Student Leadership Enriches Education
Providing opportunities for students to contribute to the governance of Selkirk College is critical to our success. The experience student have in governance is just as invaluable. As you consider whether student leadership is something you'd like to be involved in, learn about the enriching experience of two students who came on board.
Santanna Hernandez - Rural Pre-Medicine student
A most valuable experience: "As a member of the Education Council, I have learned so much about the time and energy that goes into our education. It has made me excited about the future. I have felt so privileged to be able to have this opportunity."
My contribution: "I am most proud about my involvement in the launching of the Task Force on Governance Process for the Indigenization of Education. As an Aboriginal student it was great to see the college go in such a positive direction."
Santana says join: "You will not be disappointed. You will be able to build great relationships with other people in different faculties within the school that you may not usually get to meet. It is such a great way to get involved."
Santanna grew up in British Columbia and after getting her Selkirk College start in Upgrading (formerly ABE) she enrolled in the Rural Pre-Medicine program eager to make a difference on the rural health care scene. She became a student representative on the Education Council because she felt she had a wide range of viewpoints on offer and isn't "afraid to ask the hard questions."
Aarshveek Mehta - Post-graduate Business Administration student
Why did I participate in council?: "I chose to be a part of the Education Council because I wanted to be involved in the decision making process of Selkirk College that helps to improve the future of students as well as other stakeholders of the college."
Looking back: "It was really a memorable experience. I was lucky to be a part of the council, meet some respected people of the college and participate in the decision making process. It made me feel more connected to the college."
As Aarsh looks to his future career: "I have a clear idea about the way things work in such councils. That will boost my confidence and help me perform better... I broadened my view and my mind set of looking at things."
Aarshveek is from the city of Ahmedabad in the Gujarat province of India. After completing an Engineering program in Thermal Science and spending time teaching at the college level at home in India, he decided to attend Selkirk College to study Business Administration. In his first year on campus, he ran for election to the Education Council eager to contribute.
Joseph Odeh - General Associate of Science Degree
What I learned?: Being on the Education Council and Board of Governors strengthened my leadership skills in terms of listening, understanding and accepting the knowledge of others. Most importantly, it made me aware of viewing things from different perspectives while always focusing on student rights and social justice. It also motivated me and made me more interested in politics and the rights of individuals.
My contribution: I was able to contribute with my student voice on the committee and make sure my fellow students benefited from all the decisions made by the College council.
Why others should participate?: Be open to all opportunities that come your way, giving back to your community is always positive for your own growth. It’s the greatest experience a student can have while you are in College.
Odeh graduated from Beta College institution in Lagos, Nigeria and chose to continue his studies at Selkirk College attracted by its beautiful natural location, small-town atmosphere and outdoor recreation possibilities. He is studying in the General Associate of Science Program focusing on Engineering. He participated in both the Education Council and Board of Governors in 2015-16 school year.
Read the full story and learn why members of the Governors and Education Council want students on board.