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.

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

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