Student Council plays key role in ensuring student voice is heard

My name is James Hill, and I am the Governance & Research Officer for the Students’ Association of Red Deer College. I wanted to take a moment to talk about the importance of student leadership at RDC as well as ways students can get involved in leadership roles through the Students’ Association.

Did you know that students annually elect their own leaders and representatives from amongst their peers? These elected individuals are entrusted as advocates and lobbyists, engaging with the provincial government, the community, and College Administration to ensure the voices and rights of students are heard and respected. They also plan and promote awareness campaigns for a variety of causes and initiatives, as well as organize fun or relaxing events for students throughout the Academic year.

This is the Students’ Association Council (also known simply as Council). It consists of 12 voting Members elected by students each Fall semester. Along with Executive Council, this committee represents the highest governing student body at the College.

Council is truly the heartbeat of the Students’ Association. They represent students by listening to student concerns, contributing to student life and wellness, and having their fingers on the pulse of the College and its academic operations. It is an excellent opportunity to develop key professional and interpersonal skills while having fun and meeting new people.

Council is a genuine and meaningful way to enhance the College experience for all students at Red Deer College.

Any member of the Students’ Association may let their name stand for Council. Nominations for Council open at the conclusion of the Students’ Association Fall General Meeting Tuesday, September 20 at 11 a.m. in The Far Side Bar & Grill. Nominations close at 4 p.m. Tuesday, September 27, followed by the mandatory All Candidates Meeting at 5 p.m. in room 1007A (the Café Conference Room by Subway).

Campaigning begins at the close of the mandatory All Candidates Meeting and continues until Wednesday, October 5. Voting will be held online through The Loop between Tuesday, October 4 and Thursday, October 6.

If you are interested in getting involved with or would like to learn more about Council, I encourage you to contact the Vice President Operations, Nonso Onwuekwe, at [email protected] or 403-356-4977. If you would like more information on the election and how you can run for a Council position, please feel free to contact me at [email protected] or 403-342-3200.

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