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History of the Students’ General Association

The Students’ General Association began in 1960 as the Association Générale des Étudiants de l’Université de Sudbury. It soon became the single association for Laurentian University upon the federation of the University of Sudbury, Huntington University and Thorneloe College that same year. Since that time we have grown from an association with less than 300 members to one representing over 5000 full time and part time students. The services, programs, facilities and structure of the SGA/AGÉ have also changed to meet the new realities of our membership, Laurentian University and our community.

The original SGA/AGÉ consisted of an Executive Council much like the Executive Board system used today. The Executive was comprised of five positions held by full-time, non-salaried students including a President, a French and English Vice-President, a treasurer and secretary who were selected from applications to the Council. The Council consisted of representatives from each college based on enrollment. Currently, the SGA/AGÉ Executive structure consists of a President, Vice-President Student Life and Vice-President Policy and Advocacy. The SGA/AGÉ has also brought on several professional full time staff including an Executive Director, a Director of Membership Services, a Campus and Community Outreach Coordinator, a Finance Manager, a Creative Media Manager and a Welcome Week Coordinator.

For the first several years of existence, the majority of the work the SGA/AGÉ concerned social activities rather than political work. The political actions that did take place were largely internal, building a constitution, seeking financial autonomy using the student newspaper to communicate with the students. Today the SGA/AGÉ continues to use the student newspaper Lambda as well as the radio station CKLU 96.7FM  as forums to create awareness and publicize student issues.

The SGA/AGÉ began to run a number of publications for their membership, including the bilingual Lambda which was operated exclusively by the SGA/AGÉ until gaining its autonomy in 1985. Laurentianna was Laurentian University’s yearbook funded by the SGA/AGÉ from 1970 until staffing and fundraising problems ended its existence.

Throughout the 1970s, the SGA/AGÉ restricted their Board and Executive to include representatives from academic associations rather than just the colleges. The Executive also changed the organizational structure to make the President a full-time position. Each year the organization structure is reviewed by the Board and Executive Team for any revisions or adjustments that are required to make the organization run more efficiently.

In 1972 the SGA/AGÉ became a founding member of the Ontario Federation of Students (later the Canadian Federation of Students – Ontario). A year later the SGA/AGÉ joined the National Union of Students (later the Canadian Federation of Students). In 2016, the SGA/AGÉ became a member of the Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance (OUSA).

The SGA/AGÉ began an effort to expand its services in the early 1970s through a number of business endeavors, the most enduring being the campus bar, known as the Pub Downunder. The Pub has undergone several renovations since opening.

From 1979 – 1992 the SGA/AGÉ owned and operated the Games Room on Student Street. Until campus modernization took effect in Spring 2016 the SGA/AGÉ shared ownership of the Student Centre Games Room with the Association Étudiant(e)s Francophones (AEF) and Laurentian University Administration. With the opening of the Student Centre in 1992 the SGA/AGÉ completed its fourth move in its thirty-two years of existence. Having moved from its original suite in the Demarco building downtown Sudbury, to the second floor of the R.D parker Building in 1965, to G11 on Student Street, to SCE 212 in the Student Centre. In the spring of 2016 the office was relocated to SSR G24 due to Campus Modernization of the Student Centre.

2016-2017

President: Kraymr Grenke

Vice President Policy and Advocacy: Abraham King

Vice President Student Life: Daniel Melchior

 

2015-2016

President: Johnathan Humphrey

Vice President Policy and Advocacy: Vacant

Vice President Student Life: Daniel Melchior

2014-2015

President: Johnathan Humphrey

Vice President Policy and Advocacy: Jenna Thornber

Vice President Student Life: Iain Park

2013-2014

President: Andrew Rollins

Vice President Issues: Mark Mancini

Vice President Services: Iain Park

2012-2013

President: Andrew Rollins

Vice President Issues: Joshua O’Connor

Vice President Services: Iain Park

2011-2012

President: Charlie Andrews

Vice President Issues: Micheal Martino

Vice President Services: Iain Park

2010-2011

President: Samantha Pitzel

Vice President Issues: Casey Lalonde

Vice President Services: Colleen Keaney

2009-2010

President: Jason Kontak

Vice President Issues: Vanessa Butler

Vice President Services: Scott Kirkness

2008-2009

President: Ashley Strange

Vice President Issues: Kayla Turpin

Vice President Services Amanda Ree

2007-2008

President: Sebastien Perth

Vice President Student Issues: Kayla Turpin

Vice President Services: Amanda Ree

2006-2007

President: Luke Norton

Vice President Student Issues: Justin Lemieux

Vice President Services: Kevin Green

2005-2006

President: Luke Norton

Vice President Student Issues: Lindsay Wye

Vice President Services: Shanna Dennis

2004-2005

President: Cathy Carroll

Vice President Issues: Shailagh Keaney

Vice President Services: Jessica Burnie

2003-2004

President: Erika Mieto

Vice President Issues: Chas Anselmo

Vice President Services: Raye Lemke

2002-2003

President: Andrew Noakowski

Vice President Student Issues: John Livingstone

Vice President Services: Kevin Hayashi

2001-2002

President: Taylor Paxton

Vice President Student Issues: Suzanne Legault

Vice President Services: Nicole Walker

2000-2001

President: Patrick Leach

Vice President Student Issues: Sarah Dean

Vice President Services: Johanna Mclellan

1999-2000

President: Jamie Wylie

Vice President Student Issues: Todd Bosak

Vice President Services: Mark Solomon

1998-1999

President: Jamie Wylie

Vice President Student Issues: Todd Bosak

Vice President Services: Amy Bateman

1997-1998

President: Mike Grube

Vice President External: Jenifer Chamberland

Vice President Finance: Tannys Laughren

Vice President Services: Christina Hayden

1996-1997

President: Mike Grube

Vice President External: Heather Melcher

Vice President Finance: Tannys Laughren

Vice President Services Christine Dénommé

Vice President Cultural Affairs: Position Vacant

1995-1996

President: Troy Whetstone

Vice President External: Kevin Dorse

Vice President Finance: Laura Mckillop

Vice President Finance: Jeff O’Toole

Vice President Services: Christine Dénommé

Vice President Communications and Bilingual Affairs: William Brydges

1994-1995

President: Heather Bishop

Vice President External: Steve Cardinaly

Vice President Finance: Jim Callahan

Vice President Services: Laura Burke

Vice President Bilingual Affairs: William Brydges

1993-1994

President: Heather Bishop

Vice President External: Heather Bishop

Vice President Finance: Grant Gross

Vice President Services Tanya Moore

Vice President Bilingual Affairs: Richard Therrien

1992-1993

President: Ted Clarke

Vice President External: Simon Chapelle

Vice President Finance: Steve Smith

Vice President Services: Terry Thurlow

1991-1992

President: Mark Green

Vice President SGA: Terri Macmillan

1990-1991

President: Marc Veno

Vice President SGA: Mark Green

1989-1990

President: Brent Bostrom

Vice President SGA: Lee Jeannotte

1988-1989

President: Chris Letang

Vice President SGA: Gerry Trudeau

1987-1988

President: Dave Filion

Vice President SGA: R.D. Hulst

1986-1987

President: Ben Farella

Vice President External: Dave Filion

Vice President Services: John D’agostino

Vice President Internal: Bill Misener