Your 2021 By-Election results are in!
Thank you to all AUSU members who voted in the 2021 Student Council By-Election and further thanks to the 11 candidates who ran for council – we are proud to represent you!
Meet Your New Councillors
My name is Leah Campbell and I live in Brandon, Manitoba on Treaty 2 Territory, the traditional homelands of the Dakota, Anishinabek, Oji-Cree, Cree, Dene, and Metis people.
I have been an administrative professional for the past seventeen years, including a decade at the Brandon Police Service as a civilian specialist in the court services section and am now at an accounting firm. I am working towards my four-year Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology with a minor in psychology and am excited to give back to the student body that has played a crucial role throughout the last four years of my life.
I am passionate about enacting change, advocating for those who need a voice, and gaining invaluable experience whenever I can. I believe in leading by example, acting with integrity, and being accountable to those I represent. It would be my absolute honour to represent the Athabasca University student body as a member of the student council.
My name is Meredith Charlton and I live in Hamilton, Ontario on Between the Lakes Treaty 3 Territory.
I was born and raised in Hamilton. Throughout the winter, I spend my time playing women’s hockey and skiing, and during the warmer months, I try to get out on as many hikes and camping trips as possible. I decided to accept my undergraduate offer at Athabasca University because online learning was appealing to me. My goal after I graduate is to attend medical school where I can pursue a career in Psychiatrics. While working towards my undergraduate, I’m also employed at a substance abuse and addiction clinic.
Working alongside a diverse set of individuals has brought so much perspective to my life. I’ve always been an advocate for promoting mental health and wellness, but now I consider it to be my passion. I aim to be very involved in the Athabasca student community and to represent the student body. My goal is for students to have a memorable time at university, and I am eager to positively contribute to the student experience.
My name is Cassandra MacKay and I have always been interested in politics. Family photo albums show a 4-year-old Cassandra smiling, holding federal election flyers, while my elementary school teachers have plenty of memories of debating politics with me in the classroom, on the playground, and even after school waiting for the bus. I was eagerly anticipating high school student government, however, a medically induced poor attendance record stopped those dreams in their tracks. As you can guess, I’m beyond excited about this opportunity!
Some issues I hope to address are: the continuing tuition increases, the ongoing struggles students are facing writing exams, and making communication between students and tutors easier.
As a person with several disabilities and medical conditions, I understand the toll university studies can take, even on those of you who are healthy. I want you to know that I am here for you and am always available to cheer on my fellow students, provide advice, or just listen.
My name is Eva Notter (she/her) and I live on Treaty 6 Territory. The Heritage Mile celebrates these sacred lands known as Amiskwaciy (Cree for “The Beaver Hills”). For tens of thousands of years, Indigenous peoples have lived and thrived in this place including the Blackfoot (Niitsitapi), Gros Ventres (A’aninin), Cree (Nehiywak), Saulteaux (Anishinaabe), Dene, Nakota Sioux and later the Métis.
I have been a student at AU for just over a year, returning from a ten-year “break” in my university studies with a renewed passion and the knowledge and skills these years have given me. My first time through university, not only did I not have a clue what was going on, but I had no idea how to figure it out, or how to seek out resources. Through time and life experience, I have worked to develop these skills into something I feel could be beneficial while advocating for our student body. I also hope to improve and gain experience in new avenues and continue to increase my knowledge. My goal is to perform in this council position to the absolute best of my ability, enacting change to improve the AU experience for as many people as possible, with a particular focus on the rising tuition costs and online learning experience.
My name is Jesse Poriz and I am currently working on a degree in Commerce. In my free time, I enjoy reading and spending time outdoors with my wife and five young children.
I have lived in Lethbridge for 15 years and have served the community by volunteering at Streets Alive, the Chinook Regional Hospital, the Epidemic Youth Program, and the Lethbridge Little League Organization.
I am a recent graduate from Lethbridge College and was elected by the student council to represent the students on the Board of Governors. I was also appointed to the Finance Audit and Risk committee by the Board of Governors chairman where I served until my graduation in 2020.
I feel that AU needs more leniency and financial supports for students affected by the pandemic and do not think an increase in tuition should be implemented at this time. I believe my experiences and point of view are valuable and will add a unique perspective. I am honoured to be elected to the AUSU student council.
My name is Dur-E-Najaf Syed and I live on Treaty 8 Territory, the traditional lands of the Cree and Dene, the unceded territory of the Métis, and an ancient gathering place to Indigenous peoples for thousands of years.
This is my second year as a full-time student enrolled in the Bachelor of Arts in Political Science program. If I am not busy studying, you can catch me tutoring math and sciences, reading, or hiking! Previously, I have served as the head and a member of several other local committees and councils. I am very passionate about student advocacy and believe that students should always use their voices for change. I will focus on two fundamental pillars: accessibility and innovation. I would like to make Athabasca University more accessible and easier to use for the student body. Many courses tend to have outdated course material as well as resources that are simply no longer accessible. Continually, I believe that students should get more say in whom their instructors and tutors are, similar to that of other institutions.
You can access the complete vote tally online here or view the certified results from the Simply Voting system through your confidential ballot.
Questions or Appeals
The appeals period runs from June 29 to July 6, 2021. Contact the Chief Returning Officer, Amanda Lipinski, at [email protected] with any questions or concerns.
Welcome aboard to all our new councillors – we look forward to working with you!
What Happens Next:
The newly elected councillors officially take office on July 15, 2021 at our Council Changeover Meeting.
Stay tuned for more details about your new student council!
Find more info on AUSU elections and procedures, check out policy 3.01.
To learn more about councillor roles, responsibilities, and benefits, check out policy 2.14.
For any other questions on AUSU elections, contact [email protected].