MMSC Election Nominations c2026 - VP Internal Hamilton
Hi c2026! My name is Mariah (like Papaya) and I am so excited to be running for VP Internal! I was born and raised in an area of Toronto known as Rexdale. I graduated from U of T with an HBSc back in 2021, and wrapped up my MPH at Brock a couple of weeks ago (thank goodness!). I’ve worn many other hats over the years, including: Research Assistant in Obstetrical Anesthesia at Sunnybrook, bartender, Support and Care Navigator as part of Ontario’s High Priority Communities Strategy at a CHC, Program Coordinator for Black Physicians of Tomorrow, and Practicum Student under Dr. Kieran Moore at the Ministry of Health. I also love to cook/bake, watch TikToks, anime and movies (especially psychological thrillers and Disney), read, write, and organize/host events for friends and family (indeed, if I weren’t going to be a doctor I might be a wedding planner).
As [future] physicians, we have a duty to our patients, colleagues and communities to be the best versions of ourselves we can be, both professionally and personally. In this role, I would be dedicated to using my creativity, prior experience in coordinating/event planning, and passion for advocacy, to support just that. For instance, by working with interest groups, faculty and the student body/community at large, to organize: - opening a practice or billing workshops - “hobby introductions” to explore life outside of medicine - a guide to research (and getting pubs!) - nutritious meal prep demos to make life easier (and cheaper) during clerkship - or even fun activities to enhance our skills, like a “murder mystery party for history taking”, or “video gaming for robotic surgery” That is to say, I have many ideas to make medical school an enriching experience…but more importantly, my door would always be open to hear yours!
Years ago, I bought a car freshener that says “Be kind to all kinds” – though it has long lost its smell, I refuse to replace it, as it serves as a reminder of the values I strive to embody. As VP Internal, EDI would be at the forefront of consideration in all my endeavours. This includes utilizing a “nothing about us, without us” collaborative approach to ensure that initiatives are at least safe, accessible, and culturally informed. However, I hope to go beyond merely respecting EDI to celebrating it. Such as by creating opportunities to learn about non-WEIRD healing practices and working in diverse communities, or highlighting the triumphs of equity-deserving persons in medicine (not just in spite of their tribulations, but because of them). Finally, I am committed to remaining cognizant of my biases, learning how to be a better ally, and welcoming feedback, should I ever fall short.
My name is Arthur Thébaud. I am very excited to get to know all of you through social events, interest groups, and other opportunities at McMaster! I was born in Paris to a Haitian dad and German/Croatian mom but grew up for the most part in Canada. Despite living in Edmonton and Ottawa for most of my life, I still speak French and German with my family and try to incorporate parts of my background into everyday life. This includes music, movies, and cooking/eating various styles of foods. I did my undergrad at Queen’s University with a specialization in Kinesiology. During my degree, I led communications/marketing of the club Queen’s Helping Haiti. Working in a team and advocating for others is what made me want to take a leadership role in the MMSC and I hope to be there to support all your passions and transmit your concerns. Launching Interest Group Collaborations: Interest Groups intersect in today’s medicine. We’ll launch a formalized program empowering cross-group collaborative projects, sparking inspiring opportunities for students. As Vice President of Internal Affairs at the Hamilton campus, I will be responsible for overseeing your interest groups, the iMED orientation activities, and organizing social events. I strive to foster a respectful and open environment within the council and among all the students at McMaster. I am extremely excited to be working with such a diverse and interesting group this year. Your ideas will be valued, and I guarantee we will organize events and foster interactions that everyone can feel represented in. For those of you that I have personally met already, I hope we can continue to improve our relationships and I hope my values are in line with yours. For those I have yet to meet, I cherish this opportunity as VP of Internal Affairs to get to know you better and understand your passions and interests.
Equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) are extremely important concepts in every leadership role. As a Haitian student, I understand the value of diverse opinions, ideas, and representation within the committee. I am thrilled to help implement events or interest groups that promote inclusion of diverse populations and education of various cultures. We are presented with the opportunity to learn about so many of our different backgrounds through food, music, and other related outings. I will maintain a good rapport with the 2 EDI and Indigenous Health VPs to exceed the standard of inclusion for ’26 and future years. As your internal VP, I will ensure your identity is both represented and shared within McMaster, and I guarantee these next three years will expose new ways to appreciate and learn about one another.
Hello everyone, my name is John. I’m definitely what you’d call a non-traditional student. I completed a Bachelor of Medical Radiation Sciences degree at McMaster and subsequently spent the last 7 years working in cardiac and vascular imaging at Hamilton General Hospital (as I told some of you at the Gala, if you do the math that means I was 6 when the Cha-Cha Slide was released). On top of my critical care role, I was part of the team that helped with the roll-out of HHS’s new hospital information system, but possibly the best part of my job is teaching the various interprofessional students that rotate through the cath lab and OR. Outside of work and school I enjoy running and biking excessive distances, which usually doesn’t leave time for much else, but I’ll have to make an exception for the MMSC!
As VP Internal for Hamilton, I would measure my success based on two factors: 1. How well connected my peers feel to each other, and 2. How well my peers feel connected to McMaster and Hamilton at large. With Zoom sessions forming the bulk of our classes, we will have a more difficult time getting to know each other. I will work and listen to ensure that there is a way to get involved or social event that appeals to everyone. Equally importantly, McMaster and Hamilton will be our home for the next 3 years. I have now spent 11 years in Hamilton and want to share all the interesting things that I have found with you (did you know that there’s a dancing parrot walking distance from campus?) Let’s explore Hamilton together and discover YOUR favourite place!
I believe that EDI is central to the role of VP Internal. A key part of my platform would be working diligently to ensure that everyone feels safe and like they belong, not just in terms of their academics, but outside of the classroom as well. While not every event can be for everybody, I will work to guarantee that this is never due to lack of feeling welcome, and do whatever I can to make sure there is an event for everyone. This will be a process of trial and error, anticipating needs when possible (child-friendly events for example) but also recognizing that not everything can be planned for and listening when something is missed. The diversity of my classmates is part of what drew me to McMaster, and while others may consider these differences to be logistical hurdles to overcome, I see them as opportunities.
Hey! I am Dimitrios but I usually go by Dimitri. My closest friends call me Dim (I hate it LOL). But let's talk about some things that I don't hate! I love playing video games, music and watching/playing sports. Some skills I have include playing guitar and Greek dancing! I grew up in Markham, ON and did my undergrad here at McMaster. I'm honored to have the chance to represent the class of 2026 on the MMSC. I've always loved being a part of councils/committees that play a role in fostering a tight knit community. I was lucky enough to be on the student council throughout both high school and undergrad. My priority as a potential member of the MMSC lies in creating a space where everyone feels welcomed and supported. I would greatly appreciate it if you took the time to read my respective platforms. Thanks!
As someone who has held a VP Internal role before, I think the purpose of the role is to help breed a sense of belonging within the community. A diverse community deserves the opportunity to socialize in diverse settings. It can be hard to meet people outside of your tutorial/procomp groups. As chair of the social committee, I will make it a priority to host regular socials that pique different interests. This includes large scale events like a talent show or smaller initiatives such as game nights and holiday themed events. It is equally as important to address our academic interests. I will make sure to facilitate and remain in constant communication with both new and old Interest Groups about their purpose, direction and required resources. My goal as Internal is to cultivate a student body that supports one another and create a space where everyone feels at home.
My platforms and roles inherently work hand in hand with EDI. I want to act as a person who can contribute to a brave space for people to bring up opinions and voice concerns. I think it's important to understand my own experiences are different and others have a unique lived experience. I want to use my role as a means to engage in open dialogue, learn about and prevent incidents of discrimination/oppression. Bridging gaps in knowledge between different parties and actively listening to people's feedback is important to me. I think it is vital to acknowledge that the cohort we have is very diverse and specific people may have different needs that aren't being addressed. As internal or student affairs, I will act as an advocate for EDI and play a part in fostering an environment that addresses the issues of systemic discrimination against diverse groups of people.
Hi everyone! I'm Lori, and I'm so excited to be running for VP Internal! I'm passionate about facilitating a positive student life and nurturing a strong sense of community within the class. I have a lot of experience organizing both small and large-scale flagship events from working on faculty student council and university unions during my undergrad at Western University. I love seeing the student community come together to bond on a unique interest - whether that be through large-scale dances, a talent show, or a trivia night! Finding a way to connect students through individualized experiences is the ultimate goal. I'm open-minded, a foodie, a baker (but can’t cook), and love to chat - so if you need a listening ear for concerns about our program, or for social event ideas, or even if you want to ask me about my favorite dessert spot, I'm always available!
My platform rests on three pillars: enhancing council-to-student communication, nurturing a sense of community, and fostering interactive iMed for the class of 2027. I’ll be a point of contact for Hamilton, Niagara, and Waterloo campuses alongside Interest Groups. I want to integrate the updates, progress, and feedback I receive throughout the year into a more accessible format for the student body. Something as simple as an organized site page will encourage discourse about our program so that I can actively listen and tailor initiatives. My focus also largely lies in expanding social events for the class of 2026. Whether it’s intramural competitions or coffeehouses, we’ll create unique experiences for diverse personalities and interests. I’m thrilled about iMed and plan to amplify team bonding for the class of 2027 through more activities like the popular (and very competitive) laser tag. Together, let's make lasting memories outside tutorials and clinicals!
Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) should be embedded throughout every initiative contributing to our student experience. My approach involves regular feedback mechanisms and EDI training. As a liaison between the three campuses, the student body, and interest groups, encouraging open discourse is crucial. I plan to facilitate this by implementing regular feedback mechanisms such as an anonymous forum. This way, we can cater to diverse needs/concerns and raise awareness about issues through our events. EDI training can be implemented with the support of campus club initiatives such as panel discussions from the Ethnic Diversity Club (EDC) or Queer and Trans Colour Club (QTCC). As VP internal, my goal is to ensure our activities are inclusive and driven by your needs regarding EDI concerns. By actively making EDI a priority, we can drive social progress, reduce biases, and most importantly, celebrate being the most diverse medical class in McMaster’s history!
Hi, my name is Jayden (she/her), and I would love to be your next VP of Student Affairs or VP Internal (Hamilton)! I am compassionate, dedicated, and hardworking, and I believe I can create a warm and positive environment for all of us over the next three years. I love focusing my energy on activities that promote wellness such as crocheting, playing ukulele, and reading, and I love sharing these experiences with others! Throughout my undergraduate degree, I was involved in several clubs/associations such as Project Sunshine Canada, which allowed me to develop and grow my communication and collaboration skills. These experiences also taught me how to foster a safe and inclusive environment for those around me. Joining MMSC would mean the world to me, as it would allow me to connect with even more of you while creating initiatives that would benefit all of us.
One highlight of McMaster Medicine is its collaboration, a main focus of my platform. I would implement sessions and send out surveys where I can ask the students what they would like to see! By using others’ ideas alongside my own, we can create exciting new events for people to look forward to, especially considering their peers' passion felt in the projects. I would ensure that all events/initiatives are inclusive for all, and promote a sense of community. My platform would implement more initiatives surrounding EDI, such as a school wide pride parade, and educational resources dedicated to religious dates. My goal is that others feel safe coming to me whenever they are facing an issue, knowing that I will be there to support and advocate for them. I believe that either position would allow me to aid in fostering a safe and supportive environment for all of us.
One way I would promote EDI is by utilizing my platform to amplify the voices of others while providing them a platform. Additionally, at the start of each school year, I plan on creating a calendar denoting religious days and sharing it with my class as a resource they can contribute to. For the weekly newsletter, I would ensure I am aware of upcoming special dates so I can compile resources and information for students to learn from this. Another way I plan to integrate EDI is by modeling the use of non-gender specific terms to promote an environment where everyone feels comfortable being themselves. I will also reach out to my peers to check in on how they’re doing and remind them that they are always welcome in our program. I plan to continue educating myself on how I can become a better ally to all equity seeking groups.