Heather DeBoer, BA, B.Ed, M.Ed, Ed.D Student is the Vice President External of the Athabasca University Students’ Graduate Union. Here we get to know one of our fabulous AUGSA executives.
What brought you to AU?
My first introduction to the AU community was through my residency within my Doctoral studies. My cohort provides a tight-knit community of colleagues which provides valuable insights and support during my day-to-day studies. We were lucky enough to tour the Athabasca University campus. It was a beautiful space and all the administration and staff were welcoming and excited for our learning adventures ahead. It was at this time that my AU pride really set-in and continues to shine.
What is the last book you read?
Sadly, nothing memorable. As many AU students could probably attest to, when pursuing my studies reading becomes limited to that of relevant journal articles and assigned textbooks. I look forward to delving into a good book over the summer months.
What show do you think everyone should binge watch?
I would also echo my sentiments from the question previously. I watch very little television. I do enjoy a good podcast when I’m commuting up to Edmonton for my AUGSA duties. Recently, I enjoyed Finding Chloe, a CBC investigative podcast.
Why did you choose to run for AUGSA council?
I am very interested in External and Stakeholder relations both within my educational pursuits as well as within my career. I was eager to take on this role to gain experience, and also take more of an active role in voicing graduate students’ trials and successes.
What are your academic goals for 2018?
Academically, I would like to proactively manage my time to reduce stress and manage my workload.
If you could have a meal with someone from history, who would it be?
Tough question. At the Canadian Alliance of Student Associations (CASA) conference in Ottawa, we had the opportunity to participate in a Blanket Exercise. In this interactive session, we were walked through the historical experience of Indigenous peoples in Canada. I was completely moved by the experience and would love to spend some time with a First Nations Elder to learn more about the traditional land in which I reside and the experiences of Indigenous peoples in Canada.
What is one thing you would like to complete personally in 2018?
I would like to further my financial accounting skills and comprehensively plan a sound financial plan going forward. As a graduate student (and for all students) the financial implications of pursuing your studies can be a heavy weight to carry. At AU, I am lucky as I am able to work full-time while pursuing my studies. However, I would personally like to generate a sound financial strategy that can ease the stress and worries and ensure I can complete my studies is an efficient and timely manner.
Since being elected, what are your hopes for the 2018-2020 term?
I hope to advocate for Graduate Students at AU through a variety of channels such as meeting with MP’s on Parliament Hill during Advocacy week. I am lucky to sit as the Chair of the Engagement Committee with AUGSA, as it is vital to engage our membership in meaningful ways so that their views and concerns are adequately represented.