It took a couple of elections, but the 2016–17 Simon Fraser Student Society (SFSS) will finally have a representative for the faculty of environment, and that person is Thadoe Wai.
With no candidates running in the general election last spring, Wai beat out running mate Supreet Malhi garnering two-thirds of the vote. He collected 61 of the 91 votes cast in the race.
“I’m feeling elated about it,” Wai said. “It was kind of nerve-wracking I guess, although I’m pretty happy about the results. I’m also pretty happy to have run in this election, and get the exposure I’ve received from it.”
Wai thanked Malhi for being his opponent, as the two seemed to form a good friendship running against each other. Malhi tweeted out congratulations for Wai from bed, as he was sick and missed the announcement.
@PeakSFU No, I'm just sick, so I'm in bed. But congratulations to Thadoe, he's gonna do some great things!
— Supreet Malhi (@bambimalhi) November 18, 2016
Wai was still a little tired from the early morning that was the 9 a.m. announcements, but said he hopes to start to get to work soon as the new environment representative.
“Next few months, to be honest it’s hard to say because it’s the morning, but I do hope to start working together with people from my DSU [Departmental Student Union] as well as other people from the faculty and start forming a plan to help strengthen the faculty,” he said. e