I am a graduate student in the counselling psychology graduate program at TWU. As part of my journey of life, I have been exposed to several cultures by living in countries, such as Iran, Malaysia, and Canada. In fact, Canada has been my home for the last 11 years. Therefore, I was able to develop a multicultural perspective. Also, I worked in many different mental health areas such as autistic children’s (and their parents’) consultant, Vancouver Crisis senior consultant, and large group facilitator, and new immigrants’ English facilitator. I communicate in Farsi and English fluently, and I can read and understand French and Arabic to some degree. Additionally, I was involved in many different fundraising events such as Breast Cancer and The Variety Children’s Charity. In addition, I was also a general manager at a construction company for the last eight years; as part of this, I used to run different capacity projects from scratch which was ranging from $100,000 to $500,000. Also, since the year 2015, for every political election in Canada, I have held “questions and answers” sessions for Tri-City community by inviting Tri-City’s local candidate and helping people vote for their preferred candidates with further insights. According to my multicultural backgrounds, my awareness about the political foundation of society, my managerial background at all level, my work experience in mental health, and having developed a deep understanding of human sufferings, and finally my field of study in psychology, I am confident that I can actively and empathically, with an open mind and non-judgmental perspective, listen to graduate students’ concerns and dilemma and strive to solve their problems with a focus on Christian faith and to the best of my capacity. I can be a loud voice and advocates for graduate students, by having an active presence in the graduate departments, by holding information sessions, by walking around and talking to them, and by letting them know that they have a loud voice for any concerns.
Executive Vice President
"I am Junius Pereira, an MBA graduate student at Trinity Western University. Being an international student from India, its been a year since the time I landed in Canada, I feel privileged to be a part of Trinity Western University which I believe is instilling within me the fundamental aspects of professionalism, ownership, leadership and creative thinking and the TWU community which is helping me not just grow as a professional but personally and spiritually with Christian values and embedding a stronger bond with Jesus which was instilled by my parents from my birth and grow as a leader to serve the community. Having stayed in a different geographical location in India having my early childhood in north India and undergraduate in the southern part of India, I have experienced different cultures and languages, and I am very well accustomed to languages like Hindi, Punjabi, Konkani, Kannada, and Malayalam."
Vice President of Finance
"I am an MBA - International Business student at TWU, School of Business. As far as my professional life is concerned, I am a qualified Chartered Accountant with 8 years of experience working with multinational companies across Finance and Taxation divisions. My belief as a member of the TWUGSA would be to foster a true spirit of teamwork and cooperation with an emphasis on shared goals of both TWU and TWUGSA keeping in the center, the mission and vision of the university. Advocate for a campus-wide forum to discuss graduate students' suggestions, their challenges (if any), and most importantly, how we can as TWUGSA team address the same with the best available resources. To host timely workshops on the campus to promote the purpose and motive of the TWUGSA with existing and new graduate students. I ensure adherence to the policies for spend and reimbursement by all council members of the GSA. Also, working with the GSA council on the approved funding for activities and events within the university, and utilization of the allocated funds in the best optimal manner for the benefits of the students and university."
"My name is Dryden Demchuk and I am a graduate student at TWU working towards my MA in Interdisciplinary Humanities. I hold a BA in History and Philosophy from the King’s University in Edmonton, Alberta and am planning on pursuing doctoral studies in the future. This is the second year during which I have had the privilege of serving on the TWU GSA as a representative of my program. I am passionate about higher education and Christian scholarship, and it is my primary goal on the GSA to promote and publicize the work and research of TWU graduate students, a goal which I am currently pursuing as the host of Eido: the TWU GSA podcast. It will be my honour to serve the graduate student community of TWU during the current academic year, and to become personally acquainted with the voices and accomplishments of my fellow graduate students.
"My name is Mehak and currently I am pursuing an MBA in International Business Management at TWU. I hail from the Northern part of India and my experience as a student in Canada at TWU had been phenomenal. After coming here, my faith in Christian values intensified and I was always looking for opportunities to serve people in every possible way and develop as a servant leader. Finally, God listened to me I got an opportunity to serve as a Graduate Collegium Assistant as a part of the leadership role. Life had even more to offer me and then I got elected as a student representative of TWUGSA body and I was on cloud nine as it was an opportunity for me to stand with all the graduate students in their thick and thin, and assist them in every aspect of student life. My goal as a part of this body is to enhance their academic and social experience resulting in the wellness of the student community. I hope this opportunity will help me to develop as a more compassionate person apart from developing as a servant leader in the future".