OPSEU Strike Vote

Wednesday, October 11 Update: 

"On Tuesday, October 10, the union representing academic staff (OPSEU) rejected the colleges’ final offer of settlement. We are preparing for a strike to start on Monday, October 16. However, the colleges remain willing to meet with the union to discuss the final offer of settlement and avoid an unnecessary strike."

The Sheridan community will be notified as more information becomes available : https://www.sheridancollege.ca/news-and-events/strike-related-information.aspx

We are currently working on an FAQ resource for you, so please check back soon, stay tuned to our Twitter for updates or touch base with us here


Where can I find more information? 

You can visit the OPSEU website for updates or stay tuned to Sheridan College Facebook & Twitter

Frequently Asked Questions: https://www.sheridancollege.ca/news-and-events/strike-related-information/faqs.aspx

Check Sheridan College's website for more information and updates: https://www.sheridancollege.ca/news-and-events/strike-related-information.aspx


2017 Annual General Meeting Recap

With nearly 70 students in attendance, the 2016-2017 AGM was a great success, encouraging nearly three hours of valuable student feedback and engagement.
 

We began with an inspiring visit from Spencer West: an acclaimed Me to We keynote speaker and author. Spencer joined us to share his experience with overcoming obstacles and building community. After losing both his legs from the pelvis down at the age of five, Spencer went on to climb and summit Mount Kilimanjaro with only his hands, a wheelchair and teamwork. Spencer’s presentation was sincerely humbling and will undoubtedly remain an inspiration to all those in attendance. 

Sylvia Ibrahim - SSU President, Spencer West - Guest Speaker, Tyler Bogaert - SSU Board Chair

Sylvia Ibrahim - SSU President, Spencer West - Guest Speaker, Tyler Bogaert - SSU Board Chair

The membership then approved our 2015-16 audited statements, the 2015-2016 AGM Meeting Minutes and ratified our incoming 2016-17 board members.  Sylvia Ibrahim, President of the Student Union took the members through the operational successes, including partnerships welcoming a Syrian student in cooperation with Sheridan and World University Service of Canada, our Espresso Yourself art initiative in our coffee houses, enhanced programming at HMC, health care kiosks, our Friendship Bench initiative, our first Pride Week initiative and a planned car share program.

Our Incoming President, Enrique Ponce, was introduced and approved by the membership at the meeting, saying, “Thank you, everybody!  I’m really excited to become President.  Some of you might know me from my role as an EVP for the past few years.  I’m hoping to use that experience as President, and while I’m very familiar with HMC, I’m looking forward to taking the time to get to know the other two campuses better.

Tyler Bogaert, Chair of the Board, also presented the major accomplishments of the board over the past year, including the approval of a Student Centre in the HMC2A expansion, sustainability upgrades to the Trafalgar Student Centre, investment in the student portal to support and enhance club life, and continued investments in supporting the shuttle bus along with encouragement of a student referendum surrounding the ongoing future of this service.

Sheridan students voting on SSU by-laws at 2017 Annual General Meeting

Sheridan students voting on SSU by-laws at 2017 Annual General Meeting

Thoughtful student discussion also led to membership approval of several by-law changes including;

  • making all fee-paying Sheridan College students eligible to run for the Board of Directors, instead of just full-time students,
  • changing all bylaw language to non-gender specific language, 
  • clarifying the President’s duty to identify a process to select Board Chairs, 
  • and the Board’s right to determine how they will select a Secretary of the Board. 
     

I am thrilled with the exceptional turnout for the 2017 AGM, and appreciate all of the student leaders who participated in such a significant event. Our AGM is one of the most direct and impactful ways for students to participate in SSU, and I’m grateful for all those who contributed their time to join us for this important meeting.” — Sylvia Ibrahim, SSU President

Thank you to everyone who attended this year’s Annual General Meeting! For more photos of Spencer and our Annual General Meeting, click here. For more information about our Board of Directors and how to get involved, visit our Governance page.

SSU Welcomes Enrique Ponce as incoming President!

Meet Enrique: your new President!

Enrique Ponce - Current EVP at HMC, incoming SSU President. 

Enrique Ponce - Current EVP at HMC, incoming SSU President. 

Following the successful conclusion of current President - Sylvia Ibrahim's - term, Sheridan Student Union's hiring committee set out in search of a new President to lead the organization.  

This hiring committee was assembled by SSU’s Human Resources Manager and was comprised of voting members of the incoming and outgoing SSU Board, along with Associate Dean Matthew Rempel.  That committee is now happy to announce that Enrique Ponce will assume the role of Sheridan Student Union President as of May 1, 2017.

As President, Ponce will provide oversight and leadership to approximately 250 full and part-time staff, oversee an operational budget of over $4.6 million, and serve over 22,000 Sheridan students.

Enrique Ponce is very familiar with the SSU, having served the organization as Executive Vice-President (EVP) for HMC for the past two years. In addition to his role as EVP, Enrique has been very active on campus as the former Sergeant-at-Arms for Sheridan Toastmasters, and the President and Co-Founder of the Smash Stress Club at HMC. 

Enrique is a graduate of Sheridan College’s Business Administration – Marketing Program, and is currently pursuing studies in Sheridan’s Bachelor of Business Administration – Marketing Management Program.

I’ve had the pleasure of working closely with Enrique for 2 years now and I am confident that he will do a tremendous job! He has a great understanding of how the SSU operates and his vision for the future puts the students first! He is also our first HMC president which is very exciting given the many upcoming & exciting changes with the campus.
— Sylvia Ibrahim

As incoming President, Enrique looks forward to the role, saying, 

The last 2 years I’ve had the chance to make a positive impact on the lives of students within the HMC community as EVP for the SSU, and now I’m really looking forward to bringing the knowledge and experiences I’ve gained into this new role to continue making positive changes for the whole student body with new, exciting initiatives and projects.

Enrique is the first-ever Hazel McCallion Campus (HMC) student to be hired as the President of Sheridan Student Union and will commence his period of authority on May 1, 2017.  We are lucky to have Enrique continue at the SSU and develop into his role as President. 

Click here to view the full press release. 

What You Need To Know About Off-Campus Rentals

If you are thinking about renting off campus or just leaving Sheridan Residence and don't know where to start, here are a few commonly asked questions you should consider: 

Q: What types of listings are offered on Places4Students?
A: Any listing posted by landlords looking to rent to students.  They vary from a room in a family's home to basement apartments, semis, townhouses, or apartment complexes.   

Q: What will happen if I skip out on my lease?
A: You will probably lose your deposit. If the deposit doesn't cover the loss, a landlord can pursue action in court.

Q: Am I responsible for my roommate?
A: You better believe it! If your roommate signed the lease, then you are responsible for their actions, as well as your own. If they skip out on you and the landlord, you're held accountable for their share of the responsibilities and rental payment.

Q: How much should I pay as the security deposit?
A: Each state/province has its own laws. Usually, a damage or security deposit can never be more than one month's rent. Ask for a written receipt, if you pay a damage deposit. In most cases, a landlord may require last month's rent, but then an additional security deposit should not be requested.

Q: What advice would you give to a first-time renter?

1.     Prior to renting off-campus, students should familiarize themselves with some of the costs and fees which are typically incurred.

2.     Before signing a lease, you should ask your potential landlord questions about fire and tenant safety.

3.     If you have roommates, you should go beyond a verbal agreement and have a signed document prepared that has all the terms and conditions of your living arrangements in writing. 

For more information download this Guide for Off Campus Housing or visit the Places4Students website

How To: Use your new Health & Dental Kiosk

Last week, Sheridan Student Union and StudentCare teamed up to bring Sheridan students a convenient kiosk at Trafalgar and Davis to help you with all your Health & Dental plan needs. 

What's the benefit? 

You can talk to someone instantly from Student Care’s Member Services Team. 

  • They can answer any specific questions about your plan or any specific coverage you are looking for
  • If you are looking for help during Change of Coverage period, you will get live instant help on how to opt-out or how to enroll a dependent/spouse.
  • Need to make a claim? Get assistance with filling out the claim form or learning about the new mobile app. 

How to use the Kiosk: 

  • Tap the box on the left side that says “Connect to a Member Services Agent now” 
  • It will then connect you via phone to a Member Services Representative from Student Care. 
  • Once connected you will have on-screen visual of the Rep and will be able to communicate through the phone, located on the left side of the kiosk. They can also provide you with visuals of the website for your review or help walk you through whatever information you are inquiring about. 
  • You can use the settings on the right side of the screen to adjust volume and to scroll when viewing the web page. 

Using the Kiosk to view the StudentCare Website:

  • Tap on the box that says “Visit studentcare.ca” 
  • You will be brought to the StudentCare Homepage. Click on the link that says “List of Student Associations”
  • Scroll down until you find “Sheridan College (SSU)”. Please note that you cannot type the name of the school, you must scroll. 
  • You will be brought to the StudentCare website where you can look up any information coverage and claims. 
  • Please note that you cannot print claim forms or your Pay-Direct card, instead stop by your SSU office and a Customer Service Representative will be happy to provide you with what you need!  

If you have any questions about your Health & Dental Plan, stop by to chat with one of our customer service representatives at your campus SU office

Getting A Restful Sleep

Getting a Restful Sleep Webinar

Am I getting enough sleep? How much sleep do I really need?

Sleep is critical to ensure maximum productivity. It increases your ability to concentrate and focus, allows you to approach challenges with a more positive attitude, and can have positive effects on your memory and health. In this session, participants will learn about circadian rhythms and the impact that disrupting these key biological processes can have on their day-to-day activities and work. This session will also describe sleep’s vital role in maintaining health along with valuable and practical tips and strategies that participants can apply to get quality, restful sleep and stay alert.

Join us on Wednesday November 30th from 12pm to 1 pm for the “Getting a Restful Sleep” webinar! 

How to join the Webinar

  • You will need access to the internet via your PC, tablet, smartphone or laptop
  • You may need audio access through a telephone connection
  • Please reference this WebEx guide and learning participant handout more information.  

To join WebEx conference:  

  1. Click here to join the online event or copy and paste the following link to a browser:
    https://shepell.webex.com/shepell/onstage/g.php?MTID=eb8432d7c055085be29f019d97dbfcc21    
  2. Click “Join Now”

To join the audio conference only:

Conference ID:  6194088

Toll-Free dial in number:  1 855-453-6960
Local dial-in number:  613-244-1335
Global toll-free dial in number: 800-7284-0920

It All Adds Up

Join the Sheridan Career Centre for "It All Adds Up" , a career wellness initiative. 

  • Reflect on what you are doing for yourself, your community, your family and your friends.
  • Make the connection between everything you are doing and your future career and life goals.
  • Direct your attention towards recognizing that you are achieving your career and life goals and it is all adding up!

Come visit your peer mentors, student leaders, and Career Center on the following dates to reduce your stress and inform your future: 

 Tuesday Nov 8: HMC (Table 2 by Bookstore)
Wednesday Nov 9: Traf (Table E by Pop Machine in B-Wing)
Thursday Nov 10: Davis     (Table 3 – Atrium)

 

Our Spaces. Our Voice.

On Thursday September 15, 2016 the Canadian Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform (CCBR), an anti-abortion advocacy group, visited the Trafalgar campus without invitation to "conduct outreach" for their cause. Most recently, on Tuesday September 20, 2016 the same group attended the Davis campus unannounced.

Sheridan Student Union expressed concern surrounding these activities since the group had not been invited by the College, the SSU or any student group we’re aware of. While the Sheridan Student Union encourages free speech in all of our student spaces, we believe that external non-student groups should only address such issues respectfully in appropriate forums and only if invited by faculty, student groups or the administration.

As a result of this visit, feedback came pouring in from the Sheridan community. Students expressed that they were “shocked to hear this happened on campus”, upset by the imagery displayed by this group and questioning why such an event was allowed to take place on campus. Many students were affected by these visits, and discussions ensued about the subsequent implications this free and unfettered access could have in Sheridan spaces. 

On Wednesday, September 21, 2016, Sheridan Student Union hosted an Open Forum for the Sheridan community in our Union Square Atrium at the Trafalgar Campus to discuss these events. Approximately 90 students were in attendance to share concerns, voice their opinions and ask questions.

The forum was moderated by Sylvia Ibrahim - SSU President, Tyler Boegart - SSU Board Chair and Anders Gatten - SSU EVP, Trafalgar. Maria Lucido Bezley, Dean of Students and Christine Szustaczek - Director, Corporate Communications & External Relations of Sheridan College were also present.  

Sheridan students stood up, one by one, and shared their experiences, feelings and opinions on the subject.

Christine Szustaczek, Director of Corporate Communications & External Relations and Maria Lucido Bezley, Dean of Students at Sheridan College gave comment to many of these concerns, clarifying that Sheridan did not extend an invitation to this group. The CCBR did not ask for permission to be on campus but did so by asserting their constitutional right to protest. Any attempt to censor this group could have resulted in serious charges against Sheridan College. 

While Sheridan can prohibit classroom visits, the Sheridan Facilities Access Policy deems hallways, atriums and cafeterias as public access spaces. In response, several students questioned what, if any, restrictions could be placed on this group. Christine Szustaczek noted that Sheridan is investigating how to set reasonable limits on the use of its campus by external groups, what authority it has to specify where and when any group may visit, and what ability it has to set clear expectations of conduct for any visitors.

Some students also came forward and spoke about the importance of safeguarding freedom of expression, a few suggesting we should work with the group instead of against them. Szustaczek reaffirmed the college’s interest in balancing freedom of expression with Sheridan’s values, students’ needs and interests and people’s individual rights. 

Issues regarding communication were also addressed. Christine Szustaczek and Maria Lucido Bezley assured the students that they have personally responded to each and every email they received. They explain that while the volume of emails may have delayed receipt of this information, communication was sent to every student, all staff members and faculty prior to the group arriving on campus. It is important to note that the CCBR did not, however, inform anyone at Sheridan College of their second visit to Sheridan, at the Davis campus on September 20 and arrived without warning. 

Several students expressed concerns with regards to what the college can do to limit access to campus spaces.  This was a common concern amongst the students in attendance.

Sheridan Student Union Executive Vice President, Anders Gatten encourages “peaceful counter-protest” should this group make its way to campus again. “Use your voice! You are on campus every day. If it is a public space, you have a right to protest as well. ” 

Sheridan Student Union has taken all your feedback - from the Open Forum, through our online form and via social media - with the intention of using this to work with the college to address the issues of concern surrounding this visit, and to best explore how to address them.

Sheridan Student Union leaders have also spearheaded the #ourcampus campaign for this reason, and encourage students to let us know if you see the CCBR or any other external advocacy group on campus again. As your Student Union, we commit to notifying students through our online channels as soon as we obtain knowledge of similar visits to campus. 

Uninvited visits from external groups on campus causes a concern for the respect of our space and wellbeing on campus. Such non-student groups have sparked a lot of concern in our community, and with that, brought to light the issue of our campus as a public space. We should work together to ensure that our rights are respected.
— Sylvia Ibrahim , Sheridan Student Union President

Sheridan Student Union thanks all the students who attended our Open Forum along with Maria Lucido Bezley and Christine Szustaczek for listening to the students and giving them answers. We are proud to be part of such a passionate community and hope to continue supporting student rights on campus. 

If you have any questions, comments or concerns, we encourage students to continue to submit feedback via our online form

Advocacy Group on Campus

The Sheridan Student Union (SSU) is aware of an activist visit currently underway at our Trafalgar Campus today.  The SSU has expressed concern surrounding these planned activist activities since the group has not been invited by the College, the SSU or any student group we’re aware of. 

The SSU encourages free speech in all of our student spaces.  Despite this, the SSU believes that external non-student groups should be invited by the College or SSU to address such issues in appropriate forums and in respectful ways.   

The SSU encourages any students who are negatively impacted by these planned activities to seek support from the resources that Sheridan College is making available.

Please see below for more information from Sheridan College

"The CCBR is an anti-abortion advocacy group.  As they have advised Sheridan, the purpose of their visits is to conduct outreach events, involving a small group of volunteers who stand in indoor, public access areas of the campus, with signs and literature, which may be graphic in nature. Sheridan’s approach to CCBR’s request to attend our campuses is rooted in the notion that freedom of expression is important at post-secondary institutions. 

Sheridan is committed to being an organization that fosters inquiry, welcomes diverse opinions and values dialogue and debate. Sheridan supports students, employees and other groups in sharing their views on different subjects, including those that may be considered to be uncomfortable or controversial to some, when such expression is done in a safe and respectful manner and does not promote hatred or obscenities.

By allowing the CCBR to attend Sheridan’s campuses in accordance with our policy and procedure, it does not mean that Sheridan necessarily endorses the CCBR’s views. Sheridan does not take a position on either side of the pro-life/pro-choice debate."

Sheridan and Sheridan Student Union is committed to providing a safe and welcoming campus environment and we understand that some members of our community may find the CCBR’s materials upsetting. 

Any students seeking comfort and support may access counselling through both scheduled and drop-in appointments.  Services can be arranged via email at askanadvisor@sheridancollege.ca or by visiting or calling the Student Services Centre at:

  • Trafalgar B104 -- (905) 845-9430 ext. 2557(for Trafalgar and STC students)
  • Davis B230 -- (905) 845-9430 ext. 5400
  • HMC Welcome Desk -- (905) 845-9430 ext. 2528 

For anyone with concerns regarding the behaviour or conduct of any individuals or groups distributing information on campus, please contact Campus Security at ext. 4044 or security@sheridancollege.ca

If you have any questions, comments or concerns, please submit your feedback using the form below. We're available for any additional support. 

Paint Party Postponed

Paint & Lightning Don't Mix :(

 

Due to a severe thunderstorm watch indicating the potential of strong winds, large hail, tornadoes & torrential rain that affected the Oakville area on Saturday September 10, 2016, the SSU decided to indefinitely postpone the Paint Party scheduled for that night. 

All ticket holders will be refunded for this event.

If you purchased your ticket online, you will receive a refund directly to the card used for payment. If you purchased a ticket in person with cash,  please contact our Programming Manager, Kristina Wilkins at:  kristina.wilkins@sheridancollege.ca

This event has been rescheduled for September 29, 2016 at The Marquee. 

Full event details here. 

We're Hiring!

Looking for an awesome job on campus? Work with the SSU! 

We have the following positions available for the coming school year at both campuses:

If you have a passion for customer service and want a great job on campus, we would love to meet you!

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This Hiring Blitz will introduce all new candidates to our operations and opportunities available.  You will have a chance to wow us, and discuss each position that exists in our operations.  Goals and expectations will be discussed in these sessions, and each candidate will also have a chance to sit down one-on-one with a manager to conduct individual interviews.

Please see below for the Hiring Blitz at your campus.  You will be expected to arrive at 6pm SHARP and stay for the duration of the evening.   Please bring a copy of your resume!

Davis Campus – Brampton

(RSVP to Jasmeet.bajwa@sheridancollege.ca)
The Den, Union Fresh, Bruin Coffeehouse (all positions)

Tuesday, Aug. 16 - 6pm to 10pm
The Den - 7899 McLaughlin Road, Brampton; inside the Student Centre

Trafalgar Campus – Oakville

(RSVP to Robert.zatulsky@sheridancollege.ca )
The Marquee, Union Burrito, CoffeeLoft (all positions)

Wednesday, Aug. 17 - 6pm to 10pm
The Marquee - 1430 Trafalgar Road, Oakville; inside the Student Centre

Moving on up at HMC

Hey Sheridan! 

Our office at the HMC campus will be moving to A315 on Tuesday August 9th.  During our transition, our temporary customer service desk will be located in the HMC Atrium, near the bookstore. We will still be able to assist students with the following services: 

- Assisting students with their Health and Dental plan
-Booking appointments for our legal resource
-Emergency Food Resource
-Binding
-Off-Campus Housing
-Appeals Assistance
-Poster Approval
-Assistance with clubs and associations

Can't find us or need some assistance? Contact us at any SSU office and we'll help you out!

Emergency Food Resource

Unfortunately our Food Bank (Emergency Food Resource) at our Davis campus is closed temporarily.However, you can still access the Emergency Food Resource at our HMC & TRC campus!

For immediate assistance, here are a list of local food banks in the Brampton Area: 

Knights Table
287 Glidden Road, Unit 4
Brampton ON L6W 1H9
905-454-8725
Monday – Sunday 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Ste. Louise Outreach Centre
32 Haggert Ave. N.
Brampton, ON L6X 1Y3
905-454-2144
Tuesday and Thursday - 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. & Saturday: 10:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Salvation Army Brampton
8054 Torbram Rd.
Brampton, ON L6T 3T2
905-451-8840
Mon - Fri: 9 a.m. – Noon & 1 – 4 p.m.”

We will let you know as soon as the Food Bank at Davis has reopened. Stay tuned to our Twitter feed for updates: @the_ssu

Get in touch with us if you have any questions. 

Student Union Food Services Open During The Summer

The Marquee - TRC
Monday to Friday - 11 - 6

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The Den - DAVIS  
Monday to Friday - 11-6

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Bruin Coffee House - DAVIS
Monday to Friday - 8-2


BOGO: Buy one meal, get the second 50% off

Valid @ The Marquee & The Den all summer ! Must present this coupon at time of order. 

AGM 2016 Recap

Thank you to all those who attended last night’s annual general meeting!
 

With 28 students in attendance, we approved our 2014-2015 Audited Statements, the 2014-2015 AGM Meeting Minutes and ratified our new 2016-2017 board members.  Sylvia Ibrahim, President of the Student Union took the members through the operational successes and Michael Burnside, Chair of the Board presented the major accomplishments of the board over the past year. 

We are pleased to inform you that through some great student lead discussion the membership approved several by-law changes some of which specifically enhanced the transparency of our Annual General Meeting. The implementation of a by-law which restricts a member to only hold one proxy in a General meeting was successfully voted in to ensure that there is a fair representation of students and no single student can hold more power than another.

The membership also voted to loosen the time constraint that surrounds our Annual General Meeting to allow the meeting to take place closer to the end of our fiscal year. This is particularly crucial in being more transparent with the yearly audit which takes place in August and will now be followed closely by the AGM so the membership is able to respond promptly to any concerns.

Thank you to all the student leaders who participated in our successful Annual General Meeting last night. Our AGM is one of the most important meetings we run in the year and having a strong representation of our student body is crucial to make changes that are a representation of the student voice.
— Sylvia Ibrahim, SSU President

Watch the AGM

A Year In Review

This Year With Sheridan Student Union

a year in review from your student leaders

Over the past year, the Mississauga campus has had an incredibly successful year with it’s events.  Ranging from Ping Pong Tournaments, Gaming Nights, Photoshoots, the Next Big Idea to awesome staff-engaging events like the SSU run Christmas party.  The SSU has had an outstanding run this year.  Every idea we’ve put together was supported by hours of brainstorming, discussion and support.  The constant cooperation and open lines of communication provided a positive environment  for the creation, planning and execution of spectacular Programming. 

In October, The Next Big Idea was one of the most successful events run at the HMC Campus. Instead of having our typical artists or bands, we brought an entrepreneur, millionaire from Dragon’s Den;  Matthew Corrin which created a huge response around campus.  It was successful because it allowed us to connect with the students goals, while providing them the opportunity to think outside the box and share their own personal business plans.    Moreover, this event gave the students the opportunity to connect with Matthew, network and possibly gain a better outlook of how they wanted to approach their business endeavors. 

Moreover, in January the SSU organized a Ping Pong Tournament.  Taking time and effort to survey students as to their interest in “Spin” which is a Ping Pong Night club and a ping pong tournament resulted in a very successful event.  Why not bring SPIN to HMC?  With a very successful turnout, a cash bar and a live DJ, the students responded very well to the idea of the event.  Not only was the turn out the successful part of the event, instead we were able to reach out to a diverse student body by welcoming all levels of talent to participate in the tournament.  Doing so allowed other students to meet new friends with similar interests and challenge one another’s skill levels.
— Karl Galang - Events Coordinator, HMC
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This past year with clubs was amazing! Working with such a motivated and unique group of Sheridan students had to be the best part of being Clubs Coordinator at Davis. Both SSU staff and Club members, showed their passion for improving Sheridan student life on a daily basis, and really enriched the whole student/work experience for myself.

Being able to help the clubs put on successful events such as Sheridan’s Comic Con and Sheridan’s Got Talent definitely added to the great Clubs Coordinator experience! Clubs Fair was a lot of  fun too, with clubs creating some great interactive tables. All-in-all it was a fantastic year with clubs at Davis!
— Tej Gill - Clubs Coordinator, Davis
Executive Vice-Presidency is a role involving the development of both workplace professionalism and crazy-fun student-life.

The position encompassed a twelve-month hierarchy of budgeting, planning, and organization through an ever-changing lens. As Executive Vice-President, I helped develop orientation alongside the college (yes I bought a car; and yes you all spray painted it) and worked yearly to advocate for you with an open mind. I learned about the inter-workings of our Sheridan Student Union and developed new ways to collaborate with our staff and students. Conferences, meetings, committees, initiatives, and student advocacy were just the tip of the iceberg.

I am aware of the creativity flowing through our student body thanks to this job. My Sheridan experience has developed for six years and I`ve seen the loving shrekidan culture, the evolution of the pit, the triumphs of theatre, the urgency of artistic expansion and freedom, and finally, the diversity of our programs here at Trafalgar campus.


I learned Trafalgar has a culture that helps define the ultimate Sheridan Experience. We love our media, our diversity, our openness to all sexual/non-sexual orientations, our endless hours spent in either the studios or studying. We are a beautifully weird bunch. Over the past year, I`ve attempted to integrate these findings into my practice as EVP.
This year has given me so much insight towards bettering myself and my peers. Together we have built a home, a safe space, and a community that will continue to grow.

BURST THROUGH THE HEAVENS WITH YOUR SOUL, GURREN LAGANNNNN!
— Christopher Berwick - Executive Vice President, TRC
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Over the past year, the Trafalgar campus has had an incredibly successful year with it’s events.  Ranging from sold out concerts, open mic nights, Art Jams to awesome staff-engaging events like the SSU run Kids Holiday party.  The SSU has had an outstanding run this year.  Every idea we’ve put together was supported by hours of brainstorming, discussion and support.  The constant cooperation and open lines of communication provided a positive environment  for the creation, planning and execution of spectacular Programming. 

In September we brought the Arkell’s live in the Marquee.  This event was a sold out show and yet the most interactive performance of the year.  The Arkell’s connected with the student body while allowing them to meet them after the show.  This event was successful not only because it was a sold out show, but because the band was able to fully take advantage of our venue at the Marquee, ending their show on top of the bar serenating the student body.  

Moreover, our Open Mic Nights have been very successful and have really provided the opportunity for students showcase their talents.  Considering Trafalgar is a very art focused school, it is no surprise that these open mics have been an ongoing highlight of the year.  Its very exciting to gather such a high interest in this event, while focusing on reaching out to the student body and encouraging them to challenge their skills and talents each month.  
— Jacob Sanchez - Events Coordinator, TRC
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SSU is a big work family Orange tree and HMC is an individual branch that I’m luckily attached to. HMC office also a tradition called “Orange of Friendship”. And we share it whenever there is orange in the office. We work hard, we play hard, we make fun of each other and we grow together.”
— Nam Vu (Finn) - Awareness Coordinator, HMC
Ranging from sold out concerts like the Alessia Cara show, to awesome staff-engaging events like the first Annual SSU Family Holiday party, the SSU has had an outstanding run this year.

One of the most successful events was the Alessia Cara concert in January. This event not only engaged students at the Davis campus, but we had students travelling from many other campuses to see the show. Undoubtedly, one of the reasons this show was successful was the big name. That said, saying it was only successful because of it’s big name would be severely discounting the vast efforts put in by many different SSU teams, who without them, this event wouldn’t have been successful. We were using new promoting techniques. We had an entirely new stage setup. Almost every team had something new to provide. Really, the best part of working the Alessia Cara event, was seeing all these teams come together to put on a hugely successful event.

Another really notable event was the SSU Family Holiday party in December. This event worked well for many different reasons. It provided us with the opportunity connect with a very diverse set of students in a fun environment. It seemed very beneficial for students as it provided them the chance to participate in our Programming Calendar while including their children.  The success of this event resulted in many children laughing, Santa photos & a holiday gift to bring home.  

Looking at these two examples, one of the most important elements from this years programming is that it brought SSU members together. This effect has really shown in the events, as the SSU’s ability to work together as an organization has effectively matured.

In the end, the maturity gained by the SSU as an organization has really shown through, and allowed us to put together an outstanding programming schedule. The benefits from this will not only be  apparent in this lat year, but will continue to shine through in the future of the SSU.
— Brendan Hall-Hern - Events Coordinator, Davis
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One of most successful campaigns I did this year at Davis was called The International Diversity Day. Information was distributed about different continents. We had maps, tri-fold display boards, and different souvenirs to best represent a particular continent. We also had music, a henna artist, and questionnaire going on for students to win prizes. Students loved being a part of this campaign, it went extremely well.

Overall, my experience being an awareness coordinator has been great so far. I did many campaigns throughout the year, yet this was one of the campaigns that stood out the most for me and I am very proud of being the person who made it happen.
— Sara Safraz - Awareness Coordinator, Davis
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In the past year, I have been fortunate enough to be surrounded by a supportive school community and workplace.  I’m grateful to be part of a team that comes together to support each other in all that we do.  From orientation to end of year events we worked together to make sure that the students got the most out of their time at Sheridan this year.
 
Some of the highlights for me this year includes: the Movember gala, the next big idea, clubs fair, ping pong tournaments, take a seat make a friend, and all the events that the clubs on campus held. I’m grateful for all the students who came out to the events and I’m excited to see what the future student leaders of SSU will bring next year.
— Joselle Ang Go - Clubs Coordinator, HMC
Having the opportunity to join such an amazing, supporting and hard working team have been one of my biggest and meaningful highlights in my student and professional experience this year. Luckily, working at the SSU in any position guarantee you as a student a role where you have the opportunity to make a difference in the Sheridan Life. However, as an Awareness Coordinator, I had the opportunity to see my ideas happening, be the face behind many successful awareness campaigns and aware students from many different causes that are essential to know throughout the student experience in the Trafalgar Campus.

From Motivational videos, Self-defence classes, Test your blood type, Give/get a compliment, Have a seat & Make a friend, ComiCan, the Paws Room, and many other campaigns, I personally saw the impact that I was making in the community which are the biggest reward as I move forward in my professional career. This specific role gives you the opportunity to think out of the box, to learn and develop leadership skills and most important to realize what are you capable to do by yourself but surround with a team that is open to hear your ideas, give you feedback and work closely with you for the successful execution of them.

Overall, the best memory that I’m taking from my year is to see the inclusive, diverse and welcoming environment that as a student you can feel with the SSU team and the learning income that I had from seeing.
— Vanessa Teran - Awareness Coordinator, TRC
During my time at Sheridan I have been very fortunate to meet a lot of amazing people with the same mindset, aspirations and drive as I have. Initially I was like most students that just wanted to come to class, study, and get my grades, but at one point I knew I had to take more initiative to define myself from my peers. I always had a passion to engage with people and have impact in their lives but didn’t know how to do so in the academic environment, that is until I happened to make the right friends that exposed me to what the SSU does and how their experience has impacted their lives. I initially went for the EVP role not knowing the entirety of the role and the full scope of impact that I could have, but I soon found out that making connections and meeting the right people really add to the experience and impact on the student body.

One of the first initial key highlights was meeting Tae in the summer when I was first getting settled into my role as EVP, he was just transferring from Trafalgar where he was very involved with clubs aside from just being a counsellor. He pitched the idea of having ping pong tables at the HMC campus because there was a lack of engagement in that regard, I worked on the proposal and the rest is history! We have now started at Smash stress Club, grown to 3 tables on campus, ran various successful tournaments in collaborate with the SSU, and run a very popular paddle rental service at the SSU. The major takeaway for me with these tables in the social and physical wellness aspects, I have heard countless times about how students have made new friends because of the tables and is a great way for them to relieve stress. I have also talked with some international students who have used the tables as a means to integrate themselves better in the Canadian culture, which isn’t always easy when you come from a different country.

Another key highlight this year was the engagement initiatives I took on, one being the volunteer passport and secondly the Movember Campaign. I knew coming into this role getting volunteer engagement was a struggle just by looking at past years documents. The collaboration on this project was a exciting process that involved multiple departments and the end result really invoked what we as the SSU stand for by providing students the opportunity to enhance their experience on campus. Although the program is still in its initial stages I hope to continue to grow it to a point where all students are aware of the program and make the most of the opportunity to grow their skillset by volunteering. The Movember campaign was something that meant a lot for me personally because it is a campaign I have been doing for the past 5 years, and to have the opportunity to have a campaign that reached the entire Sheridan student body was a great experience. Everyone within the SU was very supportive and let me take my vision and run with it, there was a lot of great conversations with students and in the end we raised over $ 5,000 collectively.

The last note I want to make about this year is the amazing people I’ve had the opportunity to work with and collaborate with, because without them none of the amazing things we’ve done this year would have been accomplished. And to me they are more than just co-workers, these are long lasting friendships that are truly hard to come by, we shared a lot of memoires and shared the same passion for what we do and for that I will always be truly grateful for the opportunity to be a part of such a great team. I know this year has been a huge year of growth for me as I learned to lead in ways I didn’t think I could, from guiding students through the struggles of academic appeals, planning and coordinating the Movember campaign, to overlooking the awareness coordinator to ensure the campaigns fall inline to what the HMC campus would engage with the most. With this experience under my belt I hope to continue to grow and have a bigger impact next year at HMC.
— Enrique Ponce - Executive Vice President, HMC

Annual General Meeting - Early Registration

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Can't make it to our AGM tonight? We will be streaming it live, tonight at 6! 



Sheridan Student Union is hosting our Annual General Meeting on April 13th at 6:00pm at the Trafalgar Campus, SSU Boardroom.


If you are looking for an opportunity to become aware about current issues and initiatives, what your SU has been up to over the past year, and network with like-minded students, register now! 

Be the one of the first 20 students to pre-register for our Annual General Meeting and receive a free lunch at The Den/ The Marquee!

We are looking for student leaders to come out and voice their opinions! This is the chance for you to come and vote on changes to be made to the by-laws which govern the SSU.

Discover change at this year's AGM!

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Why was the AGM Rescheduled? Read our latest press release to find out more! 

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To qualify for the pre-registration prize you must attend the entire meeting.