Councillors

Meet the faces behind your 2020-21 Arts Student Body Council! You can click on a Councillor’s name to e-mail them. To read the responsibilities of each Councillor, please consult the ASBC Bylaws found here.

President
Fardeen Zareef
Vice-President
Camryn Anderson
Fardeen (he/him) is a final year advanced Economics & Society student with a Management minor. He aims to pursue a career in Community Development but also loves to dabble with Entrepreneurship. He seeks to use his platform to champion youth empowerment, the importance of mental health and representing international and BIPOC students in our community. In his free time, Fardeen can be found making playlists, debating about sports, going over investment opportunities or working on developing his lifestyle brand and podcast. Feel free to introduce yourself if you ever come across him as he is always up for meeting new people.Camryn (she/her) is a final year Political Studies Honours student. She is focused on Canadian government and Public Policy. After graduation, she plans to pursue a Masters degree and work within the Canadian government. Cam wants to work towards destigmatizing mental health in our community and plans to begin new initiatives this school year in order to make this happen. In her free time she enjoys running, knitting as well as spending time with family and trying new coffee shops. Warm wishes everyone!!
Chairperson
Stephen Irom Gatphoh
Executive Assistant
Angela Abanes
Stephen (he/him) is in the final year of his Political Studies Hons. degree and theater minor. He is passionate about acting in theater/film and also often plays guitar with his band ‘No Pressure’. He is also an avid gamer and dabbles in voice acting thanks to his experience as a radio show host at our local community radio station UMFM101.5. Angela (she/her) is a second-year student pursuing a degree in Psychology and plans to minor in Leadership for Business and Organizations. She is passionate in youth empowerment and community work. Angela volunteers with CanU as a mentor and likes to take any volunteering opportunities that come her way. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her loved ones, watching crime documentaries, and singing along to kpop music. Feel free to say hello as she is always open to making new friends!
Director of Community Engagement
Hannah Guenther-Wexler
Community Engagement Programmer
Maia Bacchus
Hannah (she/her) is a Political Studies Honours student. She is interested in both labour law and policy. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her friends and family and traveling. Maia (she/her) is a student within the Department of Political Studies in her final year. She is mainly focused on Indigenous Governance and learning about the Political sphere through the lens of historically marginalized peoples. In her free time she loves her job coaching kids in fencing, trying to make new recipes, and taking care of her many houseplants!
Director of Communications
Maksym Kabarhin
Director of Communications
Kaylin Lazaro
Maksym (he/him) is a fourth year honours biology student with a focus on cellular and molecular biology in the Faculty of Science. He is deeply interested in the intricate details of how living organisms function and interact. After graduating, Maksym wishes to pursue a Master’s degree and then ultimately a PhD. When he is not studying, he enjoys exercising, trying new restaurants and spending time with friends! If you have any new restaurant suggestions in Winnipeg he would love to know!Kaylin (she/her) is a second year student pursuing a BA majoring in Criminology and minoring in Family Social Sciences. After obtaining her undergraduate degree, Kaylin plans to either attend law school or go into social work. She enjoys a good book and iced chais. When she is not busy with school or work, you can find her cuddling with her dog, at the gym or spending time with her loved ones. If you need someone to talk to about online shopping and pets, she’s your girl!
Director of Sustainability
Alyssa Adair
Arts Tribune Editor-in-Chief
Mercy Shwaykosky
Alyssa (she/her) is in her fifth and final year of her English Literature degree. Once she has finished her first degree, she plans on pursuing an Education degree to become a high school English teacher. In her spare time, she loves to swim, read, and watch Netflix.Mercy (she/her) is a fourth-year Honours student pursuing a major in English literature. Her primary areas of focus are Medieval literature, Icelandic literature, and lyric poetry. Mercy also enjoys writing poetry and short stories and hopes to one day publish all her work. After graduation, Mercy plans on pursuing a Master’s degree in both English literature and public policy. Outside of books and essays, she is an active person who enjoys running, hiking, biking, and any activity that involves the great outdoors. It is also very important to note that Mercy is a doting mother of too many houseplants and a fluffy labradoodle named Bailey who ardently loves to fetch.
Director of Academic Programming
Vaibhav Varma
Academic Programmer
Yashas Samtani
Vaibhav (he/him) is a second year student pursuing a Double Honours Degree in Political Studies and History. As a dedicated and passionate community volunteer, Vaibhav is ready and excited to become more involved on campus, most notably as this year’s academic programmer for the Arts Student Body Council. Vaibhav values being involved in the community, meeting new like-minded peers, and gaining new experiences. When he isn’t discussing politics or sharing an opinion on something, Vaibhav can answer all your questions about Star Wars, Marvel, or DC. After completing his undergraduate degree, Vaibhav plans to attend law school.Yashas (he/him) is a second year student doing an honours degree in Economics. He plans to pursue a career in corporate economics or entrepreneurship after university. He loves getting involved and trying new things whenever he has the chance. He is passionate towards travel and writing, working as a small-time writer in the horror/fantasy genre on the side.
Director of Social Programming
Chloe Dreilich-Girard
Social Programmer
Christine Ya
Chloe (she/her) is a third year Métis student at UM currently pursuing an honours BA majoring in Criminology and minoring in Psychology. Upon graduating, Chloe plans to pursue a degree in law with the end goal of practicing family law. Currently Chloe is also in the process of being the first in her family in a long time to learn her family’s traditional language (Michif). In her free time you can often find her volunteering with other groups on/off of campus, working, drinking an insane amount of cold brew or hanging out with friends or family (and her dog Finn)!Christine (she/her) is a third year Criminology Honours student. She plans to attend law school after obtaining her undergraduate degree. In her free time, she enjoys writing, watching reality TV, and spending time with her friends and family.
Director of Finance
Jack MacAulay
Senator
Zlata Odribets
Jack (he/him) is in his final year, receiving his degree in Economics with a minor in Geography. He enjoys studying heterodox economic theory and is interested in local community economic development. In his spare time, if Jack isn’t being overly attentive to his plants, you can catch him slinging drinks on Corydon Ave (come through) or watching Arsenal. If you have any questions regarding the Economics program, feel free to send him a message! Cheers!Zlata (she/her) is a fourth-year Honours student, pursuing a double major in linguistics and English literature. Within the two disciplines, her interests lie in theoretical syntax and Medieval literature respectively. After graduation, she plans to obtain a Master’s degree and, eventually, a Ph.D. in linguistics. When she’s not busy studying, doing linguistics research, or volunteering, Zlata enjoys reading, playing visual novels, and spending quality time with her friends.
Senator
Mary Mensah
Senator
Sophie George
Mary (she/her) is a Political Studies student. She is interested in International relations and communications. In her free time she enjoys playing video games and shopping.Sophie (she/her) is a fourth-year student, receiving an Advanced BA in theatre. Sophie is particularly interested in writing about feminist theatre and hopes to continue her education and eventually obtain a Master’s degree. In her free time, Sophie loves to act in shows, volunteer with local theatre groups, and sing/play guitar in her band, “Stellar”!
UMSU Director
Jaron Rykiss
UMSU Director
Dario Duque Giraldo
Jaron (he/him) is a third year philosophy and political studies student. He loves politics, and deep theoretical conversation. Jaron hopes to gain a law degree and enter the world of politics in order to help make positive change for the environment and for all citizens of Canada. Jaron loves to run, watch movies, play music and go for drives. However, above all, he loves to meet people and make new friends!Dario (he/they) is a third-year Sociology student minoring in Religion. He is interested in the intersectionality between race and mental health and its effects on society. Dario plans to obtain his J.d. from Robson Hall, the Faculty of Law. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with family, friends, and his dog Miia. He enjoys traveling and learning about different cultures.
UMSU Director
Hannah Belec
Women’s Representative
Victoria Stutsky
Hannah (she/her) is a third-year History Honours student. She is interested in local and medieval history. Hannah plans to obtain a Master’s degree in Museum Studies and enter the field of museum curation. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, reading, cuddling her Bengal cat, Dobby, or singing and playing guitar!Victoria (she/her) is in her final year of Honours Criminology and is particularly interested in the area of feminist criminology. Aside from school, Victoria spends her time breaking down gender stereotypes as a professional race car driver. You can catch her racing Thursday nights at Victory Lane Speedway! Victoria also enjoys spending time with family and friends, watching The Vampire Diaries repeatedly, and cuddling with her hairless cat, Eleanor!
International Students’ Representative
Maruf Morshed
Indigenous Students’ Representative
Raven Morrisseau
Maruf (he/him) is a second year student majoring in Economics and Society. He is deeply passionate about the community and its people. Whenever he’s free, Maruf loves to share his opinions on world politics and soccer. Maruf is planning to coordinate with the International center at UofM to host exciting seminars for incoming international students in the arts.Raven (she/her) is a fourth year Cree and Métis student from Misipawistik Cree Nation. She is pursuing a general BA majoring Political Studies and minoring in Native Studies. After completing her BA she plans to attend Law school and work in Indigenous law. She hopes to give back to her community and ensure Indigenous people are not ignored in the legal field. In her free time, Raven enjoys spending time with her nieces and nephews, listening to music, volunteering with other student groups and taking her dogs for walks.
Assistant Indigenous Students’ Representative
Mackenzie Guillou-Cormier
Accessibility Representative
Cleche Kokolo
Mackenzie (she/her) is a second-year Métis student with the Desautels Faculty of Music. She is pursuing a Bachelor of Music Education with a minor concentration in Native Studies. When she’s not studying or working, Mackenzie loves to volunteer, spend time with family and friends, read books, and learn new languages.Clèche (she/her/elle) is currently a third year student pursuing an honors degree in Political Studies. When Clèche is not writing essays or completing assignments, she is likely watching documentaries, enjoying sunshine or eating cake. Clèche loves to try new things and meet new people. During the pandemic, she spent time improving her baking skills and can now make great cupcakes. If you see her around or have a question, do not hesitate to reach out.
LGBTQ+ Representative
Emily Green
Racialized Students’ Representative
Alex Rana
Emily (she/they) is a third year student pursuing an Honours major in Political Studies and a minor in Women’s and Gender Studies. Their fields of academic and social interest include pinkwashing, understanding “freedom” within political theory, reproductive justice, and international law. Emily also serves as an editor for EnGender! Academia, an interdisciplinary journal for undergraduate and postgraduate Gender Studies scholars, and is the Queer Students’ Commissioner for the Canadian Federation of Students Manitoba. In her free time, Emily enjoys reading fashion journalism and queer literature, cooking for her girlfriend, and studying art history. After their undergrad, Emily plans to move to New York City to earn her J.D., and later her J.S.D., in social justice and human rights law.Alex (he/him) is in his third year of a double Hons. English and Linguistics degree, where he particularly enjoys the areas of critical theory and sociolinguistics. After graduation, he plans to pursue a Master’s degree and Ph.D. in Linguistics. Outside of school, he enjoys writing, reading, watching horror movies, playing bass, and finding new music to play on his UMFM 101.5 show ‘The Hard Line’.