Lucia Deng

candidate for VICE PRESIDENT ACADEMIC

“I am Lucia, I am running for VP Academic position at NAITSA. Please vote for me.”

This simple sentence with 16 characters, has went through my head from a shivering question mark to a strong voice with determination. Just like my transformation at NAIT, from nobody till today, probably still nobody but with more courage and persistence.

After finishing high school in China, I came to Canada and started my adventures at NAIT, where I received enormous kindness and valuable opportunities from amazing NAIT people.

Croatia girl Minela that I met from International Club, a fighting girl who helped me find my first off-campus job by companying me sending out 30 resumes in downtown restaurants even though I kept getting rejected; My spiritual support –the best International peer mentor team. I can still vividly remember when hosting Thanksgiving Celebration as an MC, my partner Bevil insisted in me making up an awkward mistake that I made in front of 200 guests just so that I can learn to believe in myself and overcome it. And most thankfully, my dear friends from Instrumentation Program who have been refining me daily and planned the best birthday surprise ever because “We know you are away from home, but we want you to feel like home.”

It might feel like I have shared unnecessary personal stories that are not related to this position. But this is what I received here at NAIT: You will learn to be able to fight alone, but you will also have awesome people around to hold you up when you fall down.

Just like what I want to bring as VP Academic: professional, direct guidance but also sympathy, encouragements with warmth.

When I was preparing for this election, I have been asking myself “What can I actually bring to NAIT, to NAIT students?” I might have hundreds of ideas but I find that every individual has diverse improvements in mind. Each advice is precious because you all have been observing NAIT from different probes. All I really need to do is to be a patient listener and try to bond connections to resolve them on by one from these different aspects.

So here I am, getting ready with a pen and notebook, to seek for your unique opinion to make your experience at NAIT better. If I could understand your academic struggle and help you in anyway, I would try my best, just like how my senior NAIT peers guided me.

“I am Lucia, I am running for VP Academic position at NAITSA. Please vote for me.”

I am speaking this sentence again, with gratitude to anyone who has inspired me through my tough times. Also including you, thank you for reading all the way here. I hope you can believe in yourself and I hope I can be the person to hold you up when you fall down. Wish you best luck with your journey at NAIT!

Most earnest,

Lucia Deng,
JAN 30 , 2018

NAITSA EXECUTIVE COUNCIL CANDIDATES – 2018/19

Pearse Mckinney
Candidate for President

Naomi Pela
Candidate for President

Jonathan Alley
Candidate for VP Academic

Lucia Deng
Candidate for VP Academic


Shelvie Fernan
Candidate for VP Academic

Brenda Needham
Candidate for VP Academic

Shawn Siegers
Candidate for VP Academic

Karen Velasco
Candidate for VP External


Willow Shelley
Candidate for VP Student Services

Jenny Zeng
Candidate for VP Student Services