More on the Creation of QUSA
This section is designed to give more information on the pursuit of an independent student association, QUSA. The structure and core foundation of the organization will be created through direct consultation with the Quest student body, several already existing independent student associations (UBC AMS, SFU, UFV, VIU, McGill Vanderbilt, Reed, etc…), and a lawyer hired to create the legal documentation for the separate organization.
The SRC Independence project acts to create a separate legal entity of a student representative association for the student body of Quest University Canada. This separate legal entity will function alongside Quest University Canada and act as a central voice for students. By becoming a separate legal entity the SRC gains higher levels of political and financial freedom. This in turn ensures that the SRC is able to more accurately and effectively represent the interests, beliefs, and causes of the student association. It is the next natural growing step of the SRC and creates an endless amount of possibilities for student initiatives, student support, and student involvement.
Under the current arrangement the SRC exists solely because Quest University allows it to, it receives student fees solely because Quest University allows it to. This is not ideal. In order to ensure that the SRC can actually represent the student body and become a political power on campus it must be able to free from potential constraints or actions placed on it by the university. An Independent SRC allows us to guarantee student voices are heard on campus and opens up out financial freedom to invest not only in student initiatives but long-term student services. This services could include a Student Union Building with a pub and space for clubs and studying, opt-out extended medical, dental, and eye-care for all students, creation of student and alumni businesses, partnerships with international organizations for travel, and the ability to empower and support more students politically.
An Independent Student Association would cost money initially. Money that we have and can spare to spend. Money that would be better served creating opportunities for students than sitting in a bank account depreciating in value. QUSA, if implemented, will see a complete restructure of the current SRC constitution and of the SRC in its self. The executive team will expand the Ministers will become members of the associations “Board of Directors” and funding will be split between student initiatives, headed by the Monetary Council, and student and political services, headed by the “Board of Directors,” more specifically supporting ministers in fulfilling their mandates.
These changes must be brought forward through a student association wide referendum. This is to ensure that all students have a say in how the new SRC will be structured. That all students will have a change to be involved with the creation of QUSA. And that all students will be heard.
These changes will allow us to do more! They will allow us to make the SRC relevant. They will allow us to have a louder and stronger voice on campus. If these are interests that you believe are important I implore you to vote for me as President in the upcoming SRC executive elections. If you have any questions, comments, or concerns please do not hesitate to contact me through media or in person. I am always willing to listen and hear your voice.