The Students’ Union Board of Directors is composed of thirty-eight elected representatives including five Executive members, faculty representatives, and constituency representatives. Terms for the positions are from May 1st to April 31st. Elections are held annually in March. A by-election to fill vacant positions is held in the Fall Semester.
The Board of Directors is responsible for managing the Students’ Union and meets weekly throughout the year to discuss issues of concern to students. The Board is also responsible for organizing campaigns and services of the Union, and ensuring that they meet the needs of members.
Board members are required to serve on at least one Students’ Union committee. These committees report to the Board on a regular basis to inform its decisions on matters such as finances, entertainment, campaigns, and the Union’s health and dental plans and other services.
The Executives are elected student representatives that work full-time hours in-office and out year-round. These students are mandated to be enrolled in (3) – (9) credit-hours, each Fall & Winter semester. They each have duties unique to their portfolio, projects they can spear-head alongside their respective committees, and day-to-day duties that arise shared by all. They manage the operations and services of the union collaboratively, and exist as a non-hierarchy – meaning all executive have the same level of authority.
Director of Advocacy – John Godfrey
The Executive Director of Advocacy supervises all advocacy work of the Students’ Union. If you ever find yourself needing help, Matt is there for you. The three main types of advocacy work are academic, financial, and legal. The Director is also responsible for ensuring adequate student representation on University committees, for developing campaigns to improve students’ knowledge of academic and non-academic rights, and for chairing the Advocacy Committee, which coordinates the Union’s advocacy initiatives.
Director of Campaigns – Alison Kavanagh
The Executive Director of Campaigns is responsible for developing campaigns to improve equity, accessibility to post-secondary education and other issues of concern for students, the university community, and the community-at-large. The Director of Campaigns chairs the Campaigns and Actions Committee, which coordinates the implementation of campaigns of the Students’ Union and the Canadian Federation of Students.
Director of External Affairs, Communications & Research – Bailey Howard
The Executive Director of External Affairs, Communications, and Research is the Union’s spokesperson. They oversee the production and publication of communication and information materials, such as the handbook, website, listerv, social and formal media relations. The Director also coordinates, researches, and chairs the Membership Engagement Committee, which works on membership (student) engagement and oversees external communications, and Policy Review Committee which vets proposals of policies (guidelines & stances of the union) to be amended, adopted, or archived.
Director of Finance & Services – Liam O’Neill
The Executive Director of Finance and Services is responsible for managing the Union’s financial affairs and ensuring the smooth operation of its services. The Director chairs the Finance and Services Committee, which develops the Union’s budget, reviews spending, ensures the proper collection of fees and other revenue, and oversees and promotes the services of the Students’ Union and the Canadian Federation of Students at Memorial (e.g. the Health and Dental Plan, The Attic, CHMR-FM, The Breezeway Bar, etc).
Director of Student Life – Precious Familusi
The Executive Director of Student Life oversees and ratifies the operation of student groups (clubs, societies, and resource centres) on campus. They are responsible for administering funding such as Individual Merit Funds, Special Project Grants, and Conference Hosting applications. This executive also chairs the Student Life Committee which coordinates social events for the Union’s members such as concerts and speaker series, prepares Welcome Weeks and Winter Carnival events, and much more.
Constituency Representatives (15)
- Indigenous Students’ Representative – Megan Dicker
- International Students’ Representative – Columbus Guyo
- Queer Students’ Representative – Derek Semerad
- Students with Disabilities Representative – Antonia Francis
- Women’s Representative – Rebecca McNally
- Paton College Representative – VACANT
- Burton’s Pond Representative – VACANT
- MacPherson College Representative – VACANT
- Part-time Student Representative – VACANT
- Student Parents’ Representative – VACANT
- Students of Colour Representative – Jil Madamiedon
- Trans Students’ Representative – William Kenney
- Sustainability Representative – Emma Wells
- First-year Students’ Representative – Ejovwoke (Pinky) Arido-Muoboghare
- Undeclared Students’ Representative – VACANT
Faculty and School Representatives (18)
- Humanities & Social Sciences (HSS) Representatives (x3) – Isabella Fahey, Alyssa Gulliford, Ryan Barrett
- Business Admin Representatives (x2) – Yazan Jabr, VACANT
- Centre for Nursing Studies Representative– Juliana Collins
- Education Representative – VACANT
- Engineering Representatives (x2) – Osama Saeed, Christopher Collins
- Human Kinetics & Recreation (HKR) Representative – VACANT
- Medicine Representative – Thomas Southall
- MUN Nursing Representative – VACANT
- Pharmacy Representative – Joseph McGraw
- Science Representatives (x3) – Meriel Fitzgerald, Amina Mahmood, Myra Saeed
- Social Work Representative – VACANT
- Music Representative – Kenneth Sheppard