ASU
An image of the 4 executive member from left to right Gabrielle Bailey, Kyle Vandertoorn, Robbie Holmes, Mackenzie Jarvin, and Yoram Schroll. All in dress shirts in from of pine trees
Acadia Students' Union

Students' Representative Council

Mission Statement

Acadia Students’ Union is a student governed organization dedicated to serving its members through effective representation and communications. The Students’ Union offers innovative and quality services while providing a variety of opportunities which enhance the overall University experience of the students of Acadia.

Acadia Students’ Union believes in and upholds the values of integrity, excellence, and respect, while recognizing the importance of fun, community spirit, and the tradition upon which the Union was founded.


ASU Executive

President - Brendan MacNeil


Contact Info:

Phone: 902.585.2131
E-mail: ASUPresident@acadiau.ca
Location: Old SUB 620

Office Hours:

To Be Determined

What I do:

  • Elected spokesperson and representative of the ASU
  • Listen to students and work with other student leaders within the ASU, on the Executive team, across Nova Scotia and Canada, and Acadia University staff, faculty, and administration
  • Respond to the ideas, aspirations, and concerns of students.
  • Promote student safety, wellness, and engagement within the Acadia University community.
  • Sit on the University Senate, the academic governing body of the university, the University Board of Governors, the non-academic governing body of the university, and the Town of Wolfville Town and Gown Committee.
  • Along with the Vice President Academic and External, the President represents Acadia students at our external advocacy organizations, Students Nova Scotia (SNS) and the Canadian Alliance of Student Associations (CASA) to advocate for the affordability and accessibility of post-secondary education within Nova Scotia and across Canada.

About me:

I am a student inspired to change the world. I am in this position because I was trying to launch an incubator in the business school, and found there was always another level of bureaucracy needed to make it better. I climbed, and climbed, and now I find myself here. Here I have found the unique needs of the entire Acadia community - international students, science students, Theatre performers, and all of us alike pursuing exponential growth. My team of fellow executives and I are re-imagining what Acadia means to us, to all students by placing these needs together, in one cohesive whole. That is our mission to you, to make the Acadia experience something you never could have imagined, and something you will never forget.

VP Academic and External - Lydia Houck


Contact Info:

Phone: 902.585.2127
E-mail: VPAE@acadiau.ca
Location: Old SUB 619

Office Hours:

To Be Determined

What I do:

  • Academic appeals and complaints
  • University Senate and Senate committees
  • Education policy and strategic planning
  • Along with the President, I represent Acadia students at our external advocacy organizations, Students Nova Scotia (SNS) and the Canadian Alliance of Student Associations (CASA) to advocate for the affordability and accessibility of post-secondary education within Nova Scotia and across Canada

About me:

Hi, I’m Lydia! I’m a 5th year Psychology student at Acadia, and I hail from Martock, Nova Scotia.

As your 2020-21 VP Academic & External, I will work to foster an equitable academic community that prioritizes engagement and consultation, ensuring that all students have the resources they require to succeed both inside and outside the classroom. I will also work alongside our external partners (Students Nova Scotia and the Canadian Alliance of Student Associations) to advocate for students on a provincial and federal level.

In my spare time, I enjoy playing piano, hanging out with friends, and attempting to learn how to cook.

If you ever have any questions, concerns, or would just like to chat, please don’t hesitate to reach out!

VP Finance and Operations - Brendan Keeler


Contact Info:

Phone: 902.585.2124
E-mail: VPFO @acadiau.ca
Location: Old SUB 621

Office Hours:

To Be Determined

What I do:

  • Students’ Union cash flows
  • Preparing and/or overseeing budgets internally, for clubs, and other accounts
  • Giving updates on the financial state of the organization and ensuring financial stability
  • Educating students on financial matters via programming
  • Provide/facilitate funding from Wellness Fund and Student Activities Fund
  • Sponsor relationships and donations

About me:

Hi Everyone, my name is Brendan Keeler and I am the new Vice President of Finance and Operations for the 2020/2021 school year. I was born in Vancouver, and raised in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
 
My cousins turned my family into an Acadia family, and after graduating high school I knew that Wolfville was exactly where I wanted to be. I am currently entering my fourth year of my Accounting Major. This year myself and my fellow ASU Executive Team members will work towards making a positive experience for all students.
 
Outside of school I enjoy sports, travelling, and spending time with friends and family. I am excited for the upcoming school year and can’t express how grateful I am for the opportunity to work with my fellow students.
VP Events and Promotions - Blake Steeves


Contact Info:

Phone: 902.585.2126
E-mail: VPEP@acadiau.ca
Location: Old SUB 618

Office Hours:

To Be Determined

What I do:

  • Communications representative of the ASU
  • Organizing and executing major events, programming, and student experiences (Welcome Week, Homecoming, CHEATON Cup, Frost Week, day-to-day programming etc.)
  • Marketing, branding, website maintenance and social media. This includes advertising and content creation.
  • All-student emails and informing students about the goings-on within and outside of the Acadia community.
  • Answering general inquiries
  • Sponsorships
  • Working with student services, Keep It Social, the Town of Wolfville and other external groups, to ensure safe and memorable experiences for Acadia students
  • Bringing student programming ideas to reality

About me:

I’m a 3rd year Entrepreneurship and Innovation major from Fredericton, New Brunswick.

The Acadia Students Union has always been a part of me since arriving in Wolfville. I represented students as First Year Officer in 2018, followed by Chase Court House Council President in the previous year. My passion has always lied in helping students, marketing and communications.

The VP Events and Promotions position has always attracted me as it involves planning and executing entertainment for students and is the front line of communications to students.

In my spare time, you can catch me roaming around campus in some dusty boots, fishing or breaking it down at the Axe Bar & Grill. I’m also an avid dog lover, with a Golden Retriever (Milo), a Black Lab (Maggie) and two Dachshunds (Lily and Jub-Jub).

Feel free to reach out to me with any comments or concerns, I’m always happy to help!

VP Student Life - Robbie Holmes


Contact Info:

Phone: 902.585.2125
E-mail: VPSL@acadiau.ca
Location: Old SUB 616

Office Hours:

To Be Determined

What I do:

  • Oversee the operations of Internal Organizations, Clubs/Societies and House Councils and help each work towards success
  • Training of House Councils
  • Assist in providing positive and inclusive experiences on and off campus
  • Work with external local groups such as L’Arche, Keep it Social and the Town Council of Wolfville, NS
  • Act as a resource to students and that I can be readily contacted via emails, phone calls, meetings and regular office hours

About me:

I’m Robbie Holmes, the Vice President of Student Life for the Acadia Students Union for the 2020/2021 school year. I was born and raised in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.

After graduating high school, I found myself wanting to attend university in a smaller town with a positive campus life, this made Acadia the clear choice for me. I am currently going into my 4th year majoring in psychology pursuing a minor in English. While in office I aim to hold true to my campaign promises by improving in areas such as sustainability, training week, mental health & sexual assault resources and more. While doing this I also will work with the rest of the ASU executive team to provide positive and equitable experiences and opportunities for on and off campus students.

Out of the office and school I enjoy travelling / exploring, spending time with family and experiencing the small-town life. I am thrilled to be working for the students at Acadia for the 2020/2021 year and cannot thank the students for giving me this opportunity.


Senators

Paige Stewardson
Faculty of Arts Senator
Cassidy Churchill 
Faculty of Professional Studies Senator
Nicole Kirkpatrick
Pure and Applied Science Senator
Zachary Goldsmith
Faculty of Theology Senator
Matt Penney
Graduate Students’ Senator

Other Members

Jonah van Driesum
Councillor
Molly Anderson
Councillor
 
 
Menat Tahoun
First Year Officer
Lynn Verheul 
Community Relations Officer
Soyini Edwards
Diversity & Inclusion Representative
Max Abu-Laban
Sustainability Officer

Chair's Office 

Sulaman Qureshi 
Chairperson 
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Ciara Jeffery-Bent
Deputy Chairperson 
Chantal Peng
Chief Returning Officer
 
Vacant
Deputy Chief Returning Officer
 

Non-Voting Members

TBA
Coordinator of ASU Internal Organizations
Anna Kiefte
Member of University Faculty
HSH 201
TBA
Member of University Administration
TBA
Member of Board of Governors