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:

Monday: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Tuesday: 12:00PM - 4:00 PM

Wednesday: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Thursday: 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM

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.

Fall Semester Goals:

1) Creating effective student engagement strategies 

  • With external stakeholders 
    • By sharing information & how to engage w student leaders 
    • By promoting opportunities & examples on social media 
  • With each other 
    • By sharing information & how to engage w student groups 
    • By promoting opportunities & examples on social media 
  • To establish continuous open dialogue with students on priorities 
    • Through in person discussion 
    • Through intentional focus groups with select groups 
    • Through attending events, meetings, classes, etc… 
  • To enable increased participation & engagement with all activities & events 

2) Creating an enhanced Academic Experience 

  • Increasing interdisciplinary collaboration 
    • Between student groups 
    • Through select programs (i.e incubator) 
  • Increasing experiential learning opportunities 
    • partnering with local stakeholders 
  • Modifying methods of assessment to be more in line with true evaluation 

3) Develop Virtual ASU 

  • Support student groups in fully utilizing their digital presence by: 
    • Group web page on theasu.ca/  
    • Providing funding support 
    • Providing tools (Camera, Adobe) 
    • By providing knowledge & training support 
  • Encourage & Advise students on how to best utilize their digital presence 
  • Drive traffic in a seamless way through the virtual organization 

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:

Monday: 10:00 AM - 2:30 PM
Tuesday: 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday: 10:00 AM - 2:30 PM
Thursday: 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

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

Fall Semester Goals:

1) Get Out The Vote Campaign (Municipal Election)

2) Open Educational Resource Promotion

3) Online Learning and Academic Supports

4) Peer Mentorship Programming (10k Coffees)


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:


Monday: 10:30 AM - 2:30 PM; 3:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Wednesday: 10:30 AM - 2:30 PM; 3:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Thursday: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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

Fall Semester Goals

1) Implement and migrate SAGE and ADP Software’s over from previous softwares

2) Get Clubs and House Councils their own Bank Accounts

3) Set Up the process for another ASU Emergency Grant if we are to have a second wave

4) Continue with the process of divestment 

 


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:

Monday: 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Tuesday: 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Wednesday: 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Thursday: 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

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

Fall Semester Goals

1. Create a strong and accessible guide of the Valley for students
2. Promotion of Clubs and Student Groups
3. Create a stronger student messaging system


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.


SRC Committees

Students' Representative Council carries out its work through committees. When there is a large Union project around governance, events and promotions, finance and budgeting, student life, our committees take on this work as a team of students with skills in this area. Committee work is a great way to develop skills in areas you are interested in, put your skills to work in generating tangible results, and increase your job opportunities through demonstrated experience.

To qualify to be on a committee all you need is to be an Acadia student and have a drive to make a difference.

 

Events & Promotions

Contact Info:

Chair: Blake Steeves
VPEP@acadiau.ca

Join Committee:

Send your information (name, email, year, degree) to the Chair in order to join the committee.

Standing Members:

These SRC members are required to sit on this committee:

  • The Vice President Events & Promotions, who shall chair the committee
  • One Associate Events & Promotions Director to be hired by the
    committee;
  • Three non-executive, voting members of Council, as selected byCouncil;
  • The First Year Representative;
  • One House President, appointed by the House Presidents Committee;
  • The Diversity and Inclusion Representative; and
  • The General Manager or designate (non-voting).

What We do:

  • Assist the V.P Events & Promotions with any pertinent projects & make reccomendations
  • Create an annual marketing & promotions strategy
  • Create a list of Union events, timelines, and promotions using the VPEP's annual budget
    • Organize event (planning, scheduling, booking spaces/guests)
    • Promote event (videos/graphics/photos for social media, posters, etc.)
  • Design promotions for events and Union activities
  • Create media for the Union and its groups and services
  • Make recommendations around how the ASU can improve Events & Promotions
  • Execute these recommendations with the approval of SRC

Fall Semester Work:

  • Frosh Week:
    • MIXR virtual events
    • COCA Virtual Conference
  • Developed Draft Marketing Plan
    • Needs to be finalized & turned into strategy
  • Last Year:
    • Organized & hosted Delaney Jane concert in the SUB, created & executed promotions
Student Life

Contact Info:

Chair: Robbie Holmes
VPSL@acadiau.ca

Join Committee:

Send your information (name, email, year, degree) to the Chair in order to join the committee.

Standing Members:

These SRC members are required to sit on this committee:

  • The Vice President Student Life, who shall chair the committee;
  • One Associate Student Life Director to be hired by the committee;
  • The Diversity and Inclusion Representative;
  • Two non-executive, voting members of Council, as selected by Council;
  • The First Year Representative; and
  • The Community Relations Representative

What We do:

  • Assist the V.P Student Life with their role, any pertinent projects, & make recommendations
  • Communicate with with Clubs & Societies
    • Supporting their work hosting events & activities
    • Provide information around strategies to host high quality events
    • Make recommendations around what students want to see
  • Communicate & work with Off-Campus students
    • Address issues
    • Assist in Off-campus activities
  • Communicate with general student body
    • Around concerns, or issues
    • Ensure Student Life is meeting needs and expectations
  • Ratify Clubs & Societies
  • Plan & organize Student Life Summit
  • Assist the V.P Student Life in addressing & advocating on student concerns related to Student Life
Academic Affairs

Contact Info:

Chair: Lydia Houck
VPAE@acadiau.ca

Join Committee:

Send your information (name, email, year, degree) to the Chair in order to join the committee.

Standing Members:

These SRC members are required to sit on this committee:

  • Vice President Academic & External, who shall Chair the Committee;
  • One Associate Academic Affairs Director to be hired by the Committee;
  • Student Senators of Council; and
  • One non-executive, voting member of Council, as selected by Council.

What We do:

  • Assist the V.P Academic & External with their role, any pertinent projects, & make reccomendations
  • Consult with students on concerns related to Academics & Organize ASU Student Consultation Day
  • Address student issues related to Academics, Course Design, Available Programs, Research & Honours Programs
    • Create & Execute Advocacy Campaigns
    • Bring recommendations to Acadia University Senate
    • Construct Letters of Recommendation for Acadia University Administration
  • Bring recommendations forward related to Academics, Course Design, Available Programs, Research & Honours Programs
Financial Affairs

Contact Info:

Chair: Brendan Keeler
VPFO@acadiau.ca

Join Committee:

Send your information (name, email, year, degree) to the Chair in order to join the committee.

Standing Members:

These SRC members are required to sit on this committee:

  • Vice President Finance & Operations, who shall chair the committee;
  • One Associate Financial Affairs Director to be hired by the committee;
  • President;
  • One Internal Organization Coordinator, as selected by the Internal Organization Coordinators at the first meeting; and
  • Three non-executive, voting members of Council, as selected by Council.

What We do:

  • Assist the V.P Finance & Operations with their role, any pertinent projects, & make recommendations
  • Oversee the status of Union operations based on reports from the VPFO & make recommendations
  • Be responsible for reviewing and proposing the annual budget to SRC
  • Review and address requests for finances
  • Review & vote on Student Wellness Fund and Student Activity Fund funding request
  • Ensure the allocation of Union finances are meeting student needs, developing new services, and innovating current ones
Governance

Contact Info:

Chair: Molly Anderson
136061a@acadiau.ca

Join Committee:

Send your information (name, email, year, degree) to the Chair in order to join the committee.

Standing Members:

These SRC members are required to sit on this committee:

  • The Chairperson of Council (non-voting), who shall Chair the committee;
  • The Deputy Chairperson of Council, who shall act as a non-voting recording Secretary for the committee;
  • President;
  • One non-executive, voting members of Council; and
  • Two ordinary or associate members of the Union.

What We do:

  • Assist with all matters concerning the Governance of the Union
    • By-Laws
    • Policies
    • or Constitution
  • Review and make recommendations to SRC on the above
  • Develop By-Laws, Policy, and Constitutional amendments as deemed necessary
  • Develop & Provide training to SRC on proper governance practices & procedure
  • Ensure SRC members are effectively fulfilling the mandate of the Union
House Presidents

Contact Info:

Chair: Robbie Holmes
VPSL@acadiau.ca

Join Committee:

Send your information (name, email, year, degree) to the Chair in order to join the committee.

Standing Members:

These SRC members are required to sit on this committee:

  • The Vice President Student Life, who shall chair the committee;
  • The Deputy Chairperson of Council, who shall act as a non-voting recording Secretary for the committee;
  • The First Year Representative; and
  • The House President from each University residence

What We do:

  • Assist the V.P Student Life & House Presidents with all matters or issues pertaining to residence
  • Develop solutions to issues in residence and pursue these at the discretion of the committee
  • Review and Approve events in residence and their respective budget
  • Develop and make recommendations to House Councils on how to improve the Residence experience
  • Carry out these recommendations as deemed fit by respective House Councils
Diversity & Inclusion

Contact Info:

Chair: Soyini Edwards
135598e@acadiau.ca

Join Committee:

Send your information (name, email, year, degree) to the Chair in order to join the committee.

Standing Members:

These SRC members are required to sit on this committee:

  • The Diversity and Inclusion Representative, who shall chair the committee;
  • The President or designate;
  • One voting member of Council;
  • The Coordinator of Acadia Pride;
  • The Coordinator of Centre for Global Education;
  • The Coordinator of the Acadia Women’s Centre;
  • The Coordinator of the Acadia Mental Health Initiative;

What We do:

  • Develop & Implement best-in-class equity, diversity, and human rights
    • Tools
    • Programs
    • Initiatives
  • To strengthen the capacity of the ASU & SRC to serve its diverse student population
  • Develop & Launch advocacy campaigns on behalf of underrepresented students
  • Serve as the liaison between SRC and Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion related initiatives, bringing back reccomendations to SRC
  • Bring forward student concerns around Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion, and ensure they are being addressed
Environmental Sustainability

Contact Info:

Chair: Alex Surette
135598e@acadiau.ca

Join Committee:

Send your information (name, email, year, degree) to the Chair in order to join the committee.

Standing Members:

These SRC members are required to sit on this committee:

  • The Sustainability Representative (Chair);
  • Three voting members of Council

What We do:

  • Assist the Sustainability Officer in fostering an active interest in environmental and sustainability issues at Acadia University
  • Pursue the creation of a more sustainable campus community
  • Develop & Launch programs and initiatives to boost the awareness and sustainability of Acadia University
  • Work with SRC and Student Groups to advise on projects that impact sustainability, and bring forward suggestions for campaigns or projects to increase sustainability

Senators

Lara Hartman
Faculty of Arts Senator
Menat Tahoun 
Faculty of Professional Studies Senator
Jordi Chaffer
Pure and Applied Science Senator
Zachary Goldsmith
Faculty of Theology Senator
Mary Tajeddin
Graduate Students’ Senator

Other Members

Kevin Binu George
Councillor
Harinarayanan Jagan
Councillor
 
Vacant
First Year Officer
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Sadie McAlear
Community Relations Officer
Soyini Edwards
Diversity & Inclusion Representative
Alex Surette
Sustainability Officer

Chair's Office 

Molly Anderson
Chairperson
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Vacant
Deputy Chairperson
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Danish Mohammed
Chief Returning Officer
Vacant
Deputy Chief Returning Officer
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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