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SMSS Round A1 Elections

August 21, 2019 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Round A1: 

Positions; Class Representatives for Year 1* 

Nomination period:  Closes 11:59 pm August 19

Speeches: August 21 at 12:30 pm  

LOCATED IN: E1130 (Saskatoon) and LC-Classroom (Regina)

Voting Period: August 21 at 1:30 pm until August 23 at 4:30 pm

Candidates (2 Positions, 3 Candidates) 


Laura Wu 

Hello everyone,

My name is Laura Wu and it is my pleasure to run for the position of Year 1 Class Rep. As an academically-grounded individual with a passion for advocacy, it is in my interest to help make this year the best one yet for every student in our class. I understand that this position entails representing our class at meetings and forums, liaising between our class and the College, and organizing the Med I Charity Date Auction and Christmas Formal.

My goal this year is to make myself readily available to my colleagues in order to better facilitate two-way communication between our class and the College. Over the last few weeks, I have had the opportunity to share my organizational tendencies through weekly infoblasts, which I have tried to make both informative and concise. As medical students, balancing schoolwork, social life and extracurricular activities can be overwhelming. As such, I intend to continue communicating with transparency to help make everyone’s medical school experience as stress-free as possible.

Prior to entering Medicine, I had the privilege of representing Saskatchewan Pharmacy students to the Canadian Association of Pharmacy Students and Interns (CAPSI) for two years. In this role, similar to that of Year 1 Class Rep, I liaised for and represented Saskatchewan Pharmacy interests on a national level, as well as organized numerous large-scale events for the College of Pharmacy and Nutrition. These have included Antibiotic Awareness Week, Pharmacy Awareness Month, and mock OSCEs. It was through these experiences that I harnessed the critical skills to develop strong relationships with faculty and comfortably navigate the resources at the UofS necessary to plan and execute an event from scratch.

However, my experience in CAPSI was not my first in delivering projects to completion. During my time with the Canadian National Institute for the Blind, I was responsible for the complete design and facilitation of day camps for children and youth with blindness or partial sightedness. My responsibilities included setting goals to meet developmental criteria, coordinating volunteers, managing funding and finances, and organizing all accompanying logistics. I had the unique opportunity to build this program from the ground up and carry it through to fruition.

With these in mind, you can trust that I have the skills and experience to keep on top of the responsibilities of being your class rep without neglecting my schoolwork. If given the opportunity, you can expect me to consistently look for ways to advocate for my peers and represent your interests to the best of my ability. My name is Laura and there is nothing I would love more than to represent the Medicine Class of 2023. Thank you for your consideration!


Craig Albert 

Hello friends,

My name is Craig (Nova) Albert and I am running for the position of year 1 class representative. I believe that my past experiences as an engineer and an MBA student would provide an asset in this position, both in managing the information overload and supporting your academic and social experiences in the program.

One of the primary responsibilities of the class representative is to take in various sources of information and communicate the relevant chunks in a timely manner to the class. During my years as an engineer for the mining industry, I was able to develop my organization skills while undertaking multiple projects. I would regularly integrate heavy amounts of information into a comprehensive project timeline to make sure that everything is on track. As your representative, I will dig through the information overload and process it into what’s relevant for us. My hope is to alleviate the stress of medical school and to make your transition into the college as easy as possible.

The role of class representative is not only about disseminating information but also about advocating for the interests of the class. I’ve had the opportunity to learn about effective leadership, advocating for change, and navigating organizational barriers. I’ve found the most successful leadership practices take advantage of everyone’s perspectives by listening to and integrating individual input. As your representative, I will always support feedback and communication with my peers to make sure that everyone’s needs are being addressed. If at any time, you are experiencing challenges or have an idea for an initiative, then I would love to hear about how I can support you.

Thank you for your consideration for the position of 1st year Class Representative. I look forward to getting to know you all this year. 


Shayan Shirazi 

Dear Class of 2023,

 I’m Shayan Shirazi, and I’m excited to announce that I’m running to be one of your two SMSS First Year Class Reps.

 If elected, my biggest goal will be to ensure that our class and each individual within has their concerns fully represented. To achieve this, I want to be as approachable and friendly as possible, so you feel completely comfortable in relaying your concerns to me. I also want to be entirely transparent in both what I will communicate to the College and what they are communicating back to our class, so that way, whether or not we like the answer we get, everyone is on the same page.

 I believe my experience prior to the College of Medicine makes me an excellent candidate for this position. I previously was in the College of Pharmacy and in my first year in that college, I won my election as the sole Class Rep for our first-year class. During my term as Class Rep, I kept my class up-to-date on all relevant academic and social dates, and more importantly fought for them in meetings with the College and the Dean. Subsequently, I was elected to be the Pharmacy President in my second year. As President, I implemented Co-Curricular Records, fought on behalf of students at the equivalent of promotions meetings, and worked collaboratively with the College to ensure our social events would continue undisturbed without hurting the College’s professional image. I also oversaw and managed dozens of events that were attended by hundreds of people.

 I believe that the aforementioned experience is relevant for a number of reasons. First, Pharmacy itself is a professional college, and I learned strong time management skills balancing my roles in student government and other extracurriculars with the academic course-load. I believe these skills will be extremely useful should I win this election. Second, the three main responsibilities of the SMSS First Year Class Rep are to represent our class in SMSS and faculty meetings, liaise between our class and the College, and plan several events. My hands-on experience in student government makes me an excellent candidate to handle these responsibilities and deliver a great academic and social year to you.

 If you believe I will make a good representative for you, based on my goals for our class and my experience that will help me achieve those goals, then please vote for me, Shayan Shirazi, in the upcoming election for First Year Class Rep. I would love the opportunity to represent our class and the individuals in it for this upcoming year. Thank you for reading this nomination letter, and for your consideration!


August 21, 2019
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm