Joey Coleman: New CASA National Director

New CASA National Director

The Canadian Alliance of Student Associations (CASA) sent out two news releases today:

Transmitted by CNW Group on : March 15, 2007 09:31
Media Advisory – Student Group Elects New National Director

OTTAWA, March 15 /CNW Telbec/ – Students from across the country met last week in Fredericton, New Brunswick for the Annual General Meeting of the Canadian Alliance of Student Associations (CASA) to elect a new National Director. Zach Churchill has been chosen as the new National Director for the upcoming year.
    “I am very excited to begin my tenure as National Director. Canada’s students face many challenges, and I am thrilled to be part of the fight for education reform,” said Mr.Churchill.
    Current National Director, Phillippe Ouellette, is concluding his term after two years of service for CASA, “The CASA membership had a difficult choice; this position always attracts formidable candidates. This year was no exception. I believe the new director, along with our next membership will continue CASA’s record of success, and hold the government accountable for the weaknesses in our education system,” concluded Mr. Ouellette.
    Zach Churchill will officially begin as National Director on May 1st, 2007.

The Canadian Alliance of Student Associations is a not-for-profit national student organization, offering progressive education reform solutions. CASA is one of the most successful education lobby groups in Canada, offering progressive, common sense education reform solutions for over a decade.

And:

Transmitted by CNW Group on : March 15, 2007 09:59

Media Advisory – Funding for Education Long Overdue: Students

OTTAWA, March 15 /CNW Telbec/ – Early next week the federal government will be tabling its second budget, and Canada’s students are hoping Conservatives will not make the same mistake twice.
    “In last year’s budget, the government all but ignored post-secondary education funding. Although several measures were consistent with our policies, the budget fell well short of electoral promises,” said Phillippe Ouellette, National Director of the Canadian Alliance of Student Associations (CASA).
    Over the last year, CASA along with education stakeholders across Canada, including all provincial and territorial ministers of education, have emphasized the need and urgency of funding a dedicated education transfer for post-secondary education. An initial funding level of at least $4 billion in annual cash transfers is urgently needed in order to match funding levels from1992/1993, adjusted to inflation and demographic growth.
    CASA is also urging the federal government to commit to funding a holistic review of Canada’s financial aid system. Students’ needs are not accurately assessed. Governments spend over $1.7 billion on education-related tax credits for students, and new tax credits were announced by the federal government and several provinces over the past year. Yet this money does not go to students in need – only 31 per cent of tax credits are used by students while they are studying. The review should examine federal and provincial student loans, grants, tax incentives, savings programs, and the Millennium Scholarship Foundation.
    “The current generation of students are Canada’s education generation. Those with children, special needs, working full or part time jobs while studying, it is this generation that is paying more for education and incurring more debt, it is time for the federal government to make this a priority,” concluded Mr. Ouellette.

The Canadian Alliance of Student Associations is a not-for-profit national student organization, offering progressive education reform solutions. CASA is one of the most successful education lobby groups in Canada, offering progressive, common sense education reform solutions for over a decade.

Zach Churchill is presently the President of the Saint Mary’s University Student Association.

Clearly the SMUSA is a very successful SU ’cause their website is futuristic:

Here are a bunch of news articles with him quoted: