AUArts Students’ Association supports the growth of an empowered and creative community. Become a leader and represent your fellow students.

AUArts Students’ Association elections take place between February-March of every academic year, with By-Elections taking place in between September-October. Everything you need to run for a position will be available here during nomination periods.

Want to know more about our elected leadership?

Please visit the Executive Committee
and the Student Leadership Council pages
in our Advocacy menu
for position and contact information.

Campaign Statements

Executive Committee

  • President Candidate: Rickee-Lee Webster

    Hello! Hi! Hey You!!! My name is Rickee-Lee. I am excited to announce I am running for President of the Executive Committee for a second term as I only had the privilege of being in the position for 6 months and would like to continue the momentum. Playing an active role in the ongoing improvements of our University and its many facets is important to me. I see the Presidency as an excellent way to be part of a team that is involved in student’s lives and has a vision for the progress of both the Alberta University of the Arts and its students; past, present and future. I am extremely grateful for the connections I have made thus far and look forward to cultivating even more in the future. I am interested in your journey and how I could be of any assistance along the way. It would be my honour to continue to advocate on behalf of the student body, develop community initiatives and build a strong union between the institution, faculty and students. I look forward to connecting, discussing and working with you. I would be very grateful if you’d vote for me, Rickee-Lee. 

  • Vice-President Academic Affairs Candidate: Kayla Gale

    I’m running for Vice-President Academic because I have been working alongside the current VP Academic in my role as General Faculties Council Representative throughout the year. I would like to maintain consistent student representation on councils and committees that AUArtsSA sits on. I have previously served the AUArtsSA in an executive role for two years, as Vice-President of External Relations, so I am familiar with executive leadership within the SA and am ready to get back in! Having attended AUArts for four years now, I am well aware of what needs improvement, and having been involved in the University’s governance I have a good idea of how to get it done. I would like to work towards improving things like registration and scheduling regarding academics, however I am also really invested in encouraging the institution to promote equity and diversity on campus. There has been a lot of talk about this for a while, and we’re only just seeing motions being made to make this happen. I would like to work with the administration of the institution to make changes that need to happen, stay on their heels about progress, and hold them accountable for mistakes and shortfalls.

  • Vice-President External Relations Candidate: Chloe Collins

    This past year I have advocated on behalf of the students to the provincial government. While working alongside the Alberta Students Executive Council, I have brought student concerns to the right tables. I have also advocated for continued mental health supports on campus as well as the implementation of a standardized transfer credit system across Alberta Post-Secondary Institutions. As a direct result of these advocacy efforts, the Mental Health Grant, which supports our Hear/d Residency, has been guaranteed. This year I will continue to fight for student rights on a provincial scale. I am also committed to advocating against large increases in student tuition. I would be honoured to serve a second term as your Vice-President of External Relations.

  • Vice-President Student Life Candidate: Jamie Russett

    My name is Jamie Russett and I am a drawing major going into my fourth year at AUArts. I have spent the 2019-2020 school year working hard as the Drawing department’s Student Leadership Council representative, a member of the Student Association’s Events Committee, and as a Hear/d Residency mentor. I believe my experience within the association itself, as well as my dedication to supporting peers within the university, make me a great vote as your new Vice-President of Student Life. I would like to take the opportunity of having a louder voice behind the scenes back into my community to further listen to my student body and do what I can to foster community on a larger scale, and I look forward to potentially being a wellness resource that my peers feel comfortable reaching out to on campus. 

Student Leadership Council

  • Ceramics Candidate: Lisa Blackwell

    I am a mature student with many years experience working as part of a team in progressive learning environments. I am effective working independently and as a cooperative team member. As a creative thinker I am constantly looking for solutions and efficiencies. 

    I am friendly and approachable and will work hard serving and advocating for the Ceramics department and all students. 

    Thank you for the opportunity to put myself forward as a candidate for Student Representative for the Ceramics Department. 

  • Glass Representative: Portia Scabar

    I’m Portia Scabar and I am running for the Glass Representative position at AUArtsSA! Throughout my first two years here I have fallen in love with Glass and with the amazing community that it fosters. In my previous years of schooling I have taken on many projects based on bettering the community and developing opportunities for my peers, such as leading a fundraising group based around covering the cost of all graduation tickets within the high school I attended. With this position I would like to continue these endeavours to strengthen the glass community at AUArts as well as help it grow even larger. Spending time in the hotshop and coldshops has opened my eyes to a passionate group of people who I feel need someone just as passionate as them to advocate for their wants and needs. With my interest in glass and building relationships with the people in the program I feel that I will be able to be the voice that the glass program needs. Being someone who is often focused on others I would like to use this position to get to know my peers better and push for what the collective wants. As well I would like to have the opportunity to organize more event nights to highlight the wonders of glass and all of the students in the program which in turn will be a form of self-advertisement for the glass program at AUArts. If you have ideas of how to better the glass program, have event ideas or just want to make a new friend I am here to advocate for you and be a friendly face within the school and the glass department. 

  • Character Design Candidate: Josh Chilton

    Hello, my name is Josh Chilton and I am an artist, designer, and fellow student at our university. In Fall 2020 I will be in my third year and endeavour to be the Character Design Student Representative. I have been asking my fellow students who our representative is during Winter 2020 and very few could answer. I will change this. Design students should know that they have a voice and the person who is representing them. Having strong relationships with the community I represent is critical to understanding people’s needs. I will do my best to understand your needs and communicate our issues so that we can all be better informed, as well as make the best decisions for our continuing education at the Alberta University of the Arts! 

  • Character Design Candidate: Justin Drake

    As the Character Design Representative, my first and foremost priority would be to create an efficient line of dialog between the students and the faculty of the Design department. I want to make sure that the students feel like they are being heard, but I also want to make sure that the teachers’ concerns are heard by students. This is important, as I see both teachers and students confused regarding the others wants and needs. A simple way I see this taking place is through student department discussion panels, which currently exist, but often have low attendance due most likely to poor advertising. Through dialog we can make a great change throughout the school, one of positivity and understanding. 

  • Character Design Candidate: Mary Snow

I have worked hard over the past year as the Character Design Representative, and if re-elected, intend to do so again. I am going into my fourth year, and have taken part in organizing events, connecting students with appropriate resources and being a mediator, and helping to run the Buttoneers club as treasurer. My goal is to help students in need of clarity or direction in regards to problems they may be having in their education and helping them get the resources they need, to bring attention to the needs of Character Design, and Design as a whole, and to connect students throughout the school for better communication and sense of community.

  • Graphic Design Candidate: Harrison Sirois 

    With a majority of our instructors being sessional, not full-time faculty, I am presenting myself as a candidate who can listen and speak loudly for the students of Graphic Design and Advertising. Having a long-standing track record, I’m looking forward to getting fired up on your behalf. 

  • Illustration Candidate: Henry Hays

    Nobody likes bullshit, so if you smell it then come runnin’ to me. I’ve been at this school for four gotdamn years and I’m ready to try my hand at seein’ if I can make this place work a bit better for us, and in turn I’m gonna work a bit harder for all ‘o you. I am an illustrator, a maker of comics, and a part-time coward but that won’t stop me from causin’ a ruckus and raising hell on your behalf. If this position is granted to me, and if you know me or not, I encourage you to talk to me about any concerns you have for this program/school and I will happily engage with you in a passionate, friendly, and polite manner. Thank you for your consideration and I hope to do something that’s worth your vote before the 2020 school year is up. 

  • Illustration Candidate: Maggie Yuan

I am interested in representing and spreading awareness of the exploration, diversity, and creativity that is inherently part of the illustration stream at AUArts. I am a second-year Illustration student who is also looking to expand my knowledge in Graphic Design. Although I am new, my leadership experiences start here; I am hoping to do my best as a leader and representative for my department. One of my goals is to suggest changes to our curriculum because of my experience with the lack of in-depth classes we currently have while another is to voice any concerns that our student body has. I hope that you will consider electing me as your Illustration Representative today and improve our department for tomorrow!

  • Painting Candidate: Jonathan Wolfe

I’m interested in running for the Painting Representative this year as I think I’m the right person for it. I’m great for the spot as I’m familiar with many people already in the department. I’m not afraid to stand up for people, and I’m aware of what’s happening in the department as I often participate in the activities around the painting department and the campus altogether. 

I was the Painting Representative last year and hope to do so again, as I think it’s crucial that the school has someone to represent us. This school has not had a Painting Representative for several years beforehand and I think this is a great disservice. My main initiative is to address issues that people in my department are having, but I also want to help bring more people into the Painting program. I’ve talked to a lot of people in Second Year that are uncertain where they should go and I just want to show them how great the painting side of this school really is. 

Elections Package

Important Dates:

For 2020-21 Term

  • Notice of Elections: February 26 – March 4
  • Nominations Open: March 4
  • Nominations Due: March 11 by 4pm
  • Campaign Regulations Meeting: March 12 (location TBD)
  • Campaign Period: March 11-19
  • Candidates Info Session: TBD
  • Voting Period: March 18-19

Available Positions:

Click Job Title For Job Descriptions

Executive Committee

(May. 2020-April 2021: approx. 20-25 Hrs/Week)
Pay Rate: $2,000-2,400/Month

Student Leadership Council

(Sept. 2020-April 2021: 1-3 Hr Meetings, Every 2 Weeks)
Pay Rate: $50/SLC Meeting

SLC Representative Job Description

School of Craft + Emerging Media

  • Ceramics Representative
  • Fibre Representative
  • Glass Representative
  • Jewelry + Metals Representative
  • Media Arts + Digital Technologies Representative

School of Critical + Creative Studies

  • BFA General Studies Representative
  • First Year Studies Representative
  • International Students Representative
  • MFA Graduate Studies Representative

School of Communications Design

  • Character Design Representative
  • Graphic Design Representative
  • Illustration Representative
  • Photography Representative

School of Visual Arts

  • Drawing Representative
  • Painting Representative
  • Print Media Representative
  • Sculpture Representative

Interested in Running?

How To:

1. Read through + familiarize yourself with the Job Description of your intended position, Election Policies, Election Code of Conduct and Conflict of Interest (available on this page)

2. Print, fill in, and get signatures on the Nomination Form.

3. Write a campaign/platform statement (max 300 words)


  • Description of interest in specific position
  • Expertise related to specific position
  • History of leadership experiences
  • Initiatives or goals you would advance

4. Save a copy or Print your Unofficial Transcript from Webservice or Registrars’ Office (not required for first year students).

5. Hand in election documentation (unofficial transcript, signed nomination form, printed copy of campaign statement) and $20 returnable bond to the AUArts SA office.

6. Email copy of campaign statement to Elections Officer at academic.sa@auarts.ca.

7. Attend the campaign regulations meeting in the Students’ Association office

8. Campaign! (all posters need to be stamped for approval by AUArts SA)

Questions? Email academic.sa@auarts.ca

Students’ Association Election News

404, 2019

Vote in the Alberta Election (April 9-16)

Vote Alberta April 16

The Alberta Election has been called for April 16.

It is time to get informed on the issues, candidates, and parties before we vote!

Step 1: Know the parties and their platforms

Every constituency will have multiple candidates from different parties. Each party will have different priorities and plans for the future. Get to know the parties and the candidates to see which ones best reflect your values. An voting uninformed is like walking into a test without studying.

Below are links to the main parties running, be sure to know all the parties running in your riding:

Alberta Party – www.albertaparty.ca
Alberta’s NDP – www.albertandp.ca
United Conservative Party (UCP) – www.unitedconservative.ca
Alberta Liberal Party – www.albertaliberal.com

There are more parties running! Get informed about the candidates running in your riding!

Step 2: Know your ridings voting station:

Each constituency will have designated polling stations for voting. On Election Day you can vote at your designated polling station. You can find out which constituency you live in, where your polling station is, who are the registered candidates are, information on Advanced Polls, and more at www.elections.ab.ca/

If you’re studying away from home within Alberta, you’ll need to vote in the ADVANCED POLL. Please note – you can only vote on voting day in your own riding! Make sure you’re prepared – more info for students living away from home here.

Advanced Polling Station at SAIT

SAITSA has arranged with Elections Alberta to have an advance poll here on the SAIT campus.

 APRIL 9-11   |   SAIT Campus Centre – Trojan’s Boardroom – V206   |   9am-5pm

APRIL 12   |   SAIT Stan Grad Centre – Irene Lewis Atrium – MB/MC   |   9am-5pm

More information about advanced polling available here: https://www.elections.ab.ca/current-election-information/where-do-i-vote/


To vote you’ll need to bring one piece of government-issued ID with your photo, your name, and current address (like your driver’s licence) OR two pieces of authorized ID (both must have your name, one must have your current address – like your lease agreement or utility bill). More info on the ID you’ll need here.

Go to your local polling station, tell the people there you would like to vote and they will confirm your name is on the list. If you haven’t registered yet you can do so in person then.

They shall provide a ballot and direct you to the voting area where you can mark your ballot in secret. After you will place your marked ballot into the ballot box. Next, go out and brag about how you voted.


To register follow this link: https://www.voterlink.ab.ca/

If you forget to register before voting days, do not worry. As stated above,  you will need to produce One piece of government issued ID with your photograph and current address at the polling station. If you do not have one of with your photograph and address you can provide two pieces of authorized ID. Both of them must have your full name. One must have your address. More info on the ID you’ll need here.

More Questions?

For more elections information visit www.elections.ab.ca


Additional Resources:

AUArts Library Events

  • April 9 – April 16 – Get help finding out more information
    • We’ll have a dedicated computer set up in the Library to help you to find out information about this upcoming election, and our Library team can help you determine who the candidates are in your riding, what you need to bring to the polling stations in order to vote, and where you can vote in advanced polls and on election day.
  • April 9 – April 12 at 1:15pm – Get Your (early) Vote On walk from the Library to SAIT
    • Everyday at 1:15pm someone from the library team will lead anyone interested in early voting on a walking trip from the library to the advanced polling station in the SAIT Trojan Boardroom (across from the Gateway). Anyone participating in the walk will receive a cookie from the library to fortify themselves for the trip.


The Alberta Partners for Arts & Culture: Election Readiness

studentvote guide image

Alberta Students’ Executive Council [ASEC] Student Voting Guide

2019-04-08 Apathy is Boring RSVP Event

RSVP: Ready Set Vote Party – Calgary (April 8)

2203, 2019

AUArts SA Election Results Are In

2019-03-22 Elections Winners Congratulations

Congratulations to all the successful candidates! The election ballots have been counted and AUArts Students’ Association is very excited to welcome our new leadership! Our new representatives for the 2019/2020 academic year are…

Chloe Collins
Vice-President External Relations, Executive Committee

David McGonigal
Vice-President Academic Affairs, Executive Committee

Winona Julian
Vice-President Student Life, Executive Committee

Bana Khalesi
Ceramics Representative, Student Leadership Council

Mary Snow
Character Design Representative, Student Leadership Council

Andrea Engele
Graphic Design Representative, Student Leadership Council

Kayla Gale
Jewelry + Metals Representative, Student Leadership Council

Nicholas Gunhouse
Media Arts + Digital Technologies Representative, Student Leadership Council

Matthew O’Reilly
MFA Representative, Student Leadership Council

Yilu Xing
Print Media Representative, Student Leadership Council

Kayla Gale
General Faculties Council (GFC) Student Representative

Yuan Yin Bobby
Board of Governors (BoG) Student Representative

Thank you to everyone who participated! If your department still lacks representation, there will be a by-election in September to fill any empty positions!

Also, don’t forget about the last two Student Open Forums next week. AUArts SA is your official voice on campus and we want to advocate for ALL students! Please join us at one of our student open forums to share with us your concerns, your wants and your wildest wishes for life at AUArts. Help us advocate for YOU. March 27 at 1pm in room #520: VISUAL ARTS STUDENTS and March 28 at 1pm in room #530: CRAFT AND EMERGING MEDIA STUDENTS.

Questions? Email advocacy.acadsa@acad.ca.


Fiona Couillard
Director of Advocacy & Representation
Alberta University of the Arts Students’ Association

2003, 2019

SA Elections: Reminder VOTE March 20-21

Hey ACAD Students!

VOTE in the 2019/2020 SA Elections! A list of candidates and their platform statements can be found on the AUArts SA/ACADSA website (www.acadsa.ca/elections).

Voting takes place on March 20th + 21th. Polling stations will be located in the Main Mall from 8:30AM – 5:30PM on both days. This is your opportunity to have a say on who represents you for the 2019/20 academic year.

2019-2020 Elections Banner - Vote Copy


1303, 2019

Now Hiring Polling Clerks: AUArts SA

Applications Closed

Come Work With Us!

Our campus is always evolving at the Alberta University of the Arts, and here you’ll find yourself surrounded by the connoisseurs of Calgary’s contemporary culture. At the AUArts Students’ Association you’ll be working with a group of innovative, quirky, passionate, and hard-working creatives committed to providing AUArts’ student body with unique opportunities to enhance their sense of well-being, develop their professional skills, and establish a strong presence in the culture of the institution. Together, we continuously find ways to build on the strengths of our programs, boost our support services, and advocate for an exceptional student experience.

Be on the pulse of Calgary’s creative community and work with Alberta’s up and coming cultural innovators!


The Polling Clerk is responsible for overseeing the voting procedures and counting the ballots during all elections and referenda periods.

Core Objectives…

The Polling Clerk contributes to the organization by fulfilling the following objectives:

  • Complying with elections policies and procedures
    • Attend the campaign regulations meeting
    • Arrive at the polling station a minimum of fifteen (15) minutes before the polls open to receive the ballots
  • Ensuring that all electors are treated impartially and with respect
    • Present ballots to students who are on the official voting list, and strike their name upon presentation of the ballot
    • Ensure no unauthorized person enters the polling station
    • Ensure the ballot boxes are not left unattended
  • Maintaining the secrecy of all ballots
    • Count the ballots as instructed by the Elections Officer
    • Record the number of votes for each candidate, and tabulate the totals
    • Complete a recount of ballots if required
    • Destroy ballots upon the request of the Elections Officer after the election has concluded

The Perks…

  • Temporary casual position on campus
  • Pay rate of $15.00/hour
  • Available shifts:
    • March 20 | 1:00 pm – 5:30 pm (2 shifts)
    • March 21 | 8:30 am – 1:00 pm (2 shifts)

Apply Now!

If we’ve caught your eye and you’d like to apply for this position please send a letter of interest that helps us get to know you better, please also ensure you specify which shifts you’re applying for and why you think you’d be a good fit for our team.

Applications can be sent to:

Fiona Couillard
Director of Advocacy and Representation
at advocacy.acadsa@acad.ca

*Subject Line: Polling Clerk Application

The AUArts Students’ Association is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to diversity. We thank all candidates for their interest; however only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

1203, 2019

Campaign Statements for 2019/20 Elections

Hey AUArts SA members,

Here are your candidates for the 2019/2020 AUArts SA Elections. If you would like more information on these candidates, you can look at their platform statements below and you can meet them at the Campaign Forum (aka Candidate Meet & Greet) on Monday, March 18th (1-2 PM) in the cafeteria.

Voting takes place on March 20th + 21st. Polling stations will be located in the Main Mall from 8:30AM – 5:30PM on both days. This is your opportunity to have a say on who represents you for the 2019/20 academic year. For more information visit www.acadsa.ca/elections.

As there’s only ONE candidate running for each position, come March 20-21, you’ll have the option to vote “Yes” or “No” in regards to their position. What does that mean? “Yes” = Yes, I WANT this candidate to represent me. “No” = No, I DO NOT WANT this candidate to represent me.

Remaining available positions will be eligible for candidates in the 2019/20 by-election which takes place in September 2019.

If you have any questions please email the official elections officer at advocacy.acadsa@acad.ca.

2019-2020 Elections Instagram - Campaign Forum

For more information about the various positions visit www.acadsa.ca/elections. Meet and greet the candidates at the Campaign Forum (aka Candidate Meet & Greet) on Monday, March 18 (between 1-2PM) in the AUArts Cafeteria.


Executive Committee

Hello Alberta University of the Arts. My name is Chloe Collins and I am running for the position of Vice-President of External Relations. I am a 3rd year ceramics major, making mostly sculptural forms with vibrant identities. I would like the opportunity to represent you all and, the image that AUA presents to the public. Having tried pretty much every department in the school, I have a well rounded understanding of the different aspects, which make AUA the unique community that it is. Though I haven’t been involved in AUA’s formal governing body, I am very involved on campus. I regularly attend Tea time talks in the ceramics lab, engage with fellow artists about their work at student openings, and I’m always around the ceramics department aiding other students in growing their skills. My primary motivation for applying to this position is that, I want to strengthen AUA’s relationship with Calgary’s art community. By doing so, students will have more external opportunities to connect with established artists, curators and other individuals who could help further their careers after graduating. Fundraising is a crucial aspect which helps the committee survive and thrive and, in turn the student body. I understand the importance of being personable and professional while fundraising and networking within the broader community. I currently hold a contract position for Studio C which gives me access and exposure to people who work and grow the art community in Calgary. I also am a part of the artist network at Workshop Studios. Being connected to both of these branches of Calgary’s art scene enables me to uphold strategic partnerships which, will benefit the Executive Committee and therefore, the students.
This is a transitional period for the Student’s Association, both in terms of changes that have been made in recent years and with the institution’s new status as a university. Along with these changes, there’s a need within the student body for a better understanding of what the Student’s Association does for them when working with AUArts. As Vice-President of Academic Affairs, I’m hopeful that I can help the student body to understand these regulations and policies.

One would be a better understanding of the Academic Accommodations process. What does an accommodation provide for you, how do they work, how can you get one? Speaking from experience, the process was difficult and not immediately understandable. While there might be issues within the policies and requirements themselves, what stands out to me is the lack of knowledge surrounding accommodations within the student body. The need here first is to create a better understanding and transparency surrounding this process.

There are certain bureaucratic tendencies within the association which could be streamlined as well. In the past year, there have been issues with funding for student groups, largely connected to a greater difficulty to get funding and a lack of transparency. I’ve heard complaints about difficulty in renting out the bar for student functions as well. Some of these requirements in place are necessary, but some aren’t. Streamlining these processes, and creating an understanding for why certain policies are in place, would benefit the student body and help in creating a greater sense of community.

I have a strong belief in the importance of unions, and the strength within a union when advocating for a larger cause. With this idea of advocacy in mind, it’s important for the Student’s Association to make policies and guidelines clear and transparent, so that when help is needed, students know where to go and what we can do for them.

As I head into my Fifth year at AUArts, I have realized how valuable the Student Association, as well as a sense of community has been in allowing me to reach my full potential in my courses and even in opportunities outside of AUArts. Through my experiences directing a student group, participating and mentoring in the health and wellness Hear/d residency, and even working at the student events bar, the support I have received from the AUArts Student Association throughout my academic career has been significant. Although my experience at AUArts has been positive overall, I recognize that there are disparities in experiences amongst students, if given the opportunity I would like to create open and inviting spaces for constructive criticism and suggestions about how myself and the Student Association can improve the overall experiences of AUArts students. If placed in this position I will not be afraid to speak about complicated issues and I intend to be an unbiased voice for the students of AUArts. My experience mentoring for the Hear/d Residency, working as the communications intern for TRUCK Contemporary Art and coordinating several events at AUArts, have made me confident in my abilities to fulfill the responsibilities of Vice President of Student Life at AUArts.

Student Leadership Council

School of Craft + Emerging Media

My name is Bana Khalesi I’m a third your student in ceramic major at Alberta University of Art. I am interested to become a representative of my major in ceramic. From my first day at School, when we were still hold the title of college, I knew that I want to continue my career in ceramic.

I’ve been able to Develop some ideas with in ceramic and I had a chance to participate in NCECA conversation and represent our department and our school in Pittsburgh as well as had chance to meet a lot of people with the same passion for education and art.

As a Student Ambassador, I had chance to be our University representative in here as well as in a High school and that was an amazing experience.

As a person who studied in 3 college and universities, I am able to recognize and highlights the capacities and benefits that our school has and they are all unique and remarkable.

My goal is to be an active member of my own community and express my passion for my major and my school in new creative way.

I am really visual and a complete right brainer who can inspire the other visual artist and non artist like left brainers to pay attention to our world and introduces the possibilities in teamwork’s and importance of Art and creativity in our life.

Thank you


I’m vying for the jewellery rep position because I’m engaged with what’s going on in the school, and I’d like to make sure that the jewellery department stays active and has a clear channel of communication with AUArts SA.

I think I can represent the department, and I’d like to put in work to revitalize the jewellery + metals student group.

Hi There,

As I move into my 4th year at AUarts, I have begun to realize the importance of community and facilitating that. As a MADT major and print minor, I have experienced that some of the smaller departments are less involved in the larger community. Currently working in the Media Arts Student Association as the 3rd year representative, it has provided me with the experience that would be necessary for this role. My skills include strong communication, critical decision making, and creative problem-solving. Conducting workshops and organizing events is something I have had extensive practice in and outside of AUarts. I would like to listen to what smaller departments have to offer to the AUarts community and find solutions to best implement them. My goal is to increase engagement between departments, as well as help promote the needs and wants of departments like Media Arts.


Nicholas Gunhouse

School of Critical + Creative Studies

I, Matthew O’Reilly, am campaigning for the role of Graduate Studies Representative for the 2019/2020 ACADSA Election. As a first-year student currently enrolled in the graduate program, and having also having thorough background in education, my knowledge of the facility, it’s policies, culture, and student engagement are something I have experienced first-hand. I want to contribute to this culture more as the institution continues to grow under its newly acquired University status.

I promise to advocate on behalf of my fellow graduate students on issues and policy pertaining to their studies and engagement with the institution. In representing these various voices and needs I will grow the graduate program to international status and increase enrolments in our higher education programs. I will do this by bridging the gap between graduate and undergraduate studies, showcasing the benefits of academia and pushing students to explore the possibilities that come from continued education. This branching comes as a benefit to the graduate program as it will increase the resources our students have available to them and create a unified network amongst our student body.

Being from Ontario, I hope to bring different insights to our facility and be a touchstone for students studying abroad.

School of Communications Design

Howdy gang!

I’m running for the VCD Character Design Representative position. I’m a second year character design student going into my third year next term, and I am passionate about advocating for the design department and students. I am currently training to take over as treasurer for the AUArts SA Buttoneers, which is a club geared at de-stressing and mingling between the departments and years. My goal, if elected, is to encourage more communication with the rest of the university. I think that as creators, we should work together in order to benefit everyone. That being said, I believe that students should have more flexibility in their chosen paths, and I intend to advocate for students to have more freedom in course selection. Thank you for your consideration!

Learning to find a place that you feel like you belong in at AUArts – and to explore outside that place – has been extremely valuable in my personal post-secondary experience, and I believe that anyone who attends this school deserves to be able to find that place, not only in their major, but in the entire community of AUArts.

In the last year my main goal has been not only learning to find that place of belonging in my own major of Graphic Design, but to also grow into to other opportunities outside of my initial major that I had been too afraid of in the past (i.e. minoring in Illustration, participating in the HEAR/D Residency, running the Pop-Up Thrift Shop fundraiser, and being a student volunteer for the VCD Second-Year Orientation). Growing into these other opportunities has allowed me to hear points of view that I wouldn’t have had the chance to consider in the past, and has made me be able to see the bigger picture of AUArts. Through this, I feel as if I can now be someone who can help grow the connection between VCD and the rest of the school and advocate for the things that are most important for Graphic Design students.

I know how isolated it can get up on the 5th floor, and my main initiative is to open up dialogue between the VCD program and the rest of the school. Sometimes the boundaries between majors can feel too large that VCD students may not know where to even begin to ask questions or how to include themselves, and I want to be someone who can help to make Graphic Design majors feel like they are just as big of a part of AUArts as any major in this school is.

School of Visual Arts

Hello! My name is Yilu Xing. I am going to my 4th year as a print major. I am running for the Print Media representative position.

Printmaking can be both challenging and rewarding. I have found that whenever I have printing problems, I’ve always been helped by faculty and students around me. People in the department are very supportive. I would love to foster this positive learning environment for others. I will do my best at assisting students by being the voice for our majors and minors, gathering and contributing ideas for our community, taking these concerns to the student association so they can advocate for us, and hopefully make Print Media Department a more intriguing place to study in.

Other Representatives

Having attended AUArts administrative meetings in the past, such as academic council and acting as student representative on the AUArts Board of Governors, (as well as being informed about what’s going on in terms of the bureaucracy of the school), I have relevant experience that would serve well for the GFC student representative. I care about the welfare of this school, and where it’s going academically, and I feel a responsibility to make sure the student voice is captured where these decisions are being made.
As a MFA (Master of Fine Art) student enrolled in a post-secondary institution, I come with a full time four year BFA which allows me to know what actually undergrad students are experiencing in the college life. It is essential to have a direct tunnel for students to receive all the decisions and strategies made by schools and governments. Those decisions might not show its effects on students obviously at the beginning, but from a long term perspective, students have the right and need to gain these info as soon as possible. Any little change may play an important role in their future careers.

Right now as part of GSSC (Graduate Studies Standing Committees) and President Student Advisory Council, I am blessed to receive those related firsthand information even some of them won’t be put into action right now but still, there’s nothing wrong to prepare for the future.

If I get the position of Board of Governors (BOG) Student Representative, I will push the connections between grad studies and undergrad studies. Helping undergrads gaining a overview of their future career. Also I will work on updating all kinds of info instantly which offer a huge info stage to the students.

2019-2020 Elections Banner - Vote Copy

Voting takes place on March 20th + 21st. Polling stations will be located in the Main Mall from 8:30AM – 5:30PM on both days. This is your opportunity to have a say on who represents you for the 2019/20 academic year.

603, 2019

Election Nomination Deadline Extended till March 11

2019-2020 Elections Instagram - Nom Deadline 2Hello Students,

The deadline for AUArts Students’ Association Election Nominations has been extended for a few more days for positions that have received no candidate nominations. We have 2 positions with no candidates for our Executive Committee and 15 positions with no candidates for our Student Leadership Council. Benefits: add valuable experience to your resume/CV, become more involved in the AUArts community, get paid! Are you interested in running? For the election nomination package and more details please visit www.auarts-sa.ca/elections.


Position Profile

The President is the recognizable leader and representative of the Alberta University of the Arts Students’ Association (AUArts SA). The President acts as the liaison between the student body and the Executive Committee and works closely with the Executive Director to ensure the Association is working towards accomplishing the goals and objectives as set out in the strategic plan.

Key Areas of Focus

  • Governance
  • Administration
  • Management
  • Finance
  • Human Resources

Vice-President Student Life

Position Profile

The Vice-President of Student Life develops the culture of the AUArts community by advocating for quality student experience and encourages student engagement with campus programming initiatives.

Key Areas of Focus

  • Communications
  • Internal Relationships
  • Student Experience
  • Event Planning


Position Profile

The Student Leadership Council Representative serves their department area by acting as a voting member of the AUArts Students’ Association governing Board.

Key Areas of Focus

  • Advocacy
  • Institutional Development
  • Student Voice
  • Governance
  • Campus Engagement

Available Positions:

    • Ceramics Representative
    • Fibre Representative
    • Glass Representative
    • Jewelry + Metals Representative
    • Media Arts + Digital Technologies Representative
    • BFA General Studies Representative
    • (2) First Year Studies Representative
    • International Students Representative
    • Advertising Representative
    • Illustration Representative
    • Photography Representative
    • Drawing Representative
    • Painting Representative
    • Sculpture Representative


General Faculties Council (GFC) Student Representative


Elections schedule:

Second Nomination Period: Election package/nominations due March 11  no later than 2:00pm
Candidate Forum / Meet & Greet March 18 at 1:00pm
Voting Days March 20-21
Winners announced March 22
Last day to inquire for ballot recount March 27


How to Run in the Election:

  1. Read through + Familiarize yourself with the job description of your intended position, Election Policies, and Bylaws (available at www.auarts-sa.ca/elections)
  2. Print, fill out, secure signatures + hand in election documentation to the AUArts SA office, which includes $20 returnable campaign bond, unofficial transcript (not applicable for first year students), campaign platform statement, and signed election nomination form (available at www.auarts-sa.ca/elections or in the SA Office)
  3. Acknowledge campaign regulations, by contacting the official elections officer at advocacy.acadsa@acad.ca.
  4. Campaign!
  5. Attend the Campaign Forum/ Candidate Meet & Greet

For the election nomination package and more details please visit www.auarts-sa.ca/elections. If you have any questions please email the official elections officer at advocacy.acadsa@acad.ca.

Thank you!

Fiona Couillard
Director of Advocacy & Representation
Alberta University of the Arts Students’ Association

Hidden Content

Important Dates:

For 2019/20 Term


Notice of Elections
February 14-26

Call for Elections &
Nomination Package Available

February 27 – March 11

First Nomination Period: Nomination Packages Due
March 6 no later than 4:00pm

Second Nomination Period: Nomination Packages Due
March 11 no later than 2:00pm

Mandatory Campaign Regulations Meeting
March 6 @ 4:00pm (AUArts SA office)

Campaign Forum
March 18 @ 1pm (AUArts Cafeteria)

Voting Days
March 20-21 (8:30AM – 5:30PM)
in Main Mall

Winners Announced
March 22

Last day to inquire for ballot recount
March 27

Mandatory Orientation for Elected Officials

Questions? Email advocacy.acadsa@acad.ca