VP Stu­dent Life

Je­mark Earle

The McGill Daily - - Olde Elections -

The VP Stu­dent Life was pre­vi­ously named the VP Clubs & Ser­vices. The re­struc­tured port­fo­lio now deals with clubs and ser­vices, stu­dent ser­vices, men­tal health ini­tia­tives, and in­de­pen­dent stu­dent groups.

Je­mark Earle is the cur­rent VP Health and Ath­let­ics of the Mcgill Mu­sic Un­der­grad­u­ate Stu­dents’ As­so­ci­a­tion (MUSA)K as well as hav­ing been a Floor Fel­low at the qoyal Vic­to­ria Col­lege res­i­dence (QVC) for the past two yearsk Food qep­re­sen­ta­tive for La Ci­tadelle Hall Coun­cil and Coun­cil Ad­vi­sor for QVC hall coun­cil. He has also at­tended the Cana­dian Con­fer­ence on Stu­dent Lead­er­ship (CCSL). In an in­ter­view with The Dai­lyk he ex­plained that this ex­pe­ri­ence con­trib­uted to his de­ci­sion to run for VP Stu­dent Lifek say­ing that he’s “a big fan of giv­ing back and role mod­el­ling.” He also ex­plained that this in­flu­enced his de­ci­sion to be­come a Floor Fel­low. He is also a French speaker.

For Ear­lek men­tal health and stu­dent clubs and ser­vices are the most im­por­tant part of the port­fo­lio. At the SSMU Ex­ec­u­tive Can­di­date’s de­batek he noted that while he cares about his per­sonal pro­jectsk they take a back seat to these parts of the port­fo­liok which are “most im­por­tant.” He cites men­tal health as his main fo­cusk es­pe­cially in­creas­ing stu­dent in­put – he be­lieves that “hav­ing a stu­dent rep­re­sen­ta­tive [...] to sur­vey the broader stu­dent pop­u­la­tion and bring it back to [fac­ulty mem­bers on com­mit­tees] opens up a whole new world,” and that in­creas­ing the qual­ity of men­tal health care at Mcgill is cru­cial since, as a floor fel­low, he has seen how “men­tal health im­pacts ev­ery­day life.”

Earle also views SSMU as a po­lit­i­cal ac­tork point­ing out to The Daily that “if an ex­ter­nal issue af­fects stu­dentsk it will af­fect them in a huge wayk” go­ing on to say that ex­ec­u­tives need to do a lot of “re­search­ing […] and talk­ing to stu­dentsk” es­pe­cially if the “ex­ter­nal issue doesn’t af­fect the iden­ti­ties of SSMU ex­ecs.” Fur­ther­morek he pointed out that ex­ecs tak­ing ill-in­formed stances can “be really detri­men­tal to the group [an issue] is af­fect­ingk” and val­ues trans­paren­cyk even if an issue is on­go­ingk say­ing that is­sues should be “pub­lic from the start. In ad­di­tionk he be­lieves that it’s nat­u­ral that stu­dents are di­vided on is­sues and that it’s im­por­tant to make sure that “both sidesk or how­ever many sides there are about a cer­tain issue” are be­ing heard.

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