UOMSA 2019-20 Election Candidates
Read the platforms of all the candidates running in the UOMSA 2019 Elections
President (1 candidate running)
"My name is Amar Abdisamed and I’m running for president Inshaa Allah. My main goals for the upcoming term are to create more inclusivity within the MSA, increase transparency and focus on upholding Islamic values through out the association. I also plan on executing the mandate and principles of the Association at all times and ensuring the proper functioning of the Association inshaa Allah. With the help of Allah swt I also hope to create events, programs, campaigns and outlets that will help Muslims on campus practice their religion proudly and openly."
VP External (1 candidate running)
"My name is Yousuf Ahmed and I am currently a second-year student doing an Honours BSc in Computer Science with an option in Management & Entrepreneurship. I am currently the UOMSA Communications Officer and I am running to serve as VP External for the the upcoming academic year, 2019-20.
As VP External, I will strive to focus and work on these goals:
- Assist the President in overseeing the organization and ensuring administrative and logistical coordination across the Association and all committees and subcommittees.
- Focus on the UOMSA's external communications and public representation of the Association.
- Seeking, maintaining, and managing relationships with the Clubs, Associations and Organizations outside of campus"
VP Internal (1 candidate running)
"My name is Mariam Aly and I am a second-year Political Science student. This is also my second year running for an executive position within the Muslim Student Association. I previously held the title of Administrative Officer and was in charge of various logistics as well as liasoning the Sisters Social committee. Alhamdullilah, I feel like we've had a terrific year but I also realize that with the new year, MSA will be facing a new shift in dynamic in regards to the new student government. I plan on running as VP Internal, or the colloquially denoted Sisters VP. If successful, I promise to try my best to build a strong and transparent relationship with the new forging student government. I also will strive to better the relations within MSA and increase the number of committee activities. I also hope to work with a new exec team on the establishing and maintaining of the new Colonel By Multi-faith room. InshaAllah, there are many things to be accomplished throughout this new year, and I vow, whether or not I am elected, to give my all to help serve the Muslim community within the University as well as outside.
I ask Allah Subhanahu wa tala to grant us a successful academic and social year, to increase us in ilm, and unite us all with our loved ones in paradise. Ameen."
Communications Officer (1 candidate running)
"My name is Adil Chowdhry, I’m a 2nd year student in Biochemistry. I am applying and looking forward to being the UOMSA Communications Officer. One of my main priorities is to create a marketing platform which would further reach out to students who are not familiar with the MSA using interactive methods such as polls and trivia in social media. This would further attract people whereas traditional marketing techniques using social media don’t create a sense of urgency or engagement. Below are a few other points of my platform:
Services Officer (1 candidate running)
"My name is Ahmed Islam Sandhu. I am a first-year student in Biomedical Sciences.
My goals as services officer:
Financial Officer (1 candidate running)
Mohammad Sindeed Islam
"My name is Mohammad Sindeed Islam, a first-year student pursuing my BSc. in Biomedical Science and I am running for the Financial Officer position for the UOMSA. InshaAllah, with the help of Allah S.W.T. I am looking forward to handling and dealing with the UOMSA’s transactions.
My Qualifications and Skills:
Administrative Officer (1 candidate running)
"My Name is Mohamad Tarek Madani. I am a first-year student doing Honours BSc in
Here is my platform for the Administrative Officer position for the upcoming academic year
As an administrative officer, I intend to fulfill several goals:
should perfect it.” Finally, our aim will be to spread beneficence throughout the whole community by mastering our duties."
Events Officer (2 candidates running)
"My name is Melanie Sookhoo, and I am currently a first year student pursuing a degree in International Studies and Modern Languages. I would love to be your Events Officer for next year, as I am confident that my experiences and ideas can contribute greatly to the MSA.
Over the past few years, I have coordinated many events and initiatives that have given me the necessary experience for this position. For example, I have worked alongside a team to organize a year long fundraiser to build water facilities in Madagascar. In addition to this, I have overseen the planning of a non-profit conference involving local colleges and schools.
I have also been given the unique position of being a revert; someone who understands the perspective of non muslims and muslims alike. Not only do I plan to use this perspective when managing the events of MSA, especially during next year’s IAW, I also plan to work with MSA’s many committees to create new events that can best embody our message, as well as suit the interests of the greater uOttawa community."
"My name is Nour Elmestekawy, I’m a first-year Health Sciences student. I was thrilled to find out that elections for UOMSA Executive Council were approaching. I’ve been wanting to run for Events Officer since I found out about the position in high school. Upon spending a year with UOMSA, I noticed that our events may require some fine-tuning. Since event planning is my passion, which I have been pursuing since the age of 13, I believe I have accumulated enough experience to adequately serve UOMSA in this position.
I’ll direct most of my attention to improving two main concerns. One being punctuality, the most common concern; events rarely, if ever, start or end on time. The other being our event turnout which tends to be quite low. Other improvements include: paying attention to the timing of events (avoiding midterms as well as introducing more morning/afternoon events) and increasing collaboration with other clubs, campus communities and CUMSA. I’ll also look into introducing a public, easily accessible, online form where input on events (suggestions, ideas, further improvements, and comments) can be given throughout the year. This way, I may follow the progress being made and identify what needs more work."