Geoffrey Olara and Toosaa Bush have just completed their first full week in office as DCSI’s VP External and VP Internal, respectively.
Spending their time making phone calls, attending meetings across Oshawa, and planning campus events, the VP’s have been busy organizing a full school year for students.
Olara says orientation in September is taking time to effectively plan, and the VP’s spend their days organizing potential events for both new and returning Durham College students.
“We’ve been really focusing on orientation week for the fall and we’re making calls to talk to different people for sponsorship and making certain events happen,” he says. “We want to get the ball rolling on orientation as soon as possible so it’s an enjoyable experience for both new and returning DC students.”
Bush added to Olara’s comment, saying budgeting is extremely important for a successful school year. He says paying close attention to the budget will allow for many events across the entire school year.
“We’ve been working on the budget for the school year, as well. It’s important to make sure we have funds for the entire year so we can put on successful events all year long and we’ll be able to give back to students at all times of the year, not just September, “ he says.
As the first VP’s of DC Students Inc., the VP’s main point of focus is to connect all Durham College locations across Durham Region.
Olara says students who aren’t on Oshawa’s north campus may feel left out, and the VP’s want to find a way to fix this problem.
“A big thing we’ve noticed that’s an issue is we have multiple campuses but they’re spread across Durham and the connectivity between them is lacking,” Olara says. “We plan to create a system where all the campuses feel comfortable and connected to DC as a whole. Opportunities will be spread out across the campuses, not just Oshawa’s north campus, but also including Whitby and Pickering.”
As the VP of Internal Affairs, Bush says creating job opportunities for students within the Durham College community is something many students have been asking for.
“We’re very big on providing students with employment opportunities this year, including co-op positions. We’re working on a plan with our General Manager to provide more jobs and co-ops for students across campus,” he says.
The execs plan to make orientation a time to have a fun and get the most out of the college experience.
Olara says students need more time to enjoy themselves on campus, and orientation will be the perfect time to do that.
“Students don’t get enough time to get to know each other and get to know the school. With orientation week, it’s usually packed with figuring out classes and schedules so we want to provide an entire month of activities,” he says.
“It’s not just about partying and social events, but the employment aspect of things and getting to know your school, too. We want to gear students up with necessary skills to be prepared for the remainder of the school year.”
Looking internally, Bush says having a strong campus presence will be the most important way to establish a relationship with students.
“Myself, Geoffrey, and Jaylan are going to be out in the DC community all the time so students can sit down with us, talk with us, and get to know us personally,” Bush says. “We want to have a better connection with DC students so people can understand what DCSI represents.”