Donette Kingyens

Donette Kingyens
Communications and Member Services Coordinator
Email – [email protected]

Hello AUSU members!

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My name is Donette Kingyens, and I am have been a part of the AUSU team as the Communications and Member Services Coordinator since 2015.

I am originally from Regina, and graduated from the University of Regina with a Bachelor Degree in English and Computing Science (with a few years of Social Work in there too!). I moved to Edmonton in 2004 to help my brother run an ESL school, and soon moved into the post-secondary sphere with a passion for helping students.

I worked as a student advisor at the University of Alberta for 10 years, where I helped develop resources for post-secondary students and staff to improve their access to information and help them interpret policy and post-secondary procedures. I also developed initiatives to improve communications for students and provide them with information and resources, and helped advocate on behalf of students to administration. I understand the issues and struggles students face, and want to help with the experience.

I also have over 16 years of experience in communications and publications and a certificate in social media marketing. I believe communication is one of the keys to a great student experience – one of the biggest barriers I see students face is just not knowing what resources are available or where to get help. I constantly work to improve member awareness about AUSU and AU services and resources. 

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I also work with several independent grass-roots organizations aimed at helping the marginalized, reducing poverty and racial stigmas, indigenous support, student support, and environmental activism.

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My partner Tyler and I have a great little house with 3 cats (Dr. Zaius, Baby Rar, and Murmur), a sucky dog (Laika), and about 30 fish. I am a gamer, an artist, and a writer.

If you need any help with your AU student life, AUSU services, or AUSU communications, please contact me either at [email protected], or by phone at our toll-free number at 1-855-497-7003. I am happy to help you, or direct you to the right place to find the support you may need!

Donette Kingyens
Communications and Member Services Coordinator
[email protected]