Frequently Asked Questions

Last Updated: April 5th, 2021

Student Government is a representative body of the student population at Burnaby North. We are a hardworking team of individuals from grades nine through twelve that aims to foster a sense of community at North. We listen to the students to bring interesting and engaging initiatives. We host a multitude of spirit weeks, dances, and sales throughout the year. As a part of Student Government, you will be part of a bigger initiative involved in brainstorming, planning, and executing these events.

The Government election process is something for which Student Government is committed to ensuring validity, accuracy, and efficiency. Students wishing to apply must complete the election package, and those whose applications are approved will become candidates. After completing supplementary materials, candidates will then be allowed to campaign over the period of a week or participate in an interview. After counting the ballots and completing the interview process, the new Student Government members will be announced on April 20th.

Applicants can attend an information meeting on March 1st, 2021 at 5:00 PM on Zoom. Election Packages will be emailed to students with extra handouts available on the website and outside of Room 116. Applicants are given until Wednesday, March 10th to complete their packages and must return it to Room 114 by 3:00 PM or email it to Student Government. An oversight team will work with Admin to review each application and release a short-list of candidates by Friday, March 12th. View apply for more information.

The best way to get involved is to participate in Student Government events, activities, and council meetings. Being actively involved with Burnaby North campus life is one of the many ways that you can give back and help staff and students recognize who you are and your presence within the community. You can either directly run for Student Government through Grade Representative or Executive positions during election week or join your respective grade councils.

Students can view the available positions for this year here. The elected positions are the President, the Vice-President, the Secretary, the Treasurer, the PR coordinators, and the Grade reps. All other positions are appointed and require an interview process.

No. After you submit your application, you are expected to commit to your role and you can only campaign for the position you applied for.

Student Government holds a wide array of events, all of which have the same goal: to engage the student population and improve the school community. Our spotlight events include Viking Valhalla, a spirit week with cross-grade competition; Food Truck Fridays, a weekly food sale with a variety of food trucks in the courtyard; and various school dances throughout the year. These are just a few examples of the countless amazing initiatives in which Student Government is involved.

The easiest way to voice your thoughts is by suggesting your ideas to your grade council or by visiting our contact page. Feel free to reach out directly to any Student Government member as well! Students can even contact their respective vice-principals if they believe the matter is urgent.

Yes! International students at Burnaby North can be appointed for the role of International Representative. Their main responsibilities are presenting Student Government events at International students’ meetings and organizing all International student events.

Short-listed candidates will be contacted by the end of the day on Friday, March 12th.

Election week starts on April 12th and is finished April 16th. Results of the election will be announced the morning of April 20th.

Election results will be announced on the morning of Tuesday, April 20th. Candidates will be informed of the results before the rest of the school.

No. Campaigning online is absolutely not allowed. Public and private posts, stories, or other mediums of sharing are not to be used under any circumstance. Brainstorming and organizing campaigns online is permitted. The Student Government website will provide a platform for profiles and speeches to be displayed to the student body.

Yes, it is allowed to campaign with a partner. This will allow you to share resources and banner/poster space. Remember to follow the newly instated COVID-19 protocols around social distancing, mask wearing, and cohorts before proceeding with your partnership. Please note that voters are not obligated to vote for both candidates of a pairing.

Candidates running for Grade Representative are allowed to spend up to $25. Candidates for Executive positions are allowed up to $50.

Please refer to the Election Rules and Guidelines document for more details.

More information about the individual candidates here. Students can find information about the candidate profiles, as well as view a campaign video that each candidate has prepared.

On the ballots, a list of candidates fall underneath the position they are running for. Simple boxes beside each of the candidates names can be filled with a number according to your preference. If a single candidate receives more than 50% of the first place votes, they automatically win; however, if no candidate breaks that 50% threshold, the lowest ranked candidate is eliminated from contention. The votes who were casted with the lowest candidate ranked first are then distributed to their second place choices. This process is repeated until a candidate surpasses the 50% threshold.

Voting day is on Friday, April 16th. Ballots will be handed out to each morning class, and teachers will distribute them for every student to cast their vote.

If a student is unavailable on voting day or does not have a morning class, they are able to come to the Student Government room after lunch or after school on Thursday, April 15th, to cast an early vote. Their schedule and go-card is required to ensure that the student does not vote twice.

To learn more about the Presidential candidates, you can visit the candidates page to view their profiles. In addition, all students are invited to attend the presidential Q&A on Wednesday, April 14th after school. The link will be provided closer to the date.

Anyone in grades 8-11 are welcome and encouraged to apply. Grade 8-10 applicants may only apply for the role of Grade Representative. Grade 11s may apply for an Executive position, an appointed position, or a Grade Representative. You can see the eligibility of each position on the apply page.

If you are campaigning with a partner, you are allowed to share materials and have both candidates on the same poster. However, the banners should only be promoting one candidate.

You are allowed to digitally design and print your posters. Please ensure to stay within the campaign budget.

Candidates can come to school at 7:00 AM on Monday, April 12th, to put up posters around the school. Please be mindful of existing posters, and to not cover any of the school artwork (more information in the rules document). All posters must be taken down by the end of the day on April 16th.

If your question has not been answered by this FAQ page, please go to our contact page for more information on who you can contact.