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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)

SUGGESTED COMPONENTS:

  • 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

503, 2019

REMINDER Election Nominations Packages due March 6

2019-2020 Elections Banner - Nom Deadline CopyREMINDER: It’s time for the AUArts Students’ Association (AUArts SA) Annual Election, our first as a university, and we have plenty of positions to fill for the 2019-2020 school year! As a member of the Executive Committee (EC) or Student Leadership Council (SLC), you will be provided many exciting opportunities that will drive your professional growth and experience here at AUArts, become more involved in the AUArts community, and get paid!

Election package/nominations are due March 6 no later than 4:00pm

Interested in Running? For more information visit www.auarts-sa.ca/elections

A bit more about each position:

Executive Committee

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

The Vice-President Academic Affairs serves as the official advocate for student concerns in all areas of institutional academic affairs. Key Areas of Focus: Advocacy, Student Voice, Institutional Development, Governance, Campus Engagement

The Vice-President External Relations serves as a representative of the Executive Committee and promotes the mandate and objectives of the organization to the external community. Key Areas of Focus: Networking, Advocacy, Strategic Partnerships, Fundraising

The Vice-President 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

Student Leadership Council

The Student Leadership Council Representatives serve their department area by acting as voting members of the AUArts Students’ Association governing Board. Key Areas of Focus: Advocacy, Institutional Development, Student Voice, Governance, Campus Engagement

More information about the nomination process and requirements, elections policies, representative position descriptions and terms of reference can be found on our website by visiting 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
advocacy.acadsa@acad.ca

2702, 2019

AUArts Students’ Association Elections Package Available

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Hello AUArts students.

It’s time for the AUArts Students’ Association (AUArts SA) Annual Election, our first as a university, and we have plenty of positions to fill for the 2019-2020 school year! We have completed updating our policies and position descriptions so make sure to take a look through our website (www.auarts-sa.ca/elections) for more information!

Elections schedule:

Notice of Elections February 14-26
Election package available February 27 – March 6
 Election package/nominations due  March 6  no later than 4:00pm
 Campaign Regulations Meeting  March 6 @ 4:00pm (AUArts SA office)
 Candidate Forum  TBD
 Voting Days  March 20-21
 Winners announced  March 22
 Last day to inquire for ballot recount  March 27

Positions Available:

Positions Available Remuneration Time Commitment
Executive Committee
President $2,200-2,400/Month 20-25 Hrs/Week
May-April
Vice-President Academic Affairs $2,000-$2,400/Month
Vice-President External Relations
Vice-President Student Life
Student Leadership Council
School of Craft + Emerging Media
SLC Ceramics Representative $50/Meeting 1-3 Hr Meetings
Every 2 Weeks
Sept-April
SLC Fibre Representative
SLC Glass Representative
SLC Jewelry Representative
SLC MADT Representative
School of Critical + Creative Studies
SLC BFA General Representative $50/Meeting 1-3 Hr Meetings
Every 2 Weeks
Sept-April
SLC First Year Studies Representative
SLC First Year Studies Representative
SLC International Student Representative
SLC MFA Representative
School of Communications Design
SLC Advertising Representative $50/Meeting 1-3 Hr Meetings
Every 2 Weeks
Sept-April
SLC Character Design Representative
SLC Graphic Design Representative
SLC Illustration Representative
SLC Photography Representative
School of Visual Arts
SLC Drawing Representative $50/Meeting 1-3 Hr Meetings
Every 2 Weeks
Sept-April
SLC Painting Representative
SLC Print Media Representative
SLC Sculpture Representative
Other Representatives
Board of Governors Student Representative $25/Meeting ~3hr Meeting
Once/Month
Sept-June
Board of Governors Student Representative

Add valuable experience to your resume/CV, become more involved in the AUArts community, and get paid!

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.acadsa.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.acadsa.ca/elections or in the SA Office)
  3. Attend the campaign regulations meeting
  4. Campaign!

More information about the nomination process and requirements, elections policies, representative position descriptions and terms of reference can be found on our website by visiting 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
advocacy.acadsa@acad.ca

1402, 2019

Notice of AUArts SA Elections

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Hello AUArts students.

It’s time for the AUArts Students’ Association (AUArts SA) Annual Elections, our first as a university, and we have plenty of positions to fill for the 2019-2020 school year! We are in the final stages of updating our policies and position descriptions so keep an eye open in the next few weeks for more information!

Elections schedule:

Notice of Elections February 14-26
Election package available February 27 – March 6
 Election package/nominations due  March 6  no later than 4:00pm
 Campaign Regulations Meeting  March 6 @ 4:00pm (AUArts SA office)
 Candidate Forum  TBD
 Voting Days  March 20-21
 Winners announced  March 22
 Last day to inquire for ballot recount  March 27

Watch your student emails for more information in the coming weeks about how you can participate in the AUArts SA Elections or 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
advocacy.acadsa@acad.ca

2011, 2018

Annual General Meeting (AGM): Nov 29

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WHEN: Thursday, November 29, 1-2PM

WHERE: Stanford Perrott Lecture Theatre, Alberta College of Art + Design

“What does ACADSA do anyway?” Attend our Annual General Meeting on Thursday, November 29 to find out! Get an introduction to our programming and responsibilities, our advocacy focuses and efforts, our operating finances and our governing structure. If you’re interested in having a say in future programming initiatives, join us for a discussion period at the end!

If you have questions about the meeting, please email Simone Saunders, Director of Leadership and Governance, at leadership.acadsa@acad.ca.

1010, 2018

ACADSA By-Election Results Are In

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Good Evening Everyone,

Thank you to all the students who came to our polling stations to vote. The ballots have been counted! We are pleased to announce the new 2018/2019 representatives for the Student Leadership Council. Congratulations to the following students:

First Year Studies Representative: Willow Addiscott

Graduate/MFA Representative: Jessie Fraser

Graphic Design Representative: Kendra Davidson

MADT Representative: Julian Zwack

Print Representative: Ekaterina Vopiyashina

Sculpture Representative: Megan Ivany

We are excited to welcome you to the team! Thank you to everyone who participated!

For a full list of your Executive Committee or Student Leadership Council representatives, please visit www.acadsa.ca. If your department still lacks representation and you are interested in a position, please contact ACADSA’s Director of Advocacy and Representation, at advocacy.acadsa@acad.ca.

Thank you!

Fiona Couillard
Director of Advocacy & Representation
Alberta College of Art + Design Students’ Association
advocacy.acadsa@acad.ca

910, 2018

ACADSA By-Elections: VOTE October 9-10

Hey ACAD Students!

It is time to vote in the 2018/2019 By-Elections! A list of candidates and their platform statements can be found on the ACADSA website (www.acadsa.ca/elections).

Voting takes place on October 9th + 10th. 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 2018/19 academic year.

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Important Dates:

For 2019/20 Term

Elections

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
TBD

Questions? Email advocacy.acadsa@acad.ca