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Great Plains College Students’ Association ready to make a difference

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Dylan Voysey, Jessica Mosher and guest Zach Freeman took part in the Great Plains Students' Association chipping in and helping with doing some washing of the donated items for the Share the Warmth program Oct. 5 at the Swift Current Mall. Dylan Voysey, Jessica Mosher and guest Zach Freeman took part in the Great Plains Students' Association chipping in and helping with doing some washing of the donated items for the Share the Warmth program Oct. 5 at the Swift Current Mall. Photo contributed

The post-secondary experience for any student involves academics, sometimes athletics, but should also involve having school spirit which is generally generated by having good student leaders and a good student association.


If this is the case, the Great Plains College campus should be in for a great year.
If the first handful of weeks into the school year are any indication, the Great Plains College Students Association looks to be making a difference not only on campus, but in the community as well.
The student association comprised of Kaitlyn Torrie, president; Wade Carleton, vice-president; Jessica Mosher, secretary; Ashley Phillips, treasurer and Brenda Bye, events co-ordinator were all acclaimed to their positions after elections two weeks ago.
While they want to be an effective body acting as a go-between the students and the college’s staff and administration, Torrie also wants them to be so much more.
“Our main goal is to provide future students with scholarship opportunities,” explains Torrie. She says they will push hard over the near future to try and lobby the area to come up with a way they can fund some scholarships. In the meantime, Torrie says they want to breath some life into the campus experience.
“I think the Students Association is going to enhance the campus life experience and make it more fun-filled,” adds Torrie who notes the way to do that is to find ways to give back to the school and to the city. “It’s been an active two weeks ... If we need help, we’ve been able to get a lot of volunteers.”
Already they have done a clothing drive and given back to the Share the Warmth Campaign Oct. 5 by manning the booth at the Swift Current Mall. They’ve been welcoming new students, hosted a student association barbecue  and helped at the SunDogs’ concession during recent volleyball matches with Millar College of the Bible.
An active students association which contributes back to the community definitely casts a favourable light on the college and college staff advisor Shawna Smuk, who herself just recently joined the Great Plains staff as a program co-ordinator, is excited with this particular group of students.
“I’m exhausted in trying to keep up with them,” Smuk says jokingly with a laugh. “This Students’ Association exemplifies what (such a group) should be.”
The association meets every two weeks and Smuk says they are talented and enthusiastic. She likes the way they want to get involved with what’s going on around campus and also by contributing to events in Swift Current, the students care about their community.
“They have personality and it shows with their trying to get (student association) scholarships,” says Smuk.
There are preliminary plans for Movember. Torrie wants to try and do it in such a way that is different from what other groups are doing. There are plans for a possible Christmas meal somewhere, but there is a lot which needs to be finalized.
Torrie is no stranger to student politics. She was heavily involved in student association activities in high school and was the only member of this year’s GPC students’ association who was on last year’s group as the event co-ordinator.
While she loves student politics, she says there is no future for her in the Sask. legislature, City Hall or the House of Commons.
“I love to help, like the leadership aspect of things, but I’m actually a nursing student,” says Torrie. “In nursing, it’s about caring, but taking an active role in helping people and that’s what I like to do.”

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