Pleavin pulls off EngSoc presidential win

Four candidates celebrated in Clark Hall Pub as they awaited results of preferential ballot

EngSoc president-elect Victoria Pleavin gets a hug from Sarah Newton, Sci ’10.
EngSoc president-elect Victoria Pleavin gets a hug from Sarah Newton, Sci ’10.
Engineering students do the Sci ’10 dance at Clark Hall Pub last night.
Engineering students do the Sci ’10 dance at Clark Hall Pub last night.

A punk band rocked the engineers at Clark Hall Pub late into the night as everyone waited impatiently to find out the results of the preferential ballots for the Engineering Society (EngSoc) presidency.

In the vice-presidential positions, Adam Bunn was elected to the position of vice-president (academic) with 50.19 per cent of the vote. Emily Fay was elected to the position of vice-president (operations) with a resounding 91.49 per cent of the vote and the vice-president (society affairs)-elect Derrick Dodgson won with 84.8 per cent of the vote. Both were votes of confidence.

In the position of junior senator, Haotian Wang won with 56.25 per cent of the vote.

After the announcements of senators and vice-presidents, a crowd, which included current AMS President Michael Ceci and Vice- President (Operations) Leslie Yun moved to the edge of their seats as the anticipation grew.

Finally, Victoria Pleavin, Sci ’11, was named EngSoc president with 54 per cent of the vote.

“It’s really nice to finally have this happen,” she said, between shots. “The process has been so drawn out and it feels very rewarding to be here.”

Pleavin said she immediately extended her gratitude to her team of helpers.

“The first thing I did was acknowledge these four first-years who helped me so much during the process they blew me away. I was like, ‘Guys thank you so, so much for everything. We did it,” she said. “I’m so unbelievably grateful, it sucks to not have them here after everything they’ve done … I wish they were here.”

While texting her helpers the results of the election, she came up with her first post-election task.

“Catch up on school!”

Clark Hall Pub was a boisterous venue at the announcement of the election result, losing candidates included.

Presidential candidate Sean Abraham, Sci ’10, whose place in the election wasn’t released by the EngSoc elections CEO and CRO, was full of praise for his faculty’s new president-elect.

“In all honesty there’s no one I’d rather lose to,” he said. “It was preferential voting and she was my second vote. I’ve known her since second year and she’ll do a great job.”

Mackenzie Dixon, Sci ’11, whose place in the election was similarly unannounced, echoed Abraham’s sentiments.

“If I was to vote for someone other than myself it was Vic,” Dixon said. “I’m sure she’ll do an excellent job this year and she has my full support.”

Robert Lee, Sci ’11, who made it to the last round of elections with 46 per cent of the vote, said he plans to remain engaged in Queen’s activities.

“I guess right now I’m thinking what my next opportunity will be,” Lee said. “I don’t think I’ll be doing a fifth year anymore and after doing so much stuff I’m not ready to step back from being involved at Queen’s, whether that’s with EngSoc exec or otherwise. I’m trying to look forward, not back.”

As for specifically what role he plans to fill, he said only the fates will tell.

“There’s something out there for me, I guess I have to find out.”

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