HISTORY

Learn more about the inner workings of your Student Union – from its past to its present.

The Student Union’s roots stretch back to 1935 when the current UPEI campus was still occupied by St. Dunstan’s University. The building we currently know as the Chaplaincy Centre was built as the very first Student Centre. By 1970, students at the recently renamed University of Prince Edward Island had outgrown their cozy little building. Yearning for more space to increase our offered services, the University gave the old cow barn (located beside the current CARI complex) to the SU as a temporary Student Centre. It quickly became known simply as “The Barn.”

 

The Barn was home to the Panther Lounge and hosted many “Pig n’ Whistles.” It was also home to a student cafeteria, a games room where Pacman took over in popularity, a bookstore, and UPEI’s first daycare.

 

Twenty years later in 1990, the Student Union decided they had finally outgrown their temporary location and began the planning of a new student centre. In 1997, the current site of the National Research Centre was proposed by the University and accepted by the SU as the new location. Building plans and budgets were rolling right along for a very, very different student centre along the back of campus until 1999.

 

In this year, UPEI approved fundraising for the new Student Centre and wondered why in the world we were willing to be stuck at the back of campus when we should be front and centre? Under President McLauchlan’s leadership, University amenities such as: Student Services (now Student Affairs), the bookstore, the Co-op Program, the Health Centre and the International Office were included in the Student Centre planning and the SU was offered the old Alumni Gym site on which our building currently sits.

 

Eager to do their part, the province of PEI generously contributed $1 million to the almost $2 million raised by students, faculty, staff and alumni of UPEI.

 

By 2002, the W.A. Murphy Student Centre was ready to open its doors to all of UPEI and continues to do so today.

 

Contact: General Manager, gm@upeisu.ca or (902) 566-0530

Past Executives & Past SU Award Recipients

Past Executives

2021-2022

President – Samantha MacLean (May 2021 – October 2021)

President – Riley Mackay (November 2021 – January 2022)

President – Adam MacKenzie (January 2022 – April 2022)

VP Academic and External – Anagha Muralidharan (May 2021 – January 2022)

VP Academic and External – Maggie LeClair (January 2022 – April 2022)

VP Student Life – Sierrah Laybolt (May 2021 – November 2021)

VP Student Life – Nathan Lacroix (November 2021 – April 2022)

VP Finance – Leena Daboo

 

2020-2021

President – Brian Affouan (May 2020 – November 2020)

President – Tolulope Oginni (November 2020 – April 2021)

VP Academic and External – Malak Nassar

VP Student Life – Jose Gonzalez

VP Finance – Ayomikun Oguntola


2019-2020

President – Emma Drake

VP Academic and External – Sweta Daboo

VP Student Life – Tessa Rogers

VP Finance – Keesha Ryan

 

2018-2019

President – William McGuigan

VP Academic and External – Emma Drake

VP Student Life – Sarah MacEachern

VP Finance – John Ployer

 

2017-2018

President – Hammad Ahmed (May – December 2017)

President – Taya Nabuurs (Interim, January 2018)

President – Chelsea Perry (January – March 2018)

President – William McGuigan (Interim, April 2018)

VP Academic and External – Taya Nabuurs

VP Student Life – Megan Rix

VP Finance – William McGuigan

 

2016-2017

President – Nathan Hood

VP Academic and External – John Rix

VP Student Life – Kaylee Jabbour

VP Finance – Clayton Smith

 

2015-2016

President – Dana Kenny

VP Academic and External – John Rix

VP Student Life – Nathan Hood

VP Finance – Zachary Tweel

VP Communications – Nouhad Mourad (May – August 2015)

VP Communications – Alexandra Heighington (September – December 2015)

 

2014-2015

President – Lucas MacArthur

VP Academic & External – Travis Gordon

VP Student Life – Emilie Sullivan

VP Finance – Willem Mackenzie

VP Communications – Alexandra Heighington

 

2013-2014

President – Anastasia Smallwood

VP Academic & External – Travis Gordon

VP Activities – Matthew Rice

VP Finance – Matthew MacInnis

VP Communications – Ryan McCarvill/Kelsey Marr

Interim VP Communications – Laura Wisener/Sara Reeves

 

2012-2013

President – Kate VanGerven

Executive VP – Danielle MacDonald

VP Activities – Jon Millington

VP Communications – Chelsea Merry

VP Finance – Daniel MacDonald

 

2011-2012

President – Rob Livingstone

Executive VP – Josh Coles

VP Activities – Brittany Banks/Jon Millington

VP Communications – Kate VanGerven

VP Finance – Emma McPhail

 

2010-2011

President – Rob Livingstone

Executive VP – Kyle Murnaghan

VP Activities – Logan O’Brien

VP Communications – Kate VanGerven

VP Finance – Emma McPhail

 

2009-2010

President – Timothy Cullen

Executive VP – Jarrod Faria

VP Activities – Shawn Younis

VP Finance – Mazen “Z” Ellaz

 

2008-2009

President – Justin Douglas

Executive VP – Matt Morrison

VP Activities – Shawn Younis

VP Finance – Chad MacGuigan

 

2007-2008

President – Willy Gauthier

Executive VP – Janelle Pitre

VP Activities – Shawn Younis

VP Finance – Matthew Weeks

 

2006 – 2007

President – Ryan Gallant

Executive VP – Jeremy Hogan

VP Activities – Shawn Younis

VP Finance – Willy Gauthier

 

2005 – 2006

President – Ryan Gallant

Executive VP- Shaun Coady

VP Activities – Ellen Klein

VP Finance – Dennis Cahill

 

2004 – 2005

President – Clare Henderson

Executive VP – Mark O’Halloran

VP Activities – Peter Grandy

VP Finance – Britt Burns

 

2003 – 2004

President – Brandon MacKenzie

Executive VP – Jeff Grandy

VP Activities – Shelley MacNeill

VP Finance – Jared Hogg

 

2002 – 2003

President – Chris Power

Executive VP – Krista Gallant

VP Activities – Matt MacCarville

VP Finance – Paul Murphy

 

2001 – 2002

President – Cynthis Dennis

VP Campus Affairs – Chris Power

Communications – Caolan Moore

VP Finance – Rob Kemp

 

2000 – 2001

President – BJ McCarville

VP Communications – Kristen Stavert

VP Activities – Lori Doiron

VP Finance – Gordon Henley

 

1999 – 2000

President – John Desrosiers

VP Internal – Matthew Hogan

VP External – BJ McCarville

VP Operations – Kyle Hann

VP Finance – Stephen Lewis

 

1998 – 1999

President – Matt Gray

VP Internal – Pauline Tran

VP External – Stephen Hann

VP Operations – Tyler Dougan

VP Finance – Stephen Lewis

 

1997 – 1998

President – Janice Broderick

VP Internal – Jamy-Ellen Proud

VP External – Adam Kenny

VP Operations – Tim Willis

VP Finance – Stephen Ramsay

 

1996 – 1997

President – Chris Gray

VP Internal – Wendy Venema

VP Operations – Jonathan Seller

VP Finance – Lindy MacKenzie

 

1995 – 1996

President – Amber Allin

VP Internal – Tara Inman

VP External – Fidel Murphy

VP Operations – Finley Martin

VP Finance – Kelley Yeo

 

1994 – 1995

President – Andrew MacPherson

VP Internal – Ray Murphy

VP External – Patricia Embleton

VP Operations – Finley Martin

VP Finance – Lisa Belliveau

 

1993 – 1994

President – Todd King

VP Internal – Andrew MacPherson

VP External – Tara O’Connor

VP Operations – Kent Driscoll

VP Finance – Ryan Bradley

 

1992 – 1993

President – Michelle MacCullum

VP Internal – Julie Sirois

VP External – Bruce Davison

VP Operations – Adrian Harrison

VP Finance – Suzanne MacPherson

 

1991 – 1992

President – Jo-Anna Murphy

VP Internal – Tracey Arsenault

VP External – Nadine DeWolfe

VP Operations – David Fitzpatrick

VP Finance – Laurie Callaghan

 

1990 – 1991

President – Andrea Ledwell

VP Internal – Jo-Anna Murphy

VP External – Andrew Hughes

VP Operations – Lisa Chandler

VP Finance – Susan Wynne

 

1989 – 1990

President – Lisa Murphy

VP Academic – Laura Campbell

VP Operations – Andrea Ledwell

VP Communications – Paul Griffith

VP Finance – Shannon MacDonald

 

1988 – 1989

President – Dean MacMillan

VP Academic – Lisa Murphy

VP Operations – MaryAnn Fitzpatrick

VP Communications – Paul Griffith

VP Finance – Joan Masterson

 

1987 – 1988

President – Steven Wynne

VP Academic – Michelle Cottreau

VP Operations – Heather Hickey

VP Finance – Sandra Ramsay

 

1986 – 1987

President – Robert Kelly

VP Academic – Paul Ledwell

VP Operations – Karen Bishop

Treasurer – Doug Clow

 

1985 – 1986

President – Gordon Cobb

VP Academic – Carolyn Ryan

VP Operations – Karen Blacquiere

Treasurer – John Orr

 

1984 – 1985

President – Michelle Dorsey

VP Internal – Howard Beattie

VP External – Les Smith

Treasurer – Kenny Mutter

 

1983 – 1984

President – Jack Keefe

VP Internal – Jim Mutter

VP External – Kim Gass

Treasurer – Stephen Bishop

 

1982 – 1983

President – John MacDougall

VP Internal – Brian Brennan

VP External – Victor Moore

Treasurer – Glenn Hynes

 

1981 – 1982

President – Terry Palmer

VP Internal – Sue Parlee

VP External – Pattie Bradley

Treasurer – Bruce Hickey

 

1980 – 1981

President – Philip Brown

Vice President – Sue Parlee

Comptroller – Neil MacKenzie

Treasurer – John MacAleer

 

1979 – 1980

President – Kevin Walker

Vice President – Sharon Timmons

Comptroller – Robin Clow

Communications Officer – Shelly Pepler

Treasurer – Pat Rossiter

 

1978 – 1979

President – Kevin Gauthier

Vice President – Dave Connaughton

Comptroller – Mike Kennedy

Communications Officer – Maria Driscoll

Treasurer – John Neville

 

1977 – 1978

President – George McGibbon

Vice President – Kevin Gauthier

Comptroller – Mike Kennedy

Communications Officer – Mike McMahon

Treasurer – John Neville

 

1976 – 1977

President – Derek Key

Vice President – Paul Currie

Comptroller – Howie Adams

Communications Officer – Elizabeth Burke

Treasurer – Mike Clough

 

1975 – 1976

President – Gerry MacDonald

Vice President – Tom Hayward

Comptroller – Bill Chandler

Communications Officer – Rick Huyck

Treasurer – Ray Shalala

 

1974 – 1975

President – Gordon Campbell

Vice President – Marilyn MacPherson

Comptroller – Ted Crockett

Communications Officer – Mike Read

Treasurer – Brian Howatt

 

1973 – 1974

President – Diane MacDonald

Vice President – Carol Ward

Treasurer – Mike Duffy

 

1972 – 1973

President – Patrick Duffy

VP Internal – Norbert Moran

VP External – Bob Gray

VP Communications – Bill MacIntyre

Treasurer – Leonard McCardle

 

1971 – 1972

President – Dean Shaw

VP Internal – Brian Zalewski

VP External – Jim Larkin

Comptroller – Leonard McCardle

Treasurer – Scott Stevens

 

1970 – 1971

President – James Ross

VP Internal – Connie Cullen

VP External – David Campbell

Comptroller – John Lacey

Treasurer – Rick Montigny

 

1969 – 1970

President – John Keaveny

Vice President – John Morrison

Treasurer – C. Day

Communications Officer – P. Lynch

UPEI Student Union Volunteer of the Year

Presented to an active volunteer of the Student Union who has had an impactful presence

 

2020-2021: Mehrdad Fayaz Behroozi
2018-2019: Michele Fabienne Bub

2017-2018: Owen Shaw
2015-2016: Michael Ferguson | Casey O’Sullivan

The Cadre Volunteer Recognition Award

Presented to the student who has shown exceptional involvement in the operation of our student newspaper: The Cadre

 

2021-2022: Jake MacCallum
2020-2021: Logan MacLean

2018-2019: Bryce Doiron

2016-2017: Iain Burhoe
2015-2016: Nick Scott
2014-2015: Jing Zhao
2013-2014: Brad Pauley | Tate Ferris
2012-2013: Ally Harris
2011-2012: Rhyanne Beatty
2010-2011: Jeff McGuigan
2009-2010: Bob Deziel
2008-2009: Paige Matthie
2007-2008: Brodie Birt
2006-2007: Christine Lord
2005-2006: Kim Johnston
2004-2005: Mark Cameron
2003-2004: Angela Hanlon | Mark Cameron
2002-2003: Jonathan Smith | Wil Pate
2001-2002: Thomas Lloyd | Marieve MacGregor | Brad Deighan

Mickey’s Place Kiosk Appreciation Award

Presented to a Mickey’s Place Employee who has contributed to the operations of the kiosk significantly

 

2017-2018: Jaclyn McGeani
2016-2017: Morgan Erskine
2015-2016: Ashley Smith
2014-2015: Kate Rundle
2013-2014: Olivia Robinson | Brittany Rhynold
2012-2013: Jillian Birt
2011-2012: Tomomi Sugeno
2010-2011: Genna Phelan

Nexus Yearbook Volunteer Recognition Award

Presented to the volunteer who has made a significant contribution to the Nexus Yearbook

 

2021-2022: Melissa Lazcano Prieto

2017-2018: Janna Ganesan
2016-2017: Robyn Soulsby
2015-2016: Robyn Soulsby
2014-2015: Brittany Jakubiec | Robyn Soulsby
2013-2014: Heidi Burt
2012-2013: Ryan Boudreau
2011-2012: Stephen Dunbar
2010-2011: Rachel Wonnacott
2009-2010: Alison Aiken | Kristin Nicholson
2008-2009: Patrick Callbeck
2007-2008: Caitlyn Darrach
2006-2007: Brandy MacLellan
2005-2006: Virginia MacMurdo | Lloyd MacKenzie
2004-2005: Angela Phillips
2003-2004: Natasha MacKinnon
2002-2003: Brandy MacLellan
2001-2002: Carrie MacLellan
2000-2001: Beth Nason
1999-2000: Jennifer Durber | Shannon Fitzpatrick
1998-1999: Rebecca Rogers
1997-1998: Mary MacDonald
1996-1997: Shannon Fitzpatrick
1995-1996: Melissa Buote
1994-1995: Alison MacDonald
1993-1994: Kathy Giesbrecht
1992-1993: Sonya Langille

The Fox and Crow: Staff of the Year

Presented to the staff member who has shown exceptional involvement in the operation of The Fox and Crow

 

2021-2022: Tatiana Kelly
2021-2022: Courtney Sark
2020-2021: Cuun Niesink
2020-2021: Josianne Levesque
2019-2020: Josie Mingo
2019-2020: Ryan MacKenna
2018-2019: Amy Dawson
2018-2019: Katlyn Toner

The Wave: Server of the Year

Presented to the server who has shown exceptional involvement in the operation of The Wave

 

2017-2018: Haley O’Connor
2016-2017: Ashley Lewis
2015-2016: Julia Ross
2014-2015: Rebecca Dawson
2010-2011: Shelby McCarron
2009-2010: Vanessa MacDonald
2008-2009: Stacey Doucette
2007-2008: Shannon Ochsner
2006-2007: Maria Trainor
2005-2006: Lyndsey Taylor
2004-2005: Jessica Hughes
2003-2004: Jennifer Postma
2002-2003: Kim Walsh

The Wave: Bartender of the Year

Presented to the bartender who has shown exceptional involvement in the operation of The Wave

 

2017-2018: Alicia Kenney-Rashed
2016-2017: Kris Rice
2015-2016: Paul Newcombe
2014-2015: JD Gilmour | Emma Cole
2013-2014: Megan Johnson
2010-2011: Cindy Thibodeau
2009-2010: Brittany Lockwood
2008-2009: Michelle Ward
2007-2008: Allyson Leduc
2006-2007: Brodie Craswell
2005-2006: Matt Nykyforchyn
2004-2005: Melissa Perry
2003-2004: Jillyan Gallant
2002-2003: Eddie Francis
2001-2002: Meghan MacDougall

The Wave: Security Officer of the Year

Presented in recognition of dedication and enthusiasm shown as a Security Officer

 

2017-2018: Ian Campbell | Twins Temiloluwa
2016-2017: Tayler Sorenson
2015-2016: James Coyle
2014-2015: Caleb Ofoegbu
2013-2014: Alex Stavert
2012-2013: Caleb Ofoegbu | Paul Newcombe
2011-2012: Alyssia Farrington
2010-2011: Jesse MacDonald | Angela Court
2009-2010: Tyler Coady | Alexandra MacDonald
2008-2009: Nick Drake | Kaitlin Richard
2007-2008: Adam Clow | Christine Buell
2006-2007: Mazen Ellaz
2005-2006: Jordan Collette | Julie MacNeill
2004-2005: Shawn Oatway | Lauren Smith
2003-2004: Dennis Cahill | Tamsyn Cosh
2002-2003: Karen Aucoin | Nick Mosher
2001-2002: Scott Cousin | Kate Myron
2000-2001: Sarah Field
1999-2000: Paul Bernard

UPEI Student Union Councillor of the Year

Presented to the councillor who has made an outstanding contribution to the UPEISU Council

 

2021-2022: Jennifer Stewart
2020-2021: Adam MacKenzie
2019-2020: Alyssa Mackinnon
2019-2020: Kali Ross
2018-2019: Jessica Watts
2018-2019: Maggie Leclair
2017-2018: Ashley McKibbon
2016-2017: Justin Clory
2015-2016: Zak Jarvis
2014-2015: Emma McDermott
2013-2014: Michelle MacDonald
2010-2011: Bob Deziel
2009-2010: Emonigho “Emos” Obamwa
2008-2009: Alicia Bremner
2007-2008: William MacDonald
2006-2007: Janelle Pitre
2005-2006: Sarah Simpson
2004-2005: Megan MacKinnon
2003-2004: Shaun Coady | Tristan Murray
2002-2003: Jared Hogg
2001-2002: Nick Gaudet

Staff of the Year Awards

Presented to a UPEI Staff member who had made a valuable contribution to students’ lives

2021-2022: Heathyr Francis
2021-2022: Tammy Ryan-Blaquire
2018-2019: Ashley Clark

2017-2018: Heidi MacDonald
2016-2017: Anne Sheehan
2015-2016: Haley Doherty
2014-2015: Robin Sutherland
2013-2014: Robert “Rocky” Paquet
2012-2013: Beatrice Hartinger
2011-2012: Sarah Ready

Faculty of the Year Awards

Presented to a UPEI Faculty member whose teachings go beyond the classroom

2021-2022: Dr. Jessica Strong – Psychology, Faculty of Arts
2021-2022: Tyler Gallant, Faculty of Sustainable Design Engineering
2018-2019: Dr. Ann Braithwaite – Diversity & Social Justice Studies, Faculty of Arts

2017-2018: David Varis – Faculty of Arts
2016-2017: Andrew Godbout – School of Mathermatical and Computational Sciences
2015-2016: Dr. Stacey MacKinnon – Faculty of Arts
2014-2015: Inge Dorsey | Brian Wagner
2013-2014: Chelsia Gillis – Nutritution
2012-2013: Dr. June Countryman- Music
2011-2012: Dr. Andrew Trivett – Engineering
2010-2011: Dr. Rabin Bissessur – Chemistry
2009-2010: Dr. Susan Graham – Business
2008-2009: Dr. Maxim Burke – Mathematics
2007-2008: Ron Collins – Business
2006-2007: Dr. Don Wagner – Business
2004-2005: Daryl Guignion – Biology
2003-2004: Dr. Llewellyn Waston – Sociology & Anthropology
2002-2003: Dr. Doreley C. Coll – Modern Languages
2001-2002: Dr. Edward MacDonald – History
2000-2001: Dr. Wimal Rankaduwa – Economics
1999-2000: Dr. Savitri Chandrasekhar – Chemistry
1998-1999: Dr. Brenton MacLaine – English
1997-1998: Dr. Catherine L. Ryan – Psychology
1996-1997: Dr. Albert M. Ferris – Business

UPEI Student Union Distinguished Honorary Members

This award is different, as it is only presented when truly deserved. There are only 16 honorary members of the Student Union, recognized for their invaluable contributions to student life

 

2021-2022 Ashley McKibbon

2017-2018: Sister Susan “Sue” Kidd
2015-2016: Bob Deziel
2011-2012: Heather Love
2010-2011: H. Wade MacLauchlan
2009-2010: Joe Velaidum
2005-2006: Michael Read
2001-2002: Lisa Murphy
2001-2002: Neil Henry
2000-2001: Leo Cheverie
1998-1999: Elizabeth R. Epperly Ph.D
1997-1998: Dr. J. Paul Bourdreau
1994-1995: Dr. FWP Bolger
1993-1994: Betty Johnston
1993-1994: Bob Stanley
1993-1994: John Keaveny
1989: J.T. “Mickey” Place