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  • GSA Annual General Meeting Sees Conclusion of a Successful Virtual Year

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

    GSA Annual General Meeting Sees Conclusion of a Successful Virtual Year

    On Thursday, April 29, the GSA virtually held its Annual General Meeting (AGM) and saw a
    gathering of current and incoming executive, current and incoming Board members, members of
    the Program Assembly, students-at-large and GSA staff persons.
    This year’s AGM was different, not only because it was virtual but because it was a celebration
    of all the work done over the last year with our first formal Annual Report. Increased
    institutional representation, organizational restructuring, incorporation of leading practice
    through the creation of over twenty legislative documents, inaugural Cultural Integration Event
    Week and Grad-itude Week, and a successful referendum for a new graduate student building are
    just some of the incredible accomplishments we look forward to sharing with you from the past

    The AGM also marked a new era of commitment to growth for the organization. These
    commitments extend to developing a land acknowledgement that gives deeper respect to the
    original custodians of the lands which the GSA is physically seated upon; a plan for the future,
    through the 2021-2026 Strategic Plan (Document 007A), solidifying our mission, vision, values
    and strategic priorities for the next half-decade; as well as the appointment of our first auditors,
    to improve our financial accountability and transparency to our members.
    “Our 2021 AGM capped off a transformational year, one that has moved the GSA forward across
    a number of different areas that will be critical to our continued success over the next decade”,
    reflected Christopher Yendt, continuing GSA President. “We have made great strides to improve
    our efforts in advocacy and service for our members over the twelve months and it is fantastic to
    see it all come together and be recognized in this way”.

    Beyond the approval of the Annual Report and the GSA’s first strategic plan the AGM also saw
    the appointment a new slate of Board of Directors who will serve for the 2021-2022 year. The
    incoming Directors were selected through a redeveloped recruitment process featuring
    application, vetting and recommendation by the Governance, Elections, and Nominating
    Committee, then followed by Board approval before presentation at the AGM.
    “While I remain incredibly proud and thankful for the 2020-2021 Board of Directors, I am truly
    elated for the incoming Board,” shares outgoing-Chair of the Board, Haley Myatt. “They will be
    coming into a space that has been completely rejuvenated and a space that now has clearest sense
    of purpose because of new legislation and the Strategic Plan. For this alone, I have the greatest
    faith in this group in helping guide this organization.”

    The 2020-2021 Board of Directors are:
    Eric O’Neill, Applied Health Sciences
    Alessandra Gabriel, Applied Health Sciences
    Amanda Williams, Mathematics and Sciences
    Jacob Medeiros, Mathematics and Sciences
    Felisia Milana, Social Sciences
    Shealin Murray, Social Sciences
    Owen Angus-Yamada, Goodman School of Business.

    For more in-depth information on the happenings of this past year, visit Board of Directors page to find our
    full Annual Report. There, you will also find information on our 2021-2026 Strategic Plan.


  • GSA Executive Team Ready to Start the 2021-2022 Year

    April 23, 2021 – (St. Catharines, ON)

    GSA Executive Team Ready to Start the 2021-2022 Year

    After a year of consultation and with a new structure in place, the GSA opened electoral nominations for the 2021-2022 year. The election resulted in three of the five positions (President, VP External Affairs and VP Equity and Inclusion) being filled. The remaining two positions (VP Student Engagement and VP Communications and Advancement) remained vacant after two calls for nominations, consequently moving forward with recruitment to ensure a full complement ahead of the May 1st transition of executive teams.

    “In line with the GSA’s procedures, we undertook a comprehensive recruitment process,” shares president-elect and recruitment lead Christopher Yendt. “This process included posting a call for applications, submission reviews, shortlisting, and interviews. We received a number of experienced applicants and our members can be confident that the most qualified candidate was recommended for each position.”

    In a year unlike most, the selection process in its entirety was held in online spaces due to current restrictions in place for COVID-19. The recruitment team’s candidate recommendations for each position were presented to the Board of Directors, providing the opportunity to ask additional questions about the recruitment process and of the nominees to fill the vacancies. The Board unanimously supported the appointment of the following candidates:

    – Vice President, Communication and Advancement – Haley Myatt

    – Vice President, Student Engagement – Amanda (Nicol-)Macdonald

    “We are delighted at the opportunity to work with these two incredible student leaders, who have demonstrated clear passion for student governance,” shares Yendt. “As we continue to move forward with our annual executive transition, I am confident that is group will be prepared for the work ahead and dedicated to addressing needs of the graduate student population.”

    Over the next month, the incoming executive team will be developing an annual plan in line with and in support of the GSA’s inaugural Strategic Plan and will present that information to the Board of Directors and is excited to soon share the news with all GSA members.

    The term of office for the new executive team begins May 1st, 2021, with both vacancies filled the full GSA Executive team for 2021-2022 will be:

    President – Christopher Yendt

    Vice President, Communication and Advancement – Haley Myatt

    Vice President, Equity and Inclusion – Ash Grover

    Vice President, External Affairs – Nawal Syed

    Vice President, Student Engagement – Amanda (Nicol-)Macdonald

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