Candidates Bios

Candidates Bios

Executive Chair and Chief Elected Officer


Why should you re-elect me? My name is Jenna Peace. I’ve spent that last year being your student body voice at every virtual table through the pandemic and working on strengthening relationships with Durham College (DC) & its leadership team.

In my time as executive chairperson, I have successfully lead the student government through a pandemic by increasing services available to students through our in-house social services, Outreach, and provided over 10k minutes of content for our students to engage with. With all the challenges students faced this past year, we recognized the need to have a dedicated student advocacy staff member and have started the process to successfully hire a full-time student advocacy representative to help students through challenging situations within classrooms and programs. Another accomplishment was working alongside the OTSU president to launch our empowered periods' campaign providing free sustainable menstrual products in all student union bathrooms and shared Ontario Tech athletic spaces.

Early on in my campaigning last March on campus, students identified that they didn’t know who or what DCSI was. I have spent the last year getting the boards to approval for a full rebrand. Included in the rebrand will be a communications plan where we will find the best ways to communicate to our current and prospecting students so that they’re always informed on what’s happening, what services are available for free, and how we can best support our students' college experience.

What do I have in store if I’m re-elected for 2021? 1) I’d like to create more digital engagement programming tailored to our student demographics, 2) I want to continue having tough conversations around pressing issues within our DC community, 3) provide even more supports, such as funding and care, to our students in need and 4) lastly, make my dream of providing engaging networking events for each faculty school to strengthen our students network within their respective industries to kick off their careers.

I’m a problem solver and I’m going to continue taking action on behalf of the student body, continue to improve the DCSI organization, and most importantly, continue to make sure all of DC’s students are given opportunities to thrive. Check out for more on my campaign, or check out @peace4ec2021 on Instagram to follow along on my journey!


Hello folks, this is Mehboob ul Haq, a friendly face from Electro-Mechanical department who’s pursuing Advanced Diploma here at DC. It gives me immense pleasure and honour to announce that I’m running for the position of Executive Chair & Chief Elected Officer in the upcoming elections.

Hailing from a family who runs a charity school for underprivileged children back in my home country, I have an extremely humble and compassionate personality who finds genuine happiness in doing good deeds for the betterment of people.

Professionally, I am persistent and hardworking individual who always put all my energy into everything I do no matter how hard it is. Having a good run as a President of Chess club in the past year in DC, house captain and student representative in my previous school, I’ve learnt a lot about how things work at clubs/societies and executive levels. These positions gave me an opportunity to build some good relationships with the higher authorities of the college who are a part of decision-making process.

Leadership to me is the shear responsibility that I’m willing to take with integrity and dedication. I will go all the way down to the roots of a certain problem and try to solve it at the ground level. That’s exactly how I’m going to focus on the real-life issues and concerns that the student fraternity faces here in this college. I take a pledge and promise to listen to all your queries, understand the situation, address to the concerned authorities and help to the maximum limit. I genuinely believe I could be the best voice for all the international and domestic student community for a safe, bright and prosperous tenure during their time here in Durham College.

You can count on me.

I am never going to let you guys down


Mehboob ul Haq


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Director form Class A of the Membership (School of Health and Community Services)


During the pandemic I had the privilege of being the director on the DCSI for the School of Health and Community Services I have served a full term and done so with great respect for the post.  I have advocated for the review of the practicum waiver that was to be signed by RPN students.  I have listened to the concerns of students in this faculty and brought it to the attention of the board who in turn addressed the concerns with the college.

These are unprecedented times and navigating the virtual world and being available to other student’s have proven challenging to say the least.  My experience and education in board governance and social justice makes me an ideal candidate for this role.  If given the opportunity I promise to serve the DCSI and the students.  As a member of the board of Directors it is my duty to aid in the visibility and operation of the DCSI while maintaining a relationship with you the students. 

I along with several other students have been trying to revive the Durham College Nursing student association to be registered with the Canadian Nursing Student Association this is important as it gives our nursing students a professional student organization to be a part of.  I promise to serve you, the students, by listening to your concerns and aiding where possible and if I am not able to help I will, with the other board members help to guide you as to where you can be assisted.

My name is Taneisha Jordon and I am a 2nd year PNII nursing student who is here to hear your voice, echo your concerns and serve. 


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I am Aditi Patel currently enrolled in the last semester of Fitness and Health Promotion. I am honorable and thankful to get this opportunity to participate in DCSI election 2021. As I am from School of Health and Community services, I totally understand the demands and expectations of students studying in this department. Good health services and better community is what everyone seeking for and have equal right on it. I assure you and Durham college that If I get this golden opportunity, I will be taking every measurable step for college success. It will be my pleasure serving for DC.

Director from Class B of the Membership (School of Justice and Emergency)


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This position is acclaimed, and will not appear on the ballot.

Director from Class C of the Membership (School of Media, Art and Design)


Hello my name is Utsav Acharya, a student of Interactive media design ( class C) at Durham College.

I have completed my 12th and graphics design in India at local place ahmedabad near by my hometown. I scored 6.5 bands in IELTS and found more opportunity to learn about interactive media design by practicals and provided techniques by faculties. I am from KALOL, a suburb of Gandhinagar, state - Gujarat, India. My hobbies are to help people, specially to those, students who are struggling for adjustment in their life in Canada.

I am interested in this election because I want to help college students, who are suffering new. I would love to meet new people to learn new and think in every possible positive angle. I am happy to become a part of Durham College.

Please support me during 9th March to 11th March 2021. All the students will get link in their DC mail, you all just needed to login and choose the name to vote.


Hola! My name is Krish Batheja, a sketch artist and DJ pursuing Interactive Media Design from Durham College. I am a social person with managerial experience in the past. I've worked as the head of Public Relations for my school MUN (Model United Nations) and have been an active part of the MUN societies around the NCR (India) throughout my schooling years. I am currently a performing DJ playing in clubs around Delhi region and will be moving to Canada soon enough. As much as I hate the whole pandemic thing, I'm looking forward to hopefully meeting with all you guys at DC. I see college as an amazing place to socialize and have fun before you enter the adulthood. Why elect me? Because I care about our college experience being exponential not only in terms of knowledge regarding the career path we've chosen but also, arguably the bigger things in life like personality development and social skills. We've already lost an year to Covid, let's make the coming year a better one!

Director from Class D of the Membership (School of Skilled Trades, Apprenticeship and Renewable Technology)


My name is Alex Harvey and I am running to be the Director of the School of Skilled Trades, Apprenticeships, and Renewable Technology. Currently, I am taking the Trades Fundamentals program at the Whitby campus and next year I will be taking Plumbing Techniques. I have been the director of START since October and I am looking forward to representing my school again this upcoming year. If you have any questions relating to DCSI, please feel free to contact me through email on the DCSI website.

This position is acclaimed, and will not appear on the ballot.

Director from Class D of the Membership (School of Science and Engineering Technology)


Dear all, myself Fremil jose arangassery, has been volunteering for the director position in the school of science and engineering department. This position gives me an opportunity to work with my fellow colleagues who have experience in the very same field and this will definitely inspire me in the future and advancement of Durham college family. Hence i am eagerly waiting for your support and vote for giving me a chance to serve you and prove that i am always here for you


Hi friends,

Hope you all are doing well in this time of pandemic. I, Akash Radadiya, completed my bachelors in Chemistry and also have an experience to work as a Research Analyst in a pharmaceutical discovery lab. Currently, I’m studying Pharmaceutical and Food Science Technology (Fast Track) course in Durham College. I have always had an enthusiasm for leadership and was a President of Campus of Science in my college in third year. As a President I have much experience of leadership and have worked with Directors from different faculties including Principle and Trusty of my college. I have worked to improve infrastructure of laboratory, raised and resolved various concerns of students and enjoyed working with College Directors to organize different activities. I will be committed to work for your concerns and will try to resolve it with best of my ability and will available to all and ready to connect whenever you need. I humbly urge you to support me and vote for me to become a member of the Board of Directors and represent our School of Science and Engineering Technology.