Even in a pandemic, StudCo's got you covered
By Rilla Serroul
Most of us have participated in an event planned by StudCo such as a Spirit Week or a spirited game of Capture the Flag, but how often do we put thought into the process of a student council event, or even the people behind it? In years of past, the student council may have looked like members seated around a table working on the latest project they’ve set themselves to, but what does this all look like in a year where groups can’t meet in person and events must be Covid-friendly? Let’s find out.
Ben Van Dine is one of two co-presidents of the student council. In his interview he stated that one of the most noticeable differences between this year and his previous year as co-head of ASCO is trying to adapt to the new school environment and think outside the box in order to bring back Canterbury’s beloved traditions in a new and safe way. In a time where good mental health is harder to maintain but more important than ever, Ben admits that StudCo leaves his plate feeling full, however his fellow co-prez as well as the other members of StudCo lighten the load considerably.
“I couldn’t imagine doing this process without Eman and without having the support of our grade reps and our student senator as well as our principal and Mr. Mac, who have both been such helpful resources as we plan and launch new events,” Ben said.
Student council is a huge commitment, student council president even more so. Ben helps to remind us that for every student council event, there’s a team of people who poured hours of hard work into it.
“I couldn’t imagine doing this process without Eman and without having the support of our grade reps and our student senator as well as our principal and Mr. Mac."
-- Ben Van Dine
Given the nature of the two-cohort system, communication between students in either cohort is limited, however Eman Elawad and Ben Van Dine are able to communicate freely. The separation makes it so that they can only talk online but it allows for both cohorts to be represented and heard in discussions regarding future events and improving Canterbury’s environment.
Having done the job for 9 years, teacher Keith MacDonald once again assumed the position of teacher advisor for Canterbury’s student council, but it looks a little different this time around. Council meetings used to take place in either the lecture hall or one of the computer labs but they’ve now been shifted to taking place over Google Meet.
When asked about it, Mr. Mac remarked that the biggest issue they’ve been facing has been the complete restart they’ve had to undergo. In previous years the student council has been able to reuse ideas for events however with all of the restrictions in place, they’ve had to scrap almost all of the tried and true activities.
This year will most certainly be a unique one and student council will be no exception.