Nominations

NSGSA Executive Elections 2018-2019 Council

Nominees are listed by positions nominated for in alphabetical order by last name with their name, degree, and a brief description on why they should be considered for the position. Elections will be held in Seminar on May 17th, self and colleague nominations of current fellow DNS graduate students may also be submitted at that time for positions without current nominees.

Make sure to get your ballot and cast your votes!

CANDIDATES:

President
Rodney Au-Yeung (PhD)

“As the current Vice President of the NSGSA (2017-2018) and past Community Liaison, my strong understanding of the NSGSA’s administration and event planning will be critical in successfully organizing and managing the association in a leadership role. Additionally, having completed both my undergraduate and graduate (MSc.) training in the Department of Nutrition (DNS), I have also built a strong rapport with the undergraduate students (NSSA), many DNS graduate students, and faculty members which will undoubtedly facilitate cross-talk across all communities. Voting for me will be a vote for a vocal, enthusiastic, and experienced executive member that will represent your interests fairly and ensure the continual growth of your NSGSA.”

Vice-President
Jo-Anna Baxter (PhD)

“My name is Jo-Anna Baxter, and I am a PhD candidate. Come fall 2018, I will be entering the fourth year of my PhD studies. Having spent two years on the NSGSA as a social representative, I am looking forward to leveraging this experience in the potential capacity of a vice president in the coming year! I am based out of SickKids, and initially thought that joining the NSGSA would be a great way to become more involved in the DNS. Looking back on the past two years, I have definitely come to feel much more connected to the DNS and developed a confident handle on how the NSGSA works. More importantly, I have some great ideas for improving student life and how we could better engage our diverse student body next year. I’m really looking forward to the opportunity to potentially work with the NSGSA and graduate student body in the coming year.”

Administrator
Open to nominations 🙂
Webmaster
Lorena López Domínguez (PhD)

“I am a PhD student finishing my second year. This year I enjoyed serving as Communications Officer in the NSGSA, which provide me with the opportunity to upgrade the current website and newsletter to keep you updated with all the fun events organized by the association. I am a very technical and practical person, so I really enjoyed being able to facilitate the communications to the students and making information more accessible, which is also useful being Co-Editor of our departmental magazine NutriNews.
I like how the NSGSA, as driven by students, creates networking opportunities and encourages you to share experiences with other students in the department, so I hope I can continue contributing with new ideas being part of this year’s NSGSA team.”

Shahen Yashpal (MSc)

“My name is Shahen and I’m a MSc student with the Hanley Lab. As an undergraduate student, I was a member of the Nutritional Sciences Student Association (NSSA) and hope to bring the same enthusiasm and energy as a member of the NSGSA.
During my first year as a graduate student, I have seen the hard work and excellent events organised by the NSGSA. I hope to keep students in the department connected and raise awareness of events. Previously, in my role as manager at a start-up company, I promoted and organized logistics for company events such as talks from distinguished professionals in the field, company social events and often chaired meetings. As webmaster of the NSSA, I kept the undergraduate department up to date on upcoming events through the NSSA website and multiple social media platforms. As a first year MSc student in the department I experienced staying in close correspondence with students as a teaching assistant, attending departmental meetings and witnessing the work done by the NSGSA to keep the department engaged. Through these experiences I have been prepared for the important responsibility of being a member of the NSGSA. I am committed to helping the NSGSA reach its’ peak potential and make sure that students in the department can stay connected to the Faculty of Medicine, and feel part of a community.”


Graduate Students Union (GSU) Representative
Dandan Li (MSc)

“Hi there! My name is Dandan and I’m currently doing my MSc in Dr. Vuksan’s lab at St. Michael’s hospital. I had the pleasure of being one of the co-first year representatives this past year, during which I enjoyed building connections with students from the department and representing a source of support as well as encouragement. I hope I can bring this forward to the new year as one of the hospital representatives. In particular, I aim to bring the hospital-based students and the graduate department closer together by representing a bridge for new ideas and by hosting events that are both accessible and of interest to everyone. I look forward to hopefully continue working with the NSGSA team!”

Shahen Yashpal (MSc)

“My name is Shahen and I’m a MSc student with the Hanley Lab. As an undergraduate student, I was a member of the Nutritional Sciences Student Association (NSSA) and hope to bring the same enthusiasm and energy as a member of the NSGSA.
During my first year as a graduate student, I have seen the hard work and excellent events organised by the NSGSA. I hope to keep students in the department connected and raise awareness of events. Previously, in my role as manager at a start-up company, I promoted and organized logistics for company events such as talks from distinguished professionals in the field, company social events and often chaired meetings. As webmaster of the NSSA, I kept the undergraduate department up to date on upcoming events through the NSSA website and multiple social media platforms. As a first year MSc student in the department I experienced staying in close correspondence with students as a teaching assistant, attending departmental meetings and witnessing the work done by the NSGSA to keep the department engaged. Through these experiences I have been prepared for the important responsibility of being a member of the NSGSA. I am committed to helping the NSGSA reach its’ peak potential and make sure that students in the department can stay connected to the Faculty of Medicine, and feel part of a community.”


Faculty of Medicine (FoM) Representative
Guanlan Hu (PhD)

“Hi, My name is Guanlan Hu, a 1st year PhD student in Nutritional Sciences. I am based on The Hospital for Sick Children, and my research project is related with malnutrition under the supervision of Dr. Bandsma. I am a energetic girl who like traveling, photograph and sports activities.
The reason I choose to join NSGSA is that NSGSA is like a family. I attended several activities holds by NSGSA and really like the atmosphere. And the activities hold by NSGSA is important for student’s life outside academia. And I think my precious experience in student would help me contribute to NSGSA.
Previously, I join the student union of Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU) and being the Minister of Public Relations. Represent SJTU student union to communicate with other universities in China and cooperate with companies. And organize university level activities which combine all the colleges and departments. Also, I am one of the leader of Paris-Tech Silkroads Students Communication Exchange Program, holds activities in Paris and 3 cities of China, and build a bridge for French and Chinese student communicate with each other. The organization and communication skills I gained may helpful for NSGSA. Because I am based at Sickkids, and may have the resources to better communicate between DNS, hospital and different major in FoM. I hope my passion and skills would contribute to a better NSGSA, a better family. Looking forward to join you ^_^”

Siya Khanna (MSc)

“As an undergraduate student I have always enjoyed being involved in my school community and contributing to the student life experience. I would like to continue this during my time here at U of T.
I have worked as an Events coordinator responsible for planning and organizing events for on campus student organizations such as UNICEF at York and now GradMinds at UofT. As part of my role as events coordinator I had experience planning social events and coordinating/communicating with the entire executive team. I have also served as a peer mentor for Student Ombuds Services for 2 years where I provided guidance to first year students entering York University and aided them for a smoother transition from High School to University, Answered questions and concerns of incoming first year students, and facilitated team building and ice breaker exercises to help students network with one another.
Last year I had the privilege of founding and leading an organization at York University (CAMH at York) that served to advocate and educate for mental health awareness. As the President I was responsible for managing the organization which included creating and operating all social media pages, planning, scheduling and organizing all events for the school year and setting up/ buying materials. I believe I can use my previous experience and positively contribute to the NSGSA.”

Dandan Li (MSc)

“Hi there! My name is Dandan and I’m currently doing my MSc in Dr. Vuksan’s lab at St. Michael’s hospital. I had the pleasure of being one of the co-first year representatives this past year, during which I enjoyed building connections with students from the department and representing a source of support as well as encouragement. I hope I can bring this forward to the new year as one of the hospital representatives. In particular, I aim to bring the hospital-based students and the graduate department closer together by representing a bridge for new ideas and by hosting events that are both accessible and of interest to everyone. I look forward to hopefully continue working with the NSGSA team!”

Shahen Yashpal (MSc)

“My name is Shahen and I’m a MSc student with the Hanley Lab. As an undergraduate student, I was a member of the Nutritional Sciences Student Association (NSSA) and hope to bring the same enthusiasm and energy as a member of the NSGSA.
During my first year as a graduate student, I have seen the hard work and excellent events organised by the NSGSA. I hope to keep students in the department connected and raise awareness of events. Previously, in my role as manager at a start-up company, I promoted and organized logistics for company events such as talks from distinguished professionals in the field, company social events and often chaired meetings. As webmaster of the NSSA, I kept the undergraduate department up to date on upcoming events through the NSSA website and multiple social media platforms. As a first year MSc student in the department I experienced staying in close correspondence with students as a teaching assistant, attending departmental meetings and witnessing the work done by the NSGSA to keep the department engaged. Through these experiences I have been prepared for the important responsibility of being a member of the NSGSA. I am committed to helping the NSGSA reach its’ peak potential and make sure that students in the department can stay connected to the Faculty of Medicine, and feel part of a community.”


CUPE Representative
Open to nominations 🙂

Community Liaison
(2 positions available)
Paraskevi Massara (PhD)

“I am an international second year PhD student in the Department of Nutritional Sciences and in the Hospital for Sick Children. I really enjoy being involved in community activities and working in groups. During the academic year 2017-2018, I volunteered as social convener in Knox College, which is also the place I live in. In addition to organizing events, I took initiatives with regards residence meal plan and housing facilities. In addition, I am a member of the NutriNews team since 2016 writing opinion articles. Before my arrival to Canada, I was volunteering in poverty alleviation actions organized by the church. Specifically, from 2012-2016 I worked as a dietitian in a socio-clinic in Patras and I helped to organize a food bank for the Syrian refugees.
By participating in the NSGSA I hope to bring my excitement and previous experience in working in groups and doing the best for the community.”

Social Representative
(2 positions available)
Guanlan Hu (PhD)

“Hi, My name is Guanlan Hu, a 1st year PhD student in Nutritional Sciences. I am based on The Hospital for Sick Children, and my research project is related with malnutrition under the supervision of Dr. Bandsma. I am a energetic girl who like traveling, photograph and sports activities.
The reason I choose to join NSGSA is that NSGSA is like a family. I attended several activities holds by NSGSA and really like the atmosphere. And the activities hold by NSGSA is important for student’s life outside academia. And I think my precious experience in student would help me contribute to NSGSA.
Previously, I join the student union of Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU) and being the Minister of Public Relations. Represent SJTU student union to communicate with other universities in China and cooperate with companies. And organize university level activities which combine all the colleges and departments. Also, I am one of the leader of Paris-Tech Silkroads Students Communication Exchange Program, holds activities in Paris and 3 cities of China, and build a bridge for French and Chinese student communicate with each other. The organization and communication skills I gained may helpful for NSGSA. Because I am based at Sickkids, and may have the resources to better communicate between DNS, hospital and different major in FoM. I hope my passion and skills would contribute to a better NSGSA, a better family. Looking forward to join you ^_^”

Laura Vergeer (MSc)

“This past year, I served as the First Year Representative of the NSGSA, where my primary role was to act as a liaison between new graduate students and the NSGSA, and to encourage new students to come out to our events. I also helped organize several of these events this year, including working closely with the Social Representatives to plan the DNS Holiday Party last December. I’m also a member of the NutriNews Executive Team and the DNS Alumni Association, and I played on the DNS intramural volleyball team this year. If I’m elected as Social Rep, I hope to use my NSGSA experience and enthusiasm for the DNS to help organize a variety of fun events for DNS members to enjoy throughout the year.”

Hospital Representative
(2 positions available)
Guanlan Hu (PhD)

“Hi, My name is Guanlan Hu, a 1st year PhD student in Nutritional Sciences. I am based on The Hospital for Sick Children, and my research project is related with malnutrition under the supervision of Dr. Bandsma. I am a energetic girl who like traveling, photograph and sports activities.
The reason I choose to join NSGSA is that NSGSA is like a family. I attended several activities holds by NSGSA and really like the atmosphere. And the activities hold by NSGSA is important for student’s life outside academia. And I think my precious experience in student would help me contribute to NSGSA.
Previously, I join the student union of Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU) and being the Minister of Public Relations. Represent SJTU student union to communicate with other universities in China and cooperate with companies. And organize university level activities which combine all the colleges and departments. Also, I am one of the leader of Paris-Tech Silkroads Students Communication Exchange Program, holds activities in Paris and 3 cities of China, and build a bridge for French and Chinese student communicate with each other. The organization and communication skills I gained may helpful for NSGSA. Because I am based at Sickkids, and may have the resources to better communicate between DNS, hospital and different major in FoM. I hope my passion and skills would contribute to a better NSGSA, a better family. Looking forward to join you ^_^”

Siya Khanna (MSc)

“As an undergraduate student I have always enjoyed being involved in my school community and contributing to the student life experience. I would like to continue this during my time here at U of T.
I have worked as an Events coordinator responsible for planning and organizing events for on campus student organizations such as UNICEF at York and now GradMinds at UofT. As part of my role as events coordinator I had experience planning social events and coordinating/communicating with the entire executive team. I have also served as a peer mentor for Student Ombuds Services for 2 years where I provided guidance to first year students entering York University and aided them for a smoother transition from High School to University, Answered questions and concerns of incoming first year students, and facilitated team building and ice breaker exercises to help students network with one another.
Last year I had the privilege of founding and leading an organization at York University (CAMH at York) that served to advocate and educate for mental health awareness. As the President I was responsible for managing the organization which included creating and operating all social media pages, planning, scheduling and organizing all events for the school year and setting up/ buying materials. I believe I can use my previous experience and positively contribute to the NSGSA.”

Dandan Li (MSc)

“Hi there! My name is Dandan and I’m currently doing my MSc in Dr. Vuksan’s lab at St. Michael’s hospital. I had the pleasure of being one of the co-first year representatives this past year, during which I enjoyed building connections with students from the department and representing a source of support as well as encouragement. I hope I can bring this forward to the new year as one of the hospital representatives. In particular, I aim to bring the hospital-based students and the graduate department closer together by representing a bridge for new ideas and by hosting events that are both accessible and of interest to everyone. I look forward to hopefully continue working with the NSGSA team!”

Paraskevi Massara (PhD)

“I am an international second year PhD student in the Department of Nutritional Sciences and in the Hospital for Sick Children. I really enjoy being involved in community activities and working in groups. During the academic year 2017-2018, I volunteered as social convener in Knox College, which is also the place I live in. In addition to organizing events, I took initiatives with regards residence meal plan and housing facilities. In addition, I am a member of the NutriNews team since 2016 writing opinion articles. Before my arrival to Canada, I was volunteering in poverty alleviation actions organized by the church. Specifically, from 2012-2016 I worked as a dietitian in a socio-clinic in Patras and I helped to organize a food bank for the Syrian refugees.
By participating in the NSGSA I hope to bring my excitement and previous experience in working in groups and doing the best for the community.”

Mentorship Representative
Andrea Glenn (PhD)

“I am entering my second year of my PhD in Dr. John Sievenpiper’s lab. I believe I would be a good fit for the mentorship position as I have had experience acting a mentor for others (interns, undergrad & high school students) and as a mentee, in both formal and informal settings. This experience from both sides gave me insight into the benefit of a mentor-mentee relationship, which I can advocate for through this position and adequately support the students participating in the mentorship program.
In addition, I have previous experience on student council, including acting as Hospital Rep and Community Liaison, so I am familiar with how the council works and with organizing events for students. I hope to continue to be part of the NSGSA through the mentorship position next year. Thank you for considering me!”

Siya Khanna (MSc)

“As an undergraduate student I have always enjoyed being involved in my school community and contributing to the student life experience. I would like to continue this during my time here at U of T.
I have worked as an Events coordinator responsible for planning and organizing events for on campus student organizations such as UNICEF at York and now GradMinds at UofT. As part of my role as events coordinator I had experience planning social events and coordinating/communicating with the entire executive team. I have also served as a peer mentor for Student Ombuds Services for 2 years where I provided guidance to first year students entering York University and aided them for a smoother transition from High School to University, Answered questions and concerns of incoming first year students, and facilitated team building and ice breaker exercises to help students network with one another.
Last year I had the privilege of founding and leading an organization at York University (CAMH at York) that served to advocate and educate for mental health awareness. As the President I was responsible for managing the organization which included creating and operating all social media pages, planning, scheduling and organizing all events for the school year and setting up/ buying materials. I believe I can use my previous experience and positively contribute to the NSGSA.”

Paraskevi Massara (PhD)

“I am an international second year PhD student in the Department of Nutritional Sciences and in the Hospital for Sick Children. I really enjoy being involved in community activities and working in groups. During the academic year 2017-2018, I volunteered as social convener in Knox College, which is also the place I live in. In addition to organizing events, I took initiatives with regards residence meal plan and housing facilities. In addition, I am a member of the NutriNews team since 2016 writing opinion articles. Before my arrival to Canada, I was volunteering in poverty alleviation actions organized by the church. Specifically, from 2012-2016 I worked as a dietitian in a socio-clinic in Patras and I helped to organize a food bank for the Syrian refugees.
By participating in the NSGSA I hope to bring my excitement and previous experience in working in groups and doing the best for the community.”