Why The General Meeting Should Matter To You

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Tatiana Morand
Communications Assistant
Thu, 10/19/2017 - 12:15

Want to see a significant change with your student experience? Feds General Meetings are where that happens.

Chances are, if you’re reading this blog, you’re an undergraduate student at the University of Waterloo—and if that’s the case, you should be attending Feds Annual General Meeting on October 24.

“General Meetings are a way for undergraduate students to engage with their student union,” said Antonio Brieva, Feds president. “They’re opportunities where students can have a direct say on where we’re going.”

The General Meeting takes place twice a year in the SLC Great Hall, and is open to all UWaterloo undergrads.

Have you ever asked yourself what your student union does for you, or what it can do for you? If so, here’s your chance to participate and have your say. (Plus, there’s a free meal for all participants—and who doesn’t love free breakfast?)

“Students can propose new ideas for the direction of Feds by submitting agenda items that they then vote on with their peers at the General Meeting,” said Brieva. “It’s a very direct democracy, and every member (undergraduate student) can come out to vote on the proposals that are brought up by other members.”

Some topics on this meeting’s agenda include electronic ballots at General Meetings, Society presidents having a voting seat on Students’ Council, and a redirection of salary from the Feds executive team to Students’ Council and the Board of Directors. Check out the full agenda (PDF) on feds.ca.

Past outcomes from General Meetings include the introduction of Fall Reading Break, the SLC/PAC Expansion Project, and the removal of the WPIRG fee. All of these changes came about from undergrads voting at General Meetings and steering the direction of their student union.

“It does have an impact,” said Brieva. “Students have a chance to voice their opinion on the direction of the Federation of Students, and ultimately that shapes our priorities.”

The AGM will be followed by a Q&A panel on student mental health on campus, where students can ask members of the President’s Advisory Committee on Student Mental Health questions and hear remarks from Waterloo President Feridun Hamdullahpur.

Unable to attend, but want to vote or ask a question? Submit a proxy form by October 20 and have a friend vote on your behalf. If you want to follow along online, the AGM will be livestreamed and live-Tweeted.