The Executive Committee has accepted the resignation of Natalie Samuel in her role as Vice President as per the UWOSA Constitution 7.13. Natalie’s last day in the UWOSA office will be August 8, 2019 and then she will take some vacation prior to returning to her position in the Faculty of Law on August 21, 2019.
Natalie began her role as Vice President in December 2017 after John Critchley stepped down from the same role and was acclaimed again as Vice President for the 2018 – 2020 term.
Her contributions to this office are numerous, but one that stands out most for the Executive Committee is that Natalie was instrumental in standardizing a process to assist and support our members whose positions were eliminated.
Natalie was often the primary executive officer to shepherd members from the initial lay off meeting to assessments, interview processes and the contact person to offer supports until our members were placed or recalled into another UWOSA position. Her monthly check-ins and referrals to external sources for work/life support has been complimented on by many of our members who have gone through this life-altering process. Members have also appreciated Natalie’s knowledge regarding the complexities of recall and which positions members can apply for, and work in,during the recall period while waiting for a permanent placement by Western.
Natalie also served as Chair of the Constitution & Bylaws Committee, served as Co-Chair for the Membership, Newsletter and Social Committee, and was an active member of the Finance Committee.
Her positive attitude and sunny disposition in the office and with our members and her direct communications with Employee Relations will be missed. Natalie has indicated to the Executive Committee her plan to continue to be actively involved in our Union and hopes to fill a current Steward position and to continue to serve as a member on several of our standing committees.
Thank you Natalie for all of your work, dedication, and commitment to UWOSA!
As per the Constitution, Article 7, a notice will go out soon announcing the Vice President vacancy for the end of the UWOSA term (2018 – 2020). Anyone interested in reviewing the Vice President position description questionnaire (PDQ) prior to applying, may do so by contacting Meg Perinpanayagam at firstname.lastname@example.org.