Georgian College Students’ Association

About the GCSA

The Georgian College Students’ Association (GCSA) was established in 1969 to give students a voice on campus. The GCSA is made up of students elected by the student body on every Georgian campus and is supported by staff members dedicated to enhancing the student experience.

The GCSA collects an activity fee through ancillary fees that help provide funding for clubs, co-curricular record mini-grants, student awards, professional development opportunities, events, activities and services such as:.

  • Orientation: First day of college activities, welcoming and showcase of resources and services.
  • ONEcard: ONEcard is the official Georgian identification card. Features extend far beyond a simple ID – it’s your student card, library card, athletic centre card, and now a convenient payment method for select vendors on-campus and off-campus – all in one!
  • Food services: The Last Class restaurant open for lunch and dinner, The First Class Café open for breakfast and lunch.
  • Student advocacy: Student representative available to all students who need help or advice with any part of their college experience. GCSA votes on all ancillary fee increases based on what students ask for.
  • Student planner: Free student planner for all students to keep track of classes, assignments, activities and help with time management, organization and learning strategies.
  • Clubs and associations: A variety of clubs available for students to join or start up their own.
  • Transition programs: Learn about Georgian’s resources and services.
  • Student jobs: Executives, directors, SWAT, team leaders, servers, hosts, student managers, security, athletic staff, score keepers and more.
  • Activities: Free food, giveaways, mini games, bingo and health breaks.
  • Events: Concerts, hypnotists, Georgian Idol, pub nights, movie nights, road trips, speakers and conferences.
  • Athletic Centre: Your gym membership is included in your student activity fee. Varsity sports, gym, intramurals, tournaments, fitness centre, ping pong, rock climbing, fitness classes.
  • Health and dental insurance: Student coverage for vision, dental and prescription drugs. Opt-out available if you are covered elsewhere. Opt-in available for family members.
  • Georgian Food Locker: Free groceries for financially challenged students.

How to reach us

Barrie office

Room A162
705.728.1968, ext. 5290
GCSA@georgiancollege.ca

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Midland office

Room 120H
705.526.3666,  ext. 3707
denyse.wigglesworth@georgiancollege.ca

Muskoka office

Room 128
705.646.7629, ext. 4801
chris.macdougall@georgiancollege.ca

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Orangeville office

Front office – Room 103
519.940.0331, ext. 5661

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Orillia office

Room A111
705.325.2740, ext. 3007
mike.zecchino@georgiancollege.ca

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Owen Sound office

Room 235
519.376.0840, ext. 2050
terri.edmonstone@georgiancollege.ca

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South Georgian Bay office

Room A105 (main office)
705.445.2961, ext. 2912

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Barrie: Strategic Plan

Engage. Empower. Collaborate.

Vision

The Barrie Campus Georgian College Students’ Association (GCSA) will be a recognized and engaged executive council that promotes the rights of students, heightens student engagement, and enhances the quality of student life. It will prepare confident leaders of tomorrow, while respecting the diversity and strength of all, and continuously assess, adapt and grow to fit the needs of an increasingly diverse student body.

Mission

  • To advance the general welfare of all Georgian College students, and:
    • Serve as a resource for students
    • Serve as a resource for faculty and staff
    • Act as liaisons to and from the student body and the college administration
    • Remain a major source of information to and from the student body
    • Recruit and develop student leaders within a professional culture to benefit the larger community
    • Engage in purposeful community service

Values

  • Collaboration
  • Integrity
  • Respect
  • Harmony

Goals and strategies

Act as an advocate for all students

  • Each VP will explore a substantial issue each semester
  • Fill all vacant positions in a timely manner
  • Maintain 100 per cent occupancy of student representative seats on all relevant college committees

To broaden and strengthen the visibility of the GCSA

  • Increase the reach metrics of our social media presence by 10 per cent
  • Actively participate in all college-wide events (e.g., Orientation, Open House, etc.)
  • Renovate the GSCA office so that it is reflective of the college’s commitment to student advocacy
  • Ensure that administrative decision-making is transparent, inclusive and accessible to all Georgian College stakeholders by encouraging students to attend weekly council meetings, posting minutes and budgets online, etc.

To collaborate with the campus and greater community

  • Create ONE student events calendar by planning and marketing events in partnership with First Year Experience, the international department and Library and Academic Success
  • Develop an active partnership with at least three new community sponsors and partners by 2017
  • Foster a lifelong connection with Georgian College alumni to mobilize their many talents and assets in support of advancing Georgian’s overall mission

To facilitate student leadership development opportunities

  • Continue to offer at least two college-wide student leadership conferences per year
  • Partner with new student advisors to identify, connect and engage new student leaders
  • Embed intentional leadership development outcomes in all Student Executive Council conferences
  • Increase collaboration with academic areas to promote campus-wide co-curricular learning and the co-curricular record (CCR)

To improve accessibility and inclusiveness

  • Offer students a diverse and balanced offering of social events, including events that promote:
    • Student engagement
    • Social integration
    • Social and cultural awareness
    • Grizzly pride and spirit
    • Student leadership
    • Holistic health promotion
  • Create and post an equity, accessibility and land acknowledgement statement on the GCSA website
  • Secure at least one perishable food source for the Food Locker by the end of the 2017 academic year
  • Conduct an annual accessibility assessment of GCSA practices and facilities

To ensure wise stewardship of resources

  • Partner with other departments (First Year Experience and Athletics) to share costs for related events
  • Evaluate all GCSA events to ensure they are meeting the needs of Georgian College students
  • Strike an SEC working group committee to review the possibility/feasibility of hosting at least two of the three SEC conferences at the Barrie Campus

Barrie: Elected Council

Elected Members:

Jonah Brandridge, President
705.728.1968, ext. 5286
Jonah.Brandridge@GeorgianCollege.ca

Shannon Kelly, VP Administration
705.728.1968, ext. 5338
 Shannon.Kelly@GeorgianCollege.ca

Jose Quintero, VP Health & Fitness
705.728.1968, ext. 5296
Jose.JimenezQuintero@GeorgianCollege.ca

Jack Humphrey, VP Student Engagement
705.728.1968, ext. 5289
 Jack.Humphrey@GeorgianCollege.ca

Bradley Norton, VP Changemaking
705.728.1968, ext. 5298
Bradley.Norton@GeorgianCollege.ca

Vacant, VP Sustainability
705.728.1968, ext. 5272
If you have an inquiry related to sustainability, please email Chandani.Modi@georgiancollege.ca

Barrie: Staff Members

Staff Members:

Sheona Morrison, Manager, Student Life & Transition
705.728.1968, ext. 5287
Sheona.Morrison@GeorgianCollege.ca

 

Katie Goss, Student Life Graphic Specialist
705.728.1968, ext. 5295
Katherine.Goss@GeorgianCollege.ca


Meagan Sebele, First Year Experience and Transition Officer,
Student Leadership and Transition Programs 
705.728.1968, ext. 1920
Meagan.Sebele@GeorgianCollege.ca

 

Alexandra Jack, Student Life Accounting Officer,
Student Leadership and Transition Programs
705.728.1968, ext. 5288
Alexandra.Jack@GeorgianCollege.ca

Barrie: Awards and Scholarships

The Georgian College Students’ Association (GCSA) recognizes those who get involved and make our school a better place. Every year, the GCSA sponsors awards to deserving students.

Student Leadership Award #25314

Presented to students who have demonstrated leadership skills, are in good academic standing, and have completed at least one successful academic semester. Applicants must also demonstrate one of the following:

  • Are involved in campus life – through GCSA, varsity, SWAT, orientation or extracurricular activities
  • Represents Georgian College or have contributed to or enhanced student life
  • How they meet the criteria in their cover letter
  • That they are a permanent resident of Ontario and have financial need

Award value is $1,000.

GCSA-sponsored awards

If you want to be the recipient of one of these awards, just get involved with the GCSA – it’s easy, come in and ask us how!

You can also apply for the Brian Tamblyn Scholarship, which is sponsored by the GCSA.

Check out the awards and scholarships page – there are more than 750 to choose from!

Barrie: Minutes, Bylaws and GCSA Constitution

The Georgian College Students’ Association (GCSA) is governed by two documents – the GCSA Constitution and GCSA bylaws. All meetings are recorded.

Constitution

The GCSA Constitution is the document put together by the Students’ Executive Council (the Barrie, Orillia and Owen Sound Georgian College Students’ Association) to provide guidelines for all student governance at Georgian College.

Bylaws

Bylaws govern the Barrie Campus GCSA – each Georgian campus has specific bylaws outlining the GCSA’s job description, as well as policies and procedures.

 

Minutes

The GCSA holds weekly meetings during the fall and winter semesters to discuss student affairs; these meetings are open to anyone who wishes to sit in.

Click here if you missed a meeting or want to read our minutes.

Barrie: Land Acknowledgement

Land acknowledgement

Georgian College acknowledges that all campuses are situated on the traditional land of the Anishnaabeg people. The Anishnaabeg include the Ojibwe, Odawa, and Pottawatomi nations, collectively known as the Three Fires Confederacy. Georgian College is dedicated to honouring Indigenous history and culture and committed to moving forward in the spirit of reconciliation and respect with all First Nation, Metis and Inuit people.

Orillia: overview

The Georgian College Students’ Association (GCSA) is the driving force behind student life at the Orillia Campus. There are six executive members who work together to make your time here as a student as awesome as possible!

Check out our website to see what we do, opportunities that are offered, or how you can get involved. We LOVE welcoming visitors, so drop by our office in Room B108 beside The Den Restaurant and Pub – we’re waiting for you at the top of the stairs!

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Orillia: what we do

GCSA Orillia is committed to providing students with a variety of outside-the-classroom opportunities to learn, grow, have fun, make friends, network and build your resumé.

What we offer

  • Intramural sports
  • Road trips to sporting events
  • Pub nights
  • Live entertainment
  • Fundraising campaigns
  • Food Locker program (student food bank)
  • Movie nights
  • Student health and dental benefits
  • Community events
  • Tri-campus tournaments
  • Diversity and mental health campaigns
  • Charity fundraisers
  • Student job opportunities
  • Grad photos
  • Clubs and associations
  • And much more!

GCSA Orillia is elected each school year by the general student population. GCSA advocates to college management and federal and provincial government on behalf of our students to ensure that each student has representation.

Check out our EVENTS page to see upcoming GCSA events, visit the GET INVOLVED page to see how you can become active with GCSA. Under the BUSINESSES tab, you’ll find information about The Den Restaurant and Pub, the Fitness Centre, and Printing Services – all of these businesses are GCSA-owned and student-run.

We hope you have an AMAZING time at Georgian Orillia – we look forward to seeing you at our events and in the halls!

Orillia: elected members

GCSA President

Scott Mason
705.325.2740, ext. 3008
scott.mason@georgiancollege.ca

VP Athletics

Ben Stern
705.325.2740, ext. 3038
benjamin.stern@georgiancollege.ca

VP Internal

Phil Scibor
705.325.2740, ext. 3033
philip.scibor@georgiancollege.ca

VP Public Relations

Sammi Henderson
705.325.2740, ext. 3089
samantha.henderson@georgiancollege.ca

VP External

Jeff Czetwerzuk
 705.325.2740, ext. 3009
 jeff.czetwerzuk@georgiancollege.ca

VP Social

Emily Marchand
705.325.2740, ext. 3018
 Emily.marchand@georgiancollege.ca

Orillia: position descriptions

President

  • Serves as the chief executive officer of the Orillia Campus GCSA executive
  • Provides leadership and guidance to all executive members
  • Holds a position on the College Council Board
  • Directs and supervises all GCSA events, activities and initiatives
  • Chairs weekly GCSA executive meetings; provides agenda
  • Attends regular meetings with the Student Life manager and the campus dean to share and discuss student issues and upcoming events

VP Internal

  • Assumes the duties of and acts as president in his/her absence
  • Co-ordinates, organizes, and chairs GCSA director meetings; communicates issues and promotes GCSA events and activities to all GCSA directors
  • Records the minutes at all GCSA executive and director meetings
  • Co-ordinates Food Locker program and annual food drive
  • Oversees all club and association activities on campus

VP External

  • Promotes municipal, provincial and federal elections (if applicable)
  • Assists with the co-ordination and planning of an annual charity event held at the school, with all proceeds benefiting the Orillia community
  • Organizes mental health, diversity and respect campaigns held on campus

 VP Social

  • Organizes pub nights and live entertainment
  • Acts as a host for social events (e.g., introduces comedians, performers, live bands, etc.)
  • Is available at all student social functions and pubs
  • Maintains good working relationships with corporations and community agencies for partnership in hosting activities
  • Maintains social media groups (e.g., Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, etc.)

 VP Athletics

  • Organizes intramural sports on- and off-campus
  • Assists with the co-ordination, organization and promotion of tri-campus extramural and recreational activities
  • Co-ordinates the Active Living Challenge at the Orillia Campus
  • Organizes sports road trips (e.g., Blue Jays, Raptors, Colts, etc.)

VP Public Relations

  • Co-ordinates the advertisement and promotion of all GCSA events, activities and initiatives via announcements, posters, pamphlets, newspapers, banners, internet, digital media, etc.
  • Chairs the GCSA Promo Crew committee to provide them with the information needed to advertise to the general student population
  • Organizes the annual Shinerama Fundraiser for Cystic Fibrosis Canada

GCSA Orillia is a proud member of the College Student Alliance (CSA).

College Student Alliance logo

Orillia: awards and scholarships

The Georgian College Students’ Association recognizes those who get involved and make our school a better place. Every year, GCSA holds an awards night – Dine and Bash – where we award students and staff the following awards:

  • Volunteer of the Year
  • Shiner of the Year (for Shinerama)
  • Program of the Year
  • Employee of the Year – The Den Restaurant and Pub
  • Employee of the Year – Printing Services
  • Employee of the Year – Fitness Centre
  • Staff Appreciation Award
  • Male Athlete of the Year
  • Female Athlete of the Year
  • Sportsman Like Award
  • GCSA Director of the Year
  • Student Life Award
  • Shinerama Award
  • President’s Trophy
  • VIP Award

If you would like to be the recipient of one of these awards, just get involved with GCSA. It’s easy – come in and ask us how!

Also, as a member of the College Student Alliance (CSA), one $1,000 scholarship is available to students at our school. Details on this scholarship come out in October.

You can also apply for the Brian Tamblyn Scholarship, sponsored by GCSA.

Visit the award and scholarships page for details on Georgian’s more than 750 awards and scholarships!

Orillia: minutes, bylaws and GCSA Constitution

The Georgian College Students’ Association (GCSA) is governed by two documents: the GCSA Constitution and GCSA bylaws.

Constitution

The GCSA Constitution is the document put together by the Students’ Executive Council (Barrie, Orillia, and Owen Sound GCSAs and plus representatives from each of the other campuses) to provide guidelines for all student governance at Georgian College.

Please email any comments or concerns to Mike Zecchino.

Bylaws

GCSA bylaws govern the Georgian College Students’ Association Orillia Campus. Each Georgian campus has its own set of bylaws. They outline the GCSA executive’s job description and procedure protocols.

Georgian Life newsletter

Georgian Life is a student newsletter put together by Gail Hudson in Printing Services. It is your source for information on all GCSA events and initiatives. The newsletter is released regularly throughout the school year. For a copy, drop by Printing Services or the GCSA office.

Minutes

GCSA holds weekly meetings during the fall and winter semesters to discuss student affairs. These meetings are open to anyone who wishes to sit in.

Orillia: staff

Housing and Student Life Manager

Mike Zecchino
705.728.1968, ext. 5286
mike.zecchino@georgiancollege.ca

Owen Sound: overview

The Georgian College Students’ Association (GCSA) is the enthusiastic student government for student life at the Owen Sound Campus. Six executives and four directors work together to ensure your student career is as enjoyable and fun-filled as possible. Check out the rest of this website to see what we do, or drop by the GCSA office located outside the cafeteria.

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Owen Sound: what we do

The GCSA works hard to provide Owen Sound Campus students with opportunities and various events to make the best of their time spent here, including:

  • Themed pub nights and live entertainment featuring special guests
  • Sports nights twice a week featuring different sports
  • Tournaments – get a group together and compete for prizes!

Click on our EVENTS PAGE for more information.

Clubs and associations

If you enjoy being part of a club – or even want to become the president of your own – there are different clubs and associations you can join to get to know people who have the same interests as you. Take a look at our CLUBS AND ASSOCIATIONS page to see which clubs already exist, or to inquire about starting your own.

Volunteer opportunities

If you would like to get involved and give back to the community, there are numerous volunteer opportunities and ways to raise money for a wide variety of charities, giving you the chance to support something that touches your heart.

Work on campus

If you want to work for Georgian College in our Fitness Centre, TLC Lounge or TLC security, visit our GET INVOLVED page.

Owen Sound: elected members

GCSA President

Marvin Nyende
519.376.0840, ext. 2050 or 416.858.4261 (cell)
marvin.nyende@georgiancollege.ca

VP Athletics and Fitness

Taylor Morrison
  taylor.morrison@georgiancollege.ca

VP Internal Relations

Jessica Galea
jessica.galea@georgiancollege.ca

VP Social

Travis Misner
519.372.5019 (cell)
travis.misner@georgiancollege.ca

VP Public Relations

Cynthia Ogujiuba
cynthia.ogujiuba@georgiancollege.ca

VP Administration

Steph McNabb
519.376.0840, ext. 2059
stephanie.mcnabb@georgiancollege.ca

Owen Sound: position descriptions

President

  • The GCSA President provides leadership and guidance to the GCSA executive by:
    • Keeping informed about what individual GCSA members are doing
    • Ensuring group cohesiveness and teamwork within the council
    • Holding GCSA members accountable to their position descriptions
    • Holding a position on the College Council board
    • Attending and chairing all GCSA executive meetings (except when a request has been made by another GCSA member to run a meeting)
    • Preparing and presenting agendas to the GCSA executive and the Student Life advisor 48 hours prior to the weekly meeting, at which time the GCSA executive may bring forth any items they wish to have added to the agendas
    • Acting as a liaison between GCSA and the Student Life advisor
    • Reading all GCSA mail and passing it on as necessary
    • Supervising and assisting to ensure that proper election procedures are met for the GCSA elections (unless re-running for a GCSA position)
    • Attending monthly honorarium meetings of all GCSA members and providing a review of performance
    • Ensuring timely responses to all email in the President’s email account

VP Internal Relations

  • Assisting the President by representing him/her in his/her absence
  • Organizing class representative elections immediately following the start of the fall semester and filling any vacant positions throughout the term
  • Communicating issues raised by class representatives
  • Promoting GCSA activities to all class representatives via email once a week
  • Emailing a copy of class representative email mock-up to all of the GCSA and the Student Life advisor at least one day prior to sending so that additions may be added and/or corrections can be made; Cc the President, Student Life advisor, and Director of Administration
  • Attaching a copy of the weekly meeting minutes to class representative email and post a copy on GCSA bulletin board
  • Keeping chalkboards and whiteboard up-to-date
  • Checking GCSA suggestion box regularly and raising any student concerns at weekly meeting
  • Assisting with the co-ordination of GCSA elections (unless re-running for a position)
  • Attending President’s monthly honorarium meeting to provide review of performance

VP Social

  • Co-ordinating, organizing and planning all activities, events, and announcements to ensure adequate promotions and maximum attendance by students
  • Attending all GCSA pub nights
  • Selecting and booking of bands and other entertainment
  • Selecting and booking of a DJ for GCSA pub nights
  • Maintaining a list of contacts to be kept on file for reference (position binder)
  • Completing GCSA event report following each event
  • Keeping GCSA informed of all bookings

VP Athletics

  • Overseeing the co-ordination, organization and promotion of all athletic events
  • Acting as Chief Executive Officer of all committees relating to athletics
  • Ensuring all athletic rules, regulations, and policies are fair and equitable to all student groups and individuals
  • Ensuring all event sign-in sheets are completed at each athletic event
  • Having all sports night and tournament sign-in sheets initialed by the President within one week of the event
  • Completing event report following each tournament and have it initialed by the President within one week of the event
  • Communicating any equipment requests or issues that may arise with equipment or sports nights/tournaments to the President

VP Public Relations

  • Keeping students informed of GCSA events
  • Informing the general public of council activities or events
  • Developing a good working relationship with local media
  • Taking meeting minutes in the absence of the Director of Administration
  • Approving publications of other interested parties prior to posting information on any GCSA advertising medium
  • Emailing a copy of all posters to the President; Cc the event co-ordinator for approval prior to printing
  • Signing and filing all poster request forms

VP Administration

  • Taking accurate and detailed minutes of all GCSA meetings and distribute within 48 hours
  • Keeping an up-to-date supply list and forwarding this list, as needed, to the Student Life advisor
  • Keeping the GCSA Owen Sound Facebook page up-to-date
  • Keeping up-to-date minutes binder and making available to GCSA and students
  • Reading and documenting motions that take place during a GCSA meeting
  • Assisting with the co-ordination of GCSA elections (unless re-running for a position)

Owen Sound: minutes, bylaws and GCSA Constitution

The GCSA is governed by two documents, the Constitution and the bylaws. All meetings are recorded.

Constitution

The GCSA Constitution is the document put together by the Students’ Executive Council (Barrie, Orillia, and Owen Sound Georgian College Students’ Association) to provide guidelines for all student governance at Georgian College.

Please email any comments or concerns to Mike Zecchino.

Bylaws

The GCSA bylaws govern the GCSA, Owen Sound Campus. Each Georgian Campus has its own set of bylaws outlining GCSA job description and procedure protocols.

Minutes

The GCSA holds weekly meetings during the fall and winter semesters to discuss student affairs. These meetings are open to any student who wishes to sit in.

Owen Sound: staff

Student Life Advisor

Sheona Morrison
519.376.0840, ext. 2048
sheona.morrison@georgiancollege.ca