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Steering Committee Introductions: Matthew Gerrits

Partners, Priorities and Progress: Matthew’s Entry blog 

The warm weather has returned and so have I! Looking at my old entry blog I talked about the ability to serve, empower and represent students. One year on, I see so many opportunities and partners that can help make Ontario a better place for undergraduate students.  

Steering Committee Introductions: Katlyn Kotila

Hello everyone!   

My name is Katlyn Kotila and I am the Vice President Education of the Laurentian University Students’ General Association (SGA/AGÉ) in Sudbury, Ontario. Currently I am entering my third year of my undergraduate degree where I am double majoring in Political Science and Communication Studies.  


Steering Committee Introductions: Shawn Cruz

Hi there! 

My name is Shawn Cruz, and I am honoured to have the opportunity to be the Vice President: University Affairs for the Wilfrid Laurier University Students’ Union. I recently completed my Bachelor of Arts at Laurier, primarily taking courses in Economics and Political Science, and I’m excited to have the opportunity to serve on OUSA’s Steering Committee this year. 

Steering Committee Introductions: Rayna Porter

Advocacy: it’s a huge part of my role as the Vice President of University Affairs for the Trent Durham Student Association (TDSA). Connecting with students about what matters to them and then bringing that information through the appropriate channels to university administration to enact positive change is really rewarding.  

Steering Committee Introductions: David Bath

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. 


Steering Committee Introductions: Cat Dunne


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.

Steering Committee Introductions: Shemar Hackett

Hello everyone! 

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). 

Students and Municipalities: Bridging the Gap

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.

From Programming to Advocacy, Student Unions Matter

“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.