OTTAWA, June 4, 2018 – Today, the Canadian Alliance of Student Associations (CASA) welcomes a new Executive Director, Manjeet Birk. With prior experience working in and leading non-profit organizations and a passion for education, Manjeet brings incredibly valuable skills, knowledge, and enthusiasm to CASA.
Manjeet is no stranger to post-secondary education herself, as she holds a Bachelor’s degree from Queen’s University in Philosophy and Women’s Studies, and a Master’s degree from the University of Toronto in Education. She is also in the process of completing her PhD in Education from the University of British Columbia. Her post-secondary experience, which ranges across provinces and fields of study, has given her a well-rounded understanding of Canada’s post-secondary system and the challenges that students face within it.
Manjeet has also worked between degrees, primarily for non-profit organizations who focus on women’s issues across the globe. Her experience has brought her across Canada as well as to more faraway places, including Slovenia in Eastern Europe and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
“I’ve always loved working in non-profits, and with my degrees and interest in education, CASA seemed like a great fit,” says Manjeet. “CASA’s reputation for positive, effective advocacy and its ability to make changes for the students it represents is also something that appealed to me, and something that I hope to strengthen throughout my time with the organization.”
Manjeet’s passion lies in creating more accessible and just institutions, especially for racialized and Indigenous folks; a passion that aligns well with CASA’s own mission. The organization is lucky to have such an accomplished and wonderful individual joining the team, and looks forward to what she brings to its advocacy efforts for students.
Established in 1995, the Canadian Alliance of Student Associations (CASA) is a non-partisan, not-for-profit, national student organization composed of 22 student associations representing 270,000 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
Phone: 613-236-3457 ext. 224