Students’ Representative Council Elections Ashley Macosky running for president

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I am in my third year of studies, pursuing a Double major in Philosophy and Psychology.

I am seeking the positions of SRC President, Student Senator and member of the Board of Governors.

1. I was born and raised in Calgary, AB. I became a student here at UNB Saint John in the winter semester of 2010. I have completed my Certificate in General Studies and look forward to graduating with a Bachelors degree in 2015.

Sports and gaming have been an important and cherished passion of mine. I am part of the current 3vs3 Basketball champion team here on campus, a member of the Wolf Pack ultimate Frisbee team and compete in a tennis league. I will accept all challengers to a game of Risk.

I have worked in various different industries from cabinet making and construction, communications and office systems and also the food service department of a professional sports team. I have accumulated a wide range of skills and experiences that can be applied not just on the job but in my personal life as well.

I have always excelled at building things, figuring out how they work and, if possible, making them better. I believe I can do the same for the SRC as your president.

2. I first severed a term as the mature/non-traditional student representative for the 2011-2012 school year and then was nominated to be the vice president students affairs for 2012-2013. During both terms I have served on the SRC’s finance committee.

3. In all three summers I have been here in Saint John, I have been part of the Promise Partnership’s Backyard Book Club and have been involved in the mentoring program during the school year for past two years. I have been a member and executive of the mature/non-traditional Student Society, helped form the soccer club and am working to rebuild the frisbee club. I work in our athletic department and have enjoyed my time as a voice of your Seawolves during live radio broadcasts of home basketball and volleyball games.

I have volunteered to help out during a number of non-SRC events and also serve on the Saint John Senate and two related committees.

4. After 23 years, our general manager is retiring and I believe it to be of utmost importance to have someone serving as your president that has knowledge and experience of the day-to-day operations of the SRC. This will ensure that there is as much support available to our new GM and next year’s council as possible. We can continue moving forward with some of the initiatives that council has undertaken and the conversations that have started with the community and prevent the SRC from going backwards and starting over.

I have always been a strong leader and in many of my jobs have risen to leadership positions and been responsible for training and mentoring others. I believe that my experiences leading diverse groups of people gives me a distinct advantage when it comes to leading your student council.

5. Many companies are currently not in a position to hire students and I would like to see our vp finance position included as part of the co-op program offed to the business students attending UNBSJ. Conversations have already begun and I will continue to press the Business Faculty to consider this as an option for students.

Communication will be another main focus during my term as president. This year’s SRC has taken steps to improve the lines of communication between students and council, I will continue to explore more ways to engage the students.

We are in many ways left alone in Saint John to fend for ourselves when it comes to advancing student issues. I will expect to work closer with other student unions and the New Brunswick Student Alliance to ensure our voice is heard. We need to be at as many tables of discussion regarding post secondary education that we can be and ensure that the students are informed of the things that happen off campus that may affect their educational experience on campus.

Continued cooperation with administration on developing the trail system on campus is needed for completion of the project. We have involved students and faculty in the trails project in an effort to bring us all closer together by working on a shared goal. I have also talked with city officials in hopes of connecting our system of trails with Rockwood Park.

Most importantly, I will let others know that this is not the same old SRC. It is time for us to stand up and speak with a stronger voice.

6. Neil Armstrong. I mean c’mon, the guy walked on something that was not called planet earth.


Emily is in her fourth year of Political Science. She loves studying and academics which follows into her research work. She's a stern black coffee drinker and is a proud Acadienne. When she's not working or doing school work, you can find Emily listening to 70s music on vinyl and watching Parks and Recreation. If you ask her about parliamentary institutions, she won't stop talking.