Presidential Update - August 2019
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Hi there! My name is David Bath, and I am one of the newest members of the OUSA steering committee for 2019-2020. I am extremely honoured and excited to have the opportunity to advocate for over 150,000 undergraduate students across the province, and work alongside so many dedicated student leaders from a diverse array of institutions. Now for the self-glorifying portion of this blog, I’d like to take this opportunity to tell you a bit about myself, and how I ended up working in this position.
My name is Catherine Dunne, and I’m the Vice President of Western University’s Students’ Council this year, as well as the incoming President of OUSA. I also recently graduated with an Honours Specialization in Political Science, with a concentration in International Human Rights. This program helped me to see the value of an undergraduate degree to develop key skills in critical thinking, an in-depth understanding of our political system, and develop research skills.
My name is Shemar Hackett and I’m incredibly excited to be serving as a Steering Committee member this year. At Mac, I serve as the Vice-President (Education) for the McMaster Students Union (MSU).
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My name is Crystal Mak and I am beyond excited to introduce myself as the new Operations & Communications Coordinator at OUSA’s Home Office. I have big shoes to fill and I can’t wait to get started!
On June 4th, OUSA participated in the Town and Gown Association of Ontario’s annual symposium, Building Bridges 2019: A National Forum on Town and Gown Issues and Opportunities. The conference was organized by Brock University, Niagara College, and the cities of St. Catharines, Thorold, Welland, and Niagara-on-the-Lake, and it brought stakeholders together to discuss issues surrounding campus and community relations and to share ideas, experiences, and methods of best practice.
This was my first town and gown conference, and I was excited to attend and provide student voices to the conversation on town and gown issues across the Province.
“We are in the business of planning the best times in people’s lives.”
This quote, first said to me by a wise supervisor at the Wilfrid Laurier University Students’ Union, still rings true in advocacy. In my time working in post-secondary education, I’ve come to realize that student unions, associations, governments - whatever you want to call it - are there to create the best student experience for you.
Well. Here it is. My last blog as OUSA President.
May is a time of renewal and reflection. This past month, our Steering Committee and their fellow executives on their home campuses have packed up their belongings, reflected on the year, and embarked on the next chapter of their lives. At the same time, new student leaders across the province have transitioned into their new roles, excited for the year ahead and to advocate for students. It’s definitely bittersweet, and I’m sure many of my peers would agree that this year has had some of the most difficult challenges, as well as some of the most rewarding and exciting experiences.
JOB POSTING: Operations & Communication Coordinator
Formed in 1992, the Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance (OUSA) is a non-profit advocacy organization that strives to effectively and responsibly represent Ontario’s full and part-time undergraduate students to lobby for an affordable, accessible, accountable, and high-quality higher education system. In order to achieve these goals, OUSA provides research and policy solutions to government, organizes campaigns, communicates their priorities, and develops partnerships with post-secondary education sector stakeholders. With a membership of approximately 150,000 undergraduate, professional full and part-time students, OUSA is one of the largest and most respected student organizations in the country.
I’m Linda Cabral, and I am excited to be joining OUSA’s home office team for the summer as a research intern.
The Wilfrid Laurier University community was shocked and devastated by the passing of its Dean of Students, Leanne Holland Brown. In her years at Laurier, Leanne touched the lives of thousands of students, helping them navigate their way through university. Since hearing the news, finding the words to express Leanne’s impact on myself as a student leader, as well as the Laurier community, have been difficult to string together, but need to be shared.