How to get involved!
Class elections take place during the first week of classes for the first years. This includes electing a Class President and Vice President and Social, Sports, Equipment and Environment Representatives. University of Waterloo Optometry Student Society executives are elected during the winter term of first year. They serve the role of executive elects during their second year and in their third year they become the executives of the Society. Please read on for more details!
2016-2017 Executive & Executive-elects
Left to Right: Courtney Fan (VP-Finance), Jenna Etsell (VP-Finance Elect), Daniel Klauke (President), Molly Lin (President-Elect), Katie Chan (VP-Internal), Nancy Liu (VP-Internal Elect), Marcia Mitschke (VP-Communications), Kristine Massicotte (VP-Communications Elect)
President of the Society
The President is a third year student in charge of representing the Society in University/School of Optometry administration and Federation of Students affairs, calling and chairing monthly Council meetings. They are in charge of training the president elect.
VP-Internal of the Society
The VP-Internal is a third year student that assists the President with their duties. The Vice President will coordinate and assist the committees (Sports, Social etc) in planning and organizing annual events. They are in charge of training the VP-Internal Elect.
VP-Communications of the Society
The VP-Communications is a third year student that is responsible for maintaining accurate records for the minutes of Council and Society meetings and managing social media accounts and society website. They are in charge of training the VP-Communications Elect.
VP-Finance of the Society
The VP-Finance is a third year student that is responsible for maintaining accurate records of Society finance and overseeing budgets for all committees. They are in charge of training the VP-Finance Elect.
Chief Returning Officer
The Chief Returning Officer (CRO) can be a member of a 1st, 2nd or 3rd year class. This person will conduct all society elections and polls.
At the end of first year, four students will be elected as Executive Elects and be trained by the corresponding executive member. Elects will be involved in planning and organizing events with the Executive.
The Class president will maintain lines of communication between faculty/administration and his/her class; represent their class in meetings of Faculty Council and Undergraduate Studies, meet individually, on behalf of their class, with the Associate Director of Academics & Research and the Director where necessary; hold regular class collect and be responsible for the administration of a class fund.
The Class VP will assist the President with their duties and gather information from their class in regards to WatSEF fund allocation and communicate information to 3rd year Vice President.
Four First year social reps are responsible for planning, budgeting and fundraising for the annual Halloween Party “The EyeScream” and annual Formal “The EyeBall.”
Four Sports Reps for each year are responsible for organizing class apparel (1st year), planning the annual Hockey Tournament “The Corneal Cup” (3rd year), Volleyball Tournament “The Sands of Sahara" (2nd year) and Curling Tournament “The Optomspiel” (1st year).
Four Equipment Reps for each class are responsible for organizing and facilitating presentations from ophthalmic equipment companies.
Four First year Environment Reps are responsible for maintaining the cleanliness and organization of student run spaces.