The candidates were neck andneck throughout the race, butAdam Gourlay inched ahead of Kendra Sauder to become the pres-ident of the Fanshawe StudentUnion for the 2013/14 school year.Gourlay said it feels fantastic towin. “It was an amazing campaign,and I was glad to hear we had alarge voter turnout.” He ran a cam- paign based on four pillars: com-munication, culture, advocacy andtransparency.He will be working with VicePresident Internal Ola Akinsara,VP External Matthew Stewart, VPFinance Jessica Brook, VPEntertainment Allie Neeb and VPAthletics and Residence Life ChrisLethbridge. Clayton Greene waselected the student representativefor the Board of Governors.“In the first week or two and dur-ing our workshop, I want to meetwith (the council), find out wheretheir talents lie, find out where their passions are. Instead of going inwith a preconceived perception of what I want from them, I’ll talk tothem and make sure that they knowwhat they’re doing,” Gourlay said.“I feel like if they’re passionateabout the part of the Student Unionthey’re taking care of, then theywill do it more effectively and effi-ciently.”As president, Gourlay has threemajor goals for next year. “My firstgoal is to look at improving theclass rep system; making the com-munication from the base level of student and bringing that to the toplevel and make sure the studentvoice is heard in the college sochange can actually occur.”Secondly, he said, he wants to bring in healthier and higher quali-ty food options to campus, espe-cially for students with strictdietary requirements, such as celi-ac, gluten-free and halal diets. As anew vegetarian himself, “I have a passion for healthy eating,” he said.His third major goal is toimprove the effectiveness of theStudent Union’s awareness weeks.“Being part of the CanadianStudent Alliance (an advocacygroup), I’ve met student leadersacross Ontario and I hear abouttheir awareness weeks, and I wouldlike to use my contacts there to helpchange the culture here.” Gourlaystarted the Blue Monday mentalhealth campaign on campus thisyear, and he has plans to expand itfor next year, as mental health is amajor issue many college studentsare dealing with.Gourlay brings two years of FSUexecutive council experience withhim to the presidential position. Hewas Vice President Athletics andResidence Life in 2011/12 and iscurrently serving as VP External.This past year, he worked as theSouth-West Director of the CSA.The top skills he said he brings tothe position are strong communica-tion skills, the ability to roll withthe punches and honed leadershipabilities. “I’ve always been empa-thetic, always been able to putmyself in other people’s shoes,” headded, saying that that is another quality a strong leader possesses.When asked what he wanted to be remembered for, Gourlay saidhe wants to be remembered as theguy who did all he could and lis-tened to people. “I strongly believethat students know what they wantand if you let them take the reinssometimes, then it usually turns outwell.”
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Gourlay grabs presidential victory
CREDIT: MELANIE ANDERSON
Kendra Sauder (left), Jason King and Adam Gourlay at the Presidentialdebate on March 11.
Whether you’ve personally bat-tled cancer or you’ve helped afriend or family member fight thedisease, it’s something that hasaffected us all.Matthew Stewart’s life wastouched by cancer earlier this year.“One of my (volleyball) teammembers unfortunately lost hismom to cancer this year. It didn’t just affect him … it affected our whole team.”As the Fanshawe StudentUnion’s Vice President of Athletics and Residence Life,Stewart has been hard at work organizing Fanshawe’s secondannual Relay For Life, an eventthat raises awareness and moneyfor the Canadian Cancer Society.“It’s also to give back to the peo- ple who have suffered from it or who have been directly affected byit,” added Stewart.Last year, more than 15,000teams across Canada raised $51million during Relay For Life. AtFanshawe alone, two teams raised$2,500.From 7 p.m. on March 23 until 7a.m. on March 24, Relay For Lifewill take over Forwell Hall.Participants will run on a track around the room, and each teammust have at least one person onthe track during each of the 12hours of the event. The event will begin with a few laps completed bycancer survivors. The track will belined with luminaries – paper bagson which people can write thename of someone they know who battled cancer.It will be an evening of fun, withgames, prizes and other activitiesthroughout the night, and a break-fast in the morning. There will also be an awareness information boothset up.One day after creating aFacebook event page in earlyMarch, over 450 people had beeninvited. Two teams had registeredonline and raised over $700.The goal is to raise $2,700 thisyear – $200 more than last year’sevents raised. “We’re well on our way to that already,” Stewart saidconfidently.There is a $10 entry fee per per-son, and Stewart said he is hoping10 to 15 people will sign up per team. There will be a table set upoutside the Oasis cafeteria in SC building to sign up to participate,to give a donation, or to purchase aluminary for $5.If you’re not able to participate,you can still help! Stewart and histeam will be collecting donationson campus in the days leading upto Relay For Life.For more information or to signup, head to the Fanshawe StudentUnion main office in SC2001,check out the Facebook event attinyurl.com/fan-Relay2013 or goto relayforlife.ca/fanshawe.
Relay to remember, celebrateand raise awareness
The votes are in . . .
Total ballots: 1755Full-time ballots: 1727Part-time ballots: 28
Spoiled 108KING, Jason307SAUDER, Kendra 647
VP External & Academic AffairsSTEWART,MattYES1324
Spoiled 236NAZAR,Aziza 489
VP Internal AffairsAKINSARA, OlaYES1238
VP Athletics & Residence LifeLETHBRIDGE,Chris1108
Board of GovernorsGREENE , Clayton 861
Spoiled 284Sturm , Gabrielle 610
MARCH 14, 2013