UNBSRC election results: Meet your new UNBSRC

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Between March 7 and 11, UNBSJ students had the opportunity to vote for who they wanted to represent them in the SRC for the 2023-2024 academic year.

New UNBSRC President, Madison Worth (Wolfgang Düchtel/The Baron)

Now that the votes have been counted, it’s time to meet your new SRC!

Executive positions

The new President & CEO of the SRC is Madison Worth. Madison obtained this position with 263 out of 381 votes which means that 69.0 percent of voters voted for her. Madison’s message to the student body is as follows:

“It is a huge honour to be elected, and I am so excited to see what next year holds! I think next year will be one of the best years the SRC has ever seen. We already have so many great ideas and plans for student affordability, employment, and student life! I want to encourage everyone to keep their ears open for ways to get involved; SRC will be hiring and electing more students in the next few months. The more amazing leaders we have on the team, the stronger the student union will be. Go Seawolves!!”

The new Vice President External of the SRC is Walter Fuerniss. Walter won this position with 343 out of 381 votes; this means that 90.0% of voters voted for him! Here is a message from Walter to the students of UNBSJ:

“I would love to say a major thank you to everyone who took the time out of their day to vote and have their voice heard! I am excited to get to work on improving the student experience here at UNBSJ and ensuring that everyone has the opportunity to have their voice heard many more times over this upcoming school year! In the meantime, if you have any questions or ideas for me regarding how the SRC can improve YOUR experience next year, please feel welcome to reach out to me anytime you see me on campus or by email at wfuernis@unb.ca!!!”

Council positions 

Kahlan Edwards is the new Faculty of Business rep for the SRC. Kahlan achieved this position with 338 out of 381 votes, which means 88.7 percent of student voters voted for Kahlan.

The new rep for the Faculty of Science, Applied Science, and Engineering is Anna-Maria Salamone. Anna-Maria secured her position with 349 out of 381 votes, 91.6 percent of student voters voted for Anna-Maria.

Ayush Bhosale is the new International Student Rep. Ayush acquired this position with 343 out of 381 votes, 90.0 percent of voters voted for Ayush.

Sarah Mahmood has been re-elected as the Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Rep for the SRC. With 358 out of 381 voters voting for Sarah, she was the candidate with the highest voter percentage of 94.0 percent. Here is what Sarah has to say to the students of UNBSJ:

“Thank you to all the students who voted in this year’s SRC election! I’m so glad to be back in the position of EDI (Equity, Diversity, and Inclusivity) representative for another year! I ended my last term with the creation of the student-based EDI committee and an EDI campaign week that raised awareness on EDI-based issues in the community, and with my next elected term, I hope to do even more! Thanks again to the student community, and I’m looking forward to all we can accomplish together in the EDI space in the coming year!”

Re-elected EDI representative Sarah Mahmood (Wolfgang Düchtel/The Baron)

The new Member At Large Rep is Shantel McCracken. Shantel received this position with 338 out of 381 votes, 88.7 percent of voters voted for Shantel.

Ridhima Dixit is the new Board of Governors for the SRC! Ridhima earned this position with 312 out of 381 votes, meaning 81.9 percent of student voters voted for her.

And finally, the new Mature Student Rep and the new Senate for the SRC is Ande Mosher. Ande is the only candidate to win two positions in this election. For the position of Senate, Ande won with 344 out of 381 votes, a voter percentage of 90.3 percent. For the position of Mature Student Rep, Ande won with 345 out of 381 votes, a voter percentage of 90.6 percent.

Here’s what Ande had to say about their win:

“I would like to thank the people who voted for me, and I would also like to tell everyone that I am here for them,  my email (m4zw@unb.ca) is open if they have any issues they want me to help bring forward to the SRC or to administration. I feel that my role is not to speak for all students as much as it is to amplify all student voices. I truly believe that as students, we can advocate for change so that all students are treated with fairness and equity, and I want to be part of that conversation with you all!”

Voter turnout

It is important to note that only 381 students took the time to vote in this election. This is only a fraction of the students at UNBSJ that are being represented.

That being said, voter turnout was much higher in comparison to last year’s turnout.

Kylie is a second year Arts student who plans on majoring in English. Most days when Kylie's not studying, she can be found reading, baking, drinking coffee, or talking about her three dogs. She's very passionate about education, human rights, and literature.