About Us


About Us

Established over 75 years ago, the St. Thomas University Students’ Union is a democratic body representing all students at St. Thomas University. The mission of the Students’ Union is to effectively represent and provide services to the students of St. Thomas University and to advocate the position of the organization before the University’s administration, municipal government, provincial ministries and federal departments. The Students’ Union strives to enhance the life and experience of students with a positive educational, social and cultural environment while attending St. Thomas University.


Mission statement 

“The Students’ Union is a democratically elected body, whose mission is to effectively represent and provide services to the students of St. Thomas University and to advocate the position of the organization before the University’s administration, municipal government, provincial ministries and federal departments. The Students’ Union strives to enhance the life and experience of students with a positive educational, social and cultural environment while attending St. Thomas University.”

– St. Thomas University Students’ Union Constitution Title III Section I





Philippe Ferland 

President: su_president@stu.ca

My name is Philippe Ferland and I’m your STUSU President. I am born in Chilliwack, B.C., but spent the majority of my life moving all around Canada and the United States. Currently I’m finishing up school by going into my fifth year and will have an honours in Great Books, and a double major in psychology and political science. In my free time, I like to play videos, work out at the gym, and cook.

As your Students’ Union President, I do the best I can to help students and am determined to achieve as many results there as possible. While a lot of my work is external or deals with the administration, I’m super approachable and always interested in hearing what you have to say. Whether it’s in JDH, class, the grocery store, Klub Krome, or a funeral, just say “hi!” and feel free to tell me about your general experience here at STU.  I will always enthusiastically respond to you and do everything I can to help!    


Matt LeBlanc

Vice-President Administration: su_vpadmin@stu.ca

I want to extend a warm welcome to all the new faces joining our cozy campus and to those returning for this 2017-18 academic year. As Vice-President Administration I am tasked with maintaining and improving students’ health & dental coverage, managing the Union budget, and overseeing clubs and societies. I am always willing to sit down with anyone and discuss issues specific to them, approaches or services we can bring to STU, or general ways we can improve the lives of students. It is our responsibility as STUSU executives to do all that we can to create the most welcoming and comforting campus environment attainable.

St. Thomas University is a tight-knit community of passionate, engaged, and empathetic leaders. It is a place where you will be pushed to your intellectual limits, provoked to ask the “why” questions, and invited to discover how you ought to live your life. It is a place where lifelong friendships will begin and where cherished memories will occur. It is, perhaps inevitably, a place that will soon become home.

Never hesitate to reach out to me at my email above. 


Brianna Workman

Vice-President Education: su_vped@stu.ca

Hey STUdents! My name is Brianna Workman and I am unbelievably excited to be your Vice-President Education on the STUSU this year. I am a third year student majoring in Communications and Public Policy and Political Science. I am from Kemptville, Ontario. I hope that STU becomes your second home very quickly, just like it did for me a few years ago when I first came to here.

A big part of my job as Vice-President Education is working with the two advocacy organizations we are a part of –the New Brunswick Student Alliance (NBSA) and the Canadian Alliance of Student Associations (CASA). Both of these organizations are made up of other member student unions (like us) on both a provincial and federal level. Together, as a team of student leaders, and with the help of NBSA and CASA staff, we advocate for students with the goal of influencing policy change within the provincial and federal government.

If you ever see me on campus, I would love to get to know you and chat. Here’s to another great year at STU! 

Jimy Beltran 

Vice-President Student Life: su_vpsl@stu.ca

I would like to extend a warm welcome to all new and returning students. I hope that you had a fantastic summer and are charged with new energy and enthusiasm for this academic year! As a Vice-President Student Life, my job is to improve your university experience by planning activities and advocating for better student services. So, if you are having problems with the services offered by the school such as food and transportation, don’t hesitate to contact me so we can sit down and try to devise a solution.

St. Thomas is a small and active community. Therefore, I encourage you to participate – or continue to participate- in our campus activities, clubs, student government and sports. Your engagement is crucial to keeping the spirit of St. Thomas alive. I hope that in this new academic year you flourish both at a personal and an intellectual level. And remember that the STUSU is always here to support you. 


Council Representatives

Council Representatives


Vanier Hall Representative (su_vanier@stu.ca): Beverly Pownall


Holy Cross House Representative (su_holycross@stu.ca): Hailey Frenette 

My name is Hailey Frenette and I’m the VP External for Holy Cross House. I’m a second year student majoring in Communications and Public Policy and History, and minoring in Criminology. In my position this year, I’m very excited to be involved in maintaining communication between my house and the STUSU.

Harrington Hall Representative (su_harrington@stu.ca): Avery Brown


Chatham Hall Representative (su_chatham@stu.ca): Gabby Kennedy

My name is Gabby Kennedy and I'm the House President of Chatham Hall for the 2017-2018 school year. I'm planning on majoring in English with a focus in Creative Writing and minoring in Sociology. 

I'm extremely excited to plan some great events for all of you STUdents and helping out in any way that I can!"


First Year Representative (su_firstyear@stu.ca): Dane Rose

Hi! My name is Dane Rose and I am a First-Year Student, from Jamaica, here at STU. I plan on doing a Double Major in Criminology and Human Rights with a Minor in Economics. For the Academic Year 2017-18, I will be the First-Year Representative on the STUSU where I will lobby for all First-Year’s interests as well as bridge the gap between them and the STUSU. I am super excited to represent my fellow First-Years as there is a lot in store and I am looking forward to working with you guys so that this year will be a very productive one. If you have any questions or concerns, fell free to contact me, at anytime, in person, through social media or via email at su_firstyear@stu.ca.


Off-Campus Representative (su_oc@stu.ca): Taylor Barrett

My name is Taylor Barrett and I am one of your Off Campus representatives for 2017-2018. I am in my second year here at STU and my intended majors’ are in Sociology and Human Rights. My plan this year is to make OC committee more than just a “party committee”. I would like to focus more on creating events that promote activism and raising awareness for issues that our students are passionate about. 

Off-Campus Representative (su_oc@stu.ca): Nicole Gonzalez-Garcia

Majoring in Psychology and History, I'm in my third year at STU and I'm so excited to be one of the three OC rep's that are going to represent the voices of the off campus community!


At-Large Representative (su_atlarge@stu.ca): Sean Kenney 


At-Large Representative (su_atlarge@stu.ca): Robyn Metcalfe

Hello! My name is Robyn Metcalfe and I hold the position of At-Large Representative for the 2017/2018 academic year. I am a third year student pursuing a double major in Sociology and Psychology and a double minor in Cultural Anthropology and Human Rights. This is my first year on the STUSU and I am very excited to see what the year has in store!


At-Large Representative (su_atlarge@stu.ca): Nicholas Decarie 

My name is Nicholas Decarie, I'm originally from Montréal, Québec and I am Fourth year History Honours Student with a Minor in Spanish. I have been a two-term Board of Governors Representative and I am looking forward to serving as a Representative At-Large. My goal as Representative At-Large is to bring a constructive voice to council and to revitalize the role of At-Large Representative as a bridge between students and their union.


International Student Representative (su_international@stu.ca): Wasiimah Joomun


Sexual and Gender Diversity Representative (su_sexualdiversity@stu.ca): Olivier Hébert

I am in my 4th year, completing a honours in Sociology. As a member of the Queer and Trans community I am a proud activist and academic. As I represent our community this year, I am excited to bring a queer perspective to the Students' Representative Council as well as work to gather data about the realities and needs of Queer and Trans students.


Indigenous Student Representative (su_indigenous@stu.ca): Alexa Metallic 


Social Inclusion Representative (su_social@stu.ca): Rebecca Kingston

Hey STU! My name is Rebecca Kingston and I’m here from Miramichi, New Brunswick to study History and French. I am your Social Inclusion Representative and my job is to relay information, feedback, and concerns from underrepresented minority groups on campus back to the Union. Feel free to get in contact with me in person, via social media, or at su_social@stu.ca. I look forward to hearing from you!


Student Senator (su_senators@stu.ca): Brittany Lynn Gray

Hello! My name is Brittany Gray, I’m a second-year student and I’m double majoring in Human Rights and Philosophy as well as minoring in Spanish! What I look forward to the most this year is learning from and connecting with the people I get to meet while I work as a student representative of senate. I’m very excited for the upcoming year, and I can’t wait see you all in September!

Student Senator (su_senators@stu.ca): Andrea Lopez 

My name is Andrea Lopez and I am in my fourth year at STU. I am doing Honours in International Relations and Major in Human Rights. I am so excited to be part of STUSU this year as your senator because I will be a voice for students by advocating for their needs and concerns.


Board of Governors Representative (su_bog@stu.ca): Laura Robinson

My name is Laura Robinson and I am one of two current student representatives on the Board of Governors. I am a 4th year student writing her honors thesis in Human Rights with a major in Science Technology and Society Studies and a minor in Political Science. 


Board of Governors Representative (su_bog@stu.ca): Husoni Raymond

Hi! My name is Husoni Raymond. I'm currently in my second year here at STU. I am pursuing a double major in Criminology and Sociology. This year, I am one of the the student representatives on the Board Of Governors. I am looking forward to sharing the student perspective on issues so that the university can continue to make rational decisions with students' interests in mind


Graduating Class President (su_gradclass@stu.ca): Leeanne Doxtator






My name is Tina Iannarilli and for the past 23 years I have had the pleasure of serving STUdents as General Manager of STU SU.  I know what you are thinking, she must have started when she was 12.  *wink *wink.  I joke, but I wasn’t much older than most students at that time.   I have been truly blessed to work as part of one of the best institutions on the planet in my humble opinion. 

I have always loved the close-knit community that STU provides like a family really.  The opportunity to work with a team of student leaders that cares so much about fostering that family vibe and taking care of our own has been an amazing experience.  I won’t go on about everything our leaders do for you as they will toot their own horns I am sure in their own bios. 

I will say to those of you new to STU, this is going to a great year and I am so excited to work alongside your STU SU Exec and Council for 2017/18.

If you ever find yourself wandering the halls of the SUB stop by and say Hi!  Room 31 is located in the armpit of the SUB and it gets lonely there so visitors are always welcome!  

All the Best,


General Manager of STUSU Office

SRC Chair (su_chair@stu.ca): Rachel Barry 


Recording Secretary (su_secretary@stu.ca) : Laura Robinson 

My name is Laura Robinson and I am the recording secretary on council. I am a 4th year student writing her honors thesis in Human Rights with a major in Science Technology and Society Studies and a minor in Political Science. 

Help Desk Coordinator (su_helpdesk@stu.ca)


Communications Coordinator (su_communications@stu.ca): Book Sadprasid 


Chief Returning Officer (su_cro@stu.ca): Erickson Miranda 

My name is Erickson Miranda and I'm an International Student from Nicaragua. I am in my second year, planning to major in Political Science and International Relations. As a Chief Returning Officer, I am very excited to continue working for the student union and to help out in this year's elections.


Activities Coordinator (su_activities@stu.ca): Morgan Matheson 

Hello, My name is Morgan. I am in my fourth and final year here at STU and I am double majoring in Criminology and Sociology withminor in Political Science. As excited I am for the new things that fourth year will bring, I am very excited to bring some great activities to campus for STU students this year, and become more involved with STU throughout the next year.