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  • Special Edition Newsletter

    GSA Special Edition Newsletter

    Hello, Graduate Students!

    As hinted on Friday, we have some exciting opportunities for grad students. Today, we launch our recruitment and application processes for all of the positions below! Please be mindful that the application dates may vary, so keep an eye on those details.

    💼 GSA Board of Directors (Application deadline: Friday, September 9 @ 4pm EDT)

    We are currently looking for graduate students interested in student advocacy, the graduate student experience and non-profit governance to sit on our Board of Directors. Our Board is involved in making decisions that define the GSA’s strategic objectives and priorities, organizational values and future course for the GSA.

    While applications from ALL faculties will be considered for vacancies, we are primarily looking for students from Goodman School of Business and Humanities at this time.

    See the full position posting and meeting times here.

    Please send applications (cover letter, resume/cv and three references) to Mary at gsaed@brocku.ca. All documents will be kept in confidence. Time Commitment: 3-5 hours/month

    ✍️ Corporate Secretary (Application deadline: Friday, September 9 @ 4pm EDT)

    We are looking for a detail-oriented individual to mainly support the GSA through taking minutes at our Board of Directors meetings, Special or Annual General Meetings, as well as any other relevant meetings of the GSA. This position is a great way to learn about the operations of the GSA and see student leaders in action!

    See full position posting here.

    Please send applications (cover letter, resume and three references) to Sarah at gsacomm@brocku.ca. All documents will be kept in confidence. Time Commitment: Approximately 2-4 hours/month

    💻 Associate Vice-President, Digital Communications (Application deadline: Friday, September 9 @ 4pm EDT)

    Have an interest in or passion for social media? Enjoy making graphics and other visual content? Mainly working alongside the Vice-President, Communications and Advancement, the AVP Digital Communications will have the opportunity to create digital content for the GSA’s social media channels, upcoming website and other visuals needs!

    See full position posting here.

    Please send applications (cover letter, resume and three references) to Sarah at gsacomm@brocku.ca. All documents will be kept in confidence. Time Commitment: 1-3 hours/week

    👥 GSA Program Assembly (Application deadline: Friday, September 30 @ 11:59pm EDT)

    The Program Assembly is comprised of program delegates from each of Brock’s 52 graduate programs who act as liaisons between the GSA Executive Committee and the graduate students in their programs. This meaningful dynamic allows for greater opportunity for students to bring their concerns from their programs to the forefront of GSA operations.

    The Program Assembly will be meeting virtually/hybrid at the following times:

    • Thursday, October 27 from 2:30pm – 4pm
    • Tuesday, December 6 from 2pm – 3pm
    • Tuesday, February 7 from 2pm – 3pm
    • Thursday, April 27 from 2:20pm – 4pm

    See the Program Assembly Application here.

    Please send your applications to Mary at gsaed@brocku.ca. All documents will be kept in confidence
    Time Commitment: See the meeting times above.

    🙌 GSA Committees (Statement of Interest Deadline: Friday, September 9 @ 4pm EDT)

    Our internal committees are a great place for students interested in graduate student life and leadership. It is a chance to meet other graduate students with similar interests and a place to collaborate with GSA Board Directors and members of the Executive Committee on matters related to graduate students.

    Our internal committees include:

    • Communications and Advancement
    • Equity and Inclusion
    • Governance, Elections and Nominating
    • External Affairs
    • Student Engagement

    If interested, please send us a statement of interest (tell us why you’d like to be involved) to Mary at gsaed@brocku.ca. All information will be kept in confidence.

    🏫 Brock University Committees (Statement of Interest Deadline: Friday, September 2 @ 4pmEDT)
    The GSA is looking for graduate student representatives to sit on the following University Committees:

    • Senate’s Academic Review (Time Commitment: approximately 2-4 hours/week)
    • Senate’s Information Technology & Infrastructure (Time Commitment: approximately 1-2 hours/month)
    • Senate’s Student Appeals Board (Time Commitment: approximately 3-5 hours/month)
    • Two Row Council (must be an Indigenous Graduate Student) (Time Commitment: approximately 2 hours/month)

    If you’re interested, please send us a statement of interest (tell us why you’d like to sit on this committee) to Mary at gsaed@brocku.ca. All information will be kept in confidence.

    CONNECT WITH US!

    Website: https://brocku.ca/graduate-students-association/

    Facebook: Brock University Graduate Students’ Association

    Instagram: @BrockGSA

    Twitter: @BrockGSA

    LinkedIn: Brock GSA – Graduate Students’ Association 

    Categories: Current Opportunities, News & Events

  • Announcement of Resignation for Vice-President, Equity and Inclusion

    Announcement of Resignation for Vice-President, Equity and Inclusion

    Upon meeting with our Board of Directors yesterday afternoon, we share the resignation of our Vice-President, Equity and Inclusion, Ash Grover, due to an employment opportunity with Brock’s Learning Services. We deeply respect this decision by Ash and though are saddened by the departure from our Executive Committee, the GSA fully supports this next step in Ash’s professional endeavours.

    “I have loved my time with the Graduate Students’ Association and I am grateful to have served on the Executive team for over a year,” shares Grover. “It was an honour to work with this brilliant group of individuals, and I look forward to continued opportunities to support the graduate student experience through my new role with Learning Services.”

    “Ash joined the GSA first as a Board Director in October 2020 and then the Executive Committee as Vice-President, Equity and Inclusion in May 2021. As an organization, we have been incredibly fortunate to have had her compassionate leadership, expansive knowledge, and steadfast commitment to supporting all graduate students,” shares President Haley Myatt. “As the inaugural office holder for the Vice-President, Equity and Inclusion position, Ash made monumental progress in this portfolio and created an approachable foundation for future office holders. We are deeply appreciative of all the work that Ash has done for the Association over the past few academic years and wish her the best.”

    As we embark on another summer recruitment cycle, we want to thank our members in advance for their patience and understanding for any disruptions to service or delays in communications during this time. Today, Friday, July 29, we will begin the recruitment process to fill the vacancy of Vice-President, Equity and Inclusion and to complete our Executive compliment once again.

    In discussions outside of the Board of Directors’ meeting yesterday, the Executive Committee has collectively agreed to subsequently support the transitional period wherever possible.

    If you have questions regarding the recruitment process or the role of Vice-President, Equity and Inclusion, please reach out to Haley Myatt at gsapresident@brocku.ca.

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    Categories: News & Events, Uncategorised

  • GSA Announces Appointment of Vice-President, Communications and Advancement for 2022-2023

    July 28, 2022 – (St. Catharines, ON)

    GSA Announces Appointment of Vice-President, Communications and Advancement for 2022-2023

    After the position of Vice-President, Communications and Advancement went unfilled during the March 2022 election period and an additional April recruitment cycle, the GSA turned towards strategic planning to fill the vacancy during the summer semester.

    During the recruitment period, in pursuance to Document 001 and other relevant GSA legislation, the Board of Directors agreed that the position’s duties be split in the interim by Haley Myatt, GSA President (former Vice-President Communications and Advancement), as well as Christopher Yendt, Past President until a successful candidate was determined and appointed by the Board.

    The recruitment process in its entirety was held in online spaces due to current hybrid nature of the GSA offices and operations. The Recruitment Committee’s recommendation for the position was presented to the Board of Directors at the July 28 meeting, providing Board Directors the opportunity to scrutinize the recruitment process and the nomination. The Board unanimously supported the appointment of Sarah Burger to the position of Vice-President, Communications and Advancement for the remainder of the 2022-2023 operating year (August 1, 2022 – April 30, 2023).

    “The GSA actively works to maintain a comprehensive, accountable and transparent process to fill any executive vacancies whenever they arise,” says Myatt. “Last year, the GSA codified and implemented new policies for which we followed in this recruitment process. These practices mirror those of the sector and ensure that the needs of our organization are met alongside our strategic commitments to upholding equitable and inclusive recruitment practices.”

    Burger, a current master’s student in the Faculty of Education, has been an active part of the Brock community throughout her time on campus and notably has added meaningful contributions to the Faculty of Graduate Studies through work with their team over the last year. “I am very excited to join the GSA team,” shares Burger. “I believe in a holistic approach to supporting the graduate community at Brock. While I am part of the fantastic Faculty of Graduate Studies team, I look forward to enhancing the graduate experience and creating a strategic Communications plan from multiple lenses that aligns with the greater interests of grad students and the Brock community.”

    “I am confident that Sarah’s expertise, experiences, and enthusiasm for communications will help elevate this portfolio within the GSA’s operations. With passions for collaboration, consistency, and engagement, I am excited to see what comes from Sarah in this role,” says Myatt. “Over the coming weeks, we will be undertaking a comprehensive onboarding process to make sure that Sarah and the rest of the Executive team are best positioned for success during the remainder of the 2022-2023 year. I want to acknowledge and share my appreciation for the members of the Recruitment Committee for their investment over the past months, for the Executive who have stepped up to share the workload in interim basis and the Board for their continued guidance throughout this recruitment process.”

    We encourage members to follow our social media channels to stay up to date on the latest news, as well as keeping an eye on our communication channels for upcoming avenues for your own involvement with the GSA.

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    Categories: News & Events, Uncategorised

  • Recap: 2022 Starlight Gala & GSA Award Winners

    April 4, 2022 – (St. Catharines, ON)

    Recap: 2022 Starlight Gala & GSA Award Winners

    On Saturday, April 2, over 300 graduate students, alumni, members of senior administration and honorable guests joined the GSA at Club Roma for the annual Starlight Gala. In what can be claimed as the largest in-person event for graduate students in the history of Brock, this evening also marked twenty years of operation for the GSA. It truly was a night of celebration and community.

    As pillar of the event’s ceremony, extraordinary individuals were recognized for their work, research, community service and dedication to the graduate student community. Congratulations to all:

    GSA Award Winners:

    Academic Excellence Award – Ardalan Eyni

    Teaching Assistant of the Year – Lauren Nesbitt

    Community and Engagement Award – Mariana Garrido de Castro

    Volunteer of the Year Award – Neerav Vaidya and Emma Schmidt

    Outstanding Graduate Mentorship Award – Hannah Charnock

    President’s Award – Owen Angus-Yamada

    Honorary Membership Inductees:

    Jack M. Miller (2022 inductee, posthumous)

    Marilyn Rose (2022 inductee, posthumous)

    Christopher Yendt (2021 inductee)

    GSA Ambassador – Class of 2022 Cohort:

    Mario De Diviitis

    Diana Huson

    Russell Evans

    Chris Ventura

    Kithio Mwanzia

    Amber Bramer

    Jason Ribeiro

    Mary-Louise Vanderlee

    Gianluca Agostinelli

    Scott Behie

    Natalie Spadafora

    Rebecca Macpherson

    John Smol

    Lisa Whittingham

    Kiel Omerod

    Ashleigh Miatello

    Jess Vickruck

    Daniel Antwi-Amoabeng

    GRADFlix Winners:

    Third Place and People’s Choice: Kim Uyeno

    Second Place: Megan Pellow

    First Place: Caitlyn Gallant

    We want to especially thank our presenting sponsor, the Faculty of Graduate Studies, for their support in the development and execution of the Gala. We are excited to continue working together and collaborating as a way towards stronger engagement of graduate students.

    We also want to thank our other sponsors and donors for their contributions to the Gala:

    Platinum Sponsors

    – Student VIP

    – Brock University Alumni Association

    – Drug Smart Pharmacy

    Bronze Sponsors:

    – BUSU, the Brock University Students’ Union

    – The Office of the President

    – CUPE Local 4207

    Special thanks to:

    – Brock Campus Store

    – Brock Recreation

    – Daily Grind Café

    – Canadian Federation of Students

    – Landmark Cinemas – Pen Centre

    – HUB International

    – Pen Financial

    – Brock University Applied Disabilities Department

    – Brock University Sociology Department

    – Brock University Print and Digital Services

    Special thanks to DJ Patty V for being both the master of ceremonies and DJ for the Gala’s reception, as well as Club Roma and their staff for helping bring the event to life and create a warm space for our attendees to enjoy the evening in.

    To graduate students: we look forward to creating more memories with you – stay tuned for more programming and opportunities!

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    Categories: News & Events, Uncategorised

  • Record Turnout for 2022-2023 GSA Election and Referenda

    March 25, 2022 – (St. Catharines, ON)

    Record Turnout for 2022-2023 GSA Election and Referenda

    After nearly two months, the 2022-2023 GSA Elections came to a successful conclusion yesterday, March 24, with polls closing with record-breaking voter turnout (24.6%).

    The preliminary results for the elected members of the 2022-2023 Executive Committee are:

    • President & CEO: Haley Myatt (89.6%)
    • Vice-President, Student Engagement: Safa Khan (88.7%)
    • Vice-President, External Affairs: Rakha Zabin (88.3%)
    • Vice-President, Equity and Inclusion: Ash Grover (88.2%)

    These results have been confirmed by GSA Chief Returning Officer (CRO) Nwakerendu (Kay) Waboso and await ratification at the upcoming meeting of the GSA Board of Directors on March 31. Further information on the results can be found here.

    Graduate students also had the opportunity to cast their votes on two proposed referenda: The Aboriginal Student Services Levy and the Student Engagement Levy. The Aboriginal Student Services Levy proposed a per-term fee that will go directly towards the advancement and growth of Brock’s Aboriginal Student Services (AbSS) as a service and resource for both Indigenous students and the greater student population. The Student Engagement Levy proposed a per-term fee that would create a dedicated fund supporting graduate student events and programming. Both referenda successfully passed (Aboriginal Student Services Levy at 65.8% and the Student Engagement Levy at 55.9%) and will take effect in September 2022.

    “The results of this election are an incredible endorsement of the work put in from all the members of our team over this year – 24.6% is the second highest voter turnout in our history and the highest in almost twenty years,” shares GSA President, Christopher Yendt. “For most other associations, voter turnout has decreased over the course of the pandemic. It is rejuvenating to see that our members are engaged with the GSA and value the work we do on behalf of all graduate students.”

    Recruitment efforts are ongoing to fill the position of Vice-President, Communications and Advancement for the 2022-2023, pursuant to the GSA Bylaw (Document 001) and other relevant legislation. Any interested graduate students must submit their application by Friday, April 1 at 4pm EST to gsapresident@brocku.ca. For more information on the position and the application process, please refer to our notice of recruitment.

    Results of the election will be ratified by the GSA Board of Directors on March 31, 2022. For questions about our elections, please email gsaed@brocku.ca.

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    Categories: News & Events, Uncategorised

  • 2022-2023 Election Update

    March 4, 2022 – (St. Catharines, ON)

    2022-2023 Election Update

    As of the close of the first Nomination period the Chief Returning Officer, Nwakerendu Waboso, has confirmed the following nominees will stand for the 2022-2023 Executive positions.

    • President – Haley Myatt
    • Vice President, Student Engagement – Safa Khan
    • Vice President, External Affairs – Rakha Zabin
    • Vice President, Equity and Inclusion – Ash Grover

    The GSA Executive Nominations have been re-opened for a second nomination period for ONE WEEK for the upcoming Election.  The GSA is seeking eligible candidates for the remaining position of:

    Per GSA policy, current Executive members who are also standing as a candidate in the upcoming election are required to take a leave of absence from all Executive, Board and Committee activities for the duration of the campaign and preparation period (March 4 to March 24).

    Further information regarding the specific duties and requirements of this position, eligibility criteria, submission requirements, etc. can be found in the GSA Executive Nomination Package posted on the GSA website or by contacting gsaed@brocku.ca.

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    Categories: Current Opportunities, News & Events

  • GSA Hires Chief Returning Officer for the 2022-2023 Election

    January 21, 2022 – (St. Catharines, ON)

    GSA Hires Chief Returning Officer for the 2022-2023 Election

    After a successful recruitment process in the Fall semester, pursuant to Document 040 and other relevant GSA legislation, the GSA is happy to announce Kay Waboso as the Chief Returning Officer (CRO) for the GSA’s 2022-2023 Election.

    Despite Brock University returning to in-person operations for the Fall semester, the recruitment process in its entirety was held in online spaces in additional respect to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The Recruitment Committee’s recommendation for the position was presented to the Board of Directors at the December 7 meeting, providing the Board Directors with the opportunity to ask questions of the recruitment process and nomination – the nomination was unanimously supported by Directors.

    “The GSA is delighted to have Kay on board working with us for this year’s election. She brings a wealth of knowledge to the role and keen temperament to ensure that the association’s policies are upheld ensuring a robust elections process from beginning to end,” shares GSA President, Christopher Yendt. “Election integrity is a vital component of the work that we do as student associations, and we have no doubt that Kay’s commitment to these principles will only build on the strong tradition the GSA has cultivated within the elections space.”

    Waboso is a third-year PhD student in Child and Youth Studies and has continually expanded her involvement within the graduate student community at Brock. Within the spaces of the GSA, Waboso has been actively engaged at committee levels and has been a spokesperson on graduate student panels. She is regarded by colleagues as a valuable, enthusiastic voice with a passion for advocacy and policy awareness.

    Further information on the 2022-2023 GSA Elections will be shared in coming weeks with the membership.

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    Categories: News & Events

  • Mental Health and Well-Being Supports Available to Graduate Students

    January 21, 2022 – (St. Catharines, ON)

    Mental Health and Well-Being Supports Available to Graduate Students

    Whether you may be struggling to navigate the ongoing pandemic, balancing workload that comes with being a graduate student, and/or wanting finding harmony between all outputs of your life, we acknowledge that the worlds around us can feel heavy. We also acknowledge that reaching out for supports may not always be easy.

    While the information below is not inclusive of all resources and supports available to you, we wanted to share these as a starting point to you discovering the best supports for your well-being and situation.

    Personal Counselling & MySSP App

    Personal counselling is available to all Brock graduate students 24/7. You can speak to a professionally trained counsellor in a confidential space, completely free.

    • For an appointment call 905-688-5550 x 6380 or visit ST400 on campus
    • For urgent 24/7 telephone counselling, call 1-833-BROCK33 (1-833-2762-533)

    You can also download the MySSP app (provided free by Brock) and receive confidential 24/7 support via text or telephone with a professional counsellor. Support is available in English, French, Spanish, Mandarin and Cantonese (simplified Chinese via chat).

    The app also offers an extensive library of mental health and well-being resources, including articles, podcasts, infographics and videos and unlimited free access to the virtual fitness app LIFT. The app can be downloaded from the Apple App Store or Google Play. When creating a profile, be sure to enter ‘Brock University Student Counselling Program’ as the school.

    For other avenues of well-being, wellness, and mental health supports, please consider:

    Additional App Recommendations

    If you are looking for a resource that is more portable and accessible to your every day, perhaps a mobile-based app could work for you. While there are several support resources online that you can access, here are a few suggestions to kickstart your search to find the best option for you:

    • Headspace App

    https://www.headspace.com

    • Calm App

    https://www.calm.com

    • Simple Habit App

    https://www.simplehabit.com

    • Happify App

    https://www.happify.com/

    Tips and Resources (complied by Faculty of Graduate Studies)

    Categories: News & Events, Uncategorised

  • National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

    National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

    September 30, 2021 – (St. Catharines, ON)

    Today, September 30, marks the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation – a federal holiday established to honour residential school survivors and recognize the Indigenous lives lost across Turtle Island (an Indigenous name used to reference America and/or Canada).

    This day was formerly known as Orange Shirt Day, a day created by Phyllis Webstad of Stswecem’c Xgat’tem First Nation. The orange shirt is a reflection of Phyllis’ own orange shirt that was taken from her as a six-year-old when she attended a residential school; her orange shirt was taken, along with her culture. The orange shirt is meant to be worn to raise awareness about the negative consequences of the residential school systems felt by all Indigenous communities like Phyllis’ and the Stswecem’c Xgat’tem First Nation.

    As Indigenous communities across these lands continue to combat the ongoing legacies of colonization, the GSA believes that it is the responsibility of settlers to learn about the history of residential schools, the 60s scoop, missing and murdered indigenous women and girls (MMIWG), as well as ongoing land reclamation and sovereignty efforts.

    We encourage you to take meaningful steps with us towards ending the legacies of colonization; to take actionable steps forward toward reconciliation. Here are some steps that we would encourage you to take with us:

    • Take time to learn about the histories of Indigenous peoples in Canada and reflect on actions taken by Canada towards these communities.
    • Create space for Indigenous people to speak, to share their perspectives and their voices.
    • Find ways to spread awareness by sharing resources and educating your friends, families, and communities.
    • Learn how to properly acknowledge the land that you reside on and engage with tools like Native Land’s Interactive Map to learn about traditional territories around you.
    • Read the 94 Call to Action in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Truth and Reconciliation Report and identify what role you can play in the work left to be done.
    • Support Indigenous-owned businesses, artists, experiences, and events.

    Resources and Information:

    [Brock Service] Aboriginal Student Services

    [Brock Library Collection] Reconciling the History of the Residential School System in Canada

    [Virtual Brock Workshop] How to Two Row: Advice from an Indigenous Auntie on October 5

    [Virtual Brock Workshop] GSV Support Certificate: Indigenous Perspectives on October 20

    [Website] Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada

    [Interactive Map] Native Land: Find out whose traditional territory you live on

    [Website] ON Canada Project: Settlers Take Action

    [Course] Free 12-week Indigenous Canada course from University of Alberta

    [Interactive Website] CBC’s Beyond 94: Truth and Reconciliation in Canada

    [Website] 35 Books to Read for National Indigenous History Month

    Categories: News & Events

  • Announcement of Resignation for Vice-President, Student Engagement

    Announcement of Resignation for Vice-President, Student Engagement

    August 27, 2021 – (St. Catharines, ON)

    Upon meeting with our Board of Directors yesterday afternoon, we share the resignation of our Vice-President, Student Engagement, Amanda Nicol-MacDonald, effective immediately, due to personal circumstance. We deeply respect her decision and wish Amanda the best in her future endeavours.

    “Though our time together was brief, we acknowledge the vast amount of insights and knowledge that Amanda was able to share with both the Executive Committee and Board members,” says President Christopher Yendt. “We are appreciative of the work that she was able to put into the Association this summer as Vice-President, Student Engagement.”

    The Executive Committee, pursuant to Document 001, have appointed Haley Myatt, GSA Deputy President and Vice-President, Communications and Advancement, as acting Vice-President, Student Engagement until the completion of the recruitment cycle. In a meeting outside of the Board of Directors, the Executive Committee has collectively agreed to subsequently support the transitional period wherever possible.

    As we readjust our capacities to manage the vacancy. we thank our members in advance for their patience and understanding for any disruptions to services during this time. Today, Friday, August 27, we will begin a recruitment process to fill the vacancy of Vice-President Student Engagement and to complete our executive compliment once again.

    If you have questions regarding the recruitment process or the role of Vice-President, Student Engagement, please reach out to Christopher Yendt at gsapresident@brocku.ca.

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    Categories: News & Events