By-Election Update

The nomination period is now closed. Candidates may begin to campaign for their respective positions.
Remember that campaigning in or around the LGBTOUT Drop-In Centre is strictly prohibited.
There were not any candidate statements submitted by first-year students. That means all three Executive-at-Large positions are open to those upper-year students who nominated themselves.
There were not any candidate statements submitted for the position of Special Events Coordinator.

A reminder that the by-election will be taking place at the LGBTOUT Fall General Meeting (GM) on Friday October 12th, 2012, from 4-6pm in University College (15 King’s College Circle) Room 163.

At the GM, all nominated candidates will have the opportunity to present their platforms to the General Membership. Afterwards, an initial voting session will take place. Voting shall take place on a secret ballot. On each ballot, for each position being elected, a vote may be cast for any one of the candidates running for that position; a vote may also be cast for “none of the above.”

After the initial voting session at the GM, there will be three separate voting sessions held at the LGBTOUT Drop-In Centre (located in the archway of Sir Daniel Wilson Residence at 73 St. George Street) on:

Monday October 15th, 2012, from 10am to 12pm (Matthew);

Tuesday October 16th, 2012, from 12-2pm (Ricky); and

Wednesday October 17th, 2012, from 4-6pm (Matthew).

The results of the by-election will be released at 6pm on Friday October 19th, 2012. For each position, the result will be decided by a simple majority. In the case of a tie, one additional voting session will be held the following week to break the tie between those individuals with the same number of votes.

It must be noted that, under the LGBTOUT Constitution (see attached document), only those members in “good standing” are eligible to run and/or vote in the by-election. These include those students from the University of Toronto’s St. George campus who have actively participated in any LGBTOUT meetings or events in the current academic year, or who have been recognized as members in good standing through a simple majority vote by the LGBTOUT Executive Committee.

Here are the Executive-at-Large candidates for the upcoming by-election:

Rochelle Mather

Hello! My name is Rochelle Mather and I’m a first year at UofT, taking International Relations and History with a minor in SDS. I studied Human Rights and Human Diversity as well as Law for two years at Wilfrid Laurier University. My goal is to be a human rights lawyer and my main focus has always been the LGBTQ community and gender equality, two causes I identify with being a pansexual woman. I am deeply immersed in the queer community and it’s always been a big part of my life, for this reason I would like to be considered for the position of exec-at-large. I feel like a would be a positive addition to your group to better serve our community with passion and enthusiasm. I spent my first year at Laurier volunteering with the Rainbow Alliance, which is the equivalent to the Drop-in Centre. I also participated in the World University Service of Canada (WUSC) with a humanitarian focus on refugees and the status of women in developing countries. I’m sure many of you can agree that I’ve been committed to the queer community at UofT even before I received my acceptance letter. I’ve been to many queer events and participated at volunteer activities while managing to establish several friendships and connections in LGBTOUT. I hope that because of the fore mentioned reasons I can count on your vote for the position of exec-at-large 2012-2013 at LGBTOUT.

Cathie Renner


My name is Cathie Renner.  I am majoring in American Studies and Sexual Diversity Studies and I work in the SDS office.  I am honoured to announce my intention to run in the LGBTOUT By-Election for the position of Executive-At-Large.

I have a life time of experience – I’ve been rich, I’ve been poor, I’ve been homeless.  Now I’m a poor student.  I’ve worked in working men’s clubs; I’ve been a secretary, a social worker, and I’ve owned a bar in Spain.  I’ve seen the best that life and people can offer, the absolute pits of despair and the ugly side of human beings.  Along the way I accumulated three children, divorced an abusive husband and raised those kids on my own.  I protected my gay brother, I raised a son who is gay and I am bisexual.  We Renner’s like to keep Queer in the family! In short I have done a lot, seen a lot and while I do not claim to know it all, I have a vast wealth of experience as a foundation and I would like to put that to use.

My reasons for running are simple.  I would like to see a good organization become a great one.  Some level of consensus has to be reached between the fun aspect of LGBTOUT and the serious and valuable need there is on campus for a resource like ours; a focus on the team and its abilities and strengths is as important as the message we want to send to the U of T community at large and the Queer communities in particular.

I see the DIC as the face of LGBTOUT, its potential is incredible and so this is where I’d like to concentrate my efforts but more than that I’d like to see the role of women become more prominent.  I hope to see greater acceptance of our communities within the university and to widen our reach within our own community.


Natalie Whiting

My name is Natalie Whiting, I am a 3rd year Sexual Diversity Studies Specialist and I am interested in running for the executive-at-large position. I am profoundly interested gender related violence prevention and education. I am a social worker turned student turned hopeful to one day become a guidance counselor (first a teacher) and would love to implement what I have learned in College and University to a High School Setting. As am executive I would hope to be able to represent and advocate on behalf of queer communities, specifically the bi-sexual community which I find to be underrepresented across campus.

There is a second issue that interests me; I suffer from a condition called vulvar vestubilitis that is essentially painful inflammation around my lady parts. I have joined an online support group and have found a large amount of female students on campus also suffer from the same condition. I would be interested in educating as well as finding a way to help out my fellow VV peers. I think all kinds of sex related issues need to be further addressed, From VV to STI’s and safe sex practices, to a place where females can talk about ph balance friendly lubes and so on.

I generally want to help other students who are in need of any gender or sexual related guidance. I hope to be able to provide students with a sense of community while on such a large campus. The queer umbrella is so big but I think it is very necessary that we stick together and help each other in order to contribute equality among ourselves and pass that message along.

If there are any questions or concerns regarding the by-election, please address them to me as soon as possible.


Ricky Rodrigues

Chief Returning Officer

LGBTOUT Fall By-Election


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