My name is Natasha, and I’m a mother to a nine-year-old boy with quite a personality (and sometimes attitude!). I have a wonderful partner, and our family lives together with our three cats in Barrhead, AB. I’m a full time AU student working toward my Bachelor of Science degree, and I’ll be finished in 2020. Once I graduate, I will be pursuing a French Language Proficiency Certificate from AU because I have an interest in federal politics. I also want to pursue graduate studies in environmental systems and theoretical physics.
When I started with AU seven years ago it opened the door for me to become involved in science outreach. I was a site coordinator for Let’s Talk Science at the University of Alberta, where I was able to travel throughout Alberta and the Northwest Territories visiting communities who experience issues accessing educational opportunities. The folks I met in these communities continued to drive me to make change.
Later I was able to become involved in an organization called Moving the Mountain at the UofA, where I helped develop an alternative educational experience to Indigenous youth that was led by the youth themselves. My experience in this program pushed me to run for AUSU council in 2018 in order to continue working toward a better post-secondary system for populations and individuals who experience multiple barriers to higher education.
I ran for council and was subsequently elected as VPFA in 2018 and VPEX in 2019. I am now AUSU president, and I’m thrilled to continue serving AU students across the country. In my work there is always a large focus on learners whose voices are often unheard, and I intend to continue this work as president. AU is in a unique position to offer open access to education to anyone in the world and may be a great solution for those who want to pursue post-secondary studies but cannot attend a brick & mortar institution. I want to make it even easier for anyone to access AU.
Outside of AUSU I have many other hobbies. I am getting back into running (I used to run 5km every day!). I love to sew and cosplay, explore the sky with astronomy, nerd out over politics, cook, write, and play boardgames. I love getting out there and having fun — I’m a big kid at heart! I have serious goals in life, but I think it’s important to enjoy the little things in life too.
That’s a little bit about me! I am absolutely thrilled to be a part of the Athabasca University Student Council representing all of you. I am always here and always open, please don’t hesitate to drop me a line!