Presidential Update January 2022
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My name is Stephanie Ye-Mowe, and I’m the Vice President, Education of the Waterloo Undergraduate Student Association (WUSA), as well as VP Finance of OUSA.
My post-secondary pathway has been... rather unconventional (to say the least). But I’d like to think that despite all the ways things went sideways, upside down, and inside out— I’ve come to learn and understand the world around me in ways that I never would have otherwise. And (luckily for OUSA and WUSA), a lot of that does pertain to how the post-secondary sector functions.
My name is Eunice Oladejo, and I’m the Vice President of External Affairs at Western’s University Students’ Council (USC). I just completed an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with a minor in Transitional Justice and Post-Conflict Reconstruction (I know, it’s a mouthful lol). I’m beyond excited to be a member of the 2021/2022 Steering Committee and to also lead the team as the incoming OUSA President!
Are you an Indigenous student and artist who would be interested in being featured in an upcoming look-book/magazine created by and for Indigenous students?
Emily DuBois Brooks is working alongside OUSA as the Special Projects Intern this summer, and she is also an Indigenous undergraduate student at Wilfrid Laurier. She is creating and executing a look-book/magazine which will act as a creative platform designed to represent and celebrate Indigenous student artists from universities across Ontario.
My name is Jacob Marinelli, I use he and him pronouns, and I am currently the Commissioner of External Affairs for the Alma Mater Society (AMS) of Queen’s University. I am so grateful for the opportunity to be a member of OUSA’s Steering Committee this year and look forward to representing my peers.
My name is Siobhan (she/her) and I’m the Vice President of Education at the McMaster Students Union. I’m so excited to be a member of the Steering Committee this year and can’t wait to work with OUSA to advocate for students both at McMaster and across Ontario.
I’m originally from Beaverton, Ontario, where I lived up until I moved to Hamilton to attend McMaster. After five great years, I graduated from the Political Science program and ran in the VP elections for the 2021/2022 year. In the past, I’ve been involved with the MSU through the Municipal Affairs Committee where I worked in a team to advocate for affordable, safe, and equitable student housing. At the same time, I worked on the Ancillary Fees Policy Paper as we researched non-tuition fees and resources available to students.
Hello there! I’m Nathan R. G. Barnett, my pronouns are he/him, and I am a settler who lives, works, learns, and exists on the traditional territory of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation, covered under the Williams Treaties. I’m also the Vice President of University Affairs (VPUA) at the Trent Durham Student Association (TDSA) for the 2021-22 year and if that looks a little familiar to you, that would be because I was also in this role last year! I’m so excited to be able to continue doing this work and to develop and learn more as a student leader. Now, when I’m not busy working, I love reading, sewing and watching (mostly re-watching) the same 5 TV shows I’ve seen a million times but that still get me every single time.
My name is Erin Quinn, I use she and her pronouns, and I am currently serving as the Vice President of University Affairs for the Wilfrid Laurier University Students’ Union. I am extremely excited for the opportunity to represent my peers at Laurier as a member of this year’s OUSA Steering Committee.
Hey everyone, my name is Austin Hurley. I'm the Vice President of External Affairs for the Brock University Students' Union (BUSU) and the representative for Brock students on OUSA's Steering Committee this year.
A little background on who I am:
I'm originally from Sault Ste. Marie, but I have lived across Canada, from Edmonton, Alberta to St. Catharines, Ontario, where I currently call home. Moving around as much as I did while growing up proved difficult, but the life lessons, experiences and skills I've acquired have made me grateful for the experience.
My name is Ryan Sieg, I use he and him pronouns, and I am the Vice President of University Affairs at the Queen’s Alma Mater Society (AMS). I am ecstatic to have the opportunity to work with OUSA as a member of the Steering Committee and to push for positive change for students across the province.
I originally wrote this article before the Kamloops Residential School mass grave discovery. Since this was recently brought to light, it has also been stated that 1 in 5 Indigenous children died while attending Red Deer Residential School. I have been experiencing pain over this news. Across Canada, many Indigenous Peoples have felt the generational trauma and/or experienced the terror of residential schools first hand. I want to send my love and prayers to others who are in pain, to those who have lost loved ones from past and present genocidal acts, and to all Indigenous People facing the trauma from generations of eradication efforts.