When the college faculty strike hit Ontario in the fall of 2017, I was a Guelph-Humber Media Studies student. No one at the time was covering the impact on the small university on Humber College’s northern campus and so I set about to do it myself. On Oct. 16, I launched The GH Post and within a few weeks others had joined me and the impact we had for students was big, according to our numbers. In the spring of 2018, we rebranded to The Avro Post and started getting better at covering things happening at Guelph-Humber and Humber — focusing also pretty heavily on IGNITE.
Since that time, I’ve worked hard in the only way I knew how to hold our elected, paid representatives at IGNITE accountable: Through journalism, known as the fourth estate. I’ve had the chance to uncover and report on some pretty neat stories over the years and many of them have been exposing or showing students what IGNITE is doing behind the scenes.
However, this year I have felt the urge to run for the Board of Directors myself to work and see if I can bring the changes that IGNITE needs to become transparent, open, accessible and responsible again. I had a choice to continue to report on the continued chaos that has been the news around the student union for the past five months or try to bring forward the changes that I believe are necessary for student democracy’s survival myself.
I am running with the goal to restore IGNITE as an organization that once again will put students first, free from the influence of staff members and with the transparency that the people it represents deserve.
Check out the platform I plan to run on: EliRidder.ca/PLATFORM