Elections usher in new Student Association directors

Five votes.

That’s how close the results were for Genève Gray who was re-elected to director of finance and operations for the Student Association (SA) of George Brown College.

Geneve Gray, candidate for director of finance and operations.

Geneve Gray, director of finance and operations elect.

Winning the election 1190 to 1185 over her opponent Shaheer Bajoo with 197 spoiled ballots it was the closest race in the recent SA elections.

Jatinder Maan from the ACT Now! slate defeated Coty Zachariah from Student Voice 1256 to 1105 with 216 spoiled ballots to take the position of director of education and equity.

However, Zachariah was acclaimed the student representative to the college’s board of governors.

Jatinder (J.P.) Maan, candidate for director of education and equity.

Jatinder (J.P.) Maan, director of education and equity elect.

Gagan Deep edged out Dipendra Dhankar 1219 to 1134 with 215 spoiled ballots.

Former St. James campus director Saroop Pahal was acclaimed as the director of internal affairs and, running unopposed for the second year in a row, Halley Requena-Silva was acclaimed as the director of student life.

Thomas Hadwen (ACT Now!) enjoyed a decisive victory as the new Casa Loma campus director beating Shedrack Idemudia 571-291 with 70 spoiled ballots.

Arts and Design representative Yassamin Yassini was successful in her goal of “moving up the hierarchy” as she was elected as the St. James campus director with 532 votes to Bhuvan Bawa’s 366. There were 137 spoiled ballots.

Gagan Deep, director of public relations elect.

Gagan Deep, director of public relations elect.


The positions for Ryerson and Waterfront campus directors remain vacant.

In the races for education centre representatives Katherine Klomp (ACT Now!) was elected over Melionie Lawrence 83-50 with 15 spoiled ballots.

A crowded four-way race for business representative saw Mahnoor Ashraf (ACT now!) come out on top with 160 votes beating Aavya Sharma (136), Heather Ferguson (118) and Kyle Brachen (109). There were 76 spoiled ballots.

Saroop Pahal, director of internal affairs elect.

Saroop Pahal, director of internal affairs elect.

Melanie McIntosh was elected the new hospitality representative with 163 votes to 133 for Aminah Hughes. There were 33 spoiled ballots.

Community services representative Jay Murphy was acclaimed, as was Nicolas Kiriakou for construction and engineering representative.

The health sciences and liberal arts and preparatory studies representative positions remain vacant.

The most contested race of the election was for international students representative with five candidates facing off for the position. Shaganpreet Kang (ACT Now!) won handily with 184 votes or 40 per cent of the vote. Himanshu came in second with 91 votes or 20 per cent of the vote. The remainder was split between Rahul Borthakur (74), Rogelio Piedra Cambray (54) and Hussain Slatewala (52). There were 47 spoiled ballots.

Halley Requena-Silva, director of student life elect.

Halley Requena-Silva, director of student life elect.


The only other contested race for constituency representative saw Samantha Brown elected as aboriginal representative with 10 votes, double that of Leslie VanEvery who collected five, there was a single spoiled ballot for the position.

Shannon (“Shay”) Sanders was acclaimed LGBTQ representative.

The positions for American sign language representative and centre for women and trans people representative remain vacant.

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Elections usher in new Student Association directors