Overview

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.

Promoting a Workplace Free from Discrimination

MSA is committed to a workplace free from discrimination on the basis of race, ethnicity, colour, religion, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, and marital or family status. We will actively work to change personal, institutional and societal biases, confront systems and acts of discrimination, and take conscious and deliberate action to provide equitable opportunities for all people. In addition to challenging systemic oppression of marginalized groups, MSA is committed to developing a workplace environment in which personal privilege is acknowledged, and all people feel confident that they will not be exposed to discrimination, harassment or any other emotional or physical harm.

Your MSA Board and Staff

Donna-Mae Winquist

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

Vice-President, Admin Assistant

Lee-Ann  has been an employee of MacEwan since 2001. She has worked in a variety of areas, all within the Faculty of Arts & Science; currently she is in the Dean’s office. Lee-Ann joine...

Ayman Y. Abdulrahman

Secretary-Treasurer

I’d consider myself to be a well learned individual in paper, by attaining both my junior and high school diplomas, as well as acquiring a certificate in International Computer Driving License i...

Yunyan Li

Professional Development Chair

I am quite new to MacEwan but in the past year I have been enjoying my time here and learning a lot from my colleagues. I have always been a person actively looking for learning opportunities and hopi...

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 ...

Ramona Korpan

Member Representative

I’m a writer and project coordinator with the Office of Communications and Marketing, and am serving my second term as a member of the MSA Negotiations committee. I’ve been at MacEwan for ...

Tracy Lynch

Member Representative

Tracy has been working at MacEwan University for five years in a full-time continuing Accessibility Assistant position at Access & Disability Resources. She is currently completing her M.Ed. at Un...

Celine Miller

Member Representative

Celine is a MacEwan graduate and has worked at MacEwan for 30 years. She has held administrative support positions within the School of Business, Faculty Development, Grant MacEwan University Faculty ...

Erika Pinder

Member Representative

First and foremost, I am a mother of 2 beautiful children and am married to a most wonderful husband. They continue to keep me grounded (especially during this pandemic) and remain my most faithful of...

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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