Presidential Debate: May 3rd in the library after school

Candidate Speeches: May 7th

Voting: May 7th and 8th

 

Hafsa Habeebuddin will be the 2018-19 Grad Convenor.

President

Areez Khaki

Areez Khaki

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As we witnessed this year, the house colour system was implemented into MGCI, it was a step in the right direction to plant a seed of school culture and to revampt spirit, thus what I tend to do is to reinvent the house system. Furthermore, this will include new house colour names as well as the implementation of more athletic events and intramurals to get more involvement of students to compete amongst houses. We will also vamp up spirit by having more interactive activities with the student body as a whole through the medium of cafeteria games, and our classical donut eating contest. While that improves spirit, we will have our great interest also set on the much larger events of mgci, including our Christmas Show which needs improvement, the introduction of a new Iftar Traditional celebration and open up MGCI’s wider community to share in the festivities of breaking the fast. At the same time I will be looking to host more outdoor events at MGCI during the fall and summer months. We will have more pep rallies centred around the house colour system, including intramurals and more activities for everyone to engage in. The other policy which I would like to introduce will be the reorganization of the role of the chairperson, to be that of a SAC Watchdog, a member of the council who will receive additional responsibilities of being of aid to one of the convenors on their major events or will assume their position in absence or in the moment.

Vice President

Frank Hong

Frank Hong

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Frank Hong is a Grade 11 student that is extremely excited for his senior year. Frank has extensive experience in student government and politics. He started volunteering in politics at the age of 9 and since then, has been on various student councils, including serving as the youngest Vice President of the TDSB Student Senate, helping represent 250,000 students across the city.

The main goal of Frank’s candidacy for Vice President is to improve the happiness of Students at Marc Garneau. He understands how high school can be very tough and sometimes draining and he wants the students of Garneau to have a better time during their high school years. In addition to the few events that SAC hosts currently, Frank hopes invite various important and famous people to speak to and meet students at our school, host more events throughout the year. Some of the events include a School Wide Olympics, more Basketball and Volleyball Tournament and movie screenings.

 

Frank also understands that SAC needs to listen better to students. SAC will be better when they collectively listen better. Frank plans to allow everyone to attend the first thirty minutes of every SAC meeting to everyone and have the ability to speak their minds at the end of the 30 minutes.

Athletics Convenor

Michelle Mackie

Michelle Mackie

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Running for Athletic Convenor, there are many qualifications that I personally possess that makes me suitable for this position. The first qualification would be that I am very organized; this is an essential skill needed as I will be putting together events. My knowledge on a wide variety of sports is another qualification because as Athletic Convenor, I will be involved with many different sports. I’ve worked alongside MGAA, volunteering my time to help score keep and set up many home games that has allowed me to become familiarized with the environment. With the potential ability of becoming Athletic Convenor, there are many plans that I would like to bring to our school. My goal as Athletic Convenor is to help and encourage the participation of students at Marc Garneau to become more involved with events taking place in the gym. For example, as a female athlete, I’ve noticed the lack of female participants and would love to boost more female involvement in the gym. Basketball is by far one of the most popular sports that students look forward to play. By planning and creating Garneau’s own March Madness (a popular basketball event), students are able to sign up, create their own teams to participate and play against others. Another popular event would be the All Stars. Garneau’s All Star game is another event that will include many activities that I look forward to make come alive. Some events could have a small fee for students to pay; proceeds earned will go towards the athletic department for new equipment, apparel such as jerseys, sweatshirts and pants and athletic banquet. With that in note, putting in the work as Athletic Convenor will be a great responsibility, as I have confidence in myself to strive to go beyond needed to fulfil this role.

Social Convener

Sumaya Mohammed

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For the past 3 years I have planned and participated in many community and social events through the city and province. My years of experience spent as a special Events Assistant with a family run events company has allowed me to have access to various suppliers and vendors, as a result I have built great working relationships and contacts with various suppliers and venues that will allow me utliize as a Social Convenor. As a student at MGCI I have been exposed to some of the most pressing issues facing our students today. I have come to the realization that there are a large number of students out there that need financial help to participate in events and as the Social Convenar I will make it my mission to ensure every student interested can afford to attend the social events organized. From managing deadlines and projects, to designing new templates for flyers and social media, my effective communication skills have given me a solid foundation on all aspects of organizing events.

Not only do I have the professional knowledge necessary to be successful in this position, but I also have excellent interpersonal skills and experience in customer service, working with a diverse population including organization members, executives, volunteers, event attendees. I am confident that my abilities and passion for events make me a successful and capable Social Convener. I welcome the opportunity to meet with you further to discuss my candidacy and qualifications.

Special Events Convenor

Zimman Yusuf

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I plan on meeting the needs of the performers and exceeding the expectations of those in the audience. After dancing in Christmas Show and International Show for 2 years and taking leadership roles in the two most recent shows, I felt that I would be able to give Garneau the show that they want and perhaps more. This includes getting food and design planned out ahead of time and scheduling more rehearsals in order to increase the likeliness of having a smooth show. In addition to International Show, I’ll be introducing new traditions such as a senior trip, our very own Wildin’ Out tournament, and an Iftar Party to give the students more events to look forward to in the year. All these events were thought of to promote more spirit and to give more events for the students to look forward to. Lastly, it will be my initiative to dedicate April to multiculturalism as I plan on having spirit days to understand other cultures as well as promote the intercultural clubs. This includes having an announcement recognize certain cultures as well as cultural music play on certain days and spirit days where students wear a piece of their cultural clothing. All of these things will contribute to not only giving recognition to the diversity of our school, but also create a hype for International Show. All my promises shall be preplanned in order to ensure the quality of all the events.

Spirit Convenor

Nithya Uthayakumar

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As Spirit Convenor, my number one priority is to get students involved in school activities. My goal is to increase the number of students AND teachers who participate in spirit events. I am aiming to hold more pep rallies throughout first and second semester than those that were held this year. I will be holding occasional events in the cafeteria such as musical chairs, cup stacking competitions, trivia, and a lot more. In order for more students to participate in these activities, I’ll be giving out prizes to motivate people to join. I also want to implement new spirit week themes because I know they can get quite repetitive and boring. I will work with the Social Convenor to bring more sub-activities to school dances. I believe I have the skills and experience necessary to become Marc Garneau’s spirit convener for many reasons. Firstly, I have experience running a club as I am the president of the ALS club which was initiated by me this year and has continued throughout the year. As president I have overseen our bi-weekly meetings, bake sales and fundraisers. Additionally, I have experience dealing out tasks for club members to do during the meetings and taking leadership in order to ensure everyone is updated on the newest upcoming events. Lastly, I have experience coordinating many events outside of school such as bbq party games, baby shower activities, birthday parties, etc. I am responsible, organized, committed, accountable, creative and enjoy taking the lead and planning events to get people active and participating.