Anna Stevenson: Co-Chair
My Role: Hey everyone! My name is Anna and I am one of your co-chairs for the union. My job on the union is to work with Susanne (your other co-chair) and the rest of the union to act as a liaison between you (the students) and the faculty and administration. Also, as a co-chair I help plan and execute events tailored to Social Work students with other faculties and programs! This is my third year on the Social Work Students’ Union and I’m excited for the big plans we have in store! I hope to see you all around campus soon.
- I enjoy lifting weights after class (RAC > MAC anytime)
- I’m always listening to EDM (trance/dnb/house)
- I’m obsessed with cute little pitbulls
- I live with five other girls in downtown (it’s a busy house)
- I’m originally from Niagara Falls
- I recently completed my third year placement internationally in Australia and would love to chat with anyone else interested in a similar opportunity.
Susanne Nyaga: Co-Chair
I’m in my fourth year in the social work program. I have a very diverse personality in the sense that I can spend a whole weekend binge watching seasons on Netflix, or going out with friends and exploring the town. I love adventures and trying new things. I’m also a vegetarian, which I have found has actually opened me up to new and creative dishes. In terms of my role on the SWSU, I am Co-Chair. I was on the union last year as a First Year Ambassador and decided to stay on. In my time on this campus I have been exposed to event planning, public speaking, and project management which are all useful tools when it comes to making this year great. I love to chat and hear from students with new perspectives and ideas so feel free to reach out to me with any questions, concerns or comments. The SWSU is here for social work students, to represent your thoughts, ideas and perspectives, therefore, going in this school year that is exactly what we plan to do.
Jolene Taker: Treasurer
Hi there! I’m Jolene (AKA Jo), I use she/her pronouns, and I’ll be the treasurer on the Union this year!
I’ll be working with the other members of SWSU to plan and coordinate events for all undergraduate social work students, as well as working with Cristal to plan an event in March specifically for first-year students.
I’m interested in social justice and activism; I love attending rallies, demonstrations, and discussion panels (hello there professors, please take your classes to some of the larger events on and off campus). I’m always interested in learning and hearing new perspectives and thoughts, so please don’t be shy! Say hello, let’s grab a drink and chat. Or forward me articles, blogs, or suggestions for books, movies, and documentaries that you enjoy. :3
Some other hobbies and interests: reading books (Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut is my favourite), reading comics and graphic novels, coffee dates, watching a lot of Netflix, playing video games, walking my pug Kiwi, being a magical girl, and drinking tea.
Erin Reeve-Newson: Communications Executive
Hey! My name is Erin, I use she/her pronouns and I’m the communications executive on the SWSU this year. This is my first year on the Union and I’ll be working to connect with you through social media! Feel free to reach out to us via our Facebook page (facebook.com/RyeSWSU), Twitter (@RyeSWSU), or email (firstname.lastname@example.org). I’ll also be collaborating with other members of the Union to facilitate events. I’m particularly interested in Mad Studies and the Mad Pride movement, and would like to complete my placement in a complimentary environment. I love cooking, reading, and hanging out with my cat!
Maral Azimi: First Year Ambassador
Hey lovelies, my name is Maral and I am in my 2nd year in the Social Work program. I use she/her pronouns, and I am the first year ambassador for the Social Work Students’ Union. What I am here to do? I would love to get to know you better, so please share your thoughts, interests, and experiences with me. I can help you to know your way around the campus and get comfortable. I also can advocate for you and our program by speaking on your behalf. I would love to hear about your comments and suggestions and hold cool social and academic events on how we can help you do better in school while having a social life.
All I am trying to say is: I’m here to hold your hand, so you’re not alone :) I am very excited for this year and I am looking forward to meeting with you and hearing from you soon!
- I love painting (oil, acrylic, black pencil and charcoal)
- I love to dance, sing, and be out with my friends
- I love to travel and learn about different cultures
- I love nature, sunny days, beach, oceans and mountains and emerald green is my favourite colour
- I have two cats that I love so so so much
- I also speak and read Farsi
- I am a yogi and been doing yoga for the past 4 years
Cristal Hines: Second Year Executive
Talk to me ! Greetings to the reader! My name is Cristal and I am the Second Year Executive for Ryerson’s Social Work Students’ Union and am responsible for conveying your thoughts, wishes and/or concerns to my team. Thereby we will collectively seek to rectify or meet any pressing matters promptly and effectively! Most importantly – I am here to support you socially, professionally and academically, If I do not have an immediate answer to your questions be assured we will find one. Let’s chat soon xo
Almerinda Colella: Third Year Executive
Hi everyone, my name is Almerinda Colella. I am your third year executive representative for the Social Work Students’ Union. I am a direct entry student and pronouns are she and her.
What I can do for you?
- Provide answers to your questions
- Advocate for our program by speaking on your behalf
- Respond to any suggestions
- Hold awesome academic and social events
My previous experiences in college and my workplace can be helpful for those who need support for their placements. If there is anything I can do to support you let me know. Please share your thoughts, interests, and experiences with me, I would love to chat with you. I look forward to meeting you and the chance to get to know you better.
- I love to cook
- I enjoy having a good meal or coffee with friends
- Watching TV shows
- Dancing and singing
- against stigma and violence
- for madness and disabilities
- My name means Queen of Men
- I make awesome cheesecakes
Shawna Gorsky: Fourth Year Executive
Hello! My name is Shawna, and I am super excited to be the fourth year executive for the Social Work Students’ Union for this school year! I am looking forward to helping to plan and run different events, especially a graduation party for the class of 2017. My goal is to be super approachable and resourceful to help my colleagues in any way I can. Also, I hope to keep everyone involved in the union and connected to events and other news. I am currently completing my placement at Children’s Aid Society in the family services department. I think this will be a very valuable experience for me, as I am specifically interested in family violence and child welfare. On my spare time (not that I have very much), you can usually find me in the gym. I am also a huge sports fan, mainly hockey, baseball and soccer, and I love to ski and snowboard. I also have a genuine passion for coffee and exploring different coffee shops around the city. However, ice cream is good too. I hope to one day travel to many different places around the world and continue learning through experience. I am looking forward to getting to know everyone better and having a great year!