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NPA 2015 Meeting Report by Dr Y Hosein

2015-2016 PAW Executive Council

Hello Western Postdocs,

It is my pleasure to announce the election results. There was a sole nominee each for President, Secretary, VP-Communications/Social and VP-Finance. There were two nominees for VP-External with one nominee declining the nomination. Thus the nominees for these five executive positions will take up their posts uncontested. No nominations were received for VP-Internal so we will extend the nomination period for this position until 4 pm of the 5th of May 2015. The incoming council will take up the following positions starting the 1st of July 2015 for a duration of one year. Here is the incoming Executive Council of your Postdoctoral Association at Western (PAW) for 2015-2016:

President: Dr Barat Wolfe (Arthur Labatt Family School of Nursing)
Since her arrival to Western in 2014, Barat has been actively involved in the executive council by taking on major responsibilities as the social events coordinator. Her immediate involvement and dedication have resulted in the successful launch of new activities for postdocs as well as major initiatives such as the planning of the 2015 Postdoc Research Forum.  Barat's commitment to the executive and her outgoing personality have allowed her to connect with postdocs across campus and generate interest and increased participation in PAW. As ​President, Barat will do an outstanding job at representing UWO's postdocs as well as maintaining and improving our current networks.

Secretary: Dr Ming Wu (Faculty of Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering)
Having recently moved from Australia, where he completed his postgraduate studies and worked as a postdoc, Ming has found it interesting to observe both the differences and similarities between the Australian and Canadian university systems. As a postgraduate student, he was responsible for fundraising and the financial budgeting for the postgraduate group in his department. He is keen to be more involved at Western and to get to know the postdoctoral community here.

Vice-President Internal: Vacant
- Organize professional development and events excluding PAW meetings
- Work with Western administration to oversee the setup and maintenance of grievance procedures for postdocs
- Perform the duties of the President in the event of absence or illness of the President
The nomination period for VP-Internal has been extended and will close at 4 pm on the 5th of May 2015. Please message me at <> with the nominee's name, email, faculty/department, the desired position and a statement (single paragraph) of candidacy. Self-nominations are acceptable. Nominees must attend the PAW Council meeting at 4 pm on the 5th of May 2015 at the Grad Club boardroom.

Vice-President External: Dr Jiro Inoue (Robarts Research Institute, Imaging Labs)
Jiro studies imaging for interventional cardiology as a postdoctoral fellow at Robarts. He has served on the PAW executive for 2 years (as VP-Internal and President) and has previous experience with NPA, CAPS and ICoRSA. His priorities as VP-External are to represent PAW as a leading postdoctoral association in Canada, and push CAPS to adopt more active and proactive agendas to help postdoctoral scholars in Canada.

Vice-President Finance: Dr Matthew Fox (Robarts Research Institute, Imaging Labs)
Matthew has been an active volunteer member of PAW since September 2014 and he has many years of experience here at Western. He also has extensive management experience which makes him a strong candidate to be your financial representative in PAW as VP Finance.

Vice-President Communications and Social Coordinator: Dr Andrea Di Sebastiano (Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Physiology and Pharmacology)
Andrea is a highly motivated third year postdoc working at the Robarts Research Institute to study the molecular mechanisms of neurodegenerative disease. She has previously served on the Society of Graduate Students Council as a graduate student at Western and on the Science Student's Council as an undergraduate student. She is passionate about research and academics, as well as the well-being of Western postdocs. As VP-Communications/Social she wants to foster a collaborative and fun working environment for Western postdocs through strong interdepartmental communication and exciting events. 

I am also pleased to confirm that Dr Yara Hosein (Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Division of Graduate Orthodontics) will continue in her current role as Mental Health & Wellness Representative. I extend an open invite to come and meet your incoming Executive Council at our 05 May meeting (4 pm, Grad Club boardroom). Congrats all!

Best wishes,
William Lin, PhD
Chief Returning Officer for the election of the 2015/16 PAW Executive Council

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