Meet the Board (2016-2017)

WCSA BOARD OF DIRECTORS 2016-2017

Executives

Novera NOVERA KHAN, PRESIDENT

Hey everyone! My name is Novera Khan and I am so honored to be serving as your President for the term 2016-2017. A bit about me – I am currently going into my fourth year studying Political Science, Economics and Sociology. I am also absolutely obsessed with Coke & Netflix!  This year, I want my role to extend beyond student governance. It is really important to me that all of you feel at home at Woodsworth College and that your experience here is as fun as possible! If you have any questions/concerns/suggestions, need someone to give you a pep talk or just someone to grab food with, I can be reached at president@mywcsa.com or Facebook!

Dylan DYLAN FORGAS, VP FINANCE

Hey Woodsworth! It’s an absolute pleasure to be back in the finance portfolio but this time as your VP. What does this mean for you though? Well, for one it means you can approach me at all times if you have any questions regarding the budget. It also means that you can count on me to make sure that all funds are allocated to fit the general needs of all you Woodsworth citizens (woodsworthians? Is that a thing?). But hold up, that does not mean I am a boring finance guy. I also love sports, camping, indie/rap, and grabbing an occasional brew with the buds. I like to think I am well-rounded, which I really hope helps me through this amazing year. As a wise man from Etobicoke once said, “This 2016/’17 team is going to kill it this year, ya feel?” I sure think he’s right.

Kristine KRISTINE SARAH MEDRERO, VP SOCIAL

Hey Woodsworth! My name is Kristine Sarah Medrero and I’m your 2016-2017 Vice President of Social Affairs! Currently, I’m a fourth year student, double majoring in International Relations and Political Science with a minor in History. You may be thinking: Why would someone studying in these programs want to take on Woodsworth’s Social portfolio? Well, my lovely Wolfpack, it’s because I LOVE Woodsworth (trust me, I pretty much live, breathe and exude anything and EVERYTHING Woodsworth – you’ve probably heard my distinct laugh and/or voice around Woodsworth) and I LOVE planning events (I’ve got last year’s Coffee Crawl and Pi Day under my belt). So what can you expect from the Social portfolio this year? Well, along with my Associate Director of Social Affairs, Samantha Davis, I’ll be bringing you a variety of social events, like our annual Red Party and a couple new ones too, so you can interact with other Woodsworth students and enjoy yourself while you’re at it! And trust me, there’s going to be a lot of food-based events (I mean who doesn’t love food?). So, Wolfpack, get your bodies ready for another year of fun-filled events! If you have any ideas, feedback or are interested in getting involved, then feel free to contact me at vp.social@mywcsa.com or come visit me during my office hours!

Ryan RYAN JEONG, VP EXTERNAL

Hello there Woodsworth! My name is Ryan, (or Minki, whichever one you prefer) Jeong and I am pleased to be representing the finest student population on campus this year as vice president of external affairs. Our job as student leaders would entail many things, but the main task for the external portfolio is really building healthy relations with other colleges, faculty, and or any external organizations, to maximize student life here at Woodsworth. For instance, if a resourceful opportunity is being offered by an external organization that our students could utilize, I, along with the external committee will be working our best to ensure that we capture that opportunity for our students. In addition, the external portfolio is to encourage student life on campus through establishing desired clubs. This being said, please feel free to come talk to me either during my office hours or just whenever you see me around the college to talk about literally anything you’d like, but implementing clubs in particular. I would be more than happy, and it would be an honour to work with all of our students to ensure that their voice is being heard, on all matters. Now, some of my main objectives for this year include; advocating students rights, implementation of additional clubs, ensuring that Woodsworth is a welcoming environment to all students at all times, pushing for college-collaborative events to maximize student benefit, and much more! If you’d like to hear more about my platform, please come and talk to me, I would much enjoy sharing ideas. Please contact me at vp.external@mywcsa.com, if you have any questions/concerns. Let’s have a fantastic year, Woodsworth, and see you all soon!

Img 8061 SARAH BEAR, VP PR

Hey Wolfpack! My name is Sarah Bear and I am your Vice President Public Relations for this upcoming school year. I am a fourth year student majoring in History and English and loving it! This year, I want the promotion of WCSA and Woodsworth College itself to be more interactive between us and the students, so I’d love to hear from you! Please feel free to drop by during my office hours or email me at vp.pr@mywcsa.com.

 Img 7965 RADHA LAMBA, VP INTERNAL

Hey there, Woodsworth! My name is Radha Lamba and I am your Vice-President of Internal Affairs for this year. I am going in my fourth-year double majoring in Economics and Criminology. I am very excited to be a part of the Board. I will ensure that everyone has the opportunity to gain access to all the resources WCSA offers and keep Woodsworth as amazing as it is. If you would like to contact me about any matter, please feel free to see me in WW103 or contact me at vp.internal@mywcsa.com! Here’s to all the amazing times ahead!

Miranda li MIRANDA LI, VP ATHLETICS

Hey Woodsworth! My name is Miranda and I’m going to be your Vice President of Athletic Affairs for the term 2016-2017. I’m currently in my third year specializing in Finance and Economics. In my spare time I enjoy being part of the U of T Synchronized Swimming Team and social dancing. I will be working extra hard this year on bringing in more variety of athletic events so that EVERYONE can benefit from the Athletics portfolio. If you have any suggestions please don’t hesitate to email me at vp.athletics@mywcsa.com.

Danika DANIKA BALJAK, SECRETARY

Hi Woodsworth! My name is Danika Baljak and I am your WCSA Secretary! I am going into my second year and I am a double major in Equity and Philosophy with a minor in Spanish! I look forward to getting more involved with Woodsworth ,and WCSA especially. Can’t wait to see all of the great ideas and events the WCSA Board of Directors come up with and I am here to help in any way! If you have any questions or concerns, you can reach me at secretary@mywcsa.com!

ASSOCIATES & DIRECTORS

Bhavroop BHAVROOP RIAR, UPPER YEAR STUDENT’ DIRECTOR

“Hey Woodsworth!My name is Bhavroop and I’m a third year student specializing in Environment and Health. I am really excited to be one of your Upper Year Students’ Directors and plan on organizing fun and engaging events. My goal this year is to increase the attendance of events so that everyone gets the opportunity to become involved in the amazing college that Woodsworth is! I am extremely approachable and open to new ideas, so send me an email at bhavroop.upperyear@mywcsa.com if you have any suggestions or questions.”

Ashley ASHLEY LALL, UPPER YEAR STUDENT’ DIRECTOR

Hey there, Woodsworth. My name is Ashley Lall and I am one of your two Upper Year Students’ Directors this year. I’m a third year student currently crying my way through a double major in international relations and political science, as well as a minor in French. The plan this year is to balance the academic and social lives of Woodsworth’s upper year students by holding events from which they can both benefit and enjoy. I’ll be working with my co-director, Bhavroop Riar, to bring you an awesome 2016-17 year. If you have any questions, concerns, or suggestions, feel free to shoot me an email at ashley.upperyear@mywcsa.com.

 Img 7970 ROHAN SHAH, ASSOCIATE FINANCE

Hey Woodsworth! My name is Rohan Shah and I’m in my third year studying Finance & Economics at Rotman Commerce. As the Associate Director of Financial Affairs, I plan on assisting Dylan with all things finance and to make sure that your money is being allocated efficiently. Dylan and I plan on answering any questions you might have regarding the budget and also getting ideas from you all about where your money could be allocated better. When I need a break from all the work, I like to unwind by hanging out with my friends, singing, watching TV shows and occasionally reading. As an international student, I found a home here at Woodsworth and I hope that we, the WCSA 2016-17 team, can do the same for you! If you have any questions, concerns, or suggestions, feel free to stop by during my office hours or shoot me an e-mail at associate.finance@mywcsa.com.

Haya adil sheikh HAYA DIL SHEIKH, OFF-CAMPUS STUDENT’ DIRECTOR

Hey Woodsworth friends, my name is Haya Adil Sheikh and I am your Off-Campus Director for this academic year. I’m super excited to share some of the ideas we have planned for this year and also carry on the legacy of our successful commuter events from previous years. My goal for this year is to be more approachable and to be the voice of my fellow Woodsworth community so that you don’t miss out on anything that takes place on campus. Apart from this, I love doing community service by being involved in non-profit groups at U of T and outside. You can always email me at haya.offcampus@mywcsa.com. If you have any questions, suggestions or just want to talk, I’ll be more than happy to answer any of your questions.

Img 7947 VALERIE DOS SANTOS, OFF-CAMPUS STUDENT’ DIRECTOR

Hey Woodsworth! My name is Valerie Dos Santos and I am a third year student majoring in Criminology and Ethics, Society and Law, and minoring in Political Science. I am very excited to be representing all Woodsworth off-campus students as one of your Off-Campus Directors! This year I will be working with my co-director, Haya, to host events like WCSA Wednesday and Commuter Appreciation Week. We also hope to create new events and initiatives during the year with the Off-Campus Committee. One of my goals is to help off-campus students become more involved and to feel like they are part of the Woodsworth family. I would like to better the experience of Woodsworth students living both on and off campus. If you have any questions, concerns or suggestions feel free to drop by my office hours or email me at valerie.offcampus@mywcsa.com. I look forward to working with all of you to make this an amazing year!

Img 7960 RUSSELL CANCERAN, ASSOCIATE ATHLETICS

“Hey Woodsworth! My name is Russell Canceran and I am stoked to be your Associate Director of Athletic Affairs for the 2016-2017 year. I am currently in my fourth year, double majoring in Political Science and Equity Studies. My goals for this year is to cater to an inclusive and welcoming athletics community at Woodsworth that helps promote healthy relationships. I look forward to working my fellow board members to provide you with awesome oppurtinities throughout the year. If you have any questions regarding sports or anything about life at U of T, please feel free to come by my office hours, shoot me an e-mail or just stop me in person and say hi!”

Justin JUSTIN ZELNICKER, FULL TIME STUDENT’ DIRECTOR

Paging all you lovely Woodsworth students who constantly survive the difficult and agonizing university that we go to!!!!! I’m so glad to be a part of your student government once again in this upcoming school year as your new full-time student director. I am a second year pursuing a double major in Employment Relations and Criminology in the upcoming 2016-17(Feels very weird saying that, so futuristic our world is getting). My goals as your new full-time student director is to organize fun and exciting events with my lovely partner Akshika for all full-time students in Woodsworth. The events can only be truly fun and exciting in my opinion if they are able to cater to the interests of all you lovely full-time students out there. So please feel free to contact me at justin.fulltime@mywcsa.com with any ideas for events or any questions/concerns. I hope this year is everything and more for all you out there!

Img 7968 AKSHIKA DAVE, FULL TIME STUDENT’ DIRECTOR

Hey Woodsworth! My name is Akshika Dave. I am a third year student majoring in Employment Relations and Economics. I am looking forward to representing all the full time students this year. Along with my partner Justin, my aim for this year would be to hold activities and events that would bring our community closer than ever.  I am all ears, so If you guys have any suggestions, questions or concerns you can contact me at akshika.fulltime@mywcsa.com. I look forward to having an exciting year ahead with you all!

Img 7954 (1) ERICA JEONG, PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPEMENT

Hey Woodsworth! My name is Erica Jeong, and I am studying Immunology and Fundamental Genetics and its Applications. I am super excited to be on the Board of Directors this year as the Professional Development Director. My goal this year is to provide students opportunities to build skills needed for career development through workshops, speaker series and leadership conference. If you have any suggestions or concerns, feel free to send me an e-mail or drop by during my office hours.

Img 7935 SAM DAVIS, ASSOCIATE SOCIAL

Julia JULIA STANDISH, ASSOCIATE PR

Hey Wolfpack! My name is Julia Standish, and I am so excited to be your Associative Director of Public Relations for this school year. I am a 2nd year student, and this year my goal is to promote WCSA and Woodsworth College the best to my ability along with being as interactive as possible with our students. With that said, feel free to contact me at any time, because I’d love to talk to you!! Feel free to email me at associate.pr@mywcsa.com

VICTORIA MOHAN, FIRST-YEAR STUDENT’ DIRECTOR

Hey Woodsworth! My name is Victoria Mohan and I will be your First Year Students’ Director for this term! On my spare time, I enjoy reading true crime novels, watching Netflix (currently obsessed with Scream), and sleeping! I along with my co-director Shekhar Sharma, plan to create events that reflect the diversity and spirit of students here at Woodsworth College. Our goal is to ensure that students have a memorable and enjoyable first year experience. If you have any questions, concerns, or ideas please contact me through my email at victoria.firstyear@mywcsa.com or stop by during my office hours. 

SHEKAR SHARMA, FIRST-YEAR STUDENT’ DIRECTOR:

Hey Woodsworth! I’m honoured to be you 2016-2017 first year student director. I am a first year student studying life sciences. As a first year student director my goal is to help fellow first year students get more involved and have fun at Woodsworth. I will help first year students by working with my partner Victoria to create fun events and educational opportunities for first year students. I would love to hear your suggestions or concerns, and you can contact me at shekhar.firstyear@mywcsa.com. 

DARBY LOWE, COMMUNITY OUTREACH DIRECTOR

Hey Woodsworth! My name is Darby Lowe and I am happy to be your Community Outreach Director this academic year. I look forward to connecting our own community at Woodsworth to the one that surrounds us by working in solidarity as a student body. I hope that I can expose our college to some of the organizations and programs that exist and raise both awareness and charity to help better the community we live in! I also hope to be a guide for anyone interested in getting involved. With that said, if you have any questions about getting involved on campus or in our surrounding community but don’t know where to start, please send me an email at outreach@mywcsa.com and I would be happy to help. 

ZAINAB YAYHA, CHESTNUT RESIDENCE DIRECTOR

Hey Woodsworth! My name is Zainab and I’m the Chestnut Director. I am in my second year doing a double major in International Relations and History. My job is to get more Chestnut students involved in Woodsworth events. However, my goal is to help in all aspects of the Woodsworth community, wherever I can! You can reach me at chestnut.residence@mywcsa.com or during my office hours, so feel free to chat with me any time!

KERRY MUNRO, PART-TIME STUDENT’ DIRECTOR

Hello Woodsworth!! My name is Kerry Munro and I am very honoured to be this year’s Part Time Students’ Director 2016-2017. I am a graduate of the Millie Rotman Shime Academic Bridging Programme and this is my first year at the University of Toronto. Remember: this is your year!! Get involved in as many clubs, sports and events as you can. Woodsworth is a great college and I am happy to call Woodsworth my home. If you need to reach me my email is parttime@mywcsa.com

MELIKE GONELAILAI, CHAIR

Hey Woodsworth! My name is Melika and I am the current Chair of the WCSA Board of Directors. I am in my fourth year studying Diaspora Translation Studies, Equity Studies and South Asian Studies. In addition to being super excited to be serving as your Chair for this academic year, I am tasked with ensuring that the WCSA Board is working to serve its amazing students efficiently and effectively! If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact me anytime at chair@mywcsa.com, I would love to chat!