Emily Yeung talks vision as sole ResSoc presidential candidate

Yeung commits to advocacy, student support, and education 

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Emily Yeung, HealthSci ’23, is the Residence Society’s (ResSoc) uncontested candidate for President in this year’s elections.
Yeung attributes her passion for working in Queen’s residences to her two years of involvement with ResSoc, where she has formerly held roles as a Residence Facilitator and Human Resources Officer. 
“I want to work specifically in this department to assist, support, or advocate for the first-year students who transition from high school to university,” Yeung said in an interview with The Journal. “I think that’s something I hold very dear to my heart: the guidance and support that I know myself I had in first year.”
Yeung’s vision for the position is built upon a platform of three main pillars: “advocate, educate, and support.”
She’s particularly interested in assisting with students’ academics and wellbeing during the upcoming school year. 
“A couple things that I and my team would like to work on would be  mental wellness initiatives, either including initiatives initiated by myself or with the assistance of our residence facilitators  who are able to [fulfill] wellness check-ins and support systems for the incoming students,” she said. 
According to her campaign site, Yeung also hopes to improve the dissemination of residence conduct information, expand leadership and professional opportunities available to ResSoc members, enhance EDII initiatives in residence, and continue to support Queen’s students academically, socially, and financially.
Apart from her prior experience and her presidential platform, Yeung believes it’s her personal qualities that make her ideal for ResSoc President.
“What I think works well is a strong work ethic, being an endearing role model for our students, having the passion to reach out to students, [and supporting] them in terms of what residents like, what opportunities there are, and what resources there are,” Yeung said.
“[My] ability to stay on top of tasks and stay organized is something that helps me stay dedicated to completing work to ensure that all our students have successful events and initiatives.”
This year, the ResSoc presidential debate will take place virtually on Jan. 20. Voters will be able to cast their ballot on Jan. 24. 

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