UWSA General Elections Nominations Open

February 6th, 2023

The UWSA General Election 2023 Nomination Period begins today!

The nomination Period opens at: 9 a.m. on Monday, Feb 6.

The nomination Period closes at: 6 p.m. on Thursday, Feb 16.

Do you want to create positive change for your fellow students at the University of Winnipeg?

The General Election is where students can run for an Executive Team position (President, Vice-President Student Affairs), a Board of Director position, a Board of Regents seat, or a Senator position.  

Becoming an Executive Director or a member of the UWSA Board of Directors gives you experience serving on a non-profit board, awards you the opportunity to connect with student communities and represent their needs, gives you a voice to help make decisions that impact students and the university, and helps you learn more about the student union, university governance, and lobbying government.

To nominate yourself, download a nomination form here:

For more information, please visit theuwsa.ca/elections or email the Acting General Manager, Thomas Hanan at t.hanan@theuwsa.ca.

Graduation Portrait Session 2023

February 1st, 2023

Grad Photos 2023

Book your session online by clicking here.

Update to membership regarding conclusion of investigation and full exoneration of UWSA President Kirt Hayer on alleged conduct violations during the 2022 UWSA General Election

January 31st, 2023

In May of 2022, at the direction of the Board, the UWSA Chief Operating Officer engaged legal counsel to independently investigate allegations that current UWSA President Kirt Hayer had violated UWSA elections bylaws and policies while running for office.

The allegations were submitted in three complaints received in March of 2022.

After a thorough and exhaustive process, the investigators have determined that one of the complaints was dealt with appropriately by the Elections Accountability Board. Regarding the other two, one was based on an unsubstantiated claim where investigators found no proof of the UWSA President trying to coerce a candidate to drop out of the election as alleged.

The second allegation of racist comments was unfounded, which was confirmed by the subject of the alleged comments.

UWSA President Kirt Hayer is fully exonerated of these allegations. This concludes the investigation.

You may view the full Investigation report here: Investigation Report 20230131

2022 UWSA General Election Accountability Board Reports:

 

Bell Let's Talk Day and UWinnipeg

January 23rd, 2023

This week The University of Winnipeg is creating a week of wellness-related activities leading up to Bell Let’s Talk Day (Wednesday, January 25).

Events/things you can find on campus related to mental health:

For more information on what The University of Winnipeg is doing, please visit their page here: uwinnipeg.ca/student-wellness/bell-lets-talk-day-uwinnipeg.html

UWSA Election Reforms Approved

January 19th, 2023

On Wednesday, January 18, the Board of Director Meeting occurred. One of the agenda items was to review the UWSA Elections Reform Proposal. The UWSA Board of Directors has decided to approve the proposal.

You can read the full changes here: UWSA Election Reforms Package January 2023

The major Election rule changes are: 

  1. Election Cycle:
    • The Election will be a 6-week cycle from a 5-week cycle. (Two Nomination weeks, two All Candidates’ Training and Preparation weeks, one Campaign Week, and one Voting Week.)
    • Removal of the All Candidates Meeting.
    • One-day mandatory training session.
  2. Election Management:
    • Removal and relocation of Election Campaign Faciliatatoes (ECFs) duties to General Manager.
    • Election Accountability Board (EAB) membership change. EAB will consist of the Chief Operation Officer (COO), the Chair of the Board, and one UWSA Staff Member as selected by the COO.
  3. Campaign Material and Preparation:
    • Candidates can design and create any of their campaign materials (print and digital). The UWSA Communications Team is available to assist upon request and availability.
  4. Campaign Expenses Budget:
    • Uncontested, non-executive directorship shall have $50 per position.
    • Contested, non-executive directorship shall have $100 per position.
    • Executive directorship shall have $100 per position.
    • Referenda sides shall have $150.
  5. Terms of Office:
    • Removal of two-year terms for Executive Directors.
  6. Slates:
    • This means two (2) or more candidates who are members of a single campaign, each running for a different position.
    • Executive Candidates who want to register with a slate must notify the CEC and General Manager via email or in writing before 4PM on Thursday of Week 3.
    • Slates can only include Executive Directorship candidates.

UWSA Board Meeting: Wednesday, January 18

January 13th, 2023

Board Meeting

The next UWSA Board of Directors Meeting is on Wednesday, January 18, at 5:30 PM.

All University of Winnipeg students are welcome to attend Open Session. Please email t.hanan@theuwsa.ca by 4:30 PM on the day of the meeting for the Zoom link using your UWinnipeg webmail address and your Student ID Number.

Please review the following documents before the meeting:

230118 AGENDA

BOD 230118 Open Package

230118 Election Reform Proposal Package

Any questions can be directed to Carter Weins, Chair of the Board, at: chair@theuwsa.ca.

Black History Month Student Celebration

January 13th, 2023

Join us on a week to highlight and acknowledge the strides made by members of the Black Community through sharing information, film, and a celebration night. All are welcome to attend! More information on events will be announced soon!

The Black History Month Student Celebration Event will take place on Friday, February 10, at 5:30 pm. Presented by the UWSA BIPoC Lounge.

UWSA Elections Reform Package Update

January 4th, 2023

The By-Law and Policy Committee has added more additions to the Election Reform Proposal Package. The package includes the original one posted in December plus the new ones. Please view the package linked below.

Please click here to review the proposed changes: January 2023 – By-Law Package Posting.

We also want to hear your feedback: theuwsa.ca/uwsa-reforms-feedback/

By-Law and Policy Committee Reports Dec 2022

December 31st, 2022

Below you can view the By-Law and Policy Committee Reports from December 2022. For any comments or information, please email Thomas Hanan at t.hanan@theuwsa.ca.

B&P Report December 2022 – Slates

B&P Report – DEC 2022

Holiday Closure

December 22nd, 2022

Holiday Closures

The UWSA offices and services will be closed from December 23, 2022, to January 2, 2023, resuming activities on January 3. Happy Holidays!

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