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AUSU Executive Blog

In our latest AUSU Executive Blog, our new VP External and Student Affairs Natalia Iwanek outlines some of the equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) initiatives that AUSU has underway. She also talks about the recent change to our executive team and some of the other projects and advocacy the executives are working on.

“In many ways, 2020 has revealed historical injustices that continue to present day and applying an EDI lens to future policy and initiatives is something we consider crucial. We will move forward as an organization that values equity, inclusion, and proper representation of our members.” Natalia

Check out the latest Executive Blog here.

AUSU Award Winners

AUSU is pleased to announce some of the award winners from our Fall 2020 Award Cycle. While we wish we could give awards to all students that applied, AUSU is proud to have given over $50,000 in awards and bursaries to AU students in the Fall (to our November and Year-Round award and bursary applicants).

We doubled the number of awards available to students for our November cycle, and will double them again for our May awards cycles, so stay tuned!

Academic Achievement Award:

Melony Jackie, Michele Mrkvan, Jenna Nickerson, Kimberly O’Neill, Cynthia Sneath, Shelley Wiart

Balanced Student Award:

Lisa Bussieres, Alysha Carachi, Chanelle Courville, Adam Grendys, Ashley Grimes, Melodie Palyga, Samita Sarkar, Tanis Thomas

Returning Student Award:

Shirley Barton, Sandra Benholm-Cheung, Joanna Brownlee, Zuhur Dualeh, Alison Gash, Matthew Kingdon, Duniya Maiwand, Kathleen Stahler

Student Volunteer Award:

Courtney King, Allyson Koch, Sabrina Niesman, Afrooz Sabah, Fe San Jose, Cleopatra Sarantakos

#Igo2AU Award:

Elijah Buchan, Eva Notter, Van Phan, Eben Vankoughnett


AUSU provided many other awards and bursaries, but not all winners are announced for confidentiality reasons. For more info about AUSU awards available, visit our website.

Mental Health Help Over the Holidays

 The holidays can be a stressful time of year, especially this year. If you are struggling, there is help. Athabasca University has a mental health and wellness program through Homewood Health to provide students with free counselling, as well as coaching and services on a variety of topics relating to mental health and wellness.

If you are looking for immediate support from a professional counsellor, have your AU student ID number handy and call Homewood Health:

1-800-663-1142 (English)
1-866-398-9505 (French)
1-888-384-1152 (TTY/hearing impaired)
1-877-301-4776 (Outside of Canada)

Or you can access their online resources at

For more info visit the AUSU website here


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