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  • Recruitment and Appointment of GSA Associate Vice President, International

    Notice: Recruitment and Appointment Process for the Associate Vice-President, International 2021

    To: All Interested Applicants and Members of the Brock University Graduate Students’ Association (GSA)

    Pursuant to the GSA Policy (Document 27A) and other relevant GSA legislation, the association is looking to fill the role of Associate Vice-President, International. The appointment will take effect for August 23, 2021 and be until April 30, 2022. Recruitment will be rolling, whereby consideration of candidates will begin immediately, with a deadline for applications of August 9, 2021, at 4:00pm. Applications must include the following:

    1. a statement of interest in the position/cover letter,
    2. a resume/curriculum vitae highlighting relevant experience
    3. contact information for three references.

    Additionally, experience of the international graduate student context is considered an asset. Interviews shall be scheduled and conducted during the week following the close of the application period with an aim to announce an appointment in the week prior to the position commencement date. This is a volunteer position.

    All applications will be held in strict confidence and should be directed, via email, to Ash Grover, Vice President Equity and Inclusion, Graduate Students’ Association, at

    All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply. In keeping with the University’s commitment to Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) throughout the hiring process the Graduate Students’ Association’s commitment to increase diversity in positions of influence. We are actively committed to diversity and the principles of employment equity and invite applications from all qualified candidates. Women, Aboriginal peoples, members of visible minorities, people with disabilities, two-spirit as well as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) persons are encouraged to apply and to voluntarily self-identify as a member of a designated group as part of their application. Priority will be given to International Graduate students, as this role aims to ensure representation within the Equity and Inclusion committee, and to inform the VP Equity and Inclusion and the Executive Committee regarding the International Student experience.

     The Graduate Students’ Association (GSA) represents the interests of all graduate students at Brock University. At registration all graduate students at Brock become members of the GSA. The GSA is the independent voice of graduate students on campus and is recognized by Brock University as the official representative of Brock graduate students.

    Job Description GSA Associate Vice President, International 2021.

    Please note the deadline for applications has been extended to August 9, 2021.

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  • Special Statement on Pride Month

    July 6, 2021 – (St. Catharines, ON)

    Special Statement on Pride Month

    June in Canada holds spaces for two month-long celebrations: Pride Month and National Indigenous History Month. And though it is not June anymore, that does not mean that the recognition of Pride and Indigenous History ends there.

    During June, we turned our focus to our Indigenous neighbours as waves of grief hit harder and harder with each residential school mass grave found. In the belief that honest Two-Spirit and LGBTQ+ acceptance can’t be attained until we safeguard the most vulnerable among the wider population, we feel that offering our spaces to learn, educate and share about Indigenous communities was done alongside the spirit of Pride.

    Though the ratio of our online attention was vastly in favour of Indigenous history, we don’t want to diminish the importance of holding space for Pride and those who identify with the Two-Spirit and LGBTQ+ community.

    Pride celebrations were born in commorancy of the 1969 Stonewall riots, a pinnacle movement towards achieving equal justice and opportunity; the riots marked a beginning of outlawing discriminatory laws and practices against Two-Spirit and LGBTQ+ folks. Though Stonewall happened in New York, its power and rioters were heard globally.

    In Canada, our Two-Spirit and LGBTQ+ movement didn’t quite start with Stonewall. Just over a month prior to Stonewall, homosexual acts between consenting adults were decriminalized; this follows the passage of the Criminal Law Amendment Act which was introduced in late 1968. The Act, along with the outrage post-Stonewall, put advocate’s wheels in motion. While the first Gay Liberation Protest and March happened in 1971 and Canada’s first Pride Week took place in 1973 in cities across the country, it wasn’t until the Brunswick four and the mass media attention their trials drew in 1974 that the Two-Spirit and LGBTQ+ movement in Canada began to grow.

    Over half a century later and there is still much work to do as a nation to better support Two-Spirit and LGBTQ+ folks.

    As an association, we recognize that we need and can do more. We recognize the validity, the necessity and the societal value that comes with Pride Month. We recognize that education, support and allyship doesn’t only happen in June; that it is an ongoing relation.

    Pride is about creating visibility in the journey to equality, and we aim to continue this year-round.


    Community Resources & Groups
    [Instagram] Brock Pride
    [Website] OUTniagara
    [Website] Two-Spirit Community Resources
    [Website] Two-Spirit Research: Databases, Articles and Books
    [Website] OPIRG (Ontario Public Interest Research Group): Brock
    [Phoneline] LGBT Youthline
    [Website] PFLAG (Parents, Friends of Lesbians and Gays) Canada
    [Website] Humber College: LGBTTIQQ2SA Resources

    Two-Spirit and LBGTQ+ History

    [Website] Queer History: History of Canadian Pride
    [YouTube] Stonewall Forever: A documentary about the past, present and future of Pride
    [PDF] Rainbow Resource Centre: Two-Spirit People of the First Nations

    Local Queer-Friendly Spaces & Businesses 

    [Café and Study Space] Mahtay Café + Lounge
    [Restaurant] RISE ABOVE
    [Café] Third Space
    [Hair Salon] Little Shop of Beauty
    [Website] OUTniagara’s OUTfriends Businesses and Services Directory

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  • Special Statement on Canada Day and Support

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

    Special Statement on Canada Day and Support

    Tomorrow, the GSA will be redirecting our attentions to acknowledging the needed supports of Indigenous communities; needed supports for the traumatic actions of residential schools, for missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls, for over 150 years of stolen lands, for many more injustices.

    There are many ways that those who are settlers can show solidarity with our Indigenous neighbours.

    As an organization, we recognize that there is much more that we can be doing for both our members who are Indigenous, but also for Indigenous communities around us. We acknowledge that we need to take more meaningful actions; to take actions that aren’t solely performative. We are determined to do more.

    We commit to continually learning more and sharing resources along the way so that you can learn more with us. Tomorrow, we hope that you join us in lifting voices of Indigenous folks, celebrating Indigenous art and artists, reinvesting funds that you would have used towards Canada Day celebrations to Indigenous charities and organizations in your communities or across the country, and taking time to learn more about Turtle Island and the first caretakers of its lands.

    One step that we urge everyone to take along with us – be it tomorrow or any other day – is reading the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s Calls to Action. While many of the 94 Calls to Action have a demand of government resources or personnel, there are many ways in which we can enact some of these actions in our own lives. Have a read and see what you can introduce into your lives or start to act on now!

    Below, you will find a complied list of resources to better support Indigenous communities. We encourage you to find ways to spread awareness by sharing these resources, by educating your friends, families, and communities.

    Resources and Information:

    [Brock Service] Aboriginal Student Services
    [Website] Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada
    [Website] Orange Shirt Day
    [Website] ON Canada Project: Settlers Take Action
    [Toolkit] Indigenous Health Network’s Indigenous Allyship Toolkit
    [Interactive Map] Native Land: Find out whose traditional territory you live on
    [Community Resource] Niagara Regional Native Centre
    [Community Resource] Ontario Native Women’s Association
    [Website] Indigenous Climate Action

    Indigenous History:
    [Website] History of residential schools
    [TRC Report] Canada’s Residential Schools: Origins to 1939
    [Website] The 60s scoop
    [Website] Missing and murdered indigenous women and girls (MMIWG)
    [Website] Indigenous History and Heritage

    Avenues to Financially Support:
    [Website] Indian Residential School Survivors Society (IRSSS)
    [Website] Native Women’s Association of Canada
    [Website] Assembly of 7 Generations
    [Website] True North Aid
    If you are in need of cultural supports:

    • The Indian Residential School Survivors Society Emergency Crisis Line is available across Canada 24/7 at 1-866-925-4419
    • Talk4Healing Help Line is available 24/7 for culturally sensitive crisis counselling, advise and support at 1-855-554-HEAL (4325)
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  • Committed to Students, Connected to Community: GSA launches inaugural Strategic Plan

    June 25, 2021 – (St. Catharines, ON)

    Committed to Students, Connected to Community: GSA launches inaugural Strategic Plan

    On April 29, the GSA held their Annual General Meeting (AGM) for the 2020-21. The AGM marked a new era of growth for the organization, committing to developing a land acknowledgement that deeper respect to the original custodians of the lands which the GSA is physically seated upon, as well as the appointment of our first auditors, to improve our financial accountability and transparency to our members.

    Notably, the GSA also introduced and a plan for their future: 2021-2026 Strategic Plan: Committed to Students, Connected to Community. Approved by both the Board of Directors and the broader membership at the AGM, the plan commits the GSA and its staff and volunteers to a new mission, vision, and values along with specific strategic priorities.

    “One of the greatest challenges in student government is annual turnover in leadership,” states President Christopher Yendt. “Without an intention to singular direction, differing plans from different teams puts pressure on smaller organizations, like ours, given several limited capacity components”.

    Also known as Document 007A, the Strategic Plan is the first in the GSA’s history and represents our commitment to our members on several issues that we want to address over the next five years.

    “I’m excited that despite the unprecedented disruption to our operations and university life over the past two years that we did not lose sight of [our need for singular direction]. This was a platform commitment for me when I was elected in 2020 and the launch today represents the kind of outcomes we can achieve for our members when we align our priorities to those of our members,” shares Yendt.

    This plan is the product of conversations, consultations, and deliberations over the course of eighteen months during 2019-2021. These priorities and goals will inform an ongoing Strategic Action / Annual Plan guiding organizational direction and individual goals of GSA leadership. Holding the organization accountable for the plan, the GSA Board of Directors will review monthly updates to Strategic Action / Annual Plan as it tracks the progress of actionable items from the strategic plan while highlighting tasks committed to be each member of the Executive.

    “As Board Chair, I am excited that the Strategic Plan and SAAP will provide greater transparency and a clear line of accountability that the Executive have to the Board,” shares Felisia Milana. “I believe these pieces will be highly beneficial to the GSA as a whole by bringing clear structure and organization to commitments.”

    Mirroring Milana’s own reflections, Yendt notes the critical nature of the GSA having a Strategic Plan: “[The plan] guides our work and progression as an organization, it unites our efforts as representatives of graduate students. I believe this strategic plan demonstrates the GSA’s place as not only a leader among graduate students’ associations, but within the broader sector and our community as well.”

    The GSA is committed to further communication of the Strategic Plan in an introductory manner throughout Summer and early Fall 2021. The GSA further commits to continue open conversation of the Strategic Plan with its membership and each year, will provide an in-depth report on the Strategic Plan at future AGMs.

    To view the GSA’s 2021-2026 Strategic Plan: Committed to Students, Connected to Community, click here.

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  • VP, Communications and Advancement Named Deputy President for 2021-2022

    June 25, 2021 – (St. Catharines, ON)

    VP, Communications and Advancement Named Deputy President for 2021-2022

    In April 2019, members of the GSA voted to amend our Bylaw (at that time Constitution) to revise the responsibilities of members of the executive team and create the role of the Deputy President. The Deputy President was firstly designed through inspiration of leading practices within the sector, but secondly as a model for succession planning. The role ensures that any short-term irregularities can be managed by the member of the team whose skillset(s) were most aligned with the needs of the rest of the executive and the gaps arising within the portfolio. The Deputy President role is not an additional executive position, nor does it receive any additional remuneration.

    On June 17, in a meeting of the Executive Committee, Vice President, Communications and Advancement Haley Myatt was nominated and confirmed to fill the role of Deputy President for 2021-2022. The confirmation was then brought forward to the Board of Directors at their monthly virtual meeting on June 24.

    “I am thrilled with the confirmation of Haley Myatt as Deputy President for 2021-2022,” shares President Christopher Yendt. “Haley’s passion and dedication to the GSA is an incredible asset to the organization. Having served in several different roles over the course of her graduate studies, I have personally seen a strong commitment to the mission and vision of Graduate Students’ Association.”

    Since beginning her studies at Brock in Fall 2019, Myatt has served two terms as a Director of the Board, representing the Faculty of Social Sciences, was elected inaugural Chair of the Board of Directors during Winter 2021, and has sat on numerous internal and university-based committees.

    “As I enter my third year of work with the GSA, I am ecstatic to deepen my involvement with the additional responsibilities of Deputy President,” says Myatt. “I feel a sense of honour and am thankful for the opportunity to help support the GSA, and inherently, support graduate students at Brock more. The GSA has accomplished a tremendous amount in the past two years, and alongside the incredible team we have this year, I know that together we will accomplish greater.”

    Echoing Myatt, Yendt shares his enthusiasm for the coming year, noting specific excitement to work in collaboration on several shared projects as rolling out the GSA’s inaugural Strategic Plan, celebrate the GSA’s 20th Anniversary and explore the association’s brand connection with the membership.

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