for 10 years before deciding to return to get my Bachelor of Business and Administration through the Trade to Degree pathway. This is a program that is only open to tradespeople with a minimum of three years of managerial experience, a Red Seal certification, and a little luck to survive the interview with the head of the program.
My experience comes from my work with the Union 1325 Carpenters and Allied Workers. I was, for three and a half years, a Job Steward. A Job Steward is an on-site worker representative for the union, and this can be a very demanding and political position. I still currently hold a position as a delegate for the Alberta Regional Council where I have the privilege of representing three different unions and the rights of more than 12,000 men and women throughout the province. Over the years, I have changed several corporate policies for the companies that I used to work for to help the employees for the better. I have filed multiple grievances through my union regarding worker rights, two of which have seen court, and I have not lost one of them. I am passionate about fairness for everyone and will bring this drive to my work of VP Academic.
Now what does this mean for you as a student body. It means that I have the skills and tenacity to make your concerns heard. It means I have the knowledge and experience to interpret contracts, and to implement strategies to change policies to improve conditions for the student body. It means that if I see something that’s not right I will fix it. I will take everything that I have learned, and everything I am going to learn, to serve the NAIT student body. I will serve as an effective lobbyist and a leader for our school.
When you vote, I would like you to vote not for the person you share a class with, and not for the friend you went to high school with. Vote for the person with the most experience for the job. I ask you to vote Jonathan Alley for Vice President of Academics because I have that organizational and negotiating experience. Thank you.