Meet the BCITMA’s 2018 First-Year Liaisons!

The workload is crazy, the people are amazing, the poutine is even better, and there is an opportunity around every corner… Welcome to BCIT kids, buckle up.

The past few weeks have been a blur for most of us first-year marketing students. Between those riveting orgb lectures, and wondering if you really do have any questions or any doubts, it has been a little tough. Especially that walk to NE01… yikes.

We are all capable of great things, but it truly takes a different breed of student to take on this program, and a position within the BCIT Marketing Association, or any club for that matter. The BCITMA is made up of thirteen amazing committees, the President, Kenton Duncan, the Vice President, Cara Embree, and two brand new First-Year Liaisons.

You might be thinking, “where do I fit?” Well, your First-Year Liaisons are here to help you with that. From becoming a committee member to even just an event-attender, these two people will connect you with the who, the what, the where, the when, the why, and the how. They will be your trusted link for all things MA related.

And now, the moment you have all been waiting for…

Drumroll, please!


Your new First-Year Liaisons are:

Hunter Van Dyke & Hunter Sones!

To gain a little more insight on these two, I sat down with them and asked some cutting-edge questions. Welcome to the very first episode of Keeping Up with the Hunters’.

Q: Describe yourself in 7 words or less!

Hunter S: “Leadership, talkative, extroverted, thirsty for caffeine, competitive, and handsome.”

Hunter VD: “Leadership, helpful, competitive, warm, D2L, and fast.”

Q: What is your favourite colour?

Hunter S: “Orange.”

Hunter VD: “Blue. Like a medium blue, like somewhere in the middle between light and dark. Not turquoise but sky blue.”

Q: What did life look like for you before BCIT?

Hunter S: “I can’t even remember what life was like before BCIT. Life was meaningless…”

Hunter VD: “Very dim, very dark.”

Q: Why did you choose to join the MA?

Hunter S: “Well, I mean, before I came to BCIT I thought it would be really cool to be able to maximize on what I believed BCIT is like designed for, which is setting people up as best as possible to enter their industry. And then when I went to the first info session for the MA and I found out what they are all about, I was like ‘Ok this is exactly what I want to be a part of!’ And then when I found out about the Liaison role, I realized I could play a bigger part in that. And now it’s just about trying to set people up as best as possible and make my contribution to that.”

Hunter VD: “Uh… I think that it’s kind of in the name, marketing. That was kind of it for me. If I was in finance, I probably would have joined the Financial Management Club.”

Q: What inspired you to take on the Liaison role?

Hunter S: “I heard about the Liaison role at the MA info session. They way they described it, I was like okay, that is exactly what I want to be doing. That’s a role I see myself in. As soon we had the opportunity to go down and speak to the various committee’s members, I went straight down to Kenton and asked him for his email address. I skipped last class, wrote him an email right away… I was super eager to get into it. I think the reasoning for wanting that position was, it just felt right. It felt it was the position to allow me to kind of have my foot in all of the committees and to be able to make an impact.”

Hunter VD: “I found out about the role at the Connect event. I went to it not looking for anything in particular, but I ended up meeting Kenton for the second time and I found out he was the President of the MA. He started listing off available positions to me, and the First-Year Liaison role came up. While Kenton was describing the role and what the MA was all about, I became really interested. His description of it and his experience really garnered my interest.”

Q: How will you contribute to the MA this year? With a strength, past experience, etc.

Hunter S: “I think fresh eyes, I guess. We are both pretty young and we don’t really have that good of an idea of what has happened in the past… so basically, out with old and in with the new.”

Hunter VD: “I’ve been on Vancouver Lifeguard Executive Board for three years, and I ran Director at Large for two years and then I was an equipment manager for a year. I have a lot of experience planning events for not-for-profit and also allocating budget resources. So I think those are some strengths that I can bring to the table and use really well. Also, I can understand where, and how things go wrong, especially with a not-for-profit, and especially with organizations who have members that are extremely busy. I know how to keep problems minimal and get rid of them fast.”

Q: What are your goals as the First-Year Liaison?

Hunter S & Hunter VD:

“We both know we need to plan one event. We are excited for that… we have no clue what to do, but we have brainstormed a bit. We want to reach out to our first years and find out what they want to see from the MA this year. We want a lot of input, so we can create a way to be inclusive for first years, and we want to make sure this event is directed to First-Years to get involved with the MA. The more First-Years we get involved, the more MA members we will have to hold onto for next year.”

Q: Tim Hortons or Starbucks?

Hunter S: “Starbucks.”

Hunter VD: “Neither. I don’t drink coffee. I drink smoothies. I am a religious smoothie drinker. You’ll see me come in every morning with a huge, black bottle with a smoothie inside.”

So… Hunter VD… Booster Juice or Jugo Juice?

Hunter VD: “I am more of a homemade smoothie guy. But I do like Booster Juice once and a while.”

Q: What is your favourite course at the moment and why?

Hunter S: “I’m going to go with econ, because we don’t have any labs this week! But I’d say I like most of my courses pretty equally, but econ is taking the cake this week…”

Hunter VD: “I really like marketing. I am kind of split here because I am looking forward to the term project in marketing, learning about all of the terms, the types of markets, the types of research and all of that… but, I also really like econ… the more I get into econ, the more I like it. I want to figure out how the economy works and how marketing works with economics. So I am really enjoying those courses.”

Q: Favourite place to eat on campus?

Hunter S: “Ooo that’s a tough one… I’m gonna go with the Rix, it’s like my go to… actually no! The Stand, because they have the have coffee cards and for every 5 coffees you get a free one, unlike at The Rix, it’s every 10.”

Hunter VD: “Okay, I am split again because the breakfast place has the really good Canadian breakfast, although they’ve forgotten my bacon like twice, and then the Habitat has really good burgers. A tough one.”

Q: Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

Hunter S: “Pffttt 5 years… Uh, I have no idea. If someone were to ask me five years ago where I’d be today, I would be totally off. So I don’t know, maybe a marketing manager for a fortune 500 company. I don’t know. Haha!”

Hunter VD: “In school. I want to do my BBA and then I want to do my MBA afterwards.”

And one more question, does pineapple really belong on a pizza?

Hunter S: “Okay, like to each to their own… But I am not down for that. I think it is disgusting but you know what, if that’s your thing, then do it.”

Hunter VD: “Absolutely. Absolutely. It was created by an Italian-Canadian dude and I think for that reason, Canadian’s should be eating pineapple on their pizza.”

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