COUNCIL BIOS

President

Daniel Cabalse

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Year: 5th Year
Major: Economics/Psychology

Greeting:

Hello Vanier and welcome to the 2015-2016 academic year here at York University! My name is Daniel Cabalse and I am this year’s Vanier College Council student President. I am an Economics major going into my 5th yearat York University. This is my fifth year on Vanier College Council, and I am pleased to serve this community once again. I am a very social, outgoing and approachable person.  I hope that we have the opportunity to speak in person and always feel free to come to me to talk because I am always willing to share a memorable conversation with you or anyone for that matter.During my time here at York University, Vanier College has become somewhat of a ‘home away from home’.The Vanier College Council office and lounge provide a safe and inclusive space for students who just want to come and hang out and meet other students before and after classes.  Vanier College Council provides a support system that can help you academically and socially to make your university experience the best it can possibly be.  Vanier College and Vanier College Council gave me the opportunity to expand my experience, develop lasting relationships and provided an avenue for me to make the most out of University beyond just academics.  I hope that I can spread my knowledge and experience to every one of you. Both academically and socially, Vanier College Council acts as the link between student life and York’s administration, faculty, and staff. Vanier College Council provides workshops, study spaces, and engaging and affordable social events throughout the year, such as Frosh Week, our annual Montreal trip, a Blue Mountain trip, pub nights, Frost Week, coffee houses, and an end-of-year formal, just to name a few. These awesome events however, are just some of the ways to get involved here at Vanier College. If you’re a competitive athlete, or just want to have some fun, Vanier Athletics Council works tirelessly to provide you with the opportunity to play free sports, competitive or recreational…all year! Furthermore, if you enjoy writing; the Vandoo (Vanier’s own newspaper) and Existere (Vanier’s Journal of Arts & Literature) are always looking for new writers to submit articles in their issues. Vanier College is also home to some tremendous clubs which offer a place for students to interact with other students who share specific hobbies and/or interests. Whether you are a first year student or a returning student, to truly get the most out of your university experience you need to get involved. Getting involved will provide you with more opportunities at school and allow you to establish a series of networks which will benefit you throughout your journey through, and after, university. If you ever have any questions or concerns, feel free to come by our office, room 120 Vanier College, at any time. We would be happy to meet you.


VP Finance

Alex Stor

Year: 3rd Year
Major: Criminology

Greeting: Hey Vanier! My name is Alex Stor and I’ll be your Vice President Finance for 2015/2016. I’m 25 years old and going into my third year of studies, majoring in Criminology. I was in the army for three years prior to coming to York University and before that at the University of Toronto Scarborough campus, studying Biology. York is obviously better. I felt kind of awkward joining orientation, knowing I was probably older than most of the people planning it.  During Orientation week though, the O-Leads and council members made Vanier such a welcoming and fun place; I knew that this is where I wanted to stay. I continued taking part in all Vanier had to offer and when Fall Elections rolled around I put myself out there and ran for First-Year Representative. I was incredibly honored to be voted in and tried my hardest to maintain the image of Vanier.  Throughout my first year at York, I grew as a person, which was surprising to me because I thought I already knew who I was.  I was going into University with the mindset that I would go to school, take my classes, work and go home. Trust me when I say that no one can survive that. Which brings us back to student council, we’re here to make University not just bearable but enjoyable. From weekend trips at Montreal and Blue Mountain to Vanier’s very own formal, we provide students with awesome and affordable events throughout the year, better buy your ticket fast though, we sell-out quick! Let me leave you with words that will be more evident as the year goes on, “Vanier College, we just do it better!”


VP Social/Cultural and O-Chair

Nadia Greco

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Year: 3rd Year
Major: Business Administration/English

Greeting: Welcome to Vanier, everyone! My name is Nadia and I am a third year business administration student at York University. This is my third term as an elected member of Vanier College Council. This year, I will be representing you as your Director of Social and Cultural, as well as your O-Chair. One of the best decisions I’ve ever made was getting involved amongst the Vanier community, as it has indubitably allowed me to share my passions, make some amazing friendships, be inspired and make nothing less than phenomenal memories. I would not be able to picture my life without the support and experience this college has provided me with during my first year of university. And so, I say this– to the current students, welcome back. And to our new ones, welcome to the best college on campus.  I can’t wait to meet all of you and help to give you the experience I was granted with. To both groups, I hope you take the opportunity to stop by our office and say hello. You’re bound to make a dozen new friends on the spot and possibly provide yourself with some amazing new opportunities. Come out to events, participate in our intramural program, stop by and relieve some stress and always, always be open to opportunity. If there is anything I’ve learned about the university experience, it’s that it is always beneficial to act on any opportunity you may be granted with. Regardless, you are bound to learn at least one new name, one new thing and will have one more story to share. There is nothing greater than looking forward to school for a reason other than your studies– for the opportunities that lie in this college when all that is said and done. Take advantage of them, study hard and have an amazing year, Vanier. Cheers.


VP Communications

Jason Lomboy

Year: 4th Year
Major: Communications/Psychology

Greeting: Hey Vanier Students, my name is Jason Lomboy and I am your Director of Promotions on this year’s Vanier College Council. I am currently a Communications and Psychology major going into my 4th year at York University. If there is one thing that university has taught me, it is that university it is not just a place to study, write exams, or do well in school. We as young adults, are at the peak of our existence, and this is our time, where we experience new things, create new friendships, and change our perspectives of the world. And with these experiences, we will learn what no class can teach us, which is life. Vanier College will be that main contribution to your future experiences, and one I am glad to be a part of. The experiences as a Frosh Boss, an active member of the community, and a past member of Vanier Athletes Council, has motivated me to be the person I am today and apart of this great community. Take this opportunity to GET INVOLVED as much possible, create NEW FRIENDSHIPS, and LEARN from others, but most importantly, enjoy being who YOU are and without being afraid to show it. It is a great pleasure to represent this college on council, being behind the scenes to make your university experience unforgettable. Feel free to contact or approach me anytime! WELCOME TO THE FAMILY, and get ready for an amazing year Vanier

 

 


Dir. of Finance

Yoseph Wondwossen

Year: 4th Year
MajorInternational Development

GreetingMy name is Yoseph Wondwossen and in my 4th year, majoring in International Development Studies. I have had extensive experience in team work and event planning. Additionally, I have experience in dealing with a significant amount of youth. I am an individual that has a positive view in life; I try to bring out the best out of the worst situations. I thrive on helping individuals and always give 100% to all my commitments. When I first arrived to Canada in August 2012 I did not know anyone, I figured it was going to be hard to make friends and adjust to my new life in Toronto, Canada. However, thanks to Vanier College Council I had a memorable first year and I found it very easy to make friends because of all the events the council hosted. So now I have a whole new family and a new life in a country that was so foreign to me two years ago. For all the reasons mentioned above I want to be a part of Vanier College Council so I can give back what has been given to me. Favorite Saying or Quote: Success is not about how much money you have; it’s how many people are better off because you lived

 


Dir. of Social/Cultural

Logan Post

Year3rd Year
MajorDisaster and Emergency Management

Greeting: Hey Vanier! My name is Victoria Post and I am going to be your Director of Social and Cultural for the 2015-2016 year! I’m entering my third year at York studying Disaster and Emergency Management and over the last two years Vanier has been my home and community. I spent my first year with great friends going to VCC events, watching the Vanier College Productions’ improv shows, and playing on the incredible number of sports teams the intramural program offers through Vanier Athletics. In my second year, I was a don in Vanier residence and Director of Female Sports on Vanier College Athletics. I cannot properly express what this college has given me, it really is my home away from home filled with the most welcoming and fun people with whom I’ve shared so many experiences that I’ll remember way beyond my time at York. This coming year I hope to give back even a fraction of what Vanier has given me. From my own experience I would like to encourage everyone coming into York this year and everyone returning to try and get involved as much as possible. It will make your university experience into something so much more than your degree and provide you with countless opportunities to make connections and find reasons to come to school other to study. Welcome to Vanier first years, and welcome back everyone else!! 🙂


Dir. Communications

Peter Man Van

Year: 3rd Year
Major: Communications

Greeting: Hey Vanier! My name is Man Van and I will be a entering my 3rd year at York University. I love video games, playing sports, and searching for new music every day. I listen to a lot of Hip-Hop and always stay up to date with the music genre. I really enjoy playing Volleyball, it is one of my favourite sports to play. This is my second year being on Council, last year I was the Commuter Rep for VCC and it was one of the best experiences I’ve had. What motivates me is seeing people laugh and smile when they are either attending one of Vaniers events or even just hanging out in the student space. Seeing that makes me want to get more people from the Vanier community involved. Being around Vanier makes me feel so comfortable because of the amazing community it has. It feels like my home away from home and I want to share the experience with everyone. I thought that being a university student meant going to school, go to class, then go home, but I’m happy I found out about my college and got involved because of the amount of friends and experience I have gained. What I hope to see this year is an increase in the amount of student activity with Vanier and having everyone enjoy the comfort of the college! Hope to see all of you around Vanier, be sure to come to our events, and let’s create an unforgettable, yet amazing experience together!

 


Dir. of Campaigns & Advocacy

Annalissa Crisostomo

Year: 5th Year
Major: Philosophy
Greeting:

Hello Vanier, My name is Annalissa Crisostomo and I am in my fifth and last year of Philosophy here at York University. This year, I will be serving you as Vanier’s Director of Campaigns and Advocacy. My job is to advocate for the issues that you seek to understand and share, as well as promote the importance of charity and an inclusive education. York is one of the most diverse universities in Canada and thus it is important that we uphold an inclusive and safe environment for all students. As your Vanier College council, one of our goals is to provide you with just that. University is a time to learn, to take in, to explore who you are, and what you want to do; we try our best to provide you with the opportunities to do so through our discussions, events, committees, and affiliates. From the Montreal Trip to Bullying Awareness week, the athletics program to the Vandoo newspaper, or even our Vanier Productions group to the academic lectures; Vanier has something for you. The best advice I can give you in going into University is to try and ask. Firstly, try. Try to do new things, to hear out other minds, to get involved and give back; dedicate some time to things you like and are good at. Secondly, ask. Ask when you don’t know, when you need help, or even when you are making judgments. If VCC doesn’t have the answer, we will certainly find it for you. So come on by the office and don’t hesitate to try and ask; if you do, I guarantee you’ll find your university experience to be worth while and fulfilling.


Dir. of Administration

Kendra Stewart

Year: 3rd Year
Major: Social Work

Greeting: Hey Vanier! My name is Kendra Stewart and I am a 3rd year social work major. This is my second year on Vanier College Council and this year, I will be your Director of Aministration. I am from a small town ,so coming into a very large university made me a little nervous. I was under the impression that I would attend class, do homework, and go home, but the university experience is so much more than academics. Being involved in Vanier has molded me into a better version of myself. University is your time to start fresh, be your true self, and find your identity. The best decision of my university career was getting involved in extracurricular activities. The community is so welcoming and inviting that it is hard to go home at the end of the day. I’ve made so many close friendships and connections that I know will last a lifetime. Being a part of council has given me the opportunity to express myself and share my talents. I hope everyone enjoys frosh week and the rest of the 2015-2016 year and remember Vanier, WE JUST DO IT BETTER!  


Speaker

Baron Belalov

Year: 2nd Year

Major: Financial and Business Economics

Greeting: Hello to my fellow Panthers! My name is Baron and I’m a Financial & Business Economics major entering my 2nd year of study and 2nd year of involvement on Vanier College Council. I’m honoured to have spent my first year as the First Year Representative for the council. Getting involved in student life was the best decision I’ve made thus far in university as it gave me the opportunity not only to be a part of creating an amazing experience for other Panthers, but also to meet some of the greatest people and share the best memories with them. I strongly urge all incoming students to visit Vanier and get involved or to simply just visit and make new friends. Vanier quickly became a second home for me; it was a place I could go to before, in between, and after classes to relax and spend time with others looking to the same. I also strongly urge all first years to refrain from taking Friday classes… And you’ll soon find out why. Anyway, can’t wait to meet some new faces and to contribute my efforts to council so we can create another amazing and memorable year for everyone!


Commuter Rep

To be elected during Fall election period

 


Residence Rep

To be elected during Fall election period

 


First Year Rep

To be elected during Fall election period

 


First Year Rep

To be elected during Fall election period