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The electronic poll for the 2020 UWSA Election is open and will remain open until 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 22, at 4:30 p.m.
You will need your WatIAM userid and password to submit your vote.
Please see the Voting instructions and regulations (PDF) for details on how to obtain and submit a paper ballot. Paper ballots must be received before 4:30 p.m. on October 22, 2020.
If you have any questions about the election process, please contact the Chief Returning Officer, Joe Allen.
There are two ballots for UWSA Board of Director positions:
- Directors: three positions available (five candidates)
- President-elect: one position available (one candidate)
Director: Candidate Profiles
- Athletics and Recreation
It is with great enthusiasm that I submit my application for consideration, for one of the Director positions. I am currently serving a one-year term on the Staff Association Board. My involvement with the board includes the officer position of Treasurer, Staff Enhancement Grant Committee, Staff Excellence Fund Committee, Fundraising and Social Committee, and the Staff Relations Committee. I have been a staff member in Athletics and Recreation for 29 years, currently in the role of Manager of Business and Financial Operations. In my role I have the pleasure of interacting with a variety of wonderful people around campus. I have been a member of the Staff Association for 29 years as well as one year as an area rep. The staff association is a great advocate for the staff on campus, whether it is salary negotiation or work-place conflict. I would like to continue to play a role in making Waterloo an even better place to work.
I look forward to giving back to the University of Waterloo in a meaning way, as it has done so for me over the many years.
- Systems Design Engineering
My name is Kristen Deckert and I have worked on campus for 12 years in the Faculty of Engineering. After volunteering on the Waterloo Ringette Board of Directors for over 10 years in various positions including President, I am turning my focus to the UW Staff Association. I have served as an Area Rep previously and I am a current member of the Fundraising and Social Committee. I am also a member of the Professional Development Working Group for the UW Advisors Community and was co-chair of the UW 2020 Advisor Conference.
I believe the University of Waterloo is a great place to work and to keep it that way, I want to join the team that helps maintain strong support for all the staff here. I want to share my passions for a healthy work-life balance and personal growth in enriching development opportunities. I want to see more rewards for our employees who help make UW such a success. I hope to build upon the work that has already been started in this area while working to strengthen employee appreciation as a whole.
I can bring a lot of energy, enthusiasm and experience to the Director role. I am a highly organized individual with strong time management skills who wants to help make the UW Staff Association a champion for all our UW staff members.
- Information Systems & Technology
UW's 40th anniversary was starting when I arrived in 1996 to do my B.A. in Sociology and Peace and Conflict Studies. I graduated, worked and traveled for a few years, then joined the full-time staff in 2006. I worked first in what because the Centre for Extended Learning, making online courses. I later moved to IST where I work on the WCMS with a focus on making web sites accessible to all, regardless of disability. I served six years as a staff representative on the Joint Health and Safety Committee, much of that time as co-chair. In that role, I visited many parts of the university, working with members of UWSA, CUPE, and faculty to build a safer work environment. Outside of work, I enjoy cycling, paddling, camping, and I volunteer in the Scouting Movement. I have extensive experience on the boards of charitable corporations.
- Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering
I’ve been deeply involved with our Staff Association for over 6 years now. It began by serving in the President’s role for over 3 years followed by 3 years as a Director. These have been exciting and challenging positions that I’ve really enjoyed. I want to extend my term again as a Director so I can complete some very important work on a new Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with UW for staff and my work on UW’s Policy 33 - Ethical Behaviour Review Committee. Both of these endeavors will have significant impacts not just on all staff, but the entire University. During my tenure as President and Director I’ve dug deeply into many large issues and worked with many UW employees and departments. I want to continue to bring this experience to the MOA negotiations, the Policy 33 Review, and all the other issues our Board of Directors deals with. You can see more about me on my LinkedIn profile https://ca.linkedin.com/in/michaelherz. Please vote for me so that I can continue to bring forward your interests.
Selena M. Santi
- Institutional Research
I have been working at the University of Waterloo for 16+ years and have been active in research since starting my career. For the past seven years, I have been working with Institutional Research in the Office of Research as a Grants and Contracts Manager. Previously, I was a Project Manager for an Applied Health Sciences research team (3 years), and Manager for SSHRC, not-for-profit sponsors and awards (6 years; now Funding Agencies and Non-Profit Sponsors).
I am excited about the opportunity to increase my involvement and leadership within the University community and would be honoured to serve as a Director! I would love to hear more about and advocate for staff on emerging issues such as working from home (and other COVID-19 issues) as well as ongoing concerns such as the yearly performance appraisal system and benefits coverage.
I have extensive experience serving on committees and boards both on and off campus and am excited to bring my skills and experience to the role of Director! My experience ranges from working with a team of people to problem-solve complex issues as part of the OWL Day Care: Member of Board of Directors (2011-2013) to learning how to ensure everyone’s voice is heard as part of the Waterloo Appeals Committee on Property Infractions (2014-current) and the Vice-President University Research Nominating Committee (2014-2015).
I am a very active member of the Waterloo community and enjoy spending my time with family, reading, tap dancing, running and cross-country skiing.
My goal and promise if elected as President Elect is to advocate and support staff needs and to ensure staff have a say in matters that directly affect them, before decisions are made. I will bring your voice to UW to ensure you’re heard.
From being part of the UWSA for 28 years and on the Board of Directors for 2 years, I have gained valuable knowledge and experience of how UW works and the areas where I can help staff have a better, more wholesome work experience.
I have worked in multiple departments on campus and know the needs of a diversified section of our membership.
My related volunteer experiences include being on the Board of the Walter Bean Grand River Trail for 5 years and a City of Waterloo Committee of Council for 6 years. I’ve also recently graduated from Capacity Canada Governance Boot Camp.
As President Elect I would continue to work on important initiatives of the Board and also revisit the Bereavement Committee policy (not updated since 1996), advocate for an improved Staff Appraisal system, investigate adding another staff member to provide confidential advice and assistance with work related situations and have our Memorandum of Understanding with UW signed.
I would be proud and honoured to support and advocate for you!
I hope you will give me the opportunity to work on your behalf to make your time here the best it can possibly be.