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Presidential Update - June 2020

Hi everyone!

June has been a busy yet exciting month as we welcome a new Steering Committee for the 2020/2021 term. Our first two conferences, Welcome Conference and Strategic Conference, were held online through Zoom for the first time. Despite this new environment, both were wonderfully productive and OUSA’s newest SC was able to plan for the year ahead, setting advocacy priorities which place accessible, affordable, accountable, and high-quality post-secondary education in Ontario at the forefront of what we do.

Steering Committee Introductions: Mackenzy Metcalfe


My name is Mackenzy Metcalfe and I am the Vice President External Affairs at Western Univerity’s Students’ Council (USC). On May 22nd, I was also elected Vice President Finance of OUSA. I recently graduated from Western with an Honours Specialization in International Relations and am excited to return to campus this year to further advocate for student-led change. 


What’s the deal with accessibility?

“A lot of folks without disabilities don't realize is how important accessibility measures and accommodations can be in enabling someone to have a meaningful and successful academic experience.”

Recently, OUSA had the opportunity to provide feedback to the AODA Alliance on their Draft Framework for a Post-Secondary Education Accessibility Standard. This framework is being developed to inform changes to the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. For many individuals who do not have a disability, this raises the question: why do we need a legislated accessibility standard for post-secondary students and education?

Steering Committee Introductions: Matthew Mellon

My name is Matthew Mellon and I am the Commissioner of External Affairs for the Alma Mater Society of Queen’s University this upcoming academic year. I am absolutely thrilled to have the opportunity to serve as a member of OUSA’s Steering Committee and to advocate for a high-quality, accessible, and fair post-secondary educational experience alongside some amazing student leaders from across the province.


Steering Committee Introductions: Megan Town

Greetings from the Waterloo Undergraduate Student Association (WUSA)!

As WUSA’s Vice President Education, I am delighted to be serving on OUSA’s Steering Committee this year. I’m looking forward to working with a great group of passionate student leaders to make meaningful change. 


Steering Committee Introductions: Alexia Henriques

Hi there!
My name is Alexia Henriques (most people just call me Lex), I use she and her pronouns, and I am currently serving as the Vice President of University Affairs for the Alma Mater Society of Queen’s University. I am extremely excited for the opportunity to represent my peers at Queen’s as a member of this year’s OUSA Steering Committee.

Steering Committee Introductions: Fawziyah Isah

Hey everyone, My name is Fawziyah and I’m serving at the Vice-President Education for the McMaster Students Union for the 2020/21 year. I am excited to be sitting on the OUSA Steering Committee this year and I am hopeful for the advocacy wins we can bring to undergraduate students. 


What you can do to be active against anti-Black racism


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Updated: June 15th, 2020

Steering Committee Introductions: Malek Abou-Rabia

Hello, aanii, bonjour! 

My name is Malek Abou-Rabia and I’m the Vice-President Education of  the Students’ General Association (SGA/AGÉ) at Laurentian University. 

I’ve called Laurentian home my entire life. From being a swimmer for the Laurentian club for nearly ten years, to having all my family members either work or study here, I have spent my whole life surrounded by Laurentian culture and academia. In this time, I’ve grown a passion for this campus, its gorgeous environment, the five lakes surrounding the University, and the tight-knit community that makes Laurentian so special. You can only imagine how excited I was to finally be a student here and live on campus when I started last fall. I’m currently entering my second year of Entrepreneurship in Business Administration.


Presidential Update - May 2020

It feels a little surreal to be writing my final OUSA Presidential Update. When I started out in student government - about four years ago now - I could not have expected the places it would take me (quite literally - as a proud Newfoundlander, I feel grateful to have seen so many parts of Ontario over the past few years); the opportunities and growth it would offer, and the challenges the years would present.