I moved to Waterloo six years ago and for five of those years, I’ve had the privilege of serving our student community. As an undergraduate Academic Representative, Engineering Society Director, and member on various subcommittees, I’ve collaborated with departments across campus to deliver improvements such as renovations of student study spaces (including the addition of microwaves in engineering buildings :-)), expanded accessibility resources for students with disabilities, and changes in policy to accommodate religious and financial challenges for out of province and international students.
As an avid volunteer outside of school, I’ve gained experience serving as a director on boards including the Saskatoon Community Foundation and the WAM environmental group. Through my work, I’ve collaborated with local and provincial branches of government advising on municipal-level strategy, allocation of a $1.5M annual operating budget, and delegation of tasks to a staff of 20. In recognition of my work operating within and when necessary reshaping policies, I was recognized as Volunteer of The Year by the Saskatchewan Rotary Club.
As your representative on the GSA board of directors, I hope to leverage these experiences to work for you: advocating for your needs and interests, as well as ensuring allocation of your GSA fees to services that you want. Throughout grad school, I’ve benefited immensely from the kindness of our graduate student community and many of the GSA resources. I’m excited to give back to our community, working together with you to ensure that everyone in our community has the best possible graduate student experience.