Dunn and Done
New TWUSA Council prepares for next year.
After a lengthy campaign, the new TWUSA council for 2013/2014 was announced at Hootenanny this past Friday. Mackenzie Dunn, who ran unopposed, was elected President of the new council. Supporting her will be Fraser Parlane as Executive Vice- President with Gillian Dunn as VP of Student Relations, Walter Brynjolfson as VP of Finance, and Erin Thorpe as VP of Academic Relations.
The newly elected council members met together for the first time on Thursday, February 7 in the TWUSA office, where they were informed of their new positions. Dunn commented how excited she and the new members felt being able to take on the responsibility of student council, while Brynjoflson noted how “blessed” they all have been in being elected.
While no definite plans have been made for next year, all the new members shared their visions of what they want to accomplish in the Fall. President Dunn said, “My experience on TWUSA this year has given me plans for next year. I want to start collaborating with the new exec so we can find a vision and focus that works for the council and that that pours out to the students on the campus.” Brynjolfson, on the other hand, noted that despite his lack of experience, he would “be as supportive and diligent as possible, to work in tandem with the [other council members] to build creative solutions and bring God into TWUSA and the community as much as possible.”
On the financial end, Brynjolfson also commented that in the past, TWUSA has had administrative difficulties. “Money was not handled as effectively and efficiently as it should have been . . . I’ll be learning a lot from Ryan [Penner] so we can have very stable and clear budget for next year.” In Student Relations, Gillian Dunn also noted the importance of learning from the current council. “I’ve been observing what Kevin [Mirchandani] is doing and been looking at where the need is on campus. I’ll start by talking to CAs where they think the need is and how TWUSA can come alongside them.” She emphasized that the new council wants to “kick off strong next year in getting TWUSA’s name out there,” adding, “September is the most important time for doing this.”
For Academic Relations, Thorpe stated, “I do have ideas in mind how I want the clubs and reps to work together next year. I want to use this time to make my ideas into plans.” She noted how excited she is about the current council and how “seeing us all together in the room solidifies what we were thinking in our heads.”
Parlane, likewise, observed how much he and the rest of the council are thrilled for the coming year. “I have a lot of excitement about the role and I am very encouraged by the new executive council. We’re already on the same wavelength about a lot of things.”
Mackenzie Dunn reflected on the current members of TWUSA and how “blessed we’ve been by the council this year.” For next year, she doesn’t want to “focus on what needs to be fixed, but how we can grow our presence on campus. We want to take implementations from this year and shape and grow them.” Mackenzie ended by saying that “Partnership is a huge goal of mine. I’ll be using that to build relations with Student leaders, Student Life, staff, and faculty.” Gillian also noted that she wants to maintain TWUSA’s openness and accessibility. “I would love it for TWUSA to be a place where people who are struggling can come and be encouraged and prayed for. We don’t want to have counselling sessions, but we want to be able to support students as fellow Christians.”
The new council is still looking to fill two more positions for next year’s council.
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