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VP Student Life Encourages GM Engagement

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Savannah Richardson
Vice President Student Life
Fri, 10/12/2018 - 16:45

Vice President Student Life Savannah Richardson on the upcoming General Meeting [external link] in the Student Life Centre. 

“Another GM already?!”

Yes, another General Meeting (GM), and it’s far from a bad thing! General Meetings are one of the many mechanisms for you, undergraduate students, to have your voice heard. I wish I had exercised my right to vote more when I was in my undergrad; however, I didn’t attend my first GM until my 3A term.

Until 3A, I didn’t understand what a GM accomplished, I couldn’t read or understand a by-law to save my life (boy has that changed!), and I didn’t know that what occurred at a GM can impact my time at Waterloo.

GMs also taught me more about Feds as an organization, which I’m very grateful for. I learned that there are so many opportunities to get involved, both as a volunteer and as part-time staff. I got to witness such a plethora of passionate, dedicated student leaders, which always makes me proud to be a part of this community. 

I can guess what you’re thinking: “Savannah, you’re a Feds exec. Of course you think GMs are great.”

You’re correct: I am a Feds exec, but that isn’t why I firmly believe GMs are so important. Having your voice heard at GMs is equally as important as voting in the municipal election, and is equally as important as voting in Feds election.

You are the influencers of tomorrow, but only if you take the time to get involved and speak up.

I know GMs can be a bit intimidating, and I know it can be difficult to parse through by-laws, but there are so many fantastic people within Feds who can answer any questions you have.

All the Feds exec have office hours, and we’d love for students to take advantage of them and come ask us any questions or just chat with us.

Please take the time to learn more about the General Meeting, talk to your friends, and ask as many questions as you need. I’ll see you at the GM!