Wow, it sure has beena beautiful summerlately down here in Ontario’s bananabelt! I do hope that everyone is managing to find a cool place each day to
spend some time with some cool people doing some cool things!New Members of OAAP Steering Commmittee Members of the Steering Committee now
include continuing members RyanGreen (Lakehead University), and Annette Rondeau (Northern College). Theyare joined by new members Lily Piccone (York University), Sally Burgess(Sheridan College), Loretta Gilbers (Seneca College), and Diana Bumstead (University of Waterloo). Welcome to all!
New Member Bios
A couple of new members of the OAAP Steering Committee have submitted biographical statements for inclusion in the newsletter.Please check the OAAP
website for updates as they become available. Meet your new members!
Diana Bumstead –
Greetings Advisors! My name is Diana Bumstead andI’m new to OAAP having previously advised briefly in Calgary, Alberta (butworked in different areas of Student Services as well). I’ll be serving as the Membership Liaison this term with OAAP so if your membership information changes or you know of someone who would like to be added to the OAAP membership list please let me know. If you have updates or new ideas for the website as well please send them on (as I attempt to learn the website software).
P.S.I currently advise first year, Legal Studies and Liberal Studies students at St. Jerome’s at the University of Waterloo. You can reach me at
Diana.firstname.lastname@example.org, please put OAAP in the subject line. Happy journeys advising!
Loretta Gilbert –
Loretta Gilbert is an Academic Advisor for Seneca College, Applied Arts and Health Sciences. Possessing several years experience as an Employment Counsellor, Mental Health and Disabilities Technician and Adult Educator enhances her role in this position. Educated at Brock University specializing in Adult Education and Student Retention, with and undergrad in humanities from the US, Loretta brings a passion for people to achieve their very best.
Report from the OAAP Steering Committee
No report is available at this time. Please refer to the OAAP website for steering committee information (www.ontarioadvising.webs.com).
OAAP Email – The Steering Committee has set up a new email account where advisors can contact them with ideas, concerns, or questions. The account will be monitored regularly, so if you need to reach them, please send an email to email@example.com and someone will get back to you as soon as possible.
Conference 2013 Information
Your OAAP Steering Committee are working diligently behind the scenes to organize the Fall conference.Check online athttp://www.ontarioadvising.webs.com/
for details and ongoing information about the event. October 24, and 25 are the dates to save, with check-in available on Oct 23
We will be hosted by Seneca College at their fantastic Markham campus – Thank you Seneca! Some meals will be included in the registration fee, as well as Shuttle service between the hotel and the conference site. Get ready to take part in the Halloween themed social event on Thursday evening! Costumes anyone?! We are now accepting proposals for sessions and speakers, and hoping that many of you have contributions to our Bridges Over Barrie
rs theme. Think about the many issues which our students present and all the ways that you assist them – we can all benefit from ideas and experience by sharing ourlearning. You can find our call for proposal outline at http://ontarioadvising.webs.com/2013.htm. Please submit by August 27.
We are aiming to keep registration fees as low as possible and expect them to be within the same lines as last year’s fees of $125. Check the website regularly for updates and start submitting your PD and expense claims now! If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at our new email address
What Does It Mean to Be a Canadian Advisor?
As an advisor at a Canadian institution and an active member of NACADA, I have always noticed that there are fundamental differences between advisors in Canada and those in the US, but sometimes have a difficult time articulating those differences. Many of you will be aware that NACADA is the National Academic Advising Association. This association focuses on professional development for advisors at post-secondary institutions around the world (mainly in North America, with the vast majority of its members being from the US). I am currently the Chair of the Canada Interest Group in NACADA. One of my goals for this group is to increase the networking amongst advisors from across the country. This has begun to happen with the use of the Canada Interest Group listserv (if you are a NACADA member and want information about joining the Interest Group or the listserv, please contact me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org). Some recent postings to the listserv have made me re-visit the question, What does it mean to be a Canadian advisor?
The other day, Christy Carlson from Trent University posted a note to the Canada listserv with the following message:
“ Greetings Canadian Colleagues: I am writing to ask for your help in bringing more Canadian content to the resources pages of NACADA’s LGBTQA Commission web site. I’m looking for both Canada – wide LGBTQA resources and regional, provincial, or city-based LGBTQA resources that might be of help to advisors. If you have any resources that you would be willing to share, I would be very grateful if you would send them to me directly (for the sake of everyone’s inboxes) at email@example.com. I will compile all the data I receive and share it with the group. One additional request: I would love to hear your ideas
on how a Canadian perspective on LGBTQA issues in advising might differ from a US perspective.
Feel free to contact me directly with any ideas you have on this topic or to share your ideas with the whole group. Thanks!”
Christy’s note got me thinking about how Canada is politically, legally, andculturally different from the US, and how those differences apply to our academic advising practices here in this country. How are our advising perspectives different in areas such as student athletes, students whose first language is not English, accommodating students with disabilities, supporting high-achieving students, managing confidential information, supporting students who are academically at-risk,structure of advising
units, or any other topic that affects our advising practices? What do you think? How are our perspectives different from our American colleagues’ perspectives? Do we have different approaches here in Ontario than advisors from other provinces?
If we can articulate these differences, we may be able to provide ourselves with more professional development that speaks specifically to our needs. If you are interested in responding to Christy, please contact her directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are interested in opening a dialogue about whether and how we are different from other advisors, please feel free to contact me (email@example.com).
Note from the Editor
This newsletter is prepared to supplement the professional development opportunities provided by the Ontario Academic Advising Association. Please direct all concerns to firstname.lastname@example.org.