Allen Lewis, elected in April 2019 as vice-president student affairs of the University of Saskatchewan Students’ Union, resigned from the position on Aug. 22 due to personal circumstances.
A statement was released on the USSU Facebook page on the morning of Aug. 23 to inform students of the development. The vice-president student affairs portfolio includes student housing, parking, security, access and equity, communication with the USSU centres and internationalization. The remaining executive members will be managing these responsibilities until a by-election can be held in the fall.
USSU President Regan Ratt-Misponas says that the executive is currently considering how to distribute responsibilities effectively.
“This is all very recent and we are looking at dispersing the responsibilities of that position among the three of us in the current executive team in a way in which we can manage both our responsibilities as well as the responsibilities we need to take on,” Ratt-Misponas said.
Ratt-Misponas says the executive will work together with USSU staff to carry on Lewis’ plans for the year until the position is filled.
“We are looking at the initiatives Allen had taken on in their portfolio… I think we have enough people power to take on the initiatives that were left off,” Ratt-Misponas said. “We are very adaptable and whoever takes up the role will become part of the team and we will work collaboratively.”
The elections are typically held in mid October, but the date will be determined in September after the elections committee is formed by the University Students’ Council. This fall by-election will also serve to fill the 12 empty seats on USC.
Ana Cristina Camacho / News Editor
Photo: Victoria Becker / Photo Editor