January 19, 2020

Conestoga Students Inc. (CSI) hosted their Annual General Meeting at The Venue last Wednesday, and the president Scot Wyles said they are proud of the “great accomplishments” they had in 2018-2019.

“We did a lot of things that the students wanted,” said Wyles in an interview. “For example, we had a few concerts, such as Alessia Cara, which sold out within a few days. Also, we hosted our first Diwali, which was off-site and that was a huge hit.”

The presentation, based on the Annual Report 2018-2019, covered all eight core services CSI provides to students, including The Wellness Office, The Venue, entertainment, CSI services, CSI initiatives, social media, and leadership development.

Some of the highlights of the year were the 146 per cent increase in daily traffic at The Wellness Office when compared to the previous year, and the average 35 per cent increase of the Service Hub usage where students get access to printing, binding and laminating services, across the Doon, Cambridge and Waterloo campuses.

Also, the CSI app was launched in August 2018; today it was more than 10,000 downloads and 379 daily users.

The event was advertised across all of their platforms and a month prior to it, CSI board members walked around campuses showing their work to almost 600 students and informing them about the meeting. Yet, attendance was scant, with only two students participating.

“Students are busy with school, some of them also have part-time jobs … to be here at school for an extra two hours might be a lot,” Wyles said.

CSI’s Annual General Meeting 2018 – 2019 only had two attendees in The Venue at Conestoga College Doon Campus in Kitchener, Ont., on Oct. 30, 2019.
(Amanda Volpato / Spoke Online).

Even though there was a low turn out, CSI thinks students are satisfied with their work, since they provide many events and services.

Parwinder Singh, a second-year Conestoga student, is happy with the association. “CSI provides us with more services and opportunities, which is very beneficial for us students,” he said in an interview.

For the year 2019-2020, the student association has had a rough start due to the student choice initiative that has taken place, limiting their revenue stream.

However, Wyles said they are adapting to the changes. CSI will still be providing just as many events to Conestoga students as last year, he said, without clarifying how this will happen with reduced funding.


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