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By Becky Somerville
"Passionate" is the word which Ian Armour, University Students' Council president, used to describe his approach to the term this year. "I really wish there were 48 hours in a day," he said.
In preparing to hand over his position to president-elect SzeJack Tan, Armour cited few regrets and a year of sleepless nights as paramount to his role as the voice of Western students.
He said although he wishes he had more time to personally interact with students across campus, the year was nevertheless an outstanding success.
"It's a hectic pace but you grow so much in your understanding of people, your understanding of Western and your understanding of yourself over the year," he said of his presidency. "I can't imagine my life before I did this."
Despite constant criticism and evaluation, which Armour said he thrives on, many political, corporate and financial challenges were conquered throughout the year. "I never lost sight of the fact that I represent students."
Armour said many difficult personnel decisions had to be made, as well as discretionary choices such as the use of the Association of Continuing Education Studies space, but together with the council, the board of directors and USC staff, an effective year transpired.
As well as negotiating the budget, the bus pass, Campus Trust and the Canadian Federation of Students-Services lawsuit, Armour said he felt he and his board worked successfully to freeze tuition and find solutions to student aid and student debt.
"I feel we've had some real success this year with lobbying," Armour said. "I feel as though I've really been able to deliver the message of what's going on at Western."
Armour said he prides himself on his aura of approachability. Over the course of the year, through housekeeping and internal restructuring, the USC has been left in an excellent position, he added.
"I think I've guided the USC well this year and left things better than I found them," Armour said.
While he will pass on this advice of "leave things better than you found them" to his successor, Armour also referred to hard work as fundamental to being an effective president. "Never forget why you're here, who elected you and why they elected you," Armour said.
With his term ending April 30, Armour plans to spend time with his family and travel for a year to British Columbia, New Zealand and Australia. Following his personal excursions, Armour said he wants to pursue work in advertising or consulting in Toronto.