President:Farah Islam is in the second year of her PhD and is hoping to use a mixed methods approach to study poor mental health and mental healthcare utilization in Canada's diverse ethnocultural populations. This is her third year on the GRASP executive team. In her spare time, Farah enjoys reading, traveling, and exploring the city of Toronto pretending to be a tourist.
Vice-President: Theresa Kim is in the 2nd year MSc program at the School of Kinesiology and Health Science, specializing in Epidemiology. Her research interests include cognitive developmental psychology, community health, and maternal-child health.
Academic Affairs: Theresa Beesley is a first year PhD student under the supervision of Dr. Jessica Fraser-Thomas. Theresa's research interests include exploring youth sport programs for their potential to enhance positive learning experiences that will facilitate psychosocial skills development. She also is interested in examining aspects associated with maintained participation in sport and physical activity through transition periods in youths' lives.
Career and Community Affairs:
Communications Officer: Daniel Perez is a fourth year PhD candidate under the supervision of Dr. Paul Ritvo. His research interests involve diverse topics such as the built environment, physical activity, bioethics, and pandemic influenza.
|Undergraduate Liaison: Elizabeth Gersh is a fifth year Health Policy student, and hopes to pursue a Master's degree in Public Health next fall.|
The President must act in the best interest of the club and oversee the actions of all of the Executive members. The President must approve all financial transactions, verifying his/her approval by signing the proposal for transaction. With the Treasurer, the President determines the membership fee for the year if one is to be charged. He/she will call meetings and lead them according to the concerns of members. The President must handle complaints and disputes, or when unable to resolve them seek further help from the Executive council or appropriate outside sources. He/she will attend University functions requiring an official representative, or appoint an appropriate representative if unable to attend. The President is the signing authority.
The Vice-President will assume the duties and exercise the powers of the President in his/her absence. The Vice-President is the liaison between GRASP and other clubs, faculty, York University, and any other persons or organizations in contact with the club. The Vice-President has signing authority as well, should two signatures be necessary, or should the President be unable to sign any documentation.
The Treasurer is responsible for keeping the accounts of GRASP up-to-date and in good order. This involves preparing a budget (if applicable) for the Graduate Students Association at the beginning of each academic year, depositing funds into the bank account, maintaining accurate banking and accounting records, recording disbursements of GRASP funds and maintaining well-organized files for fundraising efforts, as well as acting as a GRASP cheque-signing authority. The Treasurer should arrange at the beginning of their term for all bank documents to be sent directly to them. The Treasurer is responsible for opening and checking the accuracy of all financial documents. The Treasurer is responsible for keeping all original financial documents. The Treasurer may also be asked to give a report of GRASP finances at every meeting, from a brief update to a full accounting.
The Secretary is responsible for recording the minutes of each GRASP meeting. Minutes must
be posted to the GRASP Executive within one week of a GRASP meeting. Executive members have three days to request changes to the minutes. The Secretary is also required to send an electronic version of the minutes to the Communications Officer for posting on the GRASP website. The Secretary may also be requested to read minutes of previous meetings at the beginning of each GRASP Executive meeting, unless the Executive votes to waive the reading of the minutes. The Secretary is expected to keep a file of GRASP meeting minutes in good order.
The Communications Officer is responsible for disseminating information about GRASP initiatives and events to the general membership of GRASP. With a committee (if relevant) the chair will maintain all communications tools, such as website, listserv, newsletter, and postering. This includes ensuring proper security is maintained with regards to access and passwords within the Executive. The Communications Officer is also required to post minutes from GSA and Departmental meetings that will be provided by the designated representatives, while ensuring that other emerging tools and mediums are explored and maximized.
Academic Affairs Officer
This position will head all academic components of the GRASP mandate. Such matters within the scope of this position include but are not limited to:
Community and Careers Affairs Officer
This position will head all community and career affairs components of the GRASP mandate. Such matters within the scope of this position include but are not limited to:
a) each other, in order to broaden their experience of public health
b) relevant campus bodies including other departments
c) student organizations outside of York University
d) potential employers including public health organizations
e) members of the community at all levels
Close coordination between this position and the Academic Affairs Officer is expected due to the many opportunities for beneficial overlap.
Undergraduate & York Community Liaison Officer (Undergraduate Student Position)
- Representing undergraduate student interests on the executive council
- Assisting with promotion of GRASP events
- Acting Liaison between GRASP and other York undergraduate clubs
- Contact between GRASP and other university undergraduate health clubs