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Alliance of BC Students
AMS of Ubc
BC Federation of Students
BCIT Student Association
Camosun College Student Society
The Camosun College Student Society (CCSS) was founded in 1990 by students to provide services to all students at Camosun College. The CCSS is an incorporated society and is independent from Camosun College. The society has grown to offer many programs and services to students, including UPass, Health & Dental plans, Foodbank, Clubs, Walk Safer, Student Collectives, and many more. Every student at Camosun College is a member of the society and can participate in the board of director elections which happen in the Spring and Fall of each year. To learn more about the services we offer, how you can access them, and how you can get involved, please explore our website or Contact Us. We’re here for you!
Coast Mountain Students' Union
The Students’ Union has existed since the formation of the College in 1975. In 1989, the Students’ Union was formally incorporated as a not-for-profit society, and in 1990 students voted overwhelmingly to become members of the Canadian Federation of Students. In 2004, students voted to change the name of the Students’ Union from the Northwest Community College Students’ Association to the Northwest Community College Students’ Union. In 2009-2010 the current structure of the Students’ Union was adopted.
Since that time, the Students’ Union’s Board of Directors has worked to increase the autonomy of the Students’ Union. At one time, the students’ association on campus was little more than a bill-receiving account governed by the college, decisions were not made by democratically elected students nor was there a functional board of directors, financial oversight procedures or year to year continuity of services, events, or advocacy work.
The role of the Union is to provide a common voice for students’ concerns, to assist students in working together for the goal of a high-quality, universally accessible, publicly funded post-secondary education, and to provide services and events that enrich the lives of all members.
With the failing of the CFS, our membership spoke to separate ourselves from the National organization in November 2017 and remain a local of the British Columbia Federation of Students. This was achieved in June 2018 when CFS membership voted to expel all British Columbia member locals from the federation during the National Semi-Annual General Meeting.
In preparation of the College’s rebranding our membership decided on three name options to be voted on during our Special General Meeting in March 2018. At that meeting the name Coast Mountain Students’ Union was elected as a suitable new name. We will continue to work on the founding principles of NWCCSU, and remember the importance of our victories and the tireless work of our members past and present.
College of New Caledonia Students' Union
Your Students' Union! The College of New Caledonia Students' Union is the collective voice of students attending Prince George and Quesnel campuses of the College of New Caledonia (CNC) in the BC Central Interior, and is a founding member (Local 4) of the British Columbia Federation of Students, a provincial student movement. Your Students' Union is dedicated to advancing the interests of students and working towards achieving a high-quality post-secondary education system that is accessible to all, as well as offering a range of effective services for students, by students.
Douglas Students' Union
Like most students’ unions in Canada, the Douglas Students’ Union has three main purposes:
- provide services to save students money and support student success;
- engage in advocacy to make members’ lives better, uphold students’ rights, and make post-secondary education more affordable;
- host events and activities to improve students’ experiences outside the classroom, and support a vibrant campus life.
The Douglas Students’ Union also aims to execute all of the above purposes in a manner the respects the funds provided to the organization by students, and is reflective of good governance principles.
The Douglas Students’ Union is a non-profit society incorporated under the BC Societies Act, and governed by a set of bylaws. The Students’ Union operates on both the New Westminster and Coquitlam Campuses, and is governed by a Board of Directors comprised of students elected each year.
Emily Carr Students' Union
We strive to make your student experience at Emily Carr an excellent one. We provide advocacy for students, put on events, and support important student collectives, clubs and initiatives. We also create opportunities for students to meaningfully engage with University Deans and administrators.
Some of our past victories include:
- Development of the U-Pass BC program to provide discounted transit for all students in Metro Vancouver!
- A 2.5% decrease in annual interest rates on student loan debt!
- A successful This Time We Decide campaign for the 2015 Federal election that resulted in voter turnout reaching its highest point in 20 years, and youth turnout for youth aged 18-24 increased 24% in BC!
- No interest in BC student loans.
Beyond the University, students at Emily Carr are also members of the BC Federation of Students (BCFS). The BCFS is made up of 14 student unions across the province and provides students with an effective and united voice. As a member local of the BCFS, we organize with students from all over British Columbia to make education more affordable and accessible, negotiate great services like your Green Shield Extended Health & Dental plan, and run successful provincial and federal-wide campaigns.
Justice Institute Students' Union
Northern British Columbia Graduate Students' Society
The Northern British Columbia Graduate Students' Society (NBCGSS), represents almost 600 full-time and part-time graduate students. It was founded in 1997, less than a decade after UNBC was founded. The Board consists of:
- Director of Community Development
- Director of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
- Director of External Relations
- Director of Indigenous Students’ Affairs
- Director of Internal Relations
- Regional Students’ Representative
- Three Directors-at-Large
The purpose of NBCGSS is to advocate for graduate students at UNBC; facilitate communication between UNBC faculty, staff, administration, and graduate students; and offer services, supports, and activities to graduate students.
In March 2016, the NBCGSS membership voted in a referendum to join the British Columbia Federation of Students (BCFS). The BCFS provides a venue for students to effectively communicate, collaborate, organize, and mobilize to advocate collective interests locally, provincially, and nationally. The BCFS also provides services for individual members and member local students’ unions.
North Island Students' Union
North Island College (NIC) students are spread across the beautiful & vast regions of Northern Vancouver Island. All students at NIC, are members of North Island Students’ Union (NISU) and entitled to all the benefits of that membership! The Students’ Union offers services to support members, while advocating for high quality, affordable, and accessible post-secondary education. NISU also facilitates events, working to make time at NIC rewarding. NISU is member based, led by a Board of Directors with Spring general elections and a Fall by-election, when needed. For students, by students, get informed, get in touch, and get involved.
Okanagan College Students' Union
The Okanagan College Students’ Union (OCSU), is a non-profit organization formed by students, for students. The membership of the organization is made up of Okanagan College Students from the Penticton, Kelowna, and Salmon Arm campuses. There are two basic purposes for the OCSU, or indeed any Students’ Union: firstly, to provide services to our members on a non-profit basis, and secondly, to advocate on behalf of our members.
As a member of OCSU, you are also a member of the British Columbia Federation of Students (Local 1), an autonomous, democratic organization made up entirely of students. When you registered for classes and paid your tuition fees to Okanagan College, you also paid a membership fee to help finance the operations of your Students’ Union. As a member, you are part of a significant organization that undertakes advocacy and campaigns, as well as offers social events and services for Okanagan College students. By being part of this organization, we are able to work beyond the local scope, and work provincially and nationally to have conversations with all levels of government. Government plays a direct role in post-secondary education, providing student financial assistance, and funding for colleges and universities.
Quest University Students' Association
Selkirk College Students' Union
Since its inception, the Selkirk College Students’ Union has been providing students with campaigns, services, and events that would not exist without a strong student-run organization that is independent from the college and government. Through the Federation, we work towards our common goal: a system of universally accessible public post-secondary education. Selkirk College may be a relatively small institution, but our students’ union has a big voice.
If you would like to get involved, please visit your campus’ SCSU office. We have elections once a year, ongoing committees, and many volunteering options.
Students’ Union of UBC Okanagan
Students’ Union of Vancouver Community College
The Students’ Union of Vancouver Community College (SUVCC) provides services, advocacy, and events to support its members (that’s you!) in achieving educational goals.
The Students’ Union of VCC was formed in 1974 to become the representative body of 15,000 students at Vancouver Community College. As a part of caring about the well-being of its membership, the SUVCC is connected to the heart of campus life, providing students with access to recreation, events, and opportunities to contribute to the community. A member of the British Columbia Federation of Students, and an advocate for students rights, the SUVCC has successfully lobbied for, and implemented a standardized and fair-priced Universal Transit Pass for all Metro Vancouver students. The SUVCC also provides its students with a tailored, high- quality health and dental plan that meets the needs of its diverse constituency.
Thompson Rivers University Students' Union
The Thompson Rivers University Students’ Union is a democratic, membership-based organisation. This is the greatest factor in determining the structure of the organisation and how decisions are made. The membership as a whole is the highest decision-making body, and all members have the ability to exercise their decision-making rights with an equal vote at the Union’s Annual General Meeting. Every year, the members also exercise their right to vote in the election of a Board of Directors. These representatives undertake the administration of the Union for their one-year term.
The Union maintains five standing committees to oversee the work of the Union these are the Campaigns Committee, Entertainment Committee, Equity Committee, Services Committee, and University Affairs Committee. Members of the Board of Directors as well as members at large, appointed by the Executive Committee make up the membership of these committees, which take on the everyday tasks of the Union.
Finally, the Union maintains the Student Caucus. This body tracks institutional issues and provides support for student representatives across the campus. The Student Caucus is made up of all elected and appointed student representatives on institutional bodies, and is chaired by the President of the Students’ Union.
University of Victoria Students’ Society
Vancouver Island University Students' Union
The VIU Students' Union is a not-for-profit member based society incorporated under the BC Societies Act, and governed by a constitution and bylaws that have been democratically approved by membership. VIUSU is led by a Board of Directors that are elected by members in the spring and fall of each year and work to provide services, advocacy, and campus life to students at Vancouver Island University. The membership of the organization is made up of VIU students from Nanaimo, Duncan, Parksville, and Powell River. As a member of the VIU Students' Union and the BC Federation of Students, it is important that you take advantage of the benefits of membership to realize the use of these organizations. We encourage you to get in touch, get informed, and get involved.
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