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.
The OAAP is a grassroots committee, it’s only as good as it’s members and the effort you and the Steering Committee members put in! Please consider joining the Steering Committee to take on a leadership role and apply now.
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– Member at Large
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.
Diana Walters (Brock University)
– Member at Large
I am an Academic Adviser for Undergraduate Programs at the Goodman School of Business, Brock University. I have been advising for over ten years and have been involved with OAAP and NACADA through membership, attending conferences and most recently participating in the NACADA Assessment Institute. Being involved with professional advising associations is an important way to stay motivated and to continue to be apprised of professional methods and strategies. Academic advising is teaching and my passion specifically surrounds student success and providing students with the necessary opportunities to get them to a place where they understand the purpose of higher education, learning how to learn.
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.