When we think of the University of Guelph’s Central Student Association (CSA), we usually think of the great advocacy work they do on behalf of students on issues like transit and housing. However, they take on many more issues that often extend into advocacy work that benefits the whole community. Connecting community and campus is a priority for Jay Rojas, the CSA’s new Local Affairs Commissioner.
Here is a list of just of few of the CSA’s advocacy initiatives:
- Providing accessible and affordable reusable water bottles for community members
- Starting a research initiative to better connect students with other community members
- Collaborating with internal and external partners to ensure current and future campaigns, services, and activities are inclusive and accessible
- Increasing awareness of CSA within the City of Guelph
- Collecting 17,350 lbs of food for the Guelph Food Bank through Trick-or-Eat campaign
- Providing a Lock4Lock campaign, where community members were abel to trade their old chain locks for a more secure U-Lock
- Raising awareness of sexual violence and prevention
- Providing community members with a safe and reliable escort to their destination after dark
More often our community needs to recognize the great partnership with have with the CSA. Thanks to the CSA for your advocacy work that benefits all of our residents!
In photo from right to left:
Jay Rojas, Local Affairs Commissioner; Zoey Ross, Communications & Corporate Affairs Commissioner; Meghan Wing, Academic & University Affairs Commissioner; Ryan Shoot, Finance & Operations Commissioner; Emily Vance, External Affairs Commissioner.
Today is a fitting day to honour one of Guelph’s most celebrated hometown heroes — Lt. Col. John McCrae, physician, soldier, artist, scholar and poet. As we honour our veterans across the world, the words of McCrae’s poem “In Flanders Fields”echo in the background. The image of the poppy is an international symbol of remembrance as a result of McCrae’s words, written on the back of a battlefield ambulance in 1915.
McCrae was born on Water Street in Ward 5 in 1872, the second son of Col. David McCrae and Janet McCrae. The McCrae family were already well-established in Guelph. John’s grandparents, Thomas and Jane(t) McCrae lived on the outskirts of Guelph at Janefield, a stone farmhouse still standing on College Avenue West. He attended Central Public School and Guelph Collegiate Institute, before heading off to the University of Toronto to pursue post-secondary studies.
McCrae had a solid military background training with the Guelph 11th Field regiment and served in the artillery during the Second Boer War. During World War 1 he served as a surgeon, and while stationed with the No. 3 Canadian General Hospital in Boulogne, he contracted pneumonia and died January 28, 1918.
McCrae is more than just a Ward 5 hero, he is Canada’s hero and his powerful words remain immortal around the world a century after they were written.
Norah is a longtime community advocate for the environment, social justice, food security and democracy. Wherever these issues are being championed you find Norah working diligently out front and behind the scenes to ensure the effectiveness of the advocacy work on matters close to her heart. As her nominator has said, “What is there to say? Norah has worked so hard on so many different areas of advocacy to make our neighbourhood, city and country a better place.” To name a few, Norah was a founding board member of the Guelph Urban Forest Friends and continues to work with the Wellington Water Watchers and the Council of Canadians-Guelph. Much of her time these days is spent turning the Yorklands Green Hub vision into a reality. You can read about her efforts at yorklanksgreenhub.ca . We would like to thank Norah for her passion, wisdom and commitment to the betterment of our community!