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
"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
"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
With the addition of MAPS and TOSA, OUSA now represents over 145,000
full- and part-time university students at nine student associations
SOURCE Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance
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