CASA welcomes two new members


    OTTAWA, April 1 /CNW Telbec/ - The Canadian Alliance of Student
Associations (CASA) is pleased to announce that two new student associations
have officially joined as members of the national lobby organization.
    The Student Union Society of the University College of the Fraser Valley
(SUSUCFV) as well as the University of Waterloo Graduate Student Association
(GSA) were both ratified as official members of CASA during the Annual General
Meeting 2008, a conference held in Moncton, New Brunswick, last week.
    "We are delighted to welcome these two new members," said Zach Churchill,
National Director of the Canadian Alliance of Student Associations. "There has
been tremendous momentum behind CASA this year and the fact that so many
student groups are interested in being involved is a testament to this fact."
    With the joining of CASA's first graduate student association, the GSA,
CASA is working to fill the current void that exists in graduate student
representation at the federal level.
    It has been an extremely successful year for CASA. In April 2007, the
Wilfrid Laurier University Students' Union became a full member, and in
November 2007, the University of Prince Edward Island Student Union was also
welcomed by CASA. The University of Alberta Student Union is also in the
process of becoming a member of the organization, following a decision in
favor of joining CASA.
    "This is a time for great possibilities for the student movement at the
federal level," said Churchill. "We are confident that both the GSA and the
SUSUCFV will be a positive addition to the CASA team and we look forward to
the new ideas they will bring to the CASA table."
    Currently, with 22 full members, CASA is optimistic about the direction
of the organization and encouraged by the increasing desire shown by student
associations across Canada to be involved in making change at the national
level.

    CASA is a not-for-profit national student organization, offering
progressive, common sense education reform solutions.



For further information: or to arrange an interview, please contact:
Jillian Flake, Public Relations and Communications Officer, Canadian Alliance
of Student Associations, (613) 236-3457 ext. 224, (c) (613) 868-6605,
casacomm@casa.ca