Editor’s Note: This letter was sent to Pro Tem unexpectedly as a last-minute submission. The letter’s French contents were only edited for grammar to uphold Pro Tem’s grammatical standards. The unedited letter should be accessible to Glendon via the GCSU.
To the members of the Glendon College Student Body,
Vous m’avez élu pour représenter vos intérêts et j’ai travaillé sans relâche pour respecter cet engagement. Cependant, tout au long de ce processus, ma performance a énormément souffert entre les mains des gens auxquels je faisais confiance. Je me suis joint au conseil étudiant dans l’espoir de vous offrir plus d’opportunités. L’AÉCG a pris d’importantes mesures pour faire face aux obstacles qui l’ont empêchée de répondre aux besoins des étudiants de Glendon. Notre établissement est devenu un modèle d’organisation appropriée sur le plan administratif. On a mis de l’ordre à nos activités et à nos finances. De plus, notre bureau n’a jamais été aussi propre qu’il l’est maintenant.
Despite these incredible accomplishments, the GCSU has been unable to overcome the challenges that have pervaded upon it for the last several years. Relationships on council remain highly tense. On the eve of a meeting, I would walk into our senate chambers and the sudden bang of the gavel would prepare me for the hostilities that would ensue. Throughout meetings, there would be flurries of condescension, anger, and vitriol traded between certain speakers. I understand the inevitabilities of the occasional insult when in political discourse, but that does not excuse the exchange of statements that take place within these sessions. These statements come from a place of deep pain, and the discontentment is not unjustified. Certain members on council feel like they are unable to properly perform their duties due to the antagonistic practices of council leadership. There is something to be said in that. However, in the spirit of good professionalism, I will refrain from disclosing the identity of those responsible.
When dealing with council leadership, it is often the case that honest inquiry be met with belligerent commentary. This attitude has repelled many of our union members, with them claiming their opinions and intellect are not being respected. It is this frustration that has sown resentment within our union. With the voices of council members, legitimately elected, being constantly ignored and regularly neglected, I cannot help but empathize with the indignation of my peers. What those responsible must be aware of is that we on council demand respect. That is precisely why I present this to you today. I simply cannot continue to condone the despotic, antagonistic, and overall toxic culture that has been instilled by our new council’s leadership; which is why I am resigning from the Glendon College Student Union effective immediately. I sincerely thank everyone who has backed me throughout my experience on council. Your support has meant everything to me.
Le conseiller Dael Vasquez