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  • Recruitment and Appointment Process for the Vice-President, Communications and Advancement – 2022

    Notice: Recruitment and Appointment Process for the Vice-President, Communications and Advancement – 2022

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

    Following two nomination periods the role of Vice-President, Communications and Advancement went unfilled. Pursuant to the GSA Bylaw (Document 001) and relevant GSA legislation, the association will undertake a recruitment process to fill these vacancies. Appointments will take effect for August 1, 2022 and be for the remainder of the 2022-23 term. Recruitment will be rolling, whereby consideration of candidates will begin immediately; deadline for applications is July 8, 2022 at 4:00 p.m. (EST). 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 with content creation, graphic design and experience with relevant design and social media platforms should be clearly noted. While not required, applicants may also provide no more than five (5) samples of creative work/concepts to further illustrate their skills and/or interest in the position of Vice President, Communications and Advancement. Samples of work may include, but is not limited to: social media graphics, infographics, print materials, web design, videos, GIFs.

    Interviews shall be scheduled and conducted during the Recruitment process, and if required following the week of the close of the application period, with an aim to announce an appointment in the week prior to the position commencement date.

    All expressions of interest, applications and nominations will be held in strict confidence and should be directed to the President, Graduate Students’ Association, at gsapresident@brocku.ca

    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 holds commitment to increase diversity in positions of influence. We are actively committed to diversity and the principles of employment equity. Women, Indigenous 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.

    If you would like more information about this notice, please contact Haley Myatt, President, Graduate Students’ Association at gsapresident@brocku.ca

    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 Vice President, Communications and Advancement.

    Categories: Current Opportunities, News & Events

  • Recruitment and Appointment Process for the Associate Vice President and Corporate Secretary

    Notice: Recruitment and Appointment Process for the
    Associate Vice President and Corporate Secretary

    To: 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 and Corporate Secretary. The appointment will take effect for July 11, 2022 and be in effect until April 30, 2023. The start date may alter, dependent on recruitment results. Recruitment will be rolling, whereby consideration of candidates will begin immediately, with a deadline for applications of June 26, 2022, at 11:59pm EST.

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    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.

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    Additionally, experience with minute, record or note-taking should be clearly noted. While not required, any previous experience actively working on committees, advisory groups or Board of Directors should also be clearly highlighted.

    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.

    All applications will be held in strict confidence and should be directed, via email, to Haley Myatt, President and CEO at gsapresident@brocku.ca.

    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 (2SLGBTQ+) persons are encouraged to apply and to voluntarily self-identify as a member of a designated group as part of their application.

    The Graduate Students’ Association 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 & Corporate Secretary     

    Categories: Current Opportunities, News & Events

  • Recruitment and Appointment Process for the Associate Vice President, Digital Communications

    Notice: Recruitment and Appointment Process for the
    Associate Vice President, Digital Communications

    To: 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, Digital Communications. The appointment will take effect for July 18, 2022 and be in effect until April 30, 2023. The start date may alter, dependent on recruitment results. Recruitment will be rolling, whereby consideration of candidates will begin immediately, with a deadline for applications of June 26, 2022, at 11:59pm EST.

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    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 with content creation, graphic design and experience with relevant design and social media platforms should be clearly noted. While not required, applicants may also provide no more than five (5) samples of creative work/concepts to further illustrate their skills and/or interest in the position of Associate Vice President, Digital Communications. Samples of work may include, but is not limited to: social media graphics, infographics, print materials, web design, videos, GIFs.

    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.

    All applications will be held in strict confidence and should be directed, via email, to Haley Myatt, President and CEO at gsapresident@brocku.ca

    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 (2SLGBTQ+) persons are encouraged to apply and to voluntarily self-identify as a member of a designated group as part of their application.

    The Graduate Students’ Association 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, Digital Communications

    Categories: Current Opportunities, News & Events

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

    May 27, 2022 – (St. Catharines, ON)

    Mental Health and Well-Being Supports Available to Graduate Students

    Over the last few weeks, news and social media channels have been flooded with stories that have felt heavy to many. We acknowledge that recent news updates alongside continued navigation of pandemic/post-pandemic spaces, balancing graduate workloads and finding harmony between all outputs of your lives can feel overwhelming.

    We want you to know that your experiences are valid. We want you to know that you are not alone.

    Acknowledging that reaching out for support may not always be easy, we have gathered a list of resources that we hope can be a starting point for you discovering supports that work best for your own well-being, mental health 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:

    Categories: News & Events

  • Increased Engagement Opportunities for Graduate Students Through BUSU Partnership

    April 29, 2022 – (St. Catharines, ON)

    Increased Engagement Opportunities for Graduate Students Through BUSU Partnership

    Throughout the last two years, particularly in light of the ongoing pandemic, we have witnessed a growing interest from graduate students vocalizing their desires for more opportunities to create community, connect with other graduate students and get more involved on the Brock campus. As a strategic pillar within our organization, we continue to prioritize efforts to build community through and within our actions as an organization.

    Considering student need and under the direction of our Strategic Plan, we have worked diligently over the last year to identify opportunities for graduate students. Today, we are proud to announce a deepened partnership with the Brock University Students’ Union (BUSU).

    Through a new omnibus agreement with BUSU, the GSA has secured the following for graduate students:

    • Access to BUSU events and programming, under the same terms and conditions offered to undergraduate students
    • Ability to create graduate student clubs, under BUSU’s purview
    • Open opportunity to join and participate in BUSU clubs, in accordance with BUSU policies and established club rules

    Event and club access now stands alongside the previous agreed upon services between the GSA and BUSU: the Food First program and transit/U-Pass.

    “This agreement finalizes years of efforts to partner more closely together, benefiting both graduate and undergraduate students,” shares GSA President, Christopher Yendt. “We have been aligned on a number of major projects over the last several years, from the Zone renovation, mental health initiatives and increased support for Aboriginal Student Services. Having worked for both BUSU and the GSA, I have long seen the opportunity to bring our two organizations closer together and this agreement is not only a culmination of those efforts but represents a first of its kind partnership within the student association sector in Ontario.”

    Graduate students are now able to access BUSU events, programming, and clubs.

    We look forward to the continued partnerships with BUSU and will continue to work towards the establishment of strong community for graduate students at Brock.

     

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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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)

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