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SCSU candidate profiles: Vice-President Operations

Bruce Chan (Connect UTSC), Andy Mai (MOTIVATE UTSC)
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Andy Mai and Bruce Chan. COURTESY OF THE CANDIDATES
Andy Mai and Bruce Chan. COURTESY OF THE CANDIDATES

Bruce Chan (Connect UTSC)

Bruce Chan is a fourth-year student studying human biology, psychology, and statistics. He is running for re-election as Scarborough Campus Students’ Union’s (SCSU) vice-president operations.

If re-elected, one of his key priorities would be supporting the SCSU Food Centre, a volunteer-run project providing free access to food to those who need it during the COVID-19 pandemic. Chan wants to maintain the food centre even after the pandemic so that it can combat food insecurity and so that more students can benefit from it. 

Additionally, as an international student, he wants to see more international students participate in and be aware of events and services on campus. “Even though there are already a lot of people signing up [to the SCSU Food Centre], only a small number are international students,” Chan said in an interview with The Varsity.

Another key point he wants to focus on is the SCSU’s outreach to the student body. He wants to integrate the SCSU with student clubs and the university’s academic departments by helping them with their events. “I really hope the SCSU could shift the focus from hosting events themselves to assisting student clubs to host events,” said Chan.

Andy Mai (MOTIVATE UTSC)

Andy Mai is a third-year student studying finance and is running for the position of vice-president operations at the SCSU. He is currently the management director on the SCSU Board of Directors and has worked as vice-president of internal duties and finances at the Chinese Undergraduate Association (CUA). 

If elected, Mai wants to bring the University of Toronto Mississauga Students’ Union’s ‘Free Breakfast Wednesday’ program to UTSC students. “I know that, right now, there’s still a lot of students who can’t afford… their lunch, or they can’t afford breakfast,” he said in an interview with The Varsity.

He also wants to use his connections and previous experience at the CUA to bring bigger sponsors to support the SCSU. “[The CUA] worked with a lot of sponsors… we had a collaboration with the Scarborough Town Centre.” 

Additionally, Mai wants to lobby to make the COVID-19 vaccine accessible for international students currently in Canada. “We have to figure something out together to let the government know, so they can give our international students some priority to get the vaccine,” he added.

The voting period for the SCSU elections will be held from March 2–4.