Rideau River Residence Association
|Rideau River Residence Association|
|Motto||This Is Our House|
|Location||Ottawa, Ontario Canada|
|President & Chief Financial Officer||Will Cathcart|
|Colours||Red and Black|
|Key people||Vice President Programming: Jessica Barlow Vice President Administration: Arif Jaffer|
|Parent organization||Carleton University|
|Budget||$1.4 million CAD|
|Former name||Carleton University Residence Association|
The Rideau River Residence Association (RRRA), is the student government that represents undergraduate students living in residence at Carleton University. Originally founded in 1968, it is a non-profit corporation that serves as Canada's oldest and largest residence association. Its membership consists of roughly 3,000 undergraduate students enrolled at the university living in residence. With an annual budget of approximately $1.4 million and three executives alongside volunteer staff, RRRA serves as an advocate for residence students and provides a variety of services, events, and programs to its members.
RRRA operates a business (Abstentions convenience store), sells Greyhound tickets, manages the Parliament Hill Program, hosts a wide variety of entertainment and educational events, runs a free bikeshare program for students, staff, an faculty; and runs the RRRA office.
RRRA has three executives and office staff, but also 50 residence students who sit on council as floor representatives. The President is responsible for overseeing the financial matters of the association, and formulating a working budget. The Vice President Administration's role is to oversee council and the constitution, administer yearly elections and the Parliament Hill program, while the Vice President Programming is responsible for coordinating sponsorship agreements as well as facilitating student events within the organization.
Students who sit on council vote on important issues, work on improving the residence experience, plan and promote events, sit on several committees, and become an integral part of the organization. There are six committees in RRRA: Financial Review Committee (FRC), Food Services Review Committee (FSRC), Special Events and Community Outreach Committee (SECOC), and Residence Issues Committee (RIC). Residence committees are in place to act as an advisory body to the RRRA council, and to ensure that students are being served well by all campus associations and the university administration. These committees are open to all residence students, and every attending member is allowed to vote.