Hey, my name is Chelsey Sahakian, and I am running for CASA President. I have been on CASA for the past two years, and I have been able to experience the typical in person year and the new virtual year. The shift to online has really made me focus on what is important and what should be accomplished next year.
If elected as CASA President, I want to provide more support for students. Given the online year, it is easy to feel disconnected, unmotivated and simply lost. It is important to take care of ourselves and find the right balance in a new situation. Supporting students by offering more resources that are easily available at any time on the CASA JMSB website and tips to help them better handle the semester. Also making sure to check-in with students and hear their concerns or issues. I want to create better communication to allow students the opportunity to take on the new environment and have a safe space to talk if needed.
Secondly, I want to focus more on collaboration with subsidiaries in support of our philanthropic pilar. An initiative I would like to implement is each month working with subsidiaries to offer more volunteering opportunities with Montreal organizations and fundraising events to create a bigger impact on the community.
Lastly, I would like to increase student involvement through CASA cup and standardizing executive team recruitment. Offering students more opportunities to be involved for those who participated in CASA Cup. They will have the chance to become a house head, working with subsidiaries, creating challenges and managing over 250 students. To ensure more students are able to get involved, and alleviate some of the pressure, I want to implement a time frame for executive teams to complete their recruitment. Getting involved for the first time is difficult and students need the opportunity to explore all their options to find the best fit for them.
There is a lot that is still unclear for next year, but one thing that is for sure is the passion I have for this position. My experience being involved on CASA the past two years have has allowed me grow and realize the opportunities for students to get more out of their time in school. I am confident in my ability to help give you the university experience you deserve, whether it is virtual or in person!