CSA Blog

Message from the President

July 25th, 2016

Hey All! I am honoured to represent Ontario’s college students through College Student Alliance. I will not take the privilege of presidency lightly, and I will do everything I can to listen to – and advocate for – our membership. I grew up in northwestern Ontario in a small town, and I have been involved an active student leader for as long as I can remember. I am a bilingual, Metis individual who is actively involved in the Thunder Bay community. I am currently enrolled in the Social Service Worker program at Confederation College in Thunder Bay, and will graduate in May 2017. This learning experience has taught me how to properly, and successfully, advocate on behalf of underserved populations. With this knowledge, I can effectively […]

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VOTE: Should OPSEU represent part-time student workers?

June 16th, 2016

The Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU) wants to represent part-time student workers through the College’s Collective Bargaining Act (CCBA). Students who work part-time on campus are included in part-time support staff. The vote is taking place June 20-30, 2016. You can read our press release concerning the timing of the vote here.  Carefully read any information you are provided to make an informed and educated decision. Read our OPSEU Vote FAQ for further information and to ensure you’re eligible to vote. View the Voting Schedule to become aware of where you can cast your vote.  OPSEU identifies the following issues for students working on campus part-time:– No job security,– No paid sick days,– No paid vacation days or health benefits,– No control over how many […]

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Premier Wynne Announces Cabinet Shuffle

June 13th, 2016

Today, Premier Kathleen Wynne announced changes to Ontario’s Liberal cabinet at the swearing-in ceremony held at Queen’s Park. Notable changes include the elimination of the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (TCU). Moving forward, postsecondary education stakeholders will work with the new Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development, lead by Deputy Premier and Minister Deb Matthews of London North Center. The new Ministry will encompass all of TCU’s mandates, with the addition of employment and training programs to align better with the Premier’s plan to build a highly skilled workforce. CSA would like to thank Minister Reza Moridi, MTCU, for working in collaboration with college students across Ontario. We look forward to continuing our significant relationship with the Ministry and Minister Deb Matthews. Below […]

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CSA Awards Gala 2016

June 27th, 2016

College Student Alliance awards are distributed annually at our May Changeover Conference Awards Gala. The recipients of these awards are selected by CSA’s membership. Help us celebrate the deserving recipients of the 2016 awards: Landmark Award – Niagara College Student Administrative CouncilThe Landmark Award is given to a student association for their significant contribution and efforts on behalf of college and college/university students, and in support of College Student Alliance initiatives, on their campus and across the province of Ontario. From the membership:“Niagara SAC’s initiatives during YUP week were phenomenal. They installed a permanent yellow bench visible from most rooms in the school in the middle of their courtyard. This constant reminder has raised mental health awareness greatly on campus. They also established a wall of […]

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CSA Elects 2016/17 Board of Directors

May 30th, 2016

CSA is proud to introduce the 2016/17 CSA Board of Directors, elected by the membership at large during May Changeover Conference. The Board oversees the organization while providing guidance and future vision. All members of the Board are current student leaders from within the membership. The Board brings important post-secondary issues to the membership for their input through conferences and workshops. These events are where advocacy initiatives, research direction, and recommendations are voted upon by the membership.  Learn a bit about the 2016/17 Board of Directors below. You can find their full bio’s here (coming soon). Madison Schell, CSA PresidentStudent Union of Confederation College Inc., Confederation CollegePosition on campus: Vice-president ExternalNumber of years in student government: 1 The reason for running: To ignite the passion within by […]

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Student leaders donate $500 to the Kennedy House Youth Shelter

May 25th, 2016

Through May 10th-15th, student leaders from across Ontario gathered in Toronto for CSA’s May Changeover Conference, hosted by Centennial College Student Association Inc. After an evening of site-seeing in the city, two conference delegates from the Student Union of Confederation College Inc. (SUCCI) were disheartened by how many in-need individuals they saw. They were compelled to help. Over the course of the conference, a total of $500 was donated from student leaders to give to a local shelter. After speaking with local students, the Kennedy House Youth Shelter was selected as the recipient. The Kennedy House Youth Shelter is located in East York and is the only youth shelter in the east end of Toronto. Youth ages 16-24, who are homeless with complex needs, can […]

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Student Associations Drive Student Success

April 22nd, 2016

The life of a college student is busy, to say the least. Managing academic priorities, potentially working a part-time job – all while maintaining somewhat of a social life – can be difficult. Student leaders take on additional responsibility by dedicating themselves to their on-campus student association. Student associations (SA) play a crucial role in student success. They represent the collective student voice and provide a variety of academic supports and resources. SA’s dedicate time and services to providing a safe, social, and rewarding college experience for all students. CSA is proud to highlight some of the significant accomplishments from our member associations. Brockville Students Administrative Council (SAC) supports students at St. Lawrence College (SLC) in Brockville . The council’s goal for the 2015/16 year […]

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ICYMI: Ontario Student Grant

April 3rd, 2016

The Ontario Government has introduced the Ontario Student Grant (OSG), making net tuition free for 90% of low-income students. We’ve gathered some frequently asked questions and answers to help you understand the recently announced changes:  What is the OSG?The OSG, a new grant under OSAP, will make tuition more affordable for students across Ontario. For some, the tuition portion of their school bill will be free. Students with a family income of $50,000 or less will leave college with no provincial debt as they will receive grants more than their net tuition. More than 50% of students from families grossing $83,000 or less will be eligible for non-repayable grants totaling more than the average college tuition. The actual size of the grant for each student […]

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Student Spotlight: Brittany Smith

March 16th, 2016

Brittany Smith attends Georgian College in Orillia. She is currently in her fourth year of study in the Bachelor of Human Services (Police Studies) program. Smith has been actively engaged in the college community during her time at Georgian. In Smith’s first year, she met a friend and mentor who introduced her to the Students’ Administrative Council (SAC), now known as the Georgian College Students’ Association (GCSA). Learning about SAC encouraged Smith to get involved with the on-campus organization. After volunteering at every GCSA event she could, Smith realized her passion for student life. Inspired, she ran for a vice president position – and was successful – in the GCSA elections. The following year Smith ran for President of the Council and was once again […]

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Student Spotlight: Mohamed Elgendy

March 14th, 2016

Mohamed Elgendy is driven to succeed by his passion for seeing the world. After growing up and attending university in Egypt, Elgendy was hired by the University of Barcelona as a guest speaker to teach students the history of his hometown. He credits this opportunity to his volunteer work on his university campus. Elgendy then moved to Sweden for an internship, spending three years learning a new language and culture. Elgendy then moved to Canada to study international business management at Sir Sanford Fleming College in Peterborough. “(Volunteering) always made me want to be productive by helping more students as much as I can. It enriched my thoughts with creative ideas and helped me become self-driven,” Elgendy said.  “Volunteerism opened my eyes and widened my thoughts […]

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Student Spotlight: Naasson Huyler

March 11th, 2016

Currently enrolled in Business Administration – Human Resources Advance Diploma program, Naasson Huyler is a proud Niagara College student. Having a strong presence on campus helped Huyler get elected as Student Representative for Niagara College’s Board of Governors for the 2015/16 academic year. He was also elected by the members of Human Resources at Niagara College (HR@NC) as the Director of Media for HR@NC, an association that focuses on establishing industry connections for students. Through both positions, Huyler is trusted by his peers to create positive experiences for students. Additionally, Huyler works as an NCExpert for on-campus recruitment at Niagara College. He leads informative and engaging campus tours that cover both Welland and Niagara-on-the-Lake campuses. “Being a student leader and volunteer has enhanced my college […]

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Student Spotlight: Andi Dimashkie

March 10th, 2016

Andi Dimashkie is a first-year student in Conestoga College’s Bachelors of Early Learning Program Development program. Following graduation, Dimashkie will be a registered early childhood educator and a degree holder with leadership training and program development skills. She hopes to make positive change within the field of education throughout her career. Dimashkie’s student leadership experiences on Conestoga’s campus have solidified her interest in the education field while opening additional doors along the way. Dimashkie immediately got involved on campus. By September’s end, she was made a Leadership Ambassador through Conestoga Student’s Inc. (CSI). This role provided her the opportunity to volunteer for events each month. Through this program, Dimashkie gained both experience and mentors. “Being a leader in the Conestoga College community has already enhanced […]

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Student Spotlight: Vaibhav Sharma

March 9th, 2016

International student Vaibhav Sharma is thriving at Centennial College, both academically and through supporting his community. Sharma chose to attend a college in Canada to learn how to work together with people from different races, ethnicities, genders, societies and cultures. He’s doing just that by immersing himself in Centennial’s volunteer opportunities. “Being a student leader and volunteer helped me in becoming a people person. It has changed the way I look at society,” explained Sharma. “Now, I believe in the fact that you get what you give.” Sharma makes sure to stay busy on campus; he’s an active volunteer for graduation ceremonies and events. Sharma also participated in LeaderShape 2015, a week long program that teaches students how to lead effectively and with integrity. From […]

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Student Spotlight: Alyssa Berry

March 8th, 2016

Alyssa Berry is currently working toward a bachelor of sciences in nursing at Sault College in collaboration with Laurentian University. Berry was awarded the CSA Leadership Scholarship due to her passion for helping others. Berry works diligently to help students feel comfortable in the classroom. She’s currently a mentor and peer tutor for first-year students in her program, creating beneficial experiences for both herself and students. Berry’s leadership extends past the walls of Sault College, however. She’s been active in the Sault. Ste. Marie community for years, participating in fundraising events like CIBC’s Run for the Cure and Relay for Life. “Being a student leader has enhanced my college student experience because it allows me to partake in something bigger than myself,” said Berry. “I […]

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Student Spotlight: Charles Shih

March 7th, 2016

Charles Shih is busy completing his final year of the collaborative nursing program at Northern College of Applied Art and Technology. He still makes time to volunteer both on and off campus. After serving two consecutive years as president of the Northern College Student Association – Timmins Campus, Shih has taken up new roles to help Northern students. Shih is the current student governor for Northern College and he sits on the board of governors as an internal governor for all four college campuses. In addition, he is a sitting member of the policy review board for the college to ensure Northern’s policies reflect their needs. “Being a student leader has greatly enhanced my college student experience by putting me in touch with a plethora […]

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Student Spotlight: Lauren Barnett

March 4th, 2016

Lauren Barnett is a natural leader. From a young age, teachers appointed her leader of group projects and peers came to her for advice. Barnett embraces her leadership abilities and continues to help others best she can. As a medical radiation technology student at Fanshawe College, she’s determined to make a difference in the lives of others.  “Being a student leader has helped me to gain a sense of pride and school spirit for Fanshawe College. These leadership experiences have allowed me to make new friends, gain valuable skills, and they have really enhanced my time as a student,” Barnett explained. “Most importantly they have allowed me the chance to create memories that I will cherish for years to come. I believe that all students should […]

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Student Spotlight: Nicole deGroot

March 3rd, 2016

Nicole deGroot credits St. Lawrence College for helping her become a strong leader on and off campus. Through peer tutoring, helping within the classroom and volunteering in the community, deGroot has improved the lives of others while continuing to grow herself. As a peer tutor, deGroot has fine-tuned her existent personal skills and gained brand new ones. “Being able to step up to the plate and help my fellow peers and the community gives me a sense of pride. I enjoy the way volunteering makes me feel and I thoroughly enjoy the way it makes others feel to be on the other side,” said deGroot. “We all live in communities, big or small, and I believe it is important to help one another out.” With […]

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Student Spotlight: Alanna LaHay

March 2nd, 2016

Alanna LaHay attends Cambrian College in Sudbury. Within her first year of the physical fitness management program, she proved to be a leader in and out of the classroom. With a top-notch GPA, a spot on the varsity badminton team and a part-time tutoring gig, LaHay learned valuable lessons she won’t take for granted. “I can’t express how many amazing people I have met and worked with along my journey thus far,” said LaHay. “I have become a resilient leader, and have developed skills that will enable me to be more productive and involved in my future career.” With a strong interest in athletics and leadership, LaHay viewed an opening with the Cambrian Athletic Association as the perfect on-campus job for her. She was soon […]

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Student Spotlight: From Syria to St. Clair

March 1st, 2016

Basman Yalda is a first-year student at St. Clair College in Windsor. Originally from Iraq, Yalda has risen above violence and injustice he faced in his war-torn country. After fleeing to Syria from Iraq, then Canada from Syria, Yalda has finally found security. He’s also found a sense of belonging at St. Clair College due to his volunteerism and desire to succeed. “As a student in the Child and Youth Worker program at St. Clair College, my volunteer opportunities have given me the experience to better understand and empathise with people from all different walks of life,” said Yalda. “My leadership in many non-profit organizations has motivated me to do better and inspire others despite the fact no monetary compensation was received.” From before age […]

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Student Spotlight: Meet Jordan.

February 29th, 2016

Welcome to CSA’s new blog! This space will be used to promote the best in student leadership, advocacy efforts and must-know news in Ontario’s postsecondary sector. We’re starting things off by shining the spotlight on each one of this year’s CSA Leadership Scholarship winners. CSA’s Leadership Scholarship made its debut five years ago. Since then, we’ve awarded over $75,000 in scholarship funds to deserving Ontario college students. Confederation College’s 2016 recipient is Jordan Vezeau, and CSA had the opportunity to speak with him. Meet Jordan. Jordan Vezeau is committed to his community. Currently completing his third year of Human Resources at Confederation College in Thunder Bay, he sits on Boards both on and off his college campus. His goal is to complete his placement at […]

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