Political ambition runs in the Diverlus family.
Pascale Diverlus, a second-year journalism student, is campaigning to be the next vice-president equity. Her older brother Rodney held the same position when he first joined the students’ union in 2012. He later moved on to the role of president.
But she insists she’s not following in her brother’s footsteps.
“This is something close to my heart. It’s the work I want to do,” she said. “He did his thing and he was great, but I think that I have something to offer as well.”
Pascale is the youngest candidate on the Unite Ryerson slate this year. The 19-year-old’s involvement in campus organizations laid the groundwork for her interest in student politics. In the last two years, she has worked at the Centre for Women and Trans People and volunteered for the RSU. She is also the director of events at the United Black Students Ryerson club, where Rodney is president.
“I want to work and talk about how we can make the world safer and inclusive for all kinds of different people,” she said.
Pascale is running unopposed in the election.