Devon Hutchinson (University of Waterloo)
I work with first year students in our Honours Arts and Honours Arts and Business programs in the Faculty of Arts at the University of Waterloo. I also coordinate our Foundation Term program for students who are at risk.
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After graduating from King’s University College with a BA in Sociology, I went on to work at Brescia University College for 7 years, primarily in Admissions and Liaison. I then moved over to the main Western University campus to work as an Academic Counsellor, first in the Faculty of Health Sciences, and now in Engineering. As part of the Undergraduate Services Office here, I work with undergrad students primarily in the Civil, Chemical and Integrated Engineering streams on all academic related matters.
I am the student advisor for the Stratford Campus of the University of Waterloo. As part of my role, I advise undergraduate students from the Global Experience and Digital Arts program, as well as the students from the Master of Digital Experience Innovation program. I have been in my role since the fall of 2012. Currently, I am taking courses towards the Student Affairs and Services Certificate through Seneca College, to help broaden my knowledge and understanding.
Dana Copeland (Fanshawe College)
I have been in a Student Success Advisor in the Kinlin School of Business at Fanshawe College since April 2004. I have been a mentor to my colleagues over the years and, as I prepare for retirement, I want to share more broadly and contribute to building our professional network.
Before coming to this role, I had been working in the college system since 1992 in a variety of roles: student financial advisor, study skills workshop presenter, part-time professor (business and college success courses), employment consultant, and literacy teacher. I have a 3-year Business Administration Industrial Management diploma, and a Teacher of Adults graduate certificate from St. Lawrence College, and courses from the Career Development Practitioner graduate certificate from Conestoga College. I have attended many academic advising and first year experience conferences over the years and I presented at both the 2009 and 2012 NRC International Conference on the First Year Experience on topic of Emotional Intelligence and Student Success.
I am the Academic Advisor for the School of Media Studies at Niagara College. I have been in my current role since early 2011, with prior experience in Recruitment. I completed the Career and Academic Advising Certificate through the University of Calgary in June 2014 and have enjoyed applying some of the concepts learned. Academic advising is continuously evolving and I look forward to exploring and learning with the larger group!
In addition to our mission statement, our annual goals include:
- To have at least six Steering Committee conference calls per year.
- To organize an annual conference to bring advising professionals together for professional development.
- To ensure that at least two newsletters are sent out annually.
We are always recruiting!
For more details on these roles, read our Steering Committee Job descriptions and application instructions and consider getting involved!
History of OAAP
Ontario advising professionals used to meet once a year for a day of sharing best practices, but the event was sporadic. In 2007, the event occurred again, and in 2008 an ad hoc committee (now called the OAAP Steering Committee) was formed to ensure that regular meetings could occur.
Please read our Terms of Reference for more information.
Read our detailed outlines of Steering Committee Member descriptions.