KUCSC names Mortimer CFO of the students' council
April 10, 2015
Lisa Michienzi, Intern, Communications & Media Relations
With this academic year quickly coming to a close, King’s Students’ Council has been busy getting their affairs in order to ensure that the 2015-2016 council year is the best one yet.
On Monday March 30, the KUCSC announced its 2015-2016 executive team composed of incoming President Craig Minielly, Vice President of Events Frank Inglis, Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Rena Mortimer, Vice President of Student Issues Travis Tetreault, and Chief Communications Officer (CCO) Mackenzie Moyer.
Incoming CFO Rena Mortimer is ecstatic about being named councils head of finance. Mortimer, who will be starting her fourth year at King’s this fall, is studying Business Management and Organizational Studies (BMOS). Mortimer, who is from the Bahamas, was the CFO for the Caribbean Student’s Organization (CSO) this past year, is looking forward to fulfilling the same role as a part of the student’s council.
Mortimer was elected as the Chief Financial Officer after a process that included nomination, a competency, or skills based test in which Mortimer scored in the 98th percentile, and an internal elections process in which the 120 members of current and incoming council voted her into office.
Mortimer will be chiefly responsible for overseeing the entire budget for King’s University Student’s Council. The budget for the 2015-2016 council year is valued at approximately $500,000, and is utilized to fund the twenty-two clubs on campus, to manage the King’s Connection, oversee KUSCS employee payroll, to finance special programming and campus events, orientation week, and other campus wide initiatives for students. “It took a lot of courage for me to run for CFO of the KUCSC and I hope that from my involvement, other international students are encouraged to find their place at King's,” says Mortimer.
“It means so much to me to be a part of KUCSC in the upcoming academic year. I feel honored to be chosen by the outgoing council and I am very dedicated to being the best executive that I can possibly be. I am truly grateful for the support that I have received from the King's community,“ adds Mortimer.
The fourth year student is most looking forward to engaging with the King’s community in her new role. “What I am looking forward to most is helping students and working along with other council members to better the student experience at King's. It feels great being on the 'inside' of the KUCSC as I have supported a lot of KUCSC events since coming to King's.”
Mortimer is not new to being an active member at King’s. She has been dynamic on campus, involved with the International office as a bridging week assistant for international students, and as part of the Caribbean Student’s Organization executive committee. Through her avid involvement with the CSO, Mortimer has engaged with the King’s and larger Western community by planning and orchestrating events such as fashion shows, lectures, cultural and charity events.
Her role in the Caribbean Student’s Organization has enabled Mortimer to foster a connection with fellow international students within the Western community. She hopes to inspire other international students to get involved by being active within the campus community.
“I truly hope to inspire international students to get more involved on campus. From personal experience, I know it is a hard adjustment leaving your home country and entering a completely new environment. I think that becoming more involved on campus is great way to break out of one's comfort zone and meet new people,” says Mortimer.