board of directors
The Board of Directors represents the interests of graduate students at Laurier who are members of the GSA, provides strategic direction expressed in broad policies, and offers clear future oriented leadership, outward vision and a broad range of viewpoints. Composition of the Board includes character, talent, and loyalty to the GSA, and fosters diversity into the whole of the organization.
The Board directs, monitors and inspires the organization through strategies and policies that are forward looking, including the influence of external factors and trends and capturing relevant values for the successful outcomes and conduct of the GSA.
The Board is accountable to the GSA membership through the following areas of focus:
- Member and Stakeholder Representation
- Setting Strategic Direction
- Financial and Risk Oversight
- President Succession Planning and Monitoring
- Governance and Policy Development
The Board must act in a manner that is consistent with the Corporations Act of Ontario, and the GSA's Letter Patent and Constitution.
The Board meets once per month to discuss generative topics relating to the membership, governance and strategy items, and to monitor the President.
These policies, found here are intended to help foster the highest governance standards, integrity, and accountability. They are structured to provide detail on the roles and responsibilities of the Board, how the Board remains accountable for its own practices, and to establish limitations and monitoring practices for the President.
This constitution governs the transaction of business and affairs of the GSA in representing, promoting, and defending the common interests of graduate students at Wilfrid Laurier University. The constitution can be viewed here.
Every five years, the Board of Directors, GSA President, and GSA staff creates a strategic plan to guide the association and its growth over the next five years. The document is to be broad enough to account of flexibility needed at Laurier, while being detailed enough to ensure accountability to students. The plan includes the GSA’s vision, mission, and values, details the organization of the internal structure, their strategic goals, and town hall feedback from each faculty. You can view this document here.
Official Title: Chair of the Board
Favourite Quote, Book, or Movie and Why: The Alchemist - it is incredibly eye opening. There are a lot of lessons to be learned from the book and it does it in a way that you don't even realize you are learning lessons!
Fun fact about you: I love being outdoors in the summer. Playing soccer is a huge past time of mine!
Why you wanted to get involved with the GSA: I have always loved providing supports and advocating on students behalf. It is a great environment where you feel safe to learn and make a positive impact on the student experience.
Life Goal(s): Be a Student Affairs Professional, providing services and supports to enhance the student experience.
Official Title: Staff Liaison
Fun fact about you: Calgarian. I was on a dance (Bhangra) team for about 6 years and even taught it at an emergency women's shelter.
Why you wanted to get involved with the GSA: Joining just kind of naturally happened and I was encouraged to do so by multiple graduate students, both in my own program and others. I also think it's an important place to hear the voices of graduate students, that are an integral part of the university, and how best we can support them.
Life Goal(s): To catch 'em all, become a professor, and be involved in creating sustainable and transformative change.
Official Title: Treasurer
Favourite Quote, Book, or Movie and Why: "Do not wait, the time will never be just right."
Why you wanted to get involved with the GSA: I believe strongly that as a group the GSA has a lot to offer and that by leveraging the diverse groups and their strengths, that there is an even brighter future ahead for Laurier and every one of its students.
Life Goal(s): Travel to 100 Countries, I've traveled to 60 so far.
Official Title: Vice Chair
Favourite Quote, Book, or Movie and Why: “The man who does not read has no advantage over the man who cannot read.”
Hobbies: Cooking. I am a huge fan of good food & the best is when you make it together with friends.
Why you wanted to get involved with the GSA: I decided to get involved with the GSA because I saw the potential the organization has to immediately impact people’s lives for the better.
Life Goal(s): I want to build a farm.
Official Title: Board Member
Hobbies: Reading and trying new food
Fun fact about you: I was kissed by Shemar Moore as a baby.
Why you wanted to get involved with the GSA: I'd gotten involved with advocacy and volunteering with the Students' Union as an undergrad. I wanted to be able to contribute to the student experience at the graduate level
Life Goal(s): I want to work in an international organization that affects policies concerning health and equity. The UN or the WHO are the ultimate goal
Official Title: Board Member
Favourite Quote, Book, or Movie and Why: The Complete Collected Poems of Maya Angelou. Why? Because I can relate.
Hobbies: Communing with Mother Nature, Music, Gardening
Fun fact about you: I love bling.
Why you wanted to get involved with the GSA: To promote a socially-just and equitable Laurier campus for Graduate Students.
Life Goal(s): To see my daughters attain a good and content quality of life, while understanding what is important in life; to assist in empowering communities in achieving intergenerational well-being.