Executive Council Candidates
Melanie Pack, she/her
I have truly enjoyed my time with the NWPSA acting as Vice President Internal for the last six months. As I head into the second year of a business degree, I feel a real draw to stay with the organization and run for President.
Some of my favorite parts of being with the SA have been working with clubs helping them to develop and access resources in the school. I really enjoy planning and hosting events for the students. From movies to quiz nights, or study sessions to open mic nights. I have always tried to plan something fun that will catch the interest of all the different kinds of people that go to our school. It’s interesting to be a part of different committees that help to make students’ lives easier. They have also helped me to become more confident in my journey of becoming a business graduate. I love being a part of the SA community. I have learnt so much from the people that have come into my life and look forward to continuing my journey with them.
I have lots of hobbies that I enjoy doing in my spare time. I love to read, my favorite book it The Hobbit and I have read it every year since I was eleven. I started playing water polo in the past year. Swimming has always been my favorite sport, but adding this challenge has brought me a team spirit that I haven’t know for a very long time. I like to play video games, and I can often be found at the arcade with my nieces or nephews. Music has always played a big role in my life; I try to have it on whenever possible because I love to sing.
I want to take everything I have learnt and the connections I have made in the last six months, as VP Internal, to continue helping students have their best experience while at NWP. It is important to me that the Students Association feels welcoming and is the kind of environment where students want to hang out. Between the business skills I’m learning in school and my past experiences as a manager, I believe I will be a strong leader. I want to use my hard-earned skills to be an asset not only for the executive and student council, but more importantly for the student body. I look forward for the opportunity to continue my time working for the students of NWP by listening to their needs, acting as a support system, connecting them to resources, and advocating for their rights.
Vice President Internal Candidate
Hala Ezzeddine, she/her
My Name is Hala Ezzeddine. I am a second year Bachelor of Education Student at Northwestern Polytechnic. I have been attending campus since 2018 as I started in Academic Upgrading, which has allowed me to spend a long period of time on campus getting to know students. I am invested in NWP and academia due to the Ambassador Program offered here on campus. Through this program, it has allowed me to volunteer at campus and community events which has strengthened my ties with students & staff members within Northwestern Polytechnic. This role has also prepared me to be a part of Northwestern Polytechnic’s Students Association.
If chosen as an Executive Council member VP Internal, I hope to use the experiences and tools I have gained over the years to expand on the current items in place through NWPSA. As the role of VP Internal is to be involved with students, campus clubs and the community, I hope to bring a stronger sense of inclusion, collaboration, and involvement to our Grande Prairie & Fairview campuses. Through the role of VP Internal, my hope is to expand and build on the items already in place at both our campuses to expand on our school spirit, provide more clubs and a stronger sense of community that will make every student's time memorable at NWP.
I also intend to expand students' access and knowledge on several services we have available on campus for the students such as mental health services, friendship center as well as the services available through Students Association. One way I plan to execute these initiatives is to speak with students directly, provide opportunities for feedback and listen to our student body to not only benefit current students, but also future students.
I bring to the role years of leadership experience through both community work and academia, as well as an open mind that is welcoming to everyone. By serving as an Executive member within NWPSA, I hope to address students' concerns, and lead with passion. Both these skills will allow our campuses to be the best they can be for every student.
Vice President Internal Candidate
Wendy Anthony, she/her
As a Northwestern Polytechnic student, I am a very active member in society. I volunteer monthly at the library, helping set up, initiate and monitor the intergenerational game night. I also am part of the Thirteen Rising group. In this group we (the “big kids”) help the children (the “little
kids”) learn to love helping other people. We show them how they can have fun and give to others as well as how giving to others can help them. When the Army Navy was renovating its area. I tend to make friends easily, and most of my volunteer journeys start out by simply helping a friend. One friend that I have helped was Darren Foley who runs the 3D charity hockey and soccer tournament.
I like to think that I have always been the volunteer type. In 6th grade, I ran for Treasurer, won and helped with all the fundraisers, events that were put on by the student council. I helped in the library, returning books to where they belonged, and helping others find the books they wanted. Going into the higher grades, I spent a lot of my recess or break time in the office, making ice bags for those who got hurt, or rolling coins, helping with whatever little task they needed done.
My life has been filled with difficult situations and moments, though I still make sure to help others in any way that I can. I have devoted my life to helping others, whether it is helping them get through a tough time, entertaining them, or just being a listening ear. I am going to school with the end goal of becoming a child life specialist at the Stollery Children's Hospital.
This job would entail me helping children that have life threatening illness, understand what they are going through, and that it is not in any way their fault, and teaching them to have a good time through it all. I will also be spreading my belief that the best medicine is helping others.
Vice President External Candidate
Joshua Winland, he/him
Hello, my name is Joshua. I am a third year Fine Arts student, going into my fourth year. Being an advocate for the 2SLGBTQIA+ community and also the current VP External, has shown me a clear path to what I can achieve as a person. I am running for VP External for the Executive Council. Staying with the Executive Council would give me an opportunity to improve the work I have done already. With a strong staff team to help me understand the importance of the political climate. I have the necessary tools to raise the bar doing it again. Having a Fine arts background will push me to think creatively as well as effectively add to discussions. Electing me for this role would help me improve things that I didn't know from last year, get to know the students and their concerns, and also help the college student experience be the best it can be. With my outgoing personality and leadership skills, I am prepared to step into this role and show what I can do. Going to school right now when COVID-19 took effect really showed me the challenges of student life. I want to be there to listen to students and help conquer some of their challenges. I am here to make an effort to provide what is best for the students. Thank you for this amazing opportunity.