OUSA Elects New Executive and Welcomes New Members

TORONTO, May 17 /CNW/ - The Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance (OUSA) is pleased to announce that Sean Madden has been elected OUSA President, effective immediately. Madden replaces Meaghan Coker, who has completed her one-year term. Joining Madden in the OUSA Executive Team is Natalie Cockburn as Vice President Finance, and Patrick Searle as Vice President Administration. The executive is elected for the 2011-2012 academic year.

As President, Madden leads the OUSA Steering Committee and acts as chief advocate for the organization. Madden is also the Vice President University Affairs at the Wilfrid Laurier University Students' Union.

"Madden, Cockburn and Searle are accomplished student leaders who have demonstrated a strong commitment to improving post-secondary education in Ontario," said Sam Andrey, OUSA Executive Director. "I am confident they will lead OUSA to new heights."

OUSA would also like to thank outgoing President Meaghan Coker, Vice President Finance Saad Aslam, and Vice President Administration Joe Finkle, for their exceptional work and commitment to the organization over the past year.

OUSA also welcomes two new members this year: the Trent in Oshawa Student Association (TOSA), who join OUSA as associate members, and the McMaster Association of Part-Time Students (MAPS), who have become full members.

"We are thrilled to welcome McMaster's part-time students and the students of Trent in Oshawa to the OUSA family," said Sean Madden. "Their diverse perspectives will provide new energy to our alliance."

"With OUSA's proven record of solid research, well written policies, and excellent representation of post-secondary education students, we are excited to be joining such a credible and influential organization that can effectively represent our interests," said Sam Minniti, Executive Director of MAPS. "We are particularly looking forward to raising awareness about the experience of part-time students and mature learners."

"Membership in OUSA provides our students with effective representation at the provincial level," said Kelly Vanleyden, President of TOSA. "By joining our voices with those of students across Ontario, we all benefit."

With the addition of MAPS and TOSA, OUSA now represents over 145,000 full- and part-time university students at nine student associations across Ontario.

For further information:

or to arrange an interview please contact: Alvin Tedjo, Director of Communications, work: (416) 341-9948, cell: (647) 669-6885; Sean Madden, President, (519) 496-9366; Sam Andrey, Executive Director, (416) 727-0959