University of Calgary Student Union
Marley Gillies is a political science student at the University of Calgary! She has served as Vice President External for the UCSU for two consecutive terms. This past year, she was able to fulfill many of her platform points including; the student transit pass going virtual on students smartphones on the MyFare App in Calgary, being Vice Chair of the Council of Alberta University Students (CAUS) to push back against the provincial cuts to the sector in a united effort, and to familiarize students with their municipal government through the ‘Meet your City Councillor’ event! She is excited for another year of advocacy and fighting for students – during the pandemic and afterwards.
A born-and-raised Calgarian, Marley Gillies has always been a politically active student. In high school, she participated in the Alberta MLA shadowing program, and upon graduation she was the recipient of the Premier’s Citizenship Award for her involvement. Since joining the University of Calgary, she has served on SLC as an Arts Faculty Representative for three consecutive years. Marley also joined the U of C’s Model United Nations Team and competed across North America. Her most memorable country representation was the Nation of Azerbaijan, at a conference in Washington, DC.
As Chair of CASA, she is keen to find innovative and effective solutions to relevant student issues, relating to the pandemic and otherwise. With a potential Federal election on the horizon, Marley is eager to advocate for the needs of students on Parliament Hill, and ensure that students are adequately represented at every step of the way. She is committed to supporting students in work-integrated learning, financial assistance, educational resources, and inclusion and equity as we navigate and unravel from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Marley is a trained classical singer, pianist, and guitarist. As a child, she performed in three Calgary Opera productions and performed regularly with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra. When she’s not studying, you can find her teaching piano and voice lessons to younger children, hiking in the mountains, travelling, and painting.