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.
2018 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.
Official Title: President & CEO
Who is someone you admire, and why? My two daughters, Hailey and Samantha, who both in their own ways, demonstrate on a daily basis, their drive and passion for being the change they wish to see in this world!
What are you happiest doing, when you’re not working? I am happiest amongst the trees, out in nature, on a hike.
What are some causes you care about? I give my time and financial support to a number of different organizations, companies and charities that are socially conscious focused. Two examples would be: Free the Children – youth based projects that are designed to address the root causes of poverty and remove the barriers to children’s education in the developing world with the goal of ending child slave labour; and, Nature Conservancy – working towards conservation and protection of important natural habitat in communities across southern Canada.
What’s a goal you have for yourself that you want to accomplish in the next year? To complete my MA in Spiritual Care and Psychotherapy and to work with a team of dedicated and passionate individuals to enhance the graduate student experience here at Laurier.
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? It is my hope and desire to take my years of experience in the areas of wellness, planning, service/program implementation, evaluation, communication, and advocacy in order to continue to improve the graduate student experience here at Laurier.
Official Title: Executive Director & COO
Who is someone you admire, and why? I admire my dad for this lifetime of commitment to community service.
What are you happiest doing, when you’re not working? Watching live sports.
What are some causes you care about? I have volunteered in the past for Testicular Cancer Canada, and a variety of provincial election campaigns. I currently serve on the school councils for the locations where my children attend school, and I am passionate about education.
What’s a goal you have for yourself that you want to accomplish in the next year? I would like to plan a trip to somewhere my family has never been.
Official Title: Communications & Administrative Coordinator
Who is someone you admire, and why? My dad for choosing to immigrate to a country where he didn't know anyone or the language and becoming an entrepreneur in hopes of creating a better life for himself.
What are you happiest doing, when you’re not working? Learning or trying something new.
What are some causes you care about? I have contributed to the Walk for Alzheimer's in Oxford County ever since my great-mother was diagnosed with the disease. I have also been a micro-lender for entrepreneurs in developing countries for the past few years and have served on a committee fostering entrepreneurship for youth.
What’s a goal you have for yourself that you want to accomplish in the next year? To learn hand-lettering.
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.