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
Who is someone you admire, and why? My parents - for their strength, courage, and love.
What are you happiest doing, when you’re not working? Almost anything when with family and friends.
What are some causes you care about? The access and accessibility of services and resources (i.e. education, health, cultural, etc.)
What do you think are your best skills that you'd like to bring to the GSA and how do you plan on using them? Listening and being able to articulate the various needs of others.
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: Board Member
Who is someone you admire, and why? I admire individuals who work hard on achieving in life and use their achievements to give back to their communities and make a positive impact on the lives of the disadvantaged individuals, families, and communities.
What are you happiest doing, when you’re not working? Philanthropy is the happiest doing. Helping out people without discrimination on race, religion, or colour.
What are some causes you care about? Human rights. Animal rights.
What’s a goal you have for yourself that you want to accomplish in the next year? To continue helping the disadvantaged in our communities and dedicate more time for philanthropy projects.
What do you think are your best skills that you'd like to bring to the GSA and how do you plan on using them? Coming for a consulting & accounting background, problem solving would be the best skill I would bring to the table.
Official Title: Board Member
Who is someone you admire, and why? There are so many people that I admire; it is difficult to choose just one. So, I will give props to all the women who work tirelessly in community and academia. From organizing in grassroots organizations to the critical examinations of how systems frame our place on Turtle Island, women are doing the heavy lifting in pushing back to make our society a just society.
What are you happiest doing, when you’re not working? I love being on the land - in nature. It is my spiritual wellness and sparks my soul.
What are some causes you care about? My beliefs and values are rooted in social justice. I work toward making Laurier campuses equitable for all students and places where students can thrive.
What’s a goal you have for yourself that you want to accomplish in the next year? As I have been accepted into the Community Psychology PhD program, I will focus on doing well in the challenging and rigourous courses.
What do you think are your best skills that you'd like to bring to the GSA and how do you plan on using them? I'd like to think that I am a good listener. I am available for graduate students to listen to thier thoughts and concerns, and articulating them within the GSA to effect positive change for graduate students. I have developed a knowledge of the workings of Wilfrid Laurier University, and can assist graduate students in navigating the various departments within a campus context.
Official Title: Board Member
Who is someone you admire, and why? My parents have done a great job of overcoming the hardship of immigration while also setting me up for a successful life in Canada. I don't give them nearly enough praise for this but I admire them for this.
What are you happiest doing, when you’re not working? I am happiest when I am spending quality time with friends and family. Nurturing my personal relationships is important to me. I also enjoy travelling, attending concerts, spending time in nature, and lazing around with my cat.
What are some causes you care about? I care about poverty, homelessness, and substance abuse issues in our region. Members of our community facing challenges in these areas face a lot of persecution. Local organizations like the House of Friendship and United Way of Waterloo Region do some great work in these areas and I hope to do what I can do support them in the future.
What’s a goal you have for yourself that you want to accomplish in the next year? In the next year I am striving to complete my MBA (December 2019). I am also working on getting into a healthier lifestyle - cooking more healthy meals at home and making an effort to be physically active.
What do you think are your best skills that you'd like to bring to the GSA and how do you plan on using them? Some of the skills I bring to the table are problem solving, analytical skills, interpersonal skills and communication. My goal is to help both identify and remove roadblocks facing the GSA as it pursues its mission to our students, and also working to engage a broader base of our students to bring about positive change on campus.
Official Title: Board Member
Who is someone you admire, and why? Simone Weil, for her piercing assessment of the human condition and our need for a deeper spirituality.
What are you happiest doing, when you’re not working? I am happiest taking long walks with my dogs or reading.
What are some causes you care about? I feel very strongly that no woman or girl should face violence or discrimination due to misogyny. Having had the opportunity to volunteer and then work at shelters for women and children fleeing violence, I have seen firsthand the importance of these services. I also care deeply about the environment and believe we need to develop a more holistic mindset and approach to how we treat this land that we live with.
What’s a goal you have for yourself that you want to accomplish in the next year? I would like to have two articles published and finally finish that novel I've been working on...
What do you think are your best skills that you'd like to bring to the GSA and how do you plan on using them? I am decisive and self-reflective. I have a clear understanding what must be done, what I can do, and what I need help doing. That combination makes me a strong collaborator and effective at any task I have to complete.