History and Role of Your Students’ Union
The Students’ Union has existed since the formation of the College in 1975. In 1989, the Students’ Union was formally incorporated as a not-for-profit society, and in 1990 students voted overwhelmingly to become members of the Canadian Federation of Students. In 2004, students voted to change the name of the Students’ Union from the Northwest Community College Students’ Association to the Northwest Community College Students’ Union. In 2009-2010 the current structure of the Students’ Union was adopted.
Since that time, the Students’ Union’s Board of Directors has worked to increase the autonomy of the Students’ Union. At one time, the students’ association on campus was little more than a bill-receiving account governed by the college, decisions were not made by democratically elected students nor was there a functional board of directors, financial oversight procedures or year to year continuity of services, events, or advocacy work.
The role of the Union is to provide a common voice for students’ concerns, to assist students in working together for the goal of a high-quality, universally accessible, publicly funded post-secondary education, and to provide services and events that enrich the lives of all members.
With the failing of the CFS, our membership spoke to separate ourselves from the National organization in November 2017 and remain a local of the British Columbia Federation of Students. This was achieved in June 2018 when CFS membership voted to expel all British Columbia member locals from the federation during the National Semi-Annual General Meeting.
In preparation of the College’s rebranding our membership decided on three name options to be voted on during our Special General Meeting in March 2018. At that meeting the name Coast Mountain Students’ Union was elected as a suitable new name. We will continue to work on the founding principles of NWCCSU, and remember the importance of our victories and the tireless work of our members past and present.