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** LSU Election 2017 Update **

Attention Laurentian Students’ Union members,

We, the Returning Officers of LSU Election 2017, would like to announce the results of the LSU nomination period. At the close of the nomination period, seven nomination packages had been submitted, each for one of the seven available positions. This created a unique situation, the consequences of which we feel must be explained below:

  1. For each position available, only one candidate came forward. LSU BY-LAW 18 – Section 2 Paragraph d. states “if there is only one candidate for a board position, that person will be considered acclaimed”. Therefore, we have declared each of the candidates ACCLAIMED in their respective positions, pending ratification by majority of the current Board of Directors no less than ten (10) days following this announcement.
  2. As there are no positions without an acclaimed candidate, we sought guidance from the Election Act, as per LSU BY-LAW 17, which states “where the LSU Constitution does not specify otherwise, the Ontario Elections Act shall be considered the governing policy.”

The the Election Act, R.S.O. 1990, states:
“Election by acclamation
28. If, at the close of nominations, only one candidate has filed a nomination paper, the returning officer shall close the election and declare such candidate to be duly elected and shall make his or her return to the Chief Electoral Officer as provided by section 81. R.S.O. 1990, c. E.6, s. 28; 2007, c. 15, s. 40 (1).”

Therefore, it is our duty to declare this, LSU Election 2017, an “Election by Acclamation”. We would like to extend our congratulations to the following candidates:

President of the Laurentian Students’ Union: Melanie Van Nieuw Aemerongen
Vice-President Administration & Finance: Meaghan Schitka
Vice-President Student Life: Courtney Bolak
Director for the School of Social Work: Katie Marman
Indigenous Students’ Commissioner: Sara Rose
Equity Commissioner: Mandi Whiting
Part-Time & Mature Students’ Commissioner: Matthew Knox

These acclamations will be ratified by majority vote during a board meeting to be held no sooner than ten days after this notification has been sent.

If you wish to dispute any of these nominations, please contact the Returning Officers, whose contact information is located below this message, or your current student representative. You have ten (10) days from this announcement to make any disputes regarding the validity of these acclamations.

Thank you, and best of luck on your midterms,

Andrew Rowlands
Returning Officer

Hayley Murdoch-Fyke
Returning Officer

John Jackson
Returning Officer

Nomination Period Closes Feb 4th

If there are any outstanding nomination packages left to be submitted they may be slid under the door of the LSU office (E-112A).

A reminder that Nomination Packages will not be accepted after tomorrow (Feb 4th).

Any questions or concerns may be addressed to me at

Grad Photos

Grad Photos will be taken on 16 and 17 March 2017 in room A158.

You must have your photo taken if you want to be included in the graduating class composite.

To sign up follow these 2 easy steps:

1. Visit
2. Enter     laur17    in the School ID (click on March)

Find a time that is convenient for you and book it as spaces fill up quickly.

The sitting includes a minimum of 8 unique online proofs (from which you can order from) and a copy of the class composite.

In Solidarity,

Courtney Bolak
VP Student Life
Laurentian Students’ Union

LSU Election Nomination Period

Good Morning,

Nomination period for the 2017-2018 LSU election opens today and closes 4 February 2017. If you are interested in running for the Student’s Union positions for the year of 2017-2018 please come to the LSU office E112A to get your nomination package and further information!

Available Positions are as follows:

Executive (paid)
VP Student Life
VP Administration

Board Members (volunteer)
Director for the School of Social Work
Equity Commissioner
Indigenous Students’ Commissioner
Mature and Part-time Students’ Commissioner

Executive members work 10 office hours each week and Board members work for 4 hours each week. In addition to those office hours there are mandatory monthly Board of Director meetings and for the Executive members there are bi-weekly meetings.

If you have any questions please email Hayley Murdoch-Fyke at, John Jackson at or Andy Rowlands at

In Solidarity,

Courtney Bolak
VP Student Life
Laurentian Students’ Union

Reminder: LSU Annual General Meeting (FREE PIZZA for Laurentian University Students!!)

Hello Laurentian Students of Barrie Campus! We are hosting the Annual General Meeting for all Laurentian University students on Monday, 28 November 2016 at 12PM in Room B-120.

This is an excellent opportunity to connect with other students and your representatives, get all of the updates and voice your concerns.

Food will be provided for all attendees. We look forward to seeing many of you there!