The Student Council is composed of a total of 12 academic representatives of the different sectors of study at Dawson and 5 demographic representatives of various student groups at Dawson. The Student Council is Chaired by the Chairperson and minutes are recorded by the Deputy-Chairperson.
The role of the Student Council is to offer opinions, advice and help to the Executive Committee in projects and areas that concern students. While they can`t make unilateral decisions, they make recommendations that will then be passed along to the Executive Committee. The Student Council helps the Executive Committee have a better idea of the issues that students are facing and how they can better their Dawson experience and advocate for them. Some Student councillors will also be called upon to sit on some of the College`s committees, boards and Councils as official Student Representatives.
Your Academic Representatives
Christina Koikaran is in her last semester of Law, Society and Justice. She is glad to be serving as the Social Science Councillor for the Winter 2021 semester, and she hopes to encourage Social Science students to take an active role in their education!
Yimaj Baharun is a first-year student in the North-South Studies profile hailing from Edmonton, Alberta. Yimaj is involved in Dawson's Reach for the Top team and Model UN, as well as other extracurriculars off-campus. He is passionate about world history and geography. Yimaj hopes to advocate for his constituency to the best of his ability through his term on the Student Council.
Adelka Felcarek-Hope is a first-year health science student. She is an athlete, musician, and climate activist. From 2017 to 2019, she developed her research project, "The Poly-Phaeophyceae Method", at McGill University. This was to create a novel process to form biodegradable plastic from multicellular algae. She has earned scholarships to Concordia University, Western University, as well as McGill University's Department of Chemical Engineering Award and a silver medal from Youth Science Canada's national science fair. In her free time, she enjoys playing guitar, tennis, and piano. Adelka is also an alumna of SHAD Canada, a competitive STEAM and entrepreneurship summer program. Further, she has participated in competitive soccer, debating, public speaking, and swimming. Most importantly, she is a power nap enthusiast and a fanatic music listener.
Nathan studies in the Professional Theatre Program. He has joined the student council as representative for Technical Programs in order to participate more actively in the functioning of Dawson's student body. He believes that a diverse bodied and minded union and council is necessary to represent Dawson's students.
Yves-Jusslin Maniratanga is a first-year student in the Commerce program. He decided to run for the position of Social Science representative in the Student Council to advocate for increased transparency and support of all kinds to students amid the pandemic. His passions involve playing soccer and learning about history. As an individual, he highly values integrity and is constantly concerned about the welfare of others. You can easily contact him on his Instagram page: @maniratangaa
Inès is in her first year in Enriched Health Science. She has Greek and Turkish origins, and her zodiac sign is Scorpio. In her free time, she enjoys reading, spending time in nature, spending time with friends and family, and planning her next crazy projects. In high school, she started multiple projects that made her gain valuable leadership experience in an academic setting as well as important communication and diplomacy skills. Always open to working with others and hearing diverging viewpoints, she highly values accountability and integrity. As a science councillor, her goal is to make students’ lives easier by tackling important issues regarding, for example, final exams and workloads. Throughout her mandate, she promises to communicate actively with the members of her constituency, to stay accountable and to continuously work to give students more peace of mind. You can keep up to date with her actions through her Instagram: @your_rep_ines.
Daniela Jimena Diaz Jimenez
Daniela is a student in the Social Service program. As many of the students in the program, she is very emphatic and there for anyone who needs her. She fights for justice and stands for those who cannot. She is very friendly and approachable. Daniela loves to sing, dance, go out with friends, and travel around the world. She has a DEC in General Social Science, graduate from Dawson in 2019, which makes her proud to continue a technical program in the institution. Daniela is a loyal friend and she is ready to fight for all student's rights.
Andréanne is in her final semester in the 3D Animation & CGI program. During her time at Dawson, she worked at the climbing wall as a climbing instructor and as a helpline operator with academic advising where she was able to learn about various programs and their requirements. Even if her mandate is not particularly long, she hopes to use her experience at Dawson to be able to properly represent students in technical programs and assist the DSU in their endeavours.
I am a first-year conted student hoping to go into health sciences in fall 2021, and eventually, work in the field of medicine. Hope to assist my community of others in furthering their education as much as I can.
Your Demographic Representatives
Jordan Lee Jerome-Pitre
Jordan L. Jerome-Pitre [he/him] is a motived L.S.J. Indigenous student. A Mi'kmaw person from the community of Gesgapegiag, with an interest in building community relations within the Indigenous student body at Dawson. A driven social activist and highly determined individual, consistently fastidious and genuine with others' welfare and interests. Always courageous and responsible with a strong sense of integrity and perseverance, with qualities of helping those in need, a natural problem solver with excellent group dynamics and mechanics skills. An individual with deep empathy, extensive expertise, intellectual maturity, and exemplary leadership skills.
Students with Disabilities
Fernando Belote is a Brazilian student and peer-tutor whose interests range from the fields of fine arts to science. After acquiring a vast academic experience in Montreal, Fernando defends the importance of multidisciplinarity and inclusion in the academic environment. He believes that the process of learning becomes more enriching when students are welcomed to develop their particular abilities and further new ways of seeing. For him, creativity plays a key role in the integration and autonomy of students with disabilities. Every student has the potential to bring innovative ideas that could inspire decisions makers in the process of applying changes to our College environment. Fernando not only encourages these voices to be heard but also plays an active role in the integration of students with learning difficulties.