MSA is committed to enhancing the work environment and advocating the interests of its members while contributing to the success of the University.

The Non-Academic Staff Association was formed in the early 1980s with the purpose of having a body to promote aims/objectives of the Non-Academic Staff. The goals of that time are still present today. Following a majority vote of members at the Spring General Meeting on the 13th of June 2001, the Non-Academic Staff Association (NASA) changed their name to the MacEwan Staff Association.

MSA members’ jobs vary thoughout the MacEwan University – this includes administrators, clerical personnel, research analysts, education assistants, finance staff, customer service representatives, mailroom staff, cooks, child care workers, maintenance service workers, custodians, library staff, computer technicians, parking staff, electricians, plumbers, program advisors, graphic designers, marketing consultants, buyers, and event planners.

MSA is a union controlled directly by our members who elect their executive. Under the direction of the executive, MSA staff manage the daily functions of the Union.

Our History

The MacEwan Staff Association was formed in the early 1980’s under the name “The Non-Academic Staff Association”. The purpose of the association is to promote the aims and objectives of the non-academic staff at Grant MacEwan College.

On June 13, 2001 our name officially changed to the MacEwan Staff Association and on July 10, 2006 we became a certified union with our certification as a bargaining agent by the Alberta Labour Relations Board.

Since that time, Grant MacEwan College has grown considerably and developed into MacEwan University. MSA continues to provide representation and services in the areas of labour relations, disability management and collective bargaining for its members.

 MSA’s Goals & Objectives

  • Act as the bargaining agent for MSA members and enter into collective agreements concerning terms and conditions of work and employment;
  • Interpret, administer and protect the terms and conditions of the Collective Agreement;
  • Encourage advancement of MSA members by supporting fair and just recruitment and selection practices;
  • Educate and communicate MSA mission, goals and objectives to its members to foster member support;
  • Promote and support a healthy and safe work environment;
  • Build stronger recognition of MSA as equal stakeholders in the University community;
  • Promote harmony, dignity and good will among MSA members and the post-secondary community;
  • Promote and enhance professional development for MSA members;
  • Promote social activities for MSA members.

Your MSA Staff and Board

Donna-Mae Winquist

MSA President

Donna-Mae has held various positions at the University and is presently serving as MSA President with 100% release time from her position as Manager, School of Continuing Education. She became involve...

Lee-Ann Jeffrey


Lee-Ann Jeffrey has been an employee of MacEwan since 2001. She has worked in all different areas, all within the faculty of Arts & Science and is currently in the Dean’s office. Lee-Ann vol...

Celine Miller


As a MacEwan graduate, Celine has been at MacEwan for 30 years, holding administrative support positions with the School of Business, Faculty Development, Grant MacEwan University Faculty Association ...

Shawna Charles

PD Committee Chair

Shawna has been a volunteer on the PD Committee since June 2018. The PD Committee is the first committee she has volunteered for because of the importance of the work this committee does in providing ...

Nina Delling

BoG Rep

Nina has a comprehensive background in University administration and governance. With Masters degrees from both Universität Leipzig and University of Alberta, Nina began her career with MacEwan U...

Sarah Butler

Member Representative

Sarah embraced the art of communication beginning with her work in Talk Radio, Real Estate Sales, Not-for-profit Housing, and now University Administration. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Honors P...

Sarah Fee

Member Representative

Sarah has been employed at MacEwan since 2002. She started in Financial Services as a student in the accounting co-op program and soon after was hired as a full time continuing employee. She has held ...

Suzanne Fournier

Member Representative

Suzanne Fournier joined MacEwan University in the summer of 2010. She currently works as a Program Manager in the School of Continuing Education, where she manages a portfolio of business and manageme...

Davi Grossi

Member Representative

Davi is an in-scope supervisor in Aquatics, Sport and Wellness leading a team of 4 continuing full-time staff and 25-30 casual staff.  He first joined MacEwan as an International Student in 2003....

Shawna Jansen

Member Representative

Since starting at MacEwan University in 2002, Shawna has held numerous positions in different schools and faculties while being an active member of MSA.  This has allowed her to view issues from ...

Christine Valentine

Member Representative

Christine Valentine has worked at MacEwan University since 2012, after first attending the university as a student. She is the Faculty Governance Administrator for the Faculty of Fine Arts and Communi...

Volunteer for MSA

Join the MSA Board! If you are a signed member, you can be nominated and run for a position on the MSA Board. MSA Elections happen each year in the spring. The following positions comprise the MSA Boa...

Harry Oosterhoff

Executive Director

Harry brings to the MSA a wealth of experience in interest-based bargaining and collaborative labour relations. He has represented numerous bargaining units through the processing and resolution of gr...

Cathy Pruden

Office Manager

Cathy has been with the MSA since 1998 during which time she has seen our organization grow from one part time staff to two part time and two full-time positions. She enjoys working with our members a...

Britany Thiessen

LR Generalist

Britany has a B.A. in Politics from the University of Winnipeg and a Human Resources Management diploma from NAIT. Her 8 years of previous experience in various Human Resources roles has brought her e...

Nicole Moeller

Administrative Assistant

Nicole has been with the MacEwan Staff Association for six years. With a background in communications and the arts, Nicole has worked in administration, marketing and communications for over ten years...


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