The Executive Team is bound by the Constitution of the SFU Students of Caribbean and African Ancestry. The Executive is held accountable for the actions of SOCA while the volunteers keep the us effectively running.
First Year Rep: Lema Ghailan - 56% Tim Maruti - 41%
Note: Tim Maruti appointed by Executive Team as Exec at Large
Run for one of the 5 vacant positions!
Election at the SOCA Black Community Services Centre in TC317 (Rotunda) on Nov 2
Nominations Opened: Oct 19 Nominations Closed: Oct 27 Election: At Nov 2 General Meeting
Positions: External Relations Officer, Internal Relations Officer, Events Coordinator, Treasurer, First Year Rep.
External relations Officer
Candidates: 1. AbdulkadirYusuf - firstname.lastname@example.org As a candidate for External Relations Officer, I believe the SOCA community will benefit from my serving as I offer valuable experience in being a co-ordinator. Much of my previous works has been alongside the local Somali community in Vancouver, specfically helping immigrant families transition to their new live's in Canada. This ranges from fundraising to help with living expenses, setting up soccer tournaments for the youth, weekly tutoring sessions to help with homework, etc. Volunteering experiences like this are the reason I decided to join SOCA, as I saw it as a great way to get involved with the local Black community at SFU. Another valuable experience that I believe also prepared me for this position is my works as SFU's representative to the annual Somali Student Association Conference. Every year SSA's from across North America meet to discuss issues pertaining to Somali students and the greater diaspora, ranging from Identity, racism, mental health, etc. Being in a position of leadership, I understand that being committed and passionate in achieving the group's objectives is crucial to succeeding. These are two qualities I will offer to the SOCA community, who I ensure won't be disappointed.
Internal Relations OFFICER
Candidates: 1. Balqees Jama - email@example.com I'm pleased to have heard of the VP Internal Relations position. I have a number of transferable skills from prior experience that I believe will help me contribute to this team. In my position as Island Model United Nations (IMUN) Social Networker, not only did I help organize the conference, I was responsible for sending emails to interested coaches in the conference and managing IMUN’s social media networks. Through working with the Brentwood College School Marketing and IT teams, I have developed attention to detail and a clear, straightforward writing style. I gained practical experience in this role that I hope to continue applying in my work with SOCA. I currently work with SFPIRG on the Space Campaign and my job requires effective communication, both written and verbal, as well as analytical skills. I believe a blend of these two attributes contribute to my strong interpersonal skills. Another one of my key strengths is adaptability - I am a quick learner who is highly capable of keeping up with a demanding pace. I look forward to see where this year takes us and assisting SOCA however I can.
Candidates: 1. Natasha Kimathi Natasha is very passionate about the black community on this campus and will be very instrumental to the work of SOCA. Her past experiences and skills will allow her to truly tackle the Events Coordinator position. Her background and her willingness to go the extra mile will at her best, enable SOCA to have outstanding events and be a valuable part of the SOCA Executive team.
Exec at large - FIRST YEAR REP
Candidates: 1. Tim Maruthi Tim has indicated his interest in running for the First Year Rep position in SOCA to better be a first year student ambassador and get more persons involved and volunteering for SOCA's events and shadowing key executive positions. 2. Lema Ghailan In my time at SFU I have volunteered on campus quite a bit. I’m an international studies major and communications minor, which allows me the develop a better understanding of the world. I also have professional government-related work experience in the public affairs sector. Most importantly, I have a deep interest in culture and race, due to my own personal background and experiences and academic background.
Candidates: 1. Sandrine Umuhoza Sandrine has been volunteering a lot for events since August and has a keen interest in advancing the work of SOCA. 2. Jessica Dickson My background in Business Administration and my volunteer work with the SOCA and ASA has helped me prepare for this conversation