The Kwantlen Student Association held their first executive meeting of the fall semester on Sept. 9 in hybrid format. President and VP University Affairs Armaan Dhillon, VP External Affairs Karan Singh, VP Finance Lesli Sangha, and VP Student Life Manmeet Brar were in attendance.
After a land acknowledgement, the meeting started with a statement by Dhillon acknowledging the recent passing of Queen Elizabeth II.
“On behalf of the Kwantlen Student Association, we mourn the death of Queen Elizabeth, who died [recently]. We hereby support each and every one of the students of the Commonwealth nations and all from around the world who are mourning her death right now. We are there to support the students, the members, those [who] are in the deepest effect after her death.”
“We deeply respect the feelings and expressions of the Royal Family at this time, and we will publish a formal statement in respect of the services given by the majestic Queen to the people.”
The KSA received a presentation from Girik Kalra, Kwantlen Polytechnic University alumni and founder of Bag Up and Go, a company that sells bags made in India. Kalra and the KSA are working to arrange a collaboration to have some KSA merchandise made to offer students at events.
“We wanted to bring in collaboration opportunities with a student-led company.… We wanted to bring in collaboration opportunities for him to excel in his life because we are always open to support students who come forward in their business endeavors,” Dhillon said.
The KSA has a “Pop with a Cop” event coming up on Sept. 20 at 11:00 am to 3:00 pm on the Surrey campus in the Conference Centre of the Cedar building. RCMP members will be available to talk with students, and Singh invited Surrey-Newton MLA Harry Bains to the event.
Club Coordinator Gurnoor Virk is organizing a Clubs Day event on Oct. 4 at 11:00 am to 1:00 pm for clubs to showcase themselves and recruit new members. There will also be a henna artist and caricature artist.The event will be in the Spruce Atrium on the Surrey campus.
Brar is working with KPU International for a collaborative Diwali event.
Several financial invoices were approved at the meeting, including $45,000 to upgrade the KSA’s water refill stations on campus.
The next executive meeting is scheduled for Sept. 16, and the first council meeting of the semester is scheduled for Sept. 30. Both meetings will be at 10:00 am in hybrid format, and KPU students can email the KSA at firstname.lastname@example.org to join.