Unfortunately, we did not receive any nominations for the position of Graduate Student Trustee.
The SGPS will hold a by-election during the Fall 2022 term in order to fill the position.
The Graduate Student Trustee is elected to a two year term to represent graduate and professional students to the Board of Trustees–one of the chief governing bodies for Queen’s University, responsible for all financial and strategic matters, as well as the hiring of the Principal and Vice-Principals).
They are one of only 3 students who sit on the Board of Trustees, and the only one who’s job it is to specifically represent graduate and professional students. The other students on the Board are the Undergraduate Student Trustee (who represents the undergraduate students) and the Rector (who represents all students). Every other member of the Board of Trustees represent university staff, faculty, and alumni.
The Board of Trustees meets 4 times a year (October, December, March and May), so a lot of the work of the Graduate Student Trustee is staying informed on issues in between meetings.
While other trustees sit on the Board due to their professional experience or financial knowledge, it is the job of the Graduate Student Trustee to offer a student perspective.
In addition to sitting on the Board of Trustees, the Graduate Student Trustee sits on various sub-committees of the Board.
The Board of Trustees votes on issues ranging from the university’s budget to the large scale projects.
Being the Graduate Student Trustee requires big picture, long term thinking, as many of the things they are voting on will not come to fruition until long after their time as a student is done.
This volunteer position is open to any graduate or professional student at Queen’s University.
2022 – 2023 Election and Referendum Results
Do you agree to the acclamation of Beth Langdon to the position of President of the Society of Graduate and Professional Students at Queen’s University?
Do you agree to the acclamation of Emilia Ganslandt to the position of Vice-President Community of the Society of Graduate and Professional Students at Queen’s University?
Do you agree to the acclamation of Devin Fowlie to the position of Vice-President Graduate of the Society of Graduate and Professional Students at Queen’s University?
Do you agree to the acclamation of Sandra Wright to the position of Vice-President Finance and Services of the Society of Graduate and Professional Students at Queen’s University?
Do you agree to the acclamation of Chloe Stone to the position of Vice-President Professional of the Society of Graduate and Professional Students at Queen’s University?
Do you agree to the continuation of a mandatory student fee of $1.34 (indexed to CPI) for the AMS Food Bank? This fee is subject to triennial review.
Do you agree to the continuation of a mandatory student fee of $191.50 (indexed to CPI) for Queen’s Athletics & Recreation? This fee is subject to triennial review.
Do you agree to the re-establishment of a mandatory student fee of $122.00 (indexed to CPI) for Bus-It? This fee is subject to triennial review.
Do you agree to the continuation of an optional student fee of $7.50 for CFRC 101.9 FM Radio Queen's University? This fee is subject to triennial review.
Do you agree to the continuation of a mandatory student fee of $1.00 for Four Directions Indigenous Student Centre? This fee is subject to triennial review.
Do you agree to the continuation of an optional student fee of $1.00 for the Kingston Youth Shelter? This fee is subject to triennial review.
Do you agree to the continuation of a mandatory student fee of $0.71 for the Queen’s International Student Society Bursary Program? This fee is subject to triennial review.
Do you agree to the continuation of an optional student fee of $20.00 for The Grad Club? This fee is subject to triennial review.
Do you agree to the continuation of a mandatory student fee of $12.84 for WalkHome? This fee is subject to triennial review.
Do you agree to the continuation of a mandatory student fee of $5.56 for the Work Study Program? This fee is subject to triennial review.
Do you agree to the continuation of a mandatory student fee of $3.48 for the World University Services Canada Queen's? This fee is subject to triennial review.
Candidate for SGPS President
Some of my background: I completed my undergraduate at Queen’s, majoring in Sociology and minoring in World Language Studies. My undergraduate education, combined with my experiences volunteering and working at the Queen’s University International Centre, have shaped how I understand others. I believe empathy to be the most important quality of any leader. I am now a law student in my second year. I am currently the Law Students’ Society’s SGPS Representative, so I have experience in student government.
One part of bringing students together will be providing engaging, informative, and fun orientation for students. I was an orientation leader multiple times at Queen’s in my undergraduate, and I also was the student coordinator for a summer orientation for first-year students called SOAR (Summer Orientation for Academics and Resources). I know that orientation is a key part of the Queen’s experience, and I aim to lead the SGPS in creating an orientation memorable to you.
Vice-President Community Candidates
Candidate for SGPS Vice-President Community
– I will make the SGPS community an inclusive space where all members feel at home, part of a community, and safe to share their concerns
– I will voice and fight for the concerns and needs identified by the SGPS membership and council.
– I will ensure all individuals working with the SGPS feel adequately supported and have access to the resources they need.
Vice-President Graduate Candidates
Candidate for SGPS Vice-President Graduate
I know that students are concerned about a lot of issues – from funding, to tuition, to safe work environments. I hope to continue the legacy of the outgoing Vice President Graduate to further these improvements. In the past year, this position has had enormous impacts on international student equity, which remains one of my largest priorities in this role.
For many of our graduate students, this pandemic has been a particularly challenging time. I believe that we cannot know what students need without asking them directly – thus, I would like to return to a modified office hour setting where graduate students are provided with the platform to speak with me about the issues that are important to them. I know that issues can change rapidly, and my hope therefore is that this office hour format will supplement other advocacy work that the Vice President Graduate does at an administrative level.
I am hopeful that I can continue working with each of you, and the well-informed advocates on the SGPS, to expand these milestone accomplishments while serving as your Vice President Graduate.
Vice-President Finance and Services Candidates
Candidate for SGPS Vice-President Finance and Services
I am currently in my second year at Queen’s Law and am interested in pursuing a career in corporate law. With an undergraduate degree in business and a concentration in finance, I believe that I would make a great addition to the SGPS executive team. Prior to law school, I worked as an account manager for Blackhawk Network for two years. In this role, I managed the marketing and spend budgets for the two largest distribution partners in the network. I have gained valuable experiences in financial management and Microsoft Excel.
There are two key promises I can make:
1. Ensure a fair and integral assessment of the student fees and services
I understand this year has taken a toll on everyone. The pandemic has brought a lot of added stress in our lives as graduate and professional students, and I want to help make financial concerns as small as possible. If elected, I promise to make sure the student fees are properly assessed with the mindset that less is more. I want to review the services provided and assess whether they are necessary in our pandemic environment.
2. Provide a balanced budget that reflects the reality of the pandemic or post pandemic era.
With the end of the pandemic hopefully around the corner, I want to make sure that the SGPS is set up for financial success with an organized and balanced budget. Having been through an online education last year, I want to make sure that there are resources set aside to providing students with support post pandemic.
Vice-President Professional Candidates
Candidate for SGPS Vice-President Professional
I hail from Vancouver, BC, and my hobbies include playing beach volleyball, running, and trying out new recipes in the kitchen. I’ve served as a national leader at a prominent health-policy NGO, where I had the opportunity to advocate for affordable pharmaceutical pricing at the United Nations. I expect that the leadership skills I’ve developed through athletics and advocacy will serve me well in the role of VP Professional.
I plan to accomplish two key objectives:
1. Integrate and Consolidate Mental Health Services
In recent years, Queen’s University has provided increased mental health services. Unfortunately, many of these services are siloed, rendering them inaccessible to the student body. I will work to consolidate the various mental health services to promote ease of accessibility to services and funding, which I expect will result in the increased use and enjoyment of mental health services by students.
2. Develop a Robust Post-Pandemic Return-to-Normal Plan
With lockdowns looming, but the end of the pandemic in sight, Queen’s University must remain flexible in its methods but committed to upholding excellence. In the role of VP Professional, I will work to ensure the voices of professional students are heard loud and clear by university administrators as Queen’s begins to return to normal.
The following fees will be on the ballot for the 2022 – 2023 SGPS Election and Referendum.
AMS Food Bank
$1.34 - Mandatory
Queen's Athletics & Recreation
$191.51 - Mandatory
$122.00 - Mandatory
CFRC 101.9 FM Radio Queen's University
$7.50 - Optional
Four Directions Indigenous Student Centre
$1.00 - Mandatory
Kingston Youth Shelter Project
$1.00 - Optional
Queen's International Student Society Bursary Program
$0.71 - Mandatory
The Grad Club
$20.00 - Optional
$12.84 - Mandatory
Work Study Program
$5.56 - Mandatory
World University Services Canada Queen's
$3.48 - Optional
|Tuesday, January 11, 2022
|Nomination Period Opens|
Wednesday, January 19, 2022
|Nomination Period Closes|
|Tuesday, January 18, 2022
|SGPS Council Nomination Ratification||On Zoom|
|Wednesday, January 19, 2022||All Candidates Meeting||Information provided via email|
|Thursday, January 20, 2022
|Campaign Period Begins|
|Wednesday, January 26, 2022
|All Candidates Debate||Zoom link will be emailed to SGPS Members on Tuesday|
|Monday, January 31, 2022
|Campaign Period Ends|
|Tuesday, February 1, 2022
|Voting Days||Ballots will be sent to SGPS members via SimplyVoting|
|Wednesday, February 2, 2022
|Thursday, February 3, 2022
9:00 AM (approx.)
|Announcement / Notification||Via Phone and Email|
|Wednesday, February 9, 2022
|Campaign Expenses Due||Via email to firstname.lastname@example.org|