News Brief: The KSA’s annual general meeting will be held in-person on March 31

The KSA AGM will be on March 31 at 12:00 pm in Fir 128 on Surrey campus. (File photo)

The KSA AGM will be on March 31 at 12:00 pm in Fir 128 on Surrey campus. (File photo)

The Kwantlen Student Association held their first council meeting of the month on March 10 at 10:00 am in hybrid format. 

Council members Armaan Dhillon, Lesli Sangha, Karan Singh, Guntas Kochar, Navpreet Singh, Divya Sachdeva, Destiny Lang, Earndeep Singh Kandola, and Abdullah Randhawa were in attendance. 

Dilnoor Kaur, Henry Chang, Gurjot Singh, Diljot Singh Narula, and Rupinder Kaur were absent. 

After a land acknowledgement, the Feb. 10 and March 3 meeting minutes were approved. Speaker of Council Titus Gregory declared new vacancies in the council after Manroopbir Sidhu and Karan Kaushal ceased to be members. 

“The bylaw states that every member of council is required to provide proof of enrolment unless they’re a member of the Society every semester for the first 30 days,” Gregory says. 

“I’m advised that Karan Kaushal and Manroopbir Sidhu have not abided by this requirement.”

Sidhu was a faculty of business representative and Kaushal was students of colour representative. They do have the right to appeal, but these positions are now considered vacant. 

Dhillion gave a statement in response to the disqualification of Diljot Narula from the KSA general election for running as Indigenous student rep when he could not provide a basis for the self-identification as an Indigenous student. 

“On behalf of the current executive council, and members of the KSA, we want to make it very clear that an event involving the challenge of validating a candidate’s self-identification as Indigenous during our recent elections, which was in effect, disrespectful to the Indigenous community, does not in any way reflect or aligned with our values, morals, and ethics at the KSA,” Dhillion says. 

“This was an independent action that was not sanctioned, or supported by the KSA in any way, and we fully support the dependent CRO’s decision to disqualify the individual.”

In her report, Sangha said the executives, staff, and Interim Executive Director Parveen Sehra met on March 8 to discuss preparations for the annual general meeting (AGM). 

The council meeting adjourned at 11:54 am. 

The AGM is scheduled on March 31 in-person at the Surrey campus in Fir 128 from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm. Students will be required to bring their student IDs. 

A bylaw revision, approval of audited financial statements, an appointment of auditors, and an introduction of the next council are on the meeting agenda. 

At least 60 members of the society (students) must be present to reach quorum for the AGM for “the transaction of business,” 100 members to meet quorum to consider a special resolution, and at least 150 members to meet quorum to consider a special resolution to “amend the Society’s Constitution or Bylaws,” according to the KSA bylaws

Students can enter a draw to win tuition credits valued up to $500 and bookstore, Amazon, and Grassroots Café gift cards. 

The next council meeting is on March 30 at 10:00 am in Birch 250 at the Surrey campus and through Microsoft teams. Students can email to join the meeting online.