2017/2018 operations TEAM
Every year the incoming GSA president compiles a list of each initiative and advocacy effort the incoming management team agrees is important to pursue in the upcoming year. Many of these items are first recognized, documented, and discussed during the GSA's annual retreat and it is updating on an ongoing basis internally to document the completion of each task. This document is also used to reflect the goals outlined in the strategic plan.
2016 Annual plan
This plan will be developed during May and June and was presented to our Board of Directors during their June meeting for approval. Here is our plan.
2015 Annual Plan
The most recent version (April, 2016) is available to you here.
Official Title: President & CEO
Favourite Quote, Book, or Movie and Why: 'You are a badass' by Jen Sincere... because everyone should want to live a meaningful, badass life.
Hobbies: Swimming, shopping and singing in the shower
Why you wanted to get involved with the GSA: Because we do awesome work here and I want everyone to have an amazing grad experience.
Life Goal(s): Learn another language
Official Title: Advocacy Coordinator
Hobbies: Laughing at memes
Why you wanted to get involved with the GSA: Advocating for Student rights is something I'm extremely passionate about! I was heavily involved at my Student Union in my undergrad and I am excited to learn more about advocating on behalf of students at a Grad students level. Glad to be on the Laurier GSA team!
Life Goal(s): To eat at the famous "Tom's Restaurant" from Seinfeld in New York. Also, have my parents watch me receive my PhD in the future. :)
Official Title: Professional Development Coordinator
Favourite Quote, Book, or Movie and Why: "May you live all the days of your life" Jonathan Swift -- I am going to love every minute of it!
Fun fact about you: I love to try new and different things such as: skydiving, scuba diving, salsa and lindy hop dance lessons, trapeze experience, etc.
Why you wanted to get involved with the GSA: To have the opportunity to become more involved and to give back to the WLU graduate studies community.
Life Goal(s): To live the adventure my life was meant to be.
Official Title: Research Coordinator
Favourite Quote, Book, or Movie and Why: Probably the first Harry Potter book. It's the first book I remember being unable to put down.
Fun fact about you: I'm wildly passionate about any coffee I can get my hands on.
Why you wanted to get involved with the GSA: School is stressful and I wanted to be a part of an organization committed to supporting and assisting students. An added bonus is getting to connect with graduate students from other departments!
Life Goal(s): I haven't quite worked out what I want to do yet! Travel? Continue with research? We will see :)
Official Title: Social Justice & Equity Coordinator
Hobbies: Writing poetry that I never seem to “finish,” crafting, wandering the virtual-streets of tumblr, wandering the real-streets of Toronto and reading something either trauma-related or intersectional and feminist (sometimes, both!)
Fun fact about you: I have an appropriate meme for every scenario.
Why you wanted to get involved with the GSA: To work with a team of dedicated, passionate individuals to ensure that graduate students’ experience an anti-oppressive and inclusive learning environment.
Life Goal(s): To support others in their journey of healing trauma and surviving oppression.
Official Title: Volunteer Coordinator
Hobbies: I enjoy watching movies, playing video games, travelling, reading, cooking, hiking, and playing the piano.
Fun fact: I have double-jointed fingers (so I can flex them very far back!)
Why I wanted to get involved with the GSA: I was interested in joining the GSA so that I could have the opportunity to become directly involved with the Laurier graduate community and contribute to enhancing the graduate student experience with individuals who share the same passion.
Life Goals: It is my life goal to pursue the field of medicine and become a physician.
Official Title: Wellness Coordinator
Favourite Quote, Book, or Movie and Why: "We are shaped by our thoughts, we become what we think" - Buddha
Hobbies: Travel, sudoku, hiking, gardening with grandma
Why you wanted to get involved with the GSA: I enjoy working with amazing students who are working for amazing students.
Life Goal(s): Working towards a career that involves spreading wellness and happiness, as a researcher, as a wellness educator, as a wellness coordinator that involves bettering wellness of others.
Official Title: Executive Director & COO
Favourite Quote: Decisions are made by those who show up
Hobbies: Driving my kids to their hobbies
Fun fact about you: I turn 40 this year!!
Life Goal(s): For my kids to be happy
Official Title: Communications & Administrative Coordinator
Hobbies: Playing hockey, reading, and traveling
Fun fact about you: I lived in Australia for a year
Why you wanted to get involved with the GSA: I wanted to work for an organization where I could use my skill set to help make a positive impact in other peoples' lives.
Life Goal(s): To flip a house (atleast) once!
Official Title: Operations Manager, Veritas Café
Favourite Quote: "Those who are free of resentful thoughts surely find peace" - Buddha
Why you wanted to get involved with the GSA: To be a part of a progressive organization that wants to provide it members, and the greater Laurier Community with better food and beverage service.
Life Goal(s): To bring the good food revolution to all.