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The polls are open again! For VIU Students’ Union (VIUSU) elections, that is.

From Tuesday, October 19, to Thursday, October 21, students can choose who they want to represent them at VIUSU. The voting will take place electronically via a unique link emailed to every VIU student. Votes can be cast at all hours until the deadline of 9pm on Thursday.

This year’s candidates are:

  • Arts & Humanities Faculty Representative – Siddhanth Arikari
  • International Education Faculty Representative – Saadhvi Thakur
  • Management Faculty Representative – Joshua Cartagena
  • Powell River Campus Representative – Rebecca Coleman
  • Women Students’ Representative – Cole Reinbold

There are also two candidates vying for the Social Sciences Faculty Representative position: Emma Hender and Nicole Congdon.

The candidates range from new students to students on the point of graduating, and represent those attending the main Nanaimo campus as well as VIU’s smaller regional campuses.

If elected, they will actively participate in campus activities and are expected to connect and interact with students.

The successful candidates in the General Election will serve their terms from November 1, 2021, to October 31, 2022. The Women Students’ Representative, an executive position on the VIUSU Board of Directors, will be elected in a by-election and serve a term from November 1, 2021, to April 30, 2022.

For more information on the election and to view the candidates’ bios, visit the Students’ Union website. If you have not received an email from VIUSU with a link to vote, email

Don’t forget to cast your ballot. Every vote counts.


Sophia Wasylinko is a third-year Creative Writing and Journalism student. She was the Entertainment Reporter for CHLY 101.7FM in winter 2020. Her favorite things in life are cats, the color purple, coffee, and books (mysteries or books about ghosts, murder, and crime in general). Sophia is excited to be back in Nanaimo and hopes to explore more of Vancouver Island this year.

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