Vice President of Social & Cultural Events

Christine Gielen Nieto




Hey future panthers! My name is Christine-Gielen Nieto, and I am Vanier’s 2017 VP of Social/Cultural Affairs! A couple things about me, I am a 5th year student studying sociology, I like doing things like playing guitar, eating crazy food combinations, and taking long romantic walks to the fridge.

To start things off I would like to congratulate all of the incoming students for accepting their offer at York University and welcome back the returning students! Being a part of Vanier means joining one gigantic, erratic, supportive family. This college strives on the sense of belonging by providing, academic resources, hosting a variety of social events, having inclusive student spaces, and connecting students to endless opportunities. This year we are planning a whole bunch of amazing events ranging from things like a Montreal trip, Karaoke Nights, and academic events.  We encourage you to get involved, meet new people, come out to events, and make lasting memories. Your university career will will be the most amazing years of your lives! Vanier College has made me into the person that I am today; without the endless support of the friends I made, and the experiences I encountered, I would not have the honour of representing you in our community.

We are so excited to welcome all of you into our family, and hope to see around!


Director of Social & Cultural Events

Sami Dessuky




Hello ladies and gents, my name is Sami Dessuky and I will be your Director of Social and Cultural events for the 2017-2018 school year. To tell you a bit about myself, I am currently a fourth-year student studying economics as well as a returning member of the Vanier College Council. You can often find me hanging around Vanier or at Tait Mckenzie playing sports with our awesome athletics program. I'm also a huge music enthusiast, listening mainly to hip hop and old school R&B. A huge thing I learned over the course of my first year that not everyone learns the same way. Although some of you may not fully understand concepts or comprehend the material found in your textbooks or heard in your lectures, don't let that discourage you from being the best student you can be. I personally found that I work way more productively alone and by reviewing terms and concepts my own way; then later going to a peer and sharing my views and methods. You can also always seek help from not only guidance councillors but from the amazing team of peer mentors Vanier has to offer. This year I'm looking to make an impact on not only our Vanier regulars but our entire Vanier community. By using much of what I learned last year, as well as using key assets like our several Student ran Clubs, I am hoping to interconnect all Vanier students and keep all 9000 students interested and involved at all times. I look forward to meeting y'all around campus.