Ali Manji

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Position you are running for: VP Finance

What do you believe are the main concerns for students in SAF right now? How would you like to approach fixing them?

First and foremost, SAF is a great program with a truly amazing student culture. It is something we should all feel proud about contributing towards. That being said, there is always room for improvement. As of right now, there seems to be a lack of transparency on how AFSA funds are being spent. The fact that so many students are unaware of exactly how their student fees are being spent is unfortunate. If elected as the VP of Finance, I can assure you that there will be a big increase regarding the clarity and transparency of how AFSA operates from a financial perspective. I am a strong believer in direct and open communication. I will clearly communicate the allocation of funds to the student body, and I will ensure that all requests for explanations on how funds are being used will be answered truthfully.

It is also all too common for students to not be compensated by AFSA for weeks or even months after representing SAF in case competitions or for individual purchases made on behalf of the organization. This is once again, unfortunate. As VP Finance, I can promise you that I will do everything in my power to make sure all students are reimbursed ASAP.

Why are you running for this position? (experience, background & motivation)

I’ll cut straight to the chase. I am running for this position because I am confident that I can make a positive change in the way that AFSA operates. My previous experiences, both professional as a Financial Analyst and personal as a hockey coach have set me up perfectly for this position. I have a strong understanding of how organizational finance works. I also have experience leading teams and driving improvement. I am sure that I can transfer these skills as VP of Finance and make big improvements in terms of both efficiency and transparency.

Place your platform for your position here:

I am a huge believer in challenging the status quo and constant improvement. Throughout first year, I sought out ways to better myself and make my goals become reality. I have been lucky enough to meet lots of great people and pick up some great experiences along the way. Now, it is my turn to give back to SAF and to my peers who helped shape me into the individual I am today.

After talking to SAF students, it seems like transparency with respect to the allocation of is a big issue. I can promise that if elected as VP of Finance, I will provide such transparency. I can promise that I will set responsible and realistic budgets and make sure that all financial needs of AFSA, whether it be individual compensation or organizational needs, are dealt with in a timely and efficient matter. As someone who is heavily involved with the SAF student body, I can assure you that if you have any question or concern I will be there to listen and take action on your behalf.

VP Finance is a truly important role. Managing the money paid by SAF students is not something that should be taken lightly. Given my experiences, I can confidently say that I am fully qualified and ready for this position. I will do everything in my power to make sure that the 2018-2019 school year runs without a hitch.