The Executive Corner

Connor Goodfellow

VP Student Life

SAITSA executive council portraits on campus in Calgary on Wednesday, April 6, 2016. (Mikaela MacKenzie/)

SAITSA executive council portraits on campus in Calgary on Wednesday, April 6, 2016.
(Mikaela MacKenzie/)

Q: As VP Student Life, what do you do for students?
A: In my role, I’m responsible for a bunch of event planning, as well as higher-level direction setting as far as the student experience at SAIT goes. This would include evaluating what SAITSA does to support students in areas such as mental health, events, and clubs and then identifying needs in those areas.

Q: What would you like to accomplish during your year as VP?
A: I have a long list of goals for this year. It includes mental health and wellness initiatives, a bunch of ideas for awesome events, promoting the growth of our clubs system, collaborating with SAIT on sustainability initiatives and creating efficiencies at the Executive Council and Board of Directors levels to help facilitate more successes in the future. Ideally, we can get all of this done by May.

Q: What is your biggest goal for this upcoming year?
A: My biggest goal, or at least the one that I’m most passionate about, is increasing student engagement with SAITSA’s Board of Directors. SAITSA works entirely for students, so bringing more of the student’s voice directly to the highest level of our organization can ensure that we continue to serve students effectively and offer programs and services that students want.

Q: What SAITSA event are you most looking forward to?
A: At this point, I’m really excited for the start of the year. It’s such a refreshing and energetic time and we’re going to be holding great events all throughout Welcome Week (Sept. 6 – 9). Long term though, I’m most excited about some of the new things we’re putting together. All I’m going to say is that you might want to avoid room MB216. The door might lock behind you.

Q: What did you last binge-watch on Netflix?
A: On Netflix? Probably Making a Murderer. But right now I’m re-watching Game of Thrones as a lead-up to the new season. It’s out but I haven’t watched it yet. No spoilers.

Q: If you had to listen to only one album for the rest of your life, what album would that be?
A: Maybe Broadcast 2000’s self-titled album? Or maybe Putting the Days to Bed by The Long Winters. Or maybe any Tokyo Police Club album. This is really hard, you guys.

Q: What are some services at SAIT that students don’t use enough or may not know about?
A: The Student Support Centre (NJ105) and Student Development and Counselling (AA205) are excellent resources on campus if you have problems. Stress, mental health, mental illness, finances, personal development, etc. whatever it is, they can either help you or point you in the right direction. And for those that don’t know: the Station Market sells big $2 hot dogs. They keep me fed.

Q: How would you describe your leadership style?
A: Collaborative and leading by example. It’s unreasonable to expect someone under your leadership to work harder than you do.

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