TWUGSA
Enhancing the Graduate Student Experience

About twugsa

Intellectual. Spiritual. Social.

History

On May 14th, 2004 students from the School of Graduate Studies (SGS) and ACTS voted to approve the formation of the Trinity Western University Graduate Student Association (TWUGSA). Prior to this vote, the TWUGSA Constitution was approved by the TWU Board of Governors and the TWUGSA Bylaws were approved by the President's Cabinet.

The main focus of TWUGSA is to serve the graduate student body by providing representation on a global scale through personal involvement with Trinity Western University's administrative committees. Secondly, TWUGSA wishes to enhance and support the individual graduate student experience at Trinity Western University.

 

Get in touch

Student groups wishing to be officially recognized by TWUGSA are required to submit an application form to any member of the council.

appLICATION FORM ▸

 
 

Executive Council

 
 
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PRESIDENT

Luke Shaver

Hey, fellow Grad students! I am in the MLE program to obtain my Master's in Linguistics and Exegesis through CanIL and ACTS. I graduated from Grace College (Winona Lake, Indiana, USA) in 2015 with a BA in Bible Translation, minoring in Intercultural Studies; at Grace, I was privileged to serve as the dorm representative in Student Senate as well as Representative of the Senior Class. Through my initiatives, I took grassroots ideas from chats with others to leadership visibility and enabled students to obtain support for their passions.

Before involvement in student government, I was unacquainted with the desire that the Administration of Student Affairs has in addressing student concerns. Many of us students struggle to utilize the means of sharing our concerns with administration. It was fulfilling to bridge the gap between decision-makers affecting the student body, and students who wish to contribute to our community. The spiritual and relational contribution Graduate students can make has great potential that I'd like to cast vision for great impact on the TWU Undergraduate Students, TWU faculty and staff through academic explorations and extracurricular connections to others even across disciplines! 

 
 
 

 
 
 
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executive vice president

Duncan Keist

Duncan has been a resident of southwestern British Columbia for over 30 years. He is now a learner in the Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology program here at Trinity Western University. He plans to become a registered counsellor who specializes in trauma and grief therapy after graduation.

Duncan has a humanistic worldview, and through this, he is passionate about volunteering and working in community services. He has contributed his time to the Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Society of British Columbia for several years. He was the co-founder and Registration, Data, and Sponsorships Coordinator for the Tri-Cities Walk for ALS, and a camp counsellor for Alohi Lani at Zajac Ranch for Children. He was previously a youth worker, focusing his career on working with at-risk and homeless youth in the Lower Mainland. He worked for several non-profit and government organizations including Covenant House, Ridge Meadows Association for Community Living, and the North Vancouver Recreation and Culture Commission. 

Duncan's vision for the TWUGSA is to develop an organization that encourages campus community engagement, personal, professional, and educational growth of students, sustainable and eco-friendly organizational practices, and approachable and communicative leadership. He believes that the TWUGSA should be a strong voice for graduate students at the institution and abroad.  

Duncan enjoys working out, playing board games, and watching documentaries. He can also cook a mean batch of “red velvet pancakes".

 
 
 

 
 
 
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VICE PRESIDENT FINANCE

Ange Quapp

I was born and raised in Alberta and moved to BC with my husband, Trent, the same day we got married in 2011. We don’t have any children, but we have two crazy ragdoll cats. I graduated from Canadian Bible College in Regina, SK with a Bachelor’s of Religious Education. After graduation, I spent 5 years in South Korea, teaching English. Teaching English became a real joy and passion for me, so I decided to return to school to further my education so that I could expand my area of influence and make a bigger impact in our world. I am currently enrolled in the MA TESOL program and am looking forward to using what I have learned to help train up future leaders and teachers in the field of English Language Teaching (ELT).

In my undergrad, I was a member of the Students’ Representative Council in the role of Public Relations Coordinator. I really enjoyed the chance that I had to be a voice for students and to help make the campus a place where all felt comfortable, accepted, and able to have fun while learning. I approach this position with TWUGSA with the same enthusiasm and desire to make a difference. As graduate students, we live hectic lives, but this doesn’t mean that we don’t have concerns that need to be met or that we don’t desire a platform to express those concerns. I welcome the opportunity to meet new people, hear your stories and concerns, and to share life together. I look forward to helping make this crazy MA journey of my fellow students more enjoyable. I eagerly anticipate the chance to be a servant on the TWU campus.

 
 

 

SGS & ACTS Representatives

 
 
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Ominini Ambie-Barango

My name is Ominini /Oh⋅mee⋅ni⋅ni/, a Nigerian, with a passion for education. I completed my undergrad at the University of Ottawa and moved west to the beautiful British Columbia to pursue my Master's degree in Business Administration. I joined the GSA because it provided an opportunity to serve my colleagues, by standing for their interests. My main goals will be to Improve the engagement of MBA students at TWUGSA events by rethinking communication and incentive strategies, Improve the ease with which MBA students can access needed academic or professional help, and
Offer MBA students a platform to use or share their skills, knowledge, and/or mentorship on campus.

 

Benjamin Martin Victor

My name is Benjamin Martin Victor, usually known among the professors as the guy with 3 first names. I am pursuing my MBA in International Business. I have a total of around 8 years of experience, 5 years in sales and 3 in finance reporting. I am a hardworking, consistent and God- fearing person. I like challenges that compel me to think outside of the box. I believe that leading by example and working effectively in a team is one and the same. So, it doesn’t really matter if I’m a leader or someone who works for one, the outcome is more important. I try to stay positive and make a difference. Helping people around me is something that comes naturally to me – be it helping my parents with their computer, or helping a colleague with an assignment or even helping my wife in the kitchen. To bring about a positive change and a sense of unity is important to me. I would like to know that during my time at TWU, I made a difference, even if it was a small one.

“God made you different so you can make a difference”

 
 
 

Perry Hendricks

I'm a student in the MAIH program, and am primarily interested in philosophy of religion, philosophy of mind, and epistemology. My current research is focused on the problem of evil and the rationality of religious belief. If elected to be a Graduate Student Representative, I would try to represent the MAIH community interests, and to promote the common good of the graduate community at TWU in general.