Government Affairs and Advocacy (GAAC)

SMSS Position: Government Affairs & Advocacy Committee Rep

Appointed or Elected: Elected (2 years)

Main responsibilities/description (filled out by Alison White, 2016-2018)

The GAAC Representative has the following main responsibilities: 1) representing and engaging the student body in current topics of interest in the policy and advocacy realm (e.g. opioid information/sessions/naloxone training, Advocacy Skills Training, annual Town Hall with the SMA, etc.), 2) acting as liaison between the SMSS and the CFMS VP Advocacy 3) acting as SMSS representatives on the CFMS Government Affairs and Advocacy Committee, including participation and attendance at the CFMS Day of Action in Ottawa, and 4) planning and holding a provincial Day of Action in Regina.

3 benefits of the Position 3 challenges of the position
1. Opportunity to work with other students (provincial Day of Action team, Interest Group collaborations, committees, speaker sessions) but also with people outside the college including politicians and community organizations 1. Can be a lot of work, especially around the provincial Day of Action (planning starts in September, event usually held in March), so you need to have a passion for the position and the work you’re doing to be effective
2. Opportunity to gain a lot of practical experience with advocacy work including community consultations, drafting policy documents, and communicating with policy makers and the media 2. Important to remain professional and non-partisan while holding this position (including on social media, while hosting events, etc.)
3. Opportunity to get involved at the CFMS level through working with other GAACs across Canada (e.g. National Day of Action and monthly conference calls) 3. Important to stay on top of current events, including provincial politics and health news (can be time consuming, easier if this is something you’re already interested in)


Contact information

Name (grad class) Email Address Academic year in position
Alison White (2020) 2017-2018
Alan Chan (2021) 2018-2019