Why run for governor? A conversation with SAMRU’s Governance Manager

The last day to decide to run for the SAMRU Student Governing Board is coming up fast (October 22! Download the application here!), so we sat down with SAMRU’s Governance Manager, Megan Borg, to talk about what makes the experience of board membership so valuable to students.

What are the chief benefits that board members get out of that experience?

They get a whole lot of experience with multiple things. They get to review and make changes to policy, they get to plan events, and they get to learn how to basically run a non-profit organization. They get supervisory skills, they get leadership skills. They get a lot of skills that will help them when they go out and look for jobs.

What do you want nominees to know going into the process?

They will be trained; they don’t need to have experience. The organization wants all backgrounds, all programs. As far as commitment goes, there are monthly board meetings and monthly committee meetings, and then there are probably about 10 hours of work outside of those meetings – that’s subcommittee work, event participation and volunteering. I would say it’s about 16 to 18 hours a month total. 

What are you looking for in a candidate for Governor?

People who are willing to formulate their own opinions and bring their own unique viewpoint to the table. People who are passionate about improving the lives of students. 

What would you say to students who are thinking about running?

If you’re thinking about applying but you’re hesitant, just do it! It’s an amazing opportunity; it’ll open up so many doors in the future, and you get to know and work with so many different kinds of people. 

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You heard the woman – throw your hat in the ring! Once more for the people in the back: nominations close Monday, October 22 at 4:30 pm, so don’t sleep on it. Download the application here and send your completed forms to elections@samru.ca. If you have any questions, or you just need a liiiiittle more convincing, you can reach Megan at governance@samru.ca.

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