OTTAWA, December 6, 2018 – The Canadian Alliance of Student Associations (CASA) welcomed a new member, the Camosun College Student Society (CCSS), located in Victoria, BC, during its special general meeting on November 30th. The ~9,500 students at Camosun College will now have their concerns heard among decision-makers on Parliament Hill, and will play a major role in improving the post-secondary system for all those studying in Canada.
“We’re so incredibly pleased to welcome the Camosun College Student Society to our advocacy alliance!” said CASA’s Board Chair, Adam Brown. “With more representation of college students within our membership, we’re already gearing up to further explore college-specific student issues and strengthen our advocacy in those areas.”
Before choosing to join CASA, the Camosun College Student Society had attended CASA’s Annual General Meeting earlier this year. After passing a campus-wide referendum on CASA membership in October, the student society submitted an official request to join on November 5th. The Camosun College Student Society’s request to join was received with much enthusiasm by all members at the table, and was approved unanimously.
CCSS Executive Director, Michel Turcotte, stated that, “The Camosun College Student Society was in need of a way of representing itself nationally, and [CASA] is effective in making sure that the federal government hears its message.”
CCSS External Executive, Fillette Umulisa, added, “We are very excited that Camosun College students voted to join the Canadian Alliance of Students Associations, as the organization is member-driven, knows how to deliver effective advocacy, and fully represents the needs of every one of its members to the federal government. The CCSS looks forward to working closely with the other members of CASA to improve the lives of students across the country.”
Established in 1995, the Canadian Alliance of Student Associations (CASA) is a non-partisan, not-for-profit, national student organization composed of 23 student associations representing 280,000 post-secondary students from coast to coast. Through its partnership with the Quebec Student Union (QSU) and its 8 members representing 79,000 students, CASA presents a national student voice to the federal government. CASA advocates for a Canadian post-secondary education system that is accessible, affordable, innovative, and of the highest quality.
Lindsay Boyd, Communications and Public Relations Officer