by Heidi Riley
The UPEI Student Union is always looking for volunteers to help during events, campaigns, and more.
Leena Daboo is the Marketing & Communications Manager for the UPEI Student Union (SU). Her role is to send out a student newsletter, co-manage the UPEISU and Fox and Crow pub socials, and social media promotion. She is also in charge of the Street Team, a group of students who volunteer for UPEI Student Union events. Leena’s position is full-time and is paid.
Divya Daboo is the Vice President Student Life. She runs events and campaigns on campus and helps oversee the university’s many clubs and societies. This is a paid position. She works part-time during the school year and full-time in the summer.
Leena and Divya work together to ensure that events and campaigns have volunteers to help. “The responsibilities of volunteers vary a lot,” says Leena. “Most recently, students helped decorate the Student Union staircase at the Murphy Student Centre. We are always grateful to have more volunteers help to make sure everything looks nice.”
Volunteers are contacted by email and asked if they can volunteer for a specific event. “We always try to work around people’s timelines and availability. We recognize that volunteers are a big part of making SU events successful.”
Benefits of joining the Street Team
- A Volunteer of the Year award is given out to the volunteer who helps the most
- Volunteers are recognized on the UPEISU website
- Volunteers may request a letter of recommendation that can help strengthen their resumé
Other volunteer roles
Students can also volunteer for a leadership role with the UPEISU Council. The Council consists of student leaders who are elected annually. These individuals serve to represent students from each faculty or represent all students, such as the Board of Governors and Senate representatives. Other positions, such as the First Year Rep and International Student Rep, represent specific groups of students.
The council is the governing body of the UPEISU, and the role of the council is to keep the executives accountable for their work. Representatives attend bi-weekly meetings and attend some Student Union committee meetings. They also have the option to join internal or external committees with the Student Union or UPEI in general.
Student leaders who volunteer for Council receive compensation based on their contributions at the end of their service. Representatives run for a seat and are elected. If there are vacant seats on Council, representatives are appointed. Candidates are chosen after sending in their resumé and an interview process.
“Volunteers for the UPEI Student Union are not considered volunteers for UPEI in general. UPEISU is a separate entity from UPEI. However, our student leaders have the opportunity to join committees and ensure students’ voices are represented on committees with the UPEI administration.”