New Brunswick Student Alliance

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New Brunswick Student Alliance
The New Brunswick Student Alliance logo.gif
Location Fredericton, New Brunswick
Established 1982
President Travis Daley (Chair, UNBSU)
Vice president Ryan LeBreton (Vice-Chair, MASU)
Members 5 (12,500 students)
Affiliations CASA
Website NBSA Official Web Page

The New Brunswick Student Alliance is a student driven organization that advocates for more than 12,000 post-secondary students across New Brunswick. The NBSA aims for an accesible, affordable education where students have a great quality of life.

History[edit]

The New Brunswick Student Alliance/L'Alliance étudiante du Nouveau-Brunswick (NBSA/AÉNB) is a bilingual student advocacy organization which operates in New Brunswick, Canada. Representing over 12,000 post-secondary students at four university campuses across the province, the NBSA works to convey student issues, concerns, and perspectives to the provincial, federal and inter-provincial government. The NBSA works with the province, university administrators and faculty, and other stakeholders toward its goal of an affordable, accessible, and high-quality post-secondary education system in New Brunswick.

The organization was first established in 1982 as the New Brunswick Coalition of Students. It was founded to better reflect the diversity and needs of New Brunswick post-secondary students than other student organizations that existed in New Brunswick at the time.

In 1983, the NBCS became the NBSA. The organization continued to develop its identity, governance model, and public image throughout the 1980s. In 1986, the NBSA experienced its first major policy success in the awarding of two student representative seats on the Maritime Provinces Higher Education Commission. Shortly thereafter, the NBSA experienced a decline in participation and folded temporarily.

The 1990s were marked by major cutbacks to the post-secondary education system in New Brunswick. By 1995, the need for a province-based student advocacy movement had resurged and the NBSA was reassembled. The NBSA gained significant exposure in years that followed. It successfully formed relationships with each of the province’s major political parties, seeing all party leaders sign a pledge to help post-secondary students prior to the 1998 New Brunswick election.

The NBSA hired its first Executive Director in the mid-2000s. The organization went on to advocate for the creation of a Post-Secondary Education Commission and a separate government ministry for post-secondary education. In 2006, the NBSA embarked on a large scale campaign to raise awareness of student issues by hosting a “Day of Action,” which saw television, radio, and media ads run during the 2006 provincial election.

A new Post-Secondary Education Commission commenced in 2007. The NBSA recommended a debt cap, improved repayment options for student loans, and tuition regulation. In 2008, the NBSA held demonstrations across the province calling for a cap on student loan debt. In that year’s budget, the provincial government announced the creation of the Timely Completion Benefit that capped student debt at $26,000 and introduced a new repayment assistance program for recent graduates.

In 2010, the Board of Directors eliminated the Executive Director position, electing to operate on a reduced budget without staff support. In 2013, the position was reinstated.

In recent years, the NBSA has re-emerged as a strong voice for post-secondary students in New Brunswick. It has built upon existing relationships with each of the province’s major political parties, and has successfully forged new relationships with government, university administrators, and faculty associations. The NBSA has been very vocal in the past as New Brunswick went through multiple initiatives to report and improve on its post-secondary education system. These include the Commission on Post-secondary Education [1] report "Advantage New Brunswick: A province reaches to fulfill its destiny,[2] the Working Group Report [3] and the final Government of New Brunswick "Action Plan to Transform Post-secondary Education".[4] In addition to being active during the 2014 provincial election, the organization continues to actively meet with Members of the Legislative Assembly (MLAs) to provide elected officials with a look into the post-secondary student experience, and to provide suggestions for improving the system in the short- and long-term. [5]

The NBSA’s current policy positions include strategic investments in student financial aid, the elimination of in-study and summer earnings assessments, and an expansion of experiential learning opportunities. In the face of a struggling provincial economy, the NBSA continues to work with all stakeholders toward a better post-secondary system and a stronger New Brunswick.

Structure & Staff[edit]

The current organizational structure consists of two elected executives and a full-time executive director, working out of an office in Fredericton, New Brunswick. The two executive positions may be held by any student who is a member. The Board of Directors of the NBSA consists, in general, of the Vice-President Externals of member student unions (or VP Education in the case of the St. Thomas University Students' Union) as the voting members and the associated Presidents as observers. All student members are permitted to attend Board meetings and/or participate on committees.

Executive Director[edit]

Robert Burroughs

Executive Team[edit]

Chair: Travis Daley (University of New Brunswick Student Union)
Vice-Chair: Ryan LeBreton (Mount Allison Students' Union)

Current Members[edit]

  • Mount Allison Students’ Union (MASU) [6]
  • University of New Brunswick Student Union (UNBSU) [7]
  • University of New Brunswick Saint John Student Representative Council (UNB SRC) [8]
  • St. Thomas University Students' Union (STUSU) [9]
  • New Brunswick College of Craft & Design Student Association (NBCCD SA) *New

Policy[edit]

Like all aspects of the organization, the NBSA’s policy shop is student-driven. The Board of Directors sets direction for the development of reasonable, evidence-based policy positions during bi-annual policy conferences and as members of various issues-based committees. These policy positions serve as the foundation of our advocacy efforts, addressing students’ concerns and providing suggestions for how those concerns could be mitigated.

The NBSA’s current policy positions cover a range of issues across the post-secondary education sector, from student financial aid to experiential learning. You will find those positions in this section, in addition to information on our committees, published reports and submissions, and research library.

Stakeholder Relations[edit]

The NBSA works closely with key stakeholders and decision-makers to advance our vision of an affordable, accessible, and high-quality post-secondary education system whose students enjoy an exceptional quality of life, and to turn our policy priorities into reality.

We believe that engaging in the political process by working with the New Brunswick government is key to ensuring that students’ concerns are heard. We work hard to communicate our positions to government clearly and transparently. Our location in the heart of Fredericton allows us to meet with the Department of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour on a regular basis and to participate in government committees, task forces, and working groups. Since 2014, the NBSA has also hosted an annual Advocacy Week where student leaders meet with Members of the Legislative Assembly and government staff to advance our policy recommendations.

The NBSA’s stakeholder relations also extend beyond government to include university administrators, faculty associations, and other third-party allies including fellow non-profit organizations. The NBSA is constantly working on all fronts toward a better post-secondary education system for all.

Partners[edit]

The NBSA partners with student organizations across the country to advance our vision of an accessible, affordable, and high-quality post-secondary education system. Find out more about some of the organizations we work with.

Alberta Students’ Executive Council (ASEC)

Canadian Alliance of Student Associations (CASA)

Council of Alberta University Students (CAUS)

Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance (OUSA)

Students Nova Scotia (StudentsNS)

Past Executive Directors[edit]

2015-2016: Lindsay Handren
2013-2015: Patrick Joyce
2009-2010: Mélissa Cormier
2007-2009: Heather Elliott
2005-2007: Claude Haché

Past Boards of Directors[edit]

2015-2017: Travis Daley, Ryan LeBreton, Fernanda Damiani, Sam Titus, Kjeld-Mizpah Conyers-Steede, Jordan Tracey, Katie Beers

2015-2016: Annie Sherry, Katie Davey, Travis Daley, Emily Fox, Megan Thomson, Rachel Barry, Jordan Tracey, Dylan Wooley-Berry

2014-2015: Greg Bailey, Santiago Chavez, Emily Fox, Chris Mahar, Nicole Saulnier, Annie Sherry, Sam Titus, Jordan Tracey, Heather Webster

2013-2014: Greg Bailey, Maryse Collin, Sarah Daigle, Elizabeth Murphy, Melissa O’Rourke, Joshua Outerbridge, Matthew Ranson, Luke Robertson, Nyenda Robichaud, Ian Smith, Ryan Vienneau, Ben Whitney

2012-2013: Shawn Beaulieu, Kevin Bédard, Alex Driscoll, John Hoben, Patrick Lavoie, Alexandre Levasseur, Andrew Martel, Joëlle Martin, Sean McGilley, Adam Melanson, Jasmine Saulnier, Stephen Spence

2011-2012: Dominique Babineau, Shawn Beaulieu, Martin-Michel Bezau, Pat Joyce, Mark Kroeker, Ghislain LeBlanc, Mark Livingstone, Joëlle Martin, Craig Mazerolle, Milaine Roy, Joey O’Kane, Jordan Thompson

2010-2011: Christina Allain, Sylvain Bérubé, Shannon Carmont-McKinley, Gabriel Côté, Katherine Gravel, Sam Gregg-Wallace, Ella Henry, Mark Kroeker, Ghislain LeBlanc, Zoë Lessard-Couturier, Alexandre Levasseur, Craig Mazerolle, Brad McKinney, Valérie Noël

2009-2010: Duncan Gallant, Melissa Wah, Jacob Baisley, Anne Pelletier, Simon Ouellette, Ryan Brideau, Ella Henry, Alex MacDonald, Pascale LePage, Marie-Claire Duguay, Karine Dufresne

2008-2009: André Cormier, Duncan Gallant, Jason Savoie, Marie-Claire Duguay, Gabrielle Vienneau, Danielle Vienneau, Bethany Vail, Jon O’Kane, Tina Robichaud, Melissa Wah, Mark Henick, Christian Campagna, Mike Currie, Mark Brister, Annie Martin, Patrick Jeune

2007-2008: Colin Banks, Jess Hamilton, Justin Robichaud, Stéphanie Chouinard, Duncan Gallant, André Cormier, Sylvie Desjardins, Marianne Green, Albert Lavoie, Brad Mullins, Jessica Stutt, Janie Fauteux, Jordan Graham, Mallory Baxter, France Courtemanche

2006-2007: Marie-Christine Edmond, Sylvie Desjardins, Richard Thériault, Jason Savoie, Brian Gallant, Justin Robichaud, Mike Couturier, Erica Hendry, Rachel Cazabon, Colin Banks, Duncan Gallant, Mallory Baxter

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