Vice-President Graduate

    Please select one of the following candidates to assume the role of Vice President Graduate of the Society of Graduate and Professional Students at Queen’s University for the remainder of 2021 – 2022 term.
  • Brittany McBeath61%

  • Monica Garvie39%

As this by-election is occurred due to a vacancy of office that took place with less than 6 months left in the 2021-2022 Executive term, it is governed by B.12 Vacancy of Office.

  1. If any office associated with the SGPS becomes vacant for any reason that office shall be filled as soon as possible.
  2. Council may choose to elect a replacement at its next regular meeting rather than holding an SGPS–wide election if less than six months remain in the term of office.
  3. In the event that a vacant position must be filled, the normal procedure for elections shall be followed according to B.10 and the procedures below:
  • (1) no campaigning shall occur for this candidate;
  • (2) no vote by all Ordinary Members will be held; and
  • (3) the election of that candidate to the vacant office shall be decided by a vote at the next Meeting of Council. The candidate is elected to the vacant office by a vote of Council requiring Simple Majority.

31 electors represented a turnout of 79.5% of eligible electors based on verified Councillors.

Click here to view the certified elections results PDF.

The SGPS is pleased to the by-election period for the position of Vice President Graduate.

To find out more about the position of Vice President Graduate, please go to our Bylaw and Policies, and look at the roles and responsibilities of the position, the stipends associated with the position, and other key information.

The nomination period closed on Friday, November 19, 2021 at 12 pm.

The elected term for the position of Vice President Graduate will be from November 24, 2021 – April 30, 2022.

As this by-election is occurring due to a vacancy of office that took place with less than 6 months left in the 2021-2022 Executive term, it is governed by B.12 Vacancy of Office.

  1. If any office associated with the SGPS becomes vacant for any reason that office shall be filled as soon as possible.
  2. Council may choose to elect a replacement at its next regular meeting rather than holding an SGPS–wide election if less than six months remain in the term of office.
  3. In the event that a vacant position must be filled, the normal procedure for elections shall be followed according to B.10 and the procedures below:
  • (1) no campaigning shall occur for this candidate;
  • (2) no vote by all Ordinary Members will be held; and
  • (3) the election of that candidate to the vacant office shall be decided by a vote at the next Meeting of Council. The candidate is elected to the vacant office by a vote of Council requiring Simple Majority.

Vice-President Graduate Candidates

Brittany McBeath

Candidate for Vice-President Graduate


My name is Brittany McBeath and I am a Kanyen’kehá:ka (Mohawk) woman with roots in Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory. I have been studying at Queen’s University for the past 8 years and am currently in my 3rd year of doctoral studies within the School of Kinesiology and Health Studies. Currently, I hold the Indigenous Student Liaison position with the SGPS and have become well acquainted with the SGPS as an organization and with the administration at Queen’s University. From my perspective as a Kanyen’kehá:ka woman, a leader must be grounded in serving the collective by positioning themselves on the same level as everyone else, never above. My leadership style as the VP Graduate will be to watch and listen before I speak. I also believe that a leader seeks to empower others through mentorship and thus I intend to be active and accessible within our SGPS community at Queen’s. I embrace a plurality of views and believe opposing views are simply reflections of the different realities of different human beings. When engaging with those who disagree with and/or oppose my views, I am always interested in first understanding their lived reality. This can only be done by engaging in conversation, leaning into and being curious about this issue or task at hand. My approach to leadership encourages an appreciation of the diversity of people. To bring innovative solutions within my time as the VP Graduate, I will be open to a plurality of perspectives, have the courage to ask critical questions, and enact change through taking direct action.

Key promises

  • I will bring a strong focus on Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Indigeneity in advocacy work at the administrative level.
  • I will ensure SGPS membership can work closely with the executive by serving as a bridge between the many established networks of student advocates and the wider student body.
  • I will create opportunities for my leadership to be guided by the needs and concerns of SGPS Council and the SGPS Membership.

Monica Garvie

Candidate for Vice-President Graduate


My name is Monica (she/her) and I am a mature student from northern Ontario who returned to school later in life. I have been participating on councils and committees since joining the Biology department at Queen’s in 2017, however the pandemic and other current events have led me to seek out deeper community building work by joining the SGPS as the Equity and Diversity Commissioner this year.

Accomplishments

  • Advocating for the rights of students from all demographics through anti-oppression work
    • Creating a new Indigenous Consensus Representative position within the BGSC (based on Anishinaabe perspective)
    • Creation of various resource materials, documents, and events for marginalized communities (and allies) with UCARE, PSAC, AMS, HREO, CTL, and others; notably:
      • Low-income/first generation grad student resource guide (in progress)
      • Indigenous grad student resource guide (co-author, in progress)
      • Dis-orientation virtual event
      • Muslim Sharing Circle
      • Co-facilitating workshops/active panelist on Indigenizing the academy, Graduate student success (academically and wholistically), and TAships
    • Advocating for and supporting students with disabilities (BEAG)
    • Ground-level support and advocacy of LGBTQ+ students, those affected by sexual and gender-based violence, and international students
    • Advocating for student mental health and funding (BGSC, SMHN, UCARE subcouncils)
  • Progress on the Soft Infrastructure Network to link EDII efforts across isolated departments

Promises

  • Advocate for you and your particular concerns with compassion and conviction
  • Bring everyone to the table via the Soft Infrastructure Network to listen to and advocate for, in real-time, the interests of all SGPS members at upper admin levels
  • Push for policies and solutions to current member issues such as student housing, sexual harassment, mental health, and funding (generally, and extensions due to the pandemic)

Thank you for your consideration, I look forward to the opportunity to enhance my advocacy for SGPS members in this role.

The nomination period for the by-election of the position of Vice President Graduate ended on November 19, 2021 @ 12:00 PM.

Important Dates
November 12, 2021
12:00 PM
Nomination Period Opens
November 19, 2021
12:00 PM
Nomination Period Closes
November 20, 2021

9:00 AM

Voting Days Ballots will be sent to verified SGPS Council members via SimplyVoting
November 23, 2021
4:00 PM
November 23, 2021
5:30 PM
Announcement Will take place at the
SGPS Fall General Meeting
November 24, 2021 First Day of Elected Office for the Successful Candidate

SGPS Elections Team

Fatema Kamalia, Chief Returning Officer
Aileen Editha, Deputy Council Speaker
Devin Fowlie, Council Speaker


Issues with Election Information or Website?

Andria Burke, Executive Director


Once a package has been verified by the SGPS Elections Team, no campaigning will be permitted and an SGPS Council will hold an e-vote to decide which candidate will occupy the position.