CANADIAN FEDERATION OF STUDENTS
NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR
With more than 25,000 members at 5 students’ unions in Newfoundland and Labrador and over 500,000 members at 64 students’ unions across Canada, the Canadian Federation of Students is the voice of post-secondary education in the country.
Our Federation represents domestic and international students at the college, undergraduate and graduate levels, including full- and part-time students.
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Local 35: Memorial University of Newfoundland Students’ Union
Local 36: Grenfell Campus Student Union
Local 45: Marine Institute Students’ Union
Local 46: College of the North Atlantic Students’ Union
Local 100: Graduate Students’ Union of the Memorial University of Newfoundland
Executive & Staff
Chairperson & National Executive Representative: Bailey Howard
Campaigns Coordinator: Andrew Haire
Indigenous Students’ Representative: Draco Dunphy
International Students’ Representative: Omar Raza
Local 35 Representative: Yousef Alabed
Local 36 Representative: vacant
Local 45 Representative: Simon Hofman
Local 46 Central Representative: vacant
Local 46 Eastern Representative: vacant
Local 46 Labrador Representative: vacant
Local 46 St. John’s Representative: vacant
Local 46 Western Representative: vacant
Local 100 Representative: vacant
Queer Students’ Representative: Derek Semerad
Racialized Students’ Representative: Abeer Abu Awad
Students with Disabilities’ Representative: Nicole Falle
Women’s Representative: Katherine McLaughlin
Reinstate the full needs-based grant program.
Increase funding to the College of the North Atlantic and to Memorial University.
Progressively reduce fees to the point of elimination.
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Budget Recommendations: 2020
The provincial budget determines the priorities of the government and plays an essential role in promoting the economic and social prosperity of Newfoundland and Labrador. Although many areas can benefit from government investment, there can be no higher priority than investing in our collective future through post- secondary education.
Budget Recommendations: 2019
Newfoundlanders and Labradorians believe that access to post-secondary education is essential to ensuring the future prosperity of the province. Since 1998, successive governments have implemented tuition fee freezes and reductions, reintroduced upfront need-based grants, and eliminated interest rates charged on student loans. These policy decisions once resulted in the province boasting the most accessible system of post-secondary education in Canada.
Budget Response: 2019
On Tuesday, April 16, 2019, the provincial government announced their fourth budget claiming to be “Working Towards a Brighter Future” and using the recent Atlantic Accord to celebrate a surplus. However, the future does not look brighter for students in this province who face continued cuts from our public post-secondary institutions, climbing debt, and no tuition freeze for international and out of province students.
Consent Culture: 2018
In October 2017, the Canadian Federation of Students hosted a provincial forum on building consent culture on our college and university campuses. The forum provided an opportunity for students and service providers to share stories of successes and struggle as we came together to build a common vision to end sexual and gender-based violence and dismantle rape culture.
Lobby Document Fund the Future: 2019
Free education is a viable opportunity for the future of Newfoundland and Labrador. Several countries in the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development offer university at zero or near- zero tuition levels. Canada, on the other hand, has moved towards a system of publicly- assisted post-secondary education with a reliance on private and public loans.
Budget Analysis 2020
On Wednesday, September 30, 2020, the provincial government announced their “pandemic budget.” Despite an aim for “stronger communities” and “smarter investments”, the future does not look brighter for students in this province who face continued cuts from our public post-secondary institutions, climbing debt, and no tuition freeze for international and out of province students.