The Planning Team
Joshua Yachouh: Conference Coordinator
In 2015 I stepped foot onto McMaster as a Horizons delegate. The fresh new experiences and personal support I was given at Horizons quickly helped me learn about exactly who I wanted to be at McMaster. My Leadership Developers pushed me to pursue challenging goals, develop as a leader, student, and a friend, and made me excited to leave campus better than how I first found it. Today, I am privileged to hold the role of Horizons Coordinator. Throughout year I’ve helped recruit a team of creative and passionate leaders who are helping me bring our vision to life, from innovative sessions to engaging students with impactful civic leaders in Hamilton, I look forward to witnessing the beauty this year has to offer as we welcome 200 new Marauders at Horizons 2018.
Sarah Figueiredo: Volunteer and Logistics Coordinator
Reflecting on my first year self, it’s hard to believe how much I have change in three years. McMaster has turned into a home where I’ve experienced success and failure, embraced all my quirks and found a true community of endless support. I don’t think I can pin these changes to one experience, its been a process three years in the making. What I am sure of though, is that the seeds of change and growth where planted at Horizons 2015 when I was a delegate. I could speak endlessly about how this Horizons has shaped me and others for the better, but I feel like I wouldn’t be doing this conference justice. Whether you are an incoming student or a current McMaster student I encourage you to take a risk and get involved with Horizons because the pay-off is nothing less than extraordinary.
Stephanie Dephoure Events Coordinator
After hearing about the Horizons Conference from so many of my friends in first year, I made a spontaneous decision to apply to the staff team at the end of my first year. Being a leadership developer for last year’s conference was a highlight of my summer and one of my most memorable experiences at McMaster thus far. Horizons showed me that every individual has the capacity to be a leader in their own unique way. I’m super excited to be one of the events coordinators for this year’s conference, and I can’t wait to plan engaging and fun events for 200 new Marauders!
Nikhail Singh: Events Coordinator
The very first time I stepped foot onto the McMaster campus was as a Horizons 2016 delegate. The conference instantly made me feel at home and gave me confidence going into first year that I was going to be alright. The people I met at conference helped me learn so much about myself and what I was passionate about. I love Horizons because it’s where I found my home. That’s why I’m so excited to be one of the events coordinators and give back to incoming first years. I can’t wait to plan events for, feed and welcome home 200 new marauders.
Connor MacLean: Media and Design Coordinator
I remember attending Welcome Week in my first year hearing all about Horizons and I wished I had gone. At the end of my first year, I applied to be part of the staff team and have loved Horizons ever since. This past year, I was the Volunteer and Logistics Coordinator and this year I am the Media & Design Coordinator. I am so excited to welcome 200 first years to McMaster by taking some awesome photos and videos at the conference this year. I definitely recommend attending Horizons and I can’t wait to meet you all!
Matthew Jokel: Sessions Coordinator
When I first stepped foot on campus as a Horizons delegate in 2015, I carried with me a very specific view of the archetype of a good leader, and worried that I had to fit a certain mold to get the most out of the conference. Horizons gave me the platform to embrace my individuality, introduced me to some of my closest friends, and gave me the most important support network I have today. The perspectives I’ve gained and the experiences I had that weekend still have lasting impacts on me today and have helped shape me into the person I am. Having been a staff member for the past two years, I am beyond privileged to be one of this year’s Sessions Coordinators as part of a conference that has given so much to me and many others. I think Horizons offers something for everybody, whether new or familiar to the McMaster community, and is something I cannot recommend getting involved with enough. Horizons is what made McMaster home for me, and I hope it can help do the same for you.
Sonia Jarvie: Sessions Coordinators
I first got involved with Horizons in 2015 as a delegate, and I can honestly say that it changed my life. Horizons, and the friends and mentors I met there, taught me the power of support, connection, and kindness. It encouraged me to be gentler to myself in my own struggles, and made me recognize the impact that offering support to those around me can have. Horizons changed my life, and it continues to allow me to change the lives of others around me. This is why I’m so incredibly lucky to be one of this year’s Horizons Sessions Coordinators this year. I’m excited to help design activities that give the next generation of delegates opportunities to connect with each other, to reflect on themselves, and to discover all there is to love about Hamilton and the McMaster community.
Luiza Arajuo: Outreach Coordinator
Much like many of those reading this right now, I have never attended Horizons. I had heard about how much Horizons had impacted the lives of those around me, and how it not only helped them develop as community leaders, but allowed them to better understand themselves and what they seek from their time at McMaster. Due to my own passion for community engagement and the practice of self-reflection, I took a chance and decided to apply to be part of this incredible organization. Through a variety of programming, Horizons shows students how they can truly grow and develop from genuinely connecting and supporting others, and how in turn, these connections make up their McMaster experience. I am thrilled to be this year’s Horizons Outreach Coordinator, and I am so excited to help make Horizons 2018 the best one yet and to welcome 200 new marauders home!
Lara Murphy Sponsorship & Fundraising Coordinator
My first time at Horizons was as a staff team member last year. The conference was one of the highlights of my summer, and I made lasting connections with the students I met there. I wish I had attended as a delegate because I did not have the chance to learn about so many aspects of what it means to be a leader until much later in my first year. Horizons was such a special experience for me, which is why I am so excited to be on of the Sponsorship and Fundraising Coordinators this upcoming year and help raise money to fund the events and meals for 200 new marauders at conference. Horizons teaches that there is not one type of leader, each person is a leader in their own way with their unique ideas and capabilities. The diversity of interests and personalities at Horizons is part of why I love it so much, and I can’t wait to meet all the incoming students attending conference this year!
Martino Salciccioli: Sponsorship & Fundraising Coordinator
When I was a Delegate at Horizons 2016, the passion and positivity that radiated off of everyone apart of the staff team inspired me to apply to be on Horizons staff the following year. When I became Leadership Developer, I instantly knew I wanted to give our new Marauders a reason to call Mac home and show them why I love Horizons, and this school, so much! Everyone I have met through Horizons has left a significant impact on my life. Horizons gave me the confidence to put myself out there and get involved in the amazing community here at McMaster. I am so grateful for the experiences and people I have met through my involvement with this wonderful conference!
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