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Dilshan Tharusha Marasinghe, running for the vice presidency of Humber College North Campus, told The Avro Post in an interview on Sunday that “for every problem, there is always a solution” and he aims to use his skills to find the ones that work.
“I’m willing to maximize my skills and talents to crack the right equations and ensure to eradicate all the problems you have with the right solution and be the shining ray of hope that you, the students, need me to be.”
Marasinghe, 18, wants students to vote for him, saying he believes that he can “truly make a change in their lives in a positive way” — saying that he has been “in your shoes” as a student, especially in regards in finances.
The first year said that, despite incidents that may have impacted students on campus, IGNITE is effective “because we need to remember that nobody is perfect, no matter how perfect they may seem to be in your eyes”.
On the provincial government’s cuts to the Ontario Student Assistance Program set to come into play this fall, Marasinghe called it “truly a step backward in making students educational life easier.”
The Advanced Diploma of Electronic Engineering Technology major said he will “approach this matter seriously by working together with my team to create a various amount of solutions to ensure” students do not “fall into a pit if financial issues because of these changes”.
On the Student Choice Initiative introducing optional student fees in the fall, Marasinghe first noted that he believes it “will grant the students the opportunity to pay whatever they believe will benefit them in their education and save their money since money doesn’t grow on trees.”
However, the vice president candidate said he will “make sure to convince students to continue paying for IGNITE by ensuring that they full know the benefits of doing so” — and listed events and extracurricular activities.
The uncertainty surrounding the status of the optional student fees and how exactly they will affect the IGNITE student union had the Board of Directors for the first time essentially push back their approval for the next fiscal budget.
Marasingh is up against four other competitors for the vice presidency of Humber North, including Ameem Rahman, Ekmjyot Sohal, Jason Hyatt, and an individual going by just Simran.
This is the full interview with Dilshan Tharusha Marasinghe.
In one sentence, why should students vote for you?
For every problem, there is always a solution which is what makes it a problem and I’m willing to maximize my skills and talents to crack the right equations and ensure to eradicate all the problems you have with the right solution and be the shining ray of hope that you, the students, need me to be.
In whatever length you wish, why should students vote for you? What makes you stand out?
You should vote for me because everyone wants someone they can look up to as their hero or role-model who they believe can truly make a change in their lives in a positive way and I firmly believe I can be that person to all of you in college and stand bold as a beacon of hope.
Furthermore, what makes me stand out is that I’ve been in your shoes, I know precisely how it feels like to go through the many problems students go through such as financial issues and so on which is why if you vote for me as Vice President, I promise you from the bottom of my heart that I will make it my mission to obliterate all the situations you’re facing in college and make sure you enter the front entrance with a lovely smile on your face everyday.
Besides, at the end of the day, we all want to live a good and splendid life and make every moment count since we only live once and I want to be the person to have the honor of making that life possible for you in college.
Do you think IGNITE is effective despite scandals that have existed in the past?
Yes, I believe IGNITE is effective despite scandals that have existed in the past because we need to remember that nobody is perfect, no matter how perfect they may seem to be in your eyes and all IGNITE has in mind is to make your journey in college as memorable and fun and productive as possible.
IGNITE has the potential to build taller ladders to enable you to climb higher and reach to the stars to achieve wonders and I believe you should continue to have faith in them for all the things they’re doing for you.
In order for me to create transparency with IGNITE, I will make sure to share all my thoughts and ideas with them so that we’ll build a strong working relationship between eachother which we both can benefit from in terms of improving Humber.
I will ensure no secrets will be kept between us as keeping secrets is one of the first steps of failing as a team and as a result, failing Humber.
What will you for transparency with IGNITE?
I’m aiming to be the kind of Vice President that everyone can simply call a friend and speak out their thoughts and feelings that are contained inside their minds whenever they’re feeling down or depressed because if I continue to make changes in college and students are continuing to not feel themselves for certain reasons, then there’s no point in making those changes. I have to ensure that the students, my voice, are feeling strong and up-right about themselves so that I can truly say to myself that everything I’m doing in college as Vice President is really making a positive change.
Are you a returning IGNITE executive?
I’m not a returning IGNITE executive.
In simple points, what is your platform?
Improve the financial life in college, bring in more extra-curricular activities in college, and enhance the academic life in college.
Is there anything else you would like to say? Why should students vote for you?
I would like to say that every great leader has to start from somewhere and I believe running for Vice President in Humber will be the perfect golden opportunity for me to unleash my potential to the maximum and show all of you what I’m truly capable of when it comes to actually making a difference that you all want to see and that you’ve made the right decision voting for me.
Will you talk to the student press?
I will most certainly talk to the student press as I believe it’s highly crucial to allow the press to know what we’re doing here so that the students will be able to know it as well.
I believe we have to be transparent with everyone about what we do so that we’ll establish positive relationships with everyone we work with and build a stronger foundation towards a brighter future.
What will be your approach to the OSAP cuts and especially the optional student fees? Will you release a line-by-line budget if elected?
It is very unfortunate to hear that the government will no longer be providing free tuition to families earning less than $50,000 per year and that the government will be taking away the 6 month grace period of students to pay back their student loans right after they graduate since it’s truly a step backward in making students educational life easier. I am truly against this and I will approach this matter seriously by working together with my team to create a various amount of solutions to ensure that you don’t fall into a pit of financial issues because of these changes. Coming to the optional student fees, from my perspective, I believe this will grant the students the opportunity to pay whatever they believe will benefit them in their education and save their money since money doesn’t grow on trees. Furthermore, I will make sure to convince students to continue paying for IGNITE by ensuring that they fully know the benefits of doing so such as receiving a wide collection of events organized by IGNITE for them to aid them in their educational journey and to learn fascinating new knowledge which they don’t learn in class.
Image of Dilshan Marasinghe from IGNITE.