February Executive Blog

January was an exciting month for our executive team, as we all got together for AUSU’s annual executive retreat in Banff, Alberta. The retreat was held January 21-23. This is an annual face-to-face opportunity for the executive committee, as the majority of our day-to-day work is done from home, especially with me living in Ontario. The week was full of lots of hard work, as well as some laughs, delicious food, and beautiful mountainous scenery. I figured I would share a bit of what we got up to!

One of the first things we did was review our annual survey results. Once per year, we send out a survey in our AUSU newsletter to our membership to get an idea of what services students would like us to continue offering. This data also gives us an idea of areas that we can improve on. We were all very pleased that over 1500 students participated! A huge thank you to everyone who completed the survey, your input is really valuable to us! The results will be released soon, stay tuned!

We also spent some time planning our general election and our next executive and council working retreats! The executive transition retreat will likely be held at the end of April, and the council retreat will be held in June. Nominations for AUSU’s 2020 general election ended February 7, and campaigning starts February 12 for the 13 available council seats! Voting runs from February 25 to March 2. The ballots will be sent to your email – make sure your voice is heard and vote!

A part of our retreat was also dedicated to member engagement. We discussed our past student social events and brainstormed different activities and ways that we could improve the overall event turnout. Going forward, we are looking to potentially partner with Athabasca University on student social events. We also brainstormed some other fun engagement ideas, such as having virtual student social events, looking at the potential opportunity for an e-sports group, contests, a virtual games night, and a bunch more.

Furthermore, we reviewed our podcast statistics and brainstormed some topics for future podcast episodes. We even found an opportunity to record a podcast while together. It’s been one year since AUSU Open Mic was launched and it was super fun to be able to record a fun podcast for our one-year anniversary!

Last thing I will highlight is the 30-60-90 exercise. All three executives wrote down everything they each needed to complete in the next 30, 60, and 90 days. Once we were all finished, we shared our tasks and divided tasks up where necessary. It was great to have a visual representation of what needs to be completed before our council changeover meeting April 16th. It’s going to be a crazy busy couple of months!

This was just a few of the many topics that we covered during our 2020 executive retreat. It was a fun and busy couple of days working together and such a great opportunity to meet with everyone again. I am just so happy to have been able to be a part of it all!


Brittany Daigle
VP Finance and Administration