Holiday Message from the GSA President

21 December 2022

Dear fellow graduate students, 

With the end of 2022 fast approaching, I would like to bring you a brief message. The GSA leadership team has been working on a number of key advocacy issues to serve our members—among which are ongoing week on an institution-wide minimum for funding packages, which has been a long-term priority on which we have made significant leaps in recent months—as well as our ongoing work as your labour union.

Other advocacy priorities in recent months have related to increased funds for emergency and supplementary bursaries, for the Campus Food Bank, and for students impacted by the war in Ukraine and the protests in Iran. You can read about the progress of these efforts as part of regular updates on the work related to the 2022-2023 GSA Board Strategic Work Plan, here. And watch for more updates in this vein following the 23 January 2023 meeting of GSA Council. I also wish to invite you to attend this meeting or any other meetings of GSA Council as a guest to learn more about the GSA.

Lastly, I want to invite you to familiarize yourself with the details of the upcoming 2023 GSA General Election, the nomination period for which is set to open in late January. Eligible graduate students are able to nominate themselves for any of the positions of GSA President, GSA VP Academic, VP External, VP Student Services, and the new position of VP Student Life. Eligible Academically-Employed Graduate Students (AEGS) may also nominate themselves for the new position of Associate VP Labour. Additional info can be found on the GSA website.

I and the GSA VPs wish you and yours a peaceful and restful holiday season, and we look forward to seeing you in the new year.

Sincerely yours,
Anas Fassih
2022-2023 GSA President