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.
Outside the lecture hall, I have worked with three different municipalities in community recreation, council chambers, infrastructure, and public policy. These experiences provided a foundation for my advocacy in accessible and supportive city spaces. I have also worked with the federal government twice through internships focusing on economic and community development within Ontario. Although this will be my first time working at a provincial level, I’m looking forward to bringing my past experiences to the Steering Committee.
Going forward in this role, I’m looking forward to engaging with students at McMaster to hear their experiences and concerns while also reflecting the needs of students at the provincial level. With so much happening on campus and across the globe, student voices are incredibly valuable as the leaders of tomorrow.
Thanks for reading my blog and feel free to reach out at any time!
Siobhan Teel (she/her)
VP Education, McMaster Students Union