The UVSS Board of Directors’ offices are located in the Student Union Building (SUB Room B103).

The Board of Directors is made up of 22 student directors:

  • Five Lead Directors
  • Eleven Directors at Large
  • One Director of International Student Relations
  • Four Constituency Organization (Advocacy Group) Representatives
  • One Native Students’ Union Representative

The Board is the collective decision-making body for the Students’ Society. They organize events, provide services, and advocate for students. Board members are elected annually and are accountable to the 19,000+ undergrads they represent.

Lead Directors

Director of Campaigns and Community Relations

Email: campaigns@uvss.ca

Izzy Adachi (she/they)

Director of Campaigns and Community Relations

Hi UVIC! My name is Izzy Adachi. I use she/they pronouns, and I am a settler and uninvited guest on the unceded territories of the Songhees, Esquimalt, and WSANEC First Nations. I work to represent UVIC students at the municipal, provincial, and federal levels through lobbying and advocacy! I also work (alongside all our wonderful volunteers and staff) to run campaigns that advocate for students’ needs. I am passionate about fighting for the material needs of students like affordable housing, safe and accessible education options, and sexualized violence prevention.

Director of Student Affairs

Email: affairs@uvss.ca 

Deborah Berman (she/her)

Director of Student Affairs

Hello! My name is Deborah Berman (Deb works too!), and I am excited to work as your Director of Student Affairs! I am a fifth-year student in Political Science and Environmental Studies and I grew up in a suburb of Vancouver on the traditional, unceded territories of the Kwikwetlem and Coast Salish peoples. I’m excited to work with you and I am here to help you with all things Course Unions, Clubs, PDUs, Advocacy Groups, and NSU. I am passionate about improving inclusivity, increasing mental health resources, and building stronger community bonds at UVic. If you have any questions, please reach out to me at affairs@uvss.ca! I can’t wait to talk to you!

Director of Events

Email: events@uvss.ca

Amber Powell (she/they)

Director of Events

Hi there, I’m Amber Powell, a 3rd year bio student, and I’ll be your UVSS Director of Events for the 2022-2023 year. My goals are to work on mental health on campus with some pleasant events aimed towards reducing stress, having fun, and growing a sense of community. If our campus becomes a more pleasant and inclusive place, I’ll have done my job properly. I’m also a member of the UVIC Salsa Club, and the Maryland entomological society. While we plan to see the return of some larger events on campus, we will be keeping Covid precautions in mind every step of the way to ensure student wellness.

Director of Finance & Operations

Email: finance@uvss.ca

Leo Prosalendis (he/him)

Director of Finance & Operations

Hello everyone! My name is Leo Prosalendis and I am a second-year economics student who’s also pursuing a minor in Slavic studies. This is my first time in any form of student government and I hope to put my economics knowledge to good use. I am hoping to bring some needed ambition to this position, where I hope to use it to push through transparency reforms and address sexual violence on campus. Secondly, and most importantly to me, I hope to be as open to the student-body as possible. If you have any questions about UVSS services, the health plan or, frankly, anything UVSS I’ll be in my office both Mondays and Thursdays at noon.

Director of Outreach & University Relations

Email: outreach@uvss.ca

Ton Tran (he/him)

Director of Outreach & University Relations

Hi everyone! I am currently in my second year in Education and Indigenous Studies and was gratefully born and raised in Central BC, situated on the unceded territories of the Wet’suwet’en First Nation. I really enjoy learning the vast stories of others and I am even more excited to continue that as a director! I hope to continue to build strong and positive relationships with both students and the University.

With the support of our amazing team and students, I want to be involved in listening to issues and suggestions and bring them into reality, as well as ensure to work within our core values to deliver positive change in equity, transparency, and mental health. Meeting and talking to students are the highlight of my day, so feel free to come say hello 😊

Director of International Student Relations

Director of International Student Relations

Email: internationalrep@uvss.ca

Adam Choi (he/him)

Director of International Student Relations

My name is Adam Choi. I recall places like Hong Kong and Calgary in my past existence. My consciousness resides in Victoria now. I long for the day when all visitors of this land and ocean play in harmony. Before then, let’s be nice to each other.

Directors at Large

Sarah Buchanan (she/her)

Hey, I’m Sarah! I’m a student in the Faculty of Sociology, and I’ll be in my third year here this fall. I’m also a director at large working with the events portfolio! Outside of my school and work as a DaL, I like to have fun and meet people, or relax at home and play my guitar. I also like sketching and storytelling from time to time; I always carry a little notebook around with me to use whenever the vibe is right. I try not to take these hobbies too seriously, though — life is more fun if I don’t worry too much. In the wake of Covid, I think rebuilding the campus community should be a top priority. Luckily, that work is fun! I’m looking forward to meeting all of you this year, and filling the sub with life and excitement!

Venya Chhabra (she/her)

Hello! My name is Venya Chhabra and I’m a second year psychology student here at UVic. I was an engage leader last year and throughout my experience, I saw students struggling with post-Covid life. Many students found it extremely hard to make friends, have a sense of belonging, connect with other students and just enjoy university life in general, because of how things have changed drastically in the past two years. And if anything, I know from personal experience that when you don’t feel like you belong somewhere, it can be really disheartening, especially when you dreamt about going to that place. All of these challenges can lead to a very challenging mental health for which the university provides support but isn’t very accessible. As a Director-at-Large, I aim at bringing back some of the same environment as was before Covid but with respect to the new normal. In addition to that, making mental health more accessible and easily available is also one of my top priorities because nobody should have to go through the challenges life throws at us alone. Life can be quite hard sometimes, so we need to stick together to make it a little easier and meaningful for each other.

Lillian Crowder (she/her)

Greetings, my name is Lillian Crowder, I am a 2nd year Business Student, and as part of the UVSS have taken on the role of Director at Large. As a DAL my goals are to listen and learn first, then lead. Through previous experience as a board member and volunteer I have gained valuable insight applicable to the UVSS decision-making process as well as their interactions with the student community at UVIC. Active communication, leadership, and organization skills are some of the tools that I use to advocate successfully for growth and positive change. I value equity and social responsibility, as well as creating a welcoming and safe environment for my community. The following five goals are what I will continually push to achieve:

1. Expand social support tools following the Covid-19 pandemic.

2. Approach equality and equity barriers with intersectional solutions.

3. Expand physical and mental health support services for no extra costs.

4. Create safe and accessible places for ALL individuals.

5. Expand resources to support and promote healthy relationships, including sexual relationships and friendships.

Natasha Dielmann (she/her)

Hello. My name is Natasha Dielmann and I am a third year working to complete a double major in Earth and Ocean with Physical Geography. I am excited to be on the UVSS board as a Director at Large. I am a Member of the Outreach portfolio and will be on the Outreach, Events, and Ecofoot committees. I enjoy painting, drawing, and baking, and I am always looking for new art forms to try out. Since moving to Victoria I have enjoyed the many hiking trails and beaches around the area. If you have any suggestions please let me know when you see me around campus.

Julien Edwardson (he/him)

Hey. My name is Julien Edwardson, and I’m a first year engineering student. I’m passionate about aerospace, things that go fast, and things that go ‘boom’. I’m a portfolio director for outreach and university relations, where I’ll be working to increase interest and engagement in the UVSS. I love democracy. I love the UVSS. I will always maintain the core values of our union, and will fight to maintain a safe and secure society. I value the participation of all the members of the undergraduate student body, and will be focused on improving this over the year to come. You can reach out to me via discord or reddit, I’ll be happy to talk anytime, about nearly anything.

Samuel Holland (he/they)

Sam Holland is a student organizer and former UVic Senator. They helped lead the creation of the Humanities Undergraduate Society, started the UVic Discord Repository, and successfully pushed for Faculty Directors at the UVSS. While on the UVSS Board of Directors, Sam will push for smart financial decisions, the establishment of a student advocate, and better communication between student representatives. Sam will do his best to hold the board accountable to its mission. Sam is a total policy nerd and will likely be found attempting to review UVSS policy rather than doing his homework.

Alyssa Jackson (she/they)

Hi UVic! I’m Alyssa, a fourth year political science major and professional writing minor. I’m an international student from Camas, Washington. I’m deeply grateful for my time spent on the unceded territories of the Lekwungen Speaking Peoples, in which I am an uninvited settler. In my free time, I like to read tarot cards and learn as much as I can about Star Wars. I’m so excited to serve as a Director-at-Large! I am passionate about student safety and wellness, and I look forward to working to make our campus feel more like a community. I practice intersectional feminism and prioritize decolonization in all of my endeavours. I am a member of Socialist Alternative, a group that works under the belief that capitalism is incapable of providing a society wherein the majority thrive. I’m also a member Amnesty International UVic and the Undergraduates of Political Science.

Kate Laureta (she/her)

Hello everyone! I’m Kate and my pronouns are she/her. I’m one of your new Directors-at-Large for the UVSS Board of Directors. I was born and raised in Manila, Philippines where I was raised in Asian culture. I moved to Canada in 2017 to be with my dad and to finish my studies.

I identify as a bisexual Asian woman, and like other students on campus, I also have disabilities which is why I am registered with CAL (Centre for Accessible Learning). I ran for the UVSS Board, because I want to uplift the voices of all the students on campus, because I know what it’s like to have my own voice stifled. Before I transferred to UVic in 2021 to study psychology, I completed my Criminal Justice degree at Camosun College.

I’m passionate about learning and advocating about criminal justice and mental health; that is why I decided to study both. As a newly elected director, my main focuses are to strive to push for the following: Hybrid learning; more gender neutral washrooms; better mental health support; more accessible transit; and to end discrimination on campus. I know that this is going to be challenging so I’m hoping we could all work together to make change happen. Lastly, during my free time, I like to do the following: do outdoor activities such as hiking and camping; swimming; reading; writing poetry; playing guitar; doing fun activities with my husky, Sirius; and just chilling with my family especially my younger brothers!

Harrison Mundschutz (he/him)

Hey y’all, my name is Harrison. I have been studying chemistry for four years now. I am incredibly stoked to serve as your director at large under the finances and operations portfolio. I was born and raised in Victoria and I feel strongly tied to both the student body at UVic and the larger community. In my free time you can find me walking around beacon hill park, on a long bike ride all around the city, or simply sitting at home dreaming about gardening. I believe that an efficiently run UVSS is one that works best for students and I promise that I will work my hardest to ensure the organization runs as smoothly as possible while maintaining a high level of transparency.

Jordana Pangburn (she/her)

Hey!! My name is Jordana Pangburn, (she/her), and I have just finished my first year in humanities, where I plan to go into education. I grew up on the west coast on the territory of the Tla’ amin Nation (Powell River) where I developed an extensive background in LGBTQ2S+ and environmental activism, as well as a youth councillor and parliamentarian. When I’m not busy with various advocacy and volunteering groups, you can find me rock climbing or outside enjoying nature and identifying plants. After living on campus residence for a year and becoming introduced to university politics, I am super excited to be working on the Campaigns and Community Relations Portfolio. My election platform targeted student affordability and needs such as improving counselling services, pushing for accessible learning policies, increasing harm reduction structures, reducing food and housing costs, and eliminating paid textbooks. I also described how I would let my values/background in social justice and climate justice inform my actions in the UVSS, which I intend to be a big focus. I am looking forward to learning lots and making meaningful, tangible change for students. Feel free to reach out to me!

Lily Vokey (she/her)

Hello Everyone! My name is Lily Vokey, and I am so excited to be serving as one of your Directors at Large this year! I am a 5th-year student completing my honours in psychology with a minor in political science. Over the years, I have volunteered as an Orientation Leader, an Engage Leader and an Engagement Programming Coach for the New Student Connect Program. I am very passionate about creating an inclusive and welcoming environment on campus, and for me, that begins with mental health. My goals this year through my role on the board are to advocate for better, more accessible mental health supports and to orchestrate events to make more students excited and proud to be a part of the UVic community.

NATIVE STUDENTS UNION REPRESENTATIVE

The Native Students’ Union Representative

Position Currently Vacant

firekeeper@uvicnsu.ca

CONSTITUENCY ORGANIZATION REPRESENTATIVES

Lane O’Hara Cooke
The Gender Empowerment Centre Representative

Lane O’Hara Cooke is the representative for the Gender Empowerment Centre (aka GEM). They are in their third year of studying political science and gender studies at UVic. As the GEM representative, their role involves collaborating with other advocacy groups on policy development and programming, acting as a liaison between the GEM and the UVSS, and advocating for the interests of the GEM community. In their free time, Lane O’Hara enjoys playing with their cat, chatting about politics, drinking coconut milk lattes from the Munchie Bar, and learning about lesbianism’s rich histories and cultures. Lane can often be found wandering around/ napping in the SUB. Feel free to come up to them and say hi!

Website: uvicssd.com

Email: ssdrep@uvic.ca

Julia Denley

Society for Students with a Disability (SSD) Representative

Ashley Bihis (she/her)

Students of Colour Collective Representative

Hello! My name is Ashley Bihis and I am the advocacy group representative for the Students of Colour Collective (SOCC). I am a second-year student double-majoring in Sociology and French, and this is my first full year serving on the UVSS board.

My role as a board representative is to ensure that BIPOC students’ voices are heard and that SOCC continues to advocate for issues that affect BIPOC folks at UVic. I am highly motivated by my passion for anti-racism education and inclusion, which has driven me to get involved with initiatives that promote diversity, support, and equity for racialized and marginalized communities.

Your input and lived experiences are valued, so please feel free to contact me for advocacy and to bring awareness to issues for SOCC to follow up on. I look forward to working toward social change and creating safer spaces both on and off campus for all students.

Ophelia (Effy) Taylor (all pronouns)

UVic Pride Representative

Effy is a third year political science major with a minor in gender studies. This is her second year on the board having served last year as the pride rep as well. They started the Trans-Protagonism campaign with UVic pride last year to combat rising levels of transphobia in UVic and the broader community, and hopes to expand upon that in the coming year.