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2015 Academic Council Student Elections Results

November 4, 2015

On behalf of the chief electoral officer (the Registrar), we are pleased to announce the  successful candidates  for the Academic Council  student elections for both undergraduate and graduate students.  Please join us in congratulating Paige and Beth!


Undergraduate student elected – Paige  Morrison – BAPC

Paige Morrison

Hey I’m Paige. I’m running to be the undergraduate representative on RRU’s Academic Council. Here are a few things about me: I finished high school one year early through a wonderful online educational institution, Chinook Learning. I took that year off to waitress full-time and realized I wanted more from life. Next was SAIT, and it changed me for the better. My 2-year diploma in Radio Broadcasting reignited my hunger for knowledge. I learned how to write for the ear, produce commercials, interview, present the news, and speak publicly. On a deeper level I started to learn how Canada and the world function. I’m taking my Bachelor of Professional Communication at Royal Roads. After this, I plan to apply to UVic’s Faculty of Law for a Juris Doctor coupled with a Master of Public Administration. My goal is to work in government. Throughout my education, I’ve been given a lot of incredible chances. When I look around and see that my peers aren’t all given the same opportunities, I’m disappointed. I’d like to live in a world where my neighbor is given the same opportunities I am. Canada is a wonderful country, but we could make it better. Please choose me to represent you as Undergraduate Student Representative on the Academic Council, the first step in my journey to changing the world.


Graduate Student elected – Elizabeth Barberree -Leadership –MA

Ms. Beth Barberree, BA, RMT

I am pleased to stand for election as the graduate student representative to the Academic Council of Royal Roads University. Currently I’m enrolled in the Master of Arts Leadership – Health program and have a keen interest in public policy. My leadership skills and experience, outlined below, describe my suitability to be a Council member. As the Royal Roads Academic Council is mandated to undertake review of educational policies within the context of the University’s educational plan1, I have years of experience on various community and professional boards of directors that can assist with this review. Beginning in 2002, I have served on provincial and national Boards both as President (five years) and Director for the Massage Therapist Association of Alberta (MTAA) (eight years), and Director for the Canadian Massage Therapist Alliance (four years). My most recent role with the MTAA was as Chair of the Professional Development (PD) Committee that revamped approval processes for both course content and instructor qualifications. The intention was to support relevant professional development opportunities for the MTAA members and bring the program in line with other jurisdictions and MTAA strategic plan, mission and vision. I believe this experience provides a solid foundation that can be expanded and applied to serving the Council’s objectives. Whereas the Council is further charged with setting criteria for determining academic standing, issuance of documents that indicate program completion, and recognition of academic excellence2, my experience crafting entry to practice criteria and performance indicators for the MTAA makes me familiar with championing high standards. I appreciate the importance of providing clear, detailed, and fair indicators of performance. For instance, I chaired the committee that applied to see massage therapy be regulated under the Alberta Health Professions Act. This resulted in direction by then health minister to proceed with policy development to comply with the Act’s requirements. As a student in the Leadership program, I have expanded and honed my personal leadership skills and serving on the Council would continue that. I recognize the intricacies of establishing and environment of trust and transparency among students, faculty, and administration. Being a part of this learning environment has inspired me and I’m motivated to give back to the University and my peers as a Council member.