Shelvie Fernan

candidate for VICE PRESIDENT ACADEMIC

“Be the change that you want to see in the word.” – Gandhi

I live by these words and these words motivated me to run for the position of VP-Academic. I have always wanted to create a bigger impact in the world and so I have decided to take a bigger leap to achieve higher goals, help more students, and become an instrument of good change and greater improvements.

My passion in serving NAIT started when I became a Peer Mentor. Meeting students, knowing their stories, and helping them get through their struggles got a lasting impact in me. Through that experience, I came to realize that there is certainly more to appearances, and that many of us are fighting battles most don’t know about. Given the proper authority, some of us could be in the position to help win those battles.

In my years of being at NAIT, I have been an Executive for two clubs. I was the President of the Filipino-Canadian which won awards during the Club Showcase and Global Village. I was also the VP-Events of the International Students Club, the first club to get the Diamond Award. Further, I volunteered a lot all over campus that I was chosen to be a NAITSA Scholarship Awardee and the Leadership Distinction Award from the LEAD Program. I devoted a lot of my time and resources not for self-aggrandizement, but in furtherance of my passion to be of help to the community and society, in any way possible.

If elected, I will champion three things: Transparency, Experience, and Family.

Transparency.

It has been a common doing of instructors to not post final calculations of grades, leaving students wondering how their finals grades were calculated. I firmly believe that students deserve to see the overall tally of their grade calculation. If elected, I will fight for grade transparency and will promote that instructors be required to submit grades along with its calculation to the registrar and students.

Experience

One problem that students face as they look for jobs is to get the required experience. As an active student in campus, I understand how much doing extra-curricular activities benefits us with more knowledge and skills. I will advocate for giving more weight in extra-curricular activities so that it will be acknowledge as proper experience on students’ resumes.

Family

NAIT is home for diverse students. That includes students with small children. If elected, I will advocate to provide a playhouse for children to stay while their parents attend their classes. This will benefit students who are struggling to balance their family life and school load.

I have always believed that in choosing leaders, we need to focus on two qualities: ABILITY AND WILLINGNESS TO SERVE. If we were to see positive changes, we cannot compromise on either of the two. In all modesty, with my previous experiences and absolute willingness to be of service, I do believe that I have both qualities to warrant your support.

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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