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Executive committee

Executive committee

Myles Dykes is the President of the Students’ Association of MacEwan University (SAMU) and a student member of the Board of Governors. In addition to pursuing his Bachelor of Arts degree with a double major in Political Science and Economics, Myles spent the last year representing MacEwan students as one of two student members on the Board of Governors.

From 2019 to 2020, Myles served as a Students’ Councillor and was awarded Councillor of the Year two years in a row for his work. As the 2020/2021 President of MacEwan Rotaract, Myles is focused on strengthening and supporting communities through active service. He looks forward to continuing his advocacy on behalf of MacEwan students, to ensure the decisions made for students reflect their best interests. His priorities for his year as President are engaging our community, affordability and accessibility, and working towards inclusion.

sapresident@macewan.ca | 780-497-5472

Hey everyone! My name is Cassey Fallis (she/her) and I’m thrilled to serve as your SAMU Vice President Academic for the 2021/2022 term.

I just completed my fourth year of a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in psychology and double minoring in anthropology and business law. You might’ve seen me around MacEwan before, being a member of the Peer Health Education Team this past year, and a MacEwan Ambassador for two consecutive years prior to that. I have also been involved with SAMU and a handful of committees, being appointed to the Students Council as of May 2020, then serving on the Budget and Finance Committee and Chairing the Audit Committee. I also have sat as a student representative on the Faculty of Art and Sciences Council.

With SAMU Groups, I helped establish AIESEC at MacEwan and acted as Vice-President for two consecutive years, forming sponsorships and establishing the AIESEC as a School of Business Club. I have also been the Treasurer of MacEwan Rotaract for two consecutive years, along with being a delegate of the MacEwan UN Club for a number of events.

Outside of campus involvement, I enjoy browsing memes, volunteering and travelling, having been to twenty countries and counting (prior to the pandemic). I am a long-term volunteer with Girl Guides of Canada and on the Executive Committee of the TUXIS Parliament of Alberta, as two additional assets to demonstrate my passion for community involvement.

As Vice President Academic, I am committed to striving in my campaign goals of advocating for proactive efforts towards inclusion, diversity, equity and accessibility on campus, along with the establishment of students’ rights policy and documentation.  In this role, I hope to represent the MacEwan student body to the best of my abilities; advocating and supporting students’ needs and priorities at the forefront of this position. Thank you for allowing me to serve the student body this year by voting for my campaign. I will not disappoint in representing the student voice through advocacy.

Your voice is integral to my role, so please reach out to me either at the office (SA-301), on Instagram/Facebook @SAVPAcademic, or through email at savpacademic@macewan.ca.

savopacademic@macewan.ca | 780-497-5476

Hey everyone! My name is Larissa Williams and I am excited to serve as your SAMU VP Operations and Finance and student member of the Board of Governors for the 2021/2022 term.

I just completed my fourth year of a Bachelor of Commerce, double majoring in international business and legal studies in business. I have been involved with SAMU in varying capacities, starting off as a student-at-large member of the Bylaws and Policy Committee. In October 2020, I was elected to Student’s Council and in my time as a Councillor, I was an active member of the Bylaws and Policy Committee and the Leadership and Review Committee. I have also sat as a student representative on the School of Business Council, and the strategic priorities working group for the School of Business.

Thank you for allowing me to serve the student body this year and please feel free to reach out to me.

savopoperations@macewan.ca | 780-497-5479

Hey there! My name is Matthew Yanish and I am honored to be SAMU’s Vice President External for the 2021/2022 term! You may have seen me in previous SAMU governance roles, as I was a member of Students’ Council since 2018. I am also a fourth-year Bachelor of Arts student here at MacEwan, studying Political Science and Philosophy. During my time at our institution, I have been blessed to meet and become friends with students from almost every program MacEwan offers. Therefore, it saddens me greatly that the Alberta government seems to view education as only a means to employment (after all, I can’t go work in a political science factory after I graduate!), and looking at education through the lens of supremely providing “skills for jobs” is ignorant of why many of us seek higher education. This is why I have spent most of my senior seminar classes developing and writing about the value of education/art for its own sake (and the relation of it to human fulfillment), as well as the dangers of equating technological development as the measure of human development.

As Vice President External, my job involves developing and advocating/lobbying for (mostly) political action or policy that benefits all of us here at MacEwan. As such, it is important that what I think the Federal/Provincial/Municipal Governments should do indeed reflects the general will of MacEwan students, and that these changes make our experiences better for current and future students. A few of my priorities are: supports for students with dependants (more flexible financial aid/course offerings for students who have familial obligations), work-integrated learning opportunities (the ability for students to get work experience complementary to their education), reshaping how students are assessed for loans/bursaries/taxes so students are assessed as individuals (so spousal or parental income is not factored in, as students may not have access to this money), creation of a non-arbitrary funding formula for Alberta post-secondary (in order to no longer allow Provincial Governments to arbitrarily give more or less money to various institutions), increasing the amount of needs-based non-repayable grants in Alberta (as Alberta has the lowest ratio of grants to loans in Canada), and to reflect the unique needs of indigenous students into my advocacy priorities by directly consulting with kihêw waciston. Some past campaign issues of mine, such as tying tuition increases to inflation (an idea championed by CAUS), have been recently endorsed by the Provincial Government. So, my term will also focus on ensuring that steps are taken to concretely provide these benefits to students.

In order to best achieve the goal of effective representation, I would love to hear directly from you as to what you think should be integrated into my advocacy priorities to any level of government. Don’t feel as if you need to present me with anything robust or long-winded (unless you want to!); simply telling me anything that could be improved about the student experience is greatly appreciated! I can be reached at any time via savpexternal@macewan.ca, and I will reply to your email within 24 hours! Please do not hesitate to contact me, and even if your question is out of the scope of my portfolio, I will connect you with the relevant parties to ensure you have a say in your educational experience.

savpexterrnal@macewan.ca | 780-239-3923

Hello! My name’s Thomas Cross-Trush, and I’m excited to be serving as your current SAMU Vice President of Student Life! I’m in my final year of my Bachelor of Commerce (Hons.) degree and will be finishing my undergrad thesis this winter. In the past five years at MacEwan, I have worked as a part-time SAMU employee, sat as a SAMU Student Councilor, served as a leader on the MacEwan Griffins Track Team, worked as a Research Assistant in the School of Business, and volunteered at many MacEwan events. I’m confident my diverse experience involving many facets of university life will assist me in engaging with students from all disciplines.

We as students have collectively experienced an incredibly tough year, but things are starting to look up. The VP Student Life serves as an overseer for SAMU’s programs, services and other non-academic activities, which are more important this year than ever. The 2021-2022 year will see us coming back to campus in greater numbers, and SAMU will be ready to support your needs and strive to improve your student experience at MacEwan! The VP Student Life also plays a huge role in Student Advocacy, and with the help of the entire Executive Committee, we hope to strengthen our engagement with the student body and work with students to address on-campus social issues.

I want to say a huge thank you to our amazing student body for electing me to the VP SL position! You’ve heard enough from me; I want to hear from you. What do you want to see SAMU doing for you this year? Send me an email at vpstudentlife@macewan.ca to chat or schedule an appointment to have a discussion about what initiatives would be helpful to you as a student. These difficult times require versatile and creative initiatives, and I want to make sure we’re doing everything we can to aid students and provide assistance where it’s needed most.

vpstudentlife@macewan.ca | 780-497-5468

Meeting Minutes

The meeting minutes, transcripts, agendas and more for Students’ Council and Executive Committee can be found here. If you’re looking for Executive Reports, you can find them in the agenda here. Listed below are our Executive Council meeting minutes.

If you would like to see past meeting minutes please contact:

Governance Advisor, 

Alan Honey

780-633-3449
honeya@macewan.ca  

Book a Meeting 

More often than not, our messages can get lost in translation. If you require a “face-to-face” meeting with an Executive member consider booking a virtual meeting using the links below! But if you have more general questions for SAMU, use our contact form and let us know how we can help.

You can also use our contact form or visit our Facebook page to get in touch with a member or you can book a 30 minute meeting with any one of the Executives to discuss any concerns, issues or questions you may have as a student.

How to Book
  • Click on the name of the Executive you’d like to meet with below.
  • You will be directed to a booking calendar where you can view available dates and times.
  • Once you select a meeting time, you will receive a confirmation email with a zoom link to use at your scheduled appointment time.
  • You can also cancel or reschedule your appointment via the confirmation email.

SAMU President, Myles Dykes

SAMU Vice President Academic, Cassey Fallis

SAMU Vice President Operations & Finance, Larissa Williams

SAMU Vice President Student Life, Thomas Cross-Trush

SAMU Vice President External, Matthew Yanish

Interested in running?

If you would like to be a part of a team of students who will help shape and drive the vision behind SAMU consider running for the Executive Committee! Eligible students can run for election for Executive Committee during the Winter term.

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