Help Contribute to the GSA: Open Volunteer Positions

We all know and understand how busy we all are – being a student is hard enough, let alone
getting involved in student government. However, filling these volunteer positions is absolutely
vital to the functioning and legitimacy of the GSA as a student-representative organization.
Please consider volunteering your time to one, or both of the committees below.

Board of Directors

What is the Board of Directors?
The Board of Directors oversees the affairs of GSA Carleton Inc., the incorporated, business
side of the Carleton GSA. Generally speaking, Carleton graduate students are not members of
GSA Carleton Inc. by default. However, Board Members, in assuming the position, become
members of GSA Carleton Inc.

What do Directors of the Board do?
It is the responsibility of the Board of Directors to administer the affairs of GSA Carleton Inc.
This includes things such as engaging with shares, stocks, rights, warrants, lands, buildings and
property. The Board of Directors is the highest authority of GSA Carleton Inc. and regulates
activities undertaken by the Executive and the Carleton GSA more broadly. For example, in
order for the GSA Executives to approve any large purchases, the motion must be approved by
the Board of Directors.

Who sits on the Board of Directors?
The Board of Directors, courtesy of the recently passed amendment to By-Law 3, Section 6a
(Motion 07.06.2021-1), is composed of nine (9) directors. Five of these directors are considered
“internal” directors and are represented by the five student-appointed executives. The other four
“external” director positions are held by any members of GSA membership.

How long is the Board of Directors term?
Traditionally, as an external director, you will hold a term of office from May 1st to April 30th of
the following year. Due to the ongoing pandemic and the recent motion to increase the number
of Directors, your term will begin on July 1st, 2021 and will extend till April 30th, 2022.
What will I have to do, and what is the time commitment?

The Board of Directors will meet a minimum of once a month, for a meeting of approximately 2-4
hours in length. This meeting length will depend on the time of year (ex. during budgeting and
audit there are more motions and information that needs to be cleared/passed). There is no
exterior work, and you will be notified of meetings in advance. Your role will be to assess the
motions brought forward and vote accordingly. In addition, if you have any issues or concerns
you’d like to bring to the Board, you are more than welcome. It is your job to help contribute to
the efficient and effective functioning of GSA Carleton Inc.


Any questions, comments or concerns? Please contact Kimberley at
vpo@gsacarleton.ca for more information.

Organizational Review Committee
What is the Organizational Review Committee?
The Organizational Review Committee (hereby known as the ORC) is a standing committee of
the GSA.


What does the Organizational Review Committee do?
The Organizational Review Committee is responsible for reviewing and/or clarifying
constitutional articles, by-laws, policies, or terms of reference, and developing and introducing
new constitutional articles, by-laws, policies or terms of reference to be introduced to Council.

Who sits on the Organizational Review Committee?
The Organization Review Committee is composed of a minimum of two (2) members of council,
and no more than two (2) members of the executive. The VPO will count as one of these two
executive members.

How long would my term be?
Traditionally, as a member of the ORC, you will hold a term of office from May 1st to April 30th
of the following year. Due to the ongoing pandemic and the recent transition of Kimberley Keller
from council member to executive, your term will begin on July 1st, 2021 and will extend till April
30th, 2022.


What will I have to do, and what is the time commitment?
The Organizational Review Committee is an absolutely vital element of the GSA. This
committee is tasked with reviewing the functionality and processes of the GSA and ensuring
that the organization is operating democratically, effectively, and efficiently. You will be required
to attend a minimum of one ORC meeting a month, lasting approximately 1-2 hours. Depending
on the issues that arise, there may be more meetings held, or they may be longer in length. We
will be reviewing constitutional processes, bylaws, and other concerns raised by committee
members of Councillors. For example, we may want to consider enshrining the health plan in
the Bylaws/Constitution in order to protect it from modification. You will be expected to do some
light reading on GSA procedures during your down time. It is estimated that the time
commitment will be in the ballpark of 15 hours a month, though this is subject to change.

Any questions, comments or concerns? Please contact Kimberley at
vpo@gsacarleton.ca for more information.