The collective body of Executive Officers democratically elected at Spring General Assembly meetings by all Trent University Graduate students, a.k.a. the Voting Body, to act on behalf of Trent Graduate students in conducting the business of the TGSA.

Name: Malinda Gray, Ph.D. Candidate in Indigenous Studies
Position: President


About Malinda:

Malinda is going into her second year as a PhD student for Indigenous Studies PhD here at Trent. Her academic degrees are an associate in Business Administrations from Wesley College; a B.A. in Anthropology, with minors in French and Political Science, and an M.A. in Anthropology, both from the University of Toronto. She received the 2018 Award for Excellence in Teaching Assistance.

She has had previous work experience in advertising and as an outreach coordinator for the Family Care Office at U of T. Malinda is married to fellow Trent undergrad student and they have three sons, 9, 12, and 14.

Malinda understands how difficult it can be for graduate students to juggle their family, personal, and academic responsibilities. As president, she will strive to have the TGSA be an association that graduate students can depend on for guidance and to bring the graduate community together.

Name: Gabriel Maracle, Ph.D. Candidate in Indigenous Studies
Position: Vice President, Internal Affairs


About Gabriel:

Gabriel holds an M.A. in Religion and Public Life from Carleton University and an M.A. in Canadian and Indigenous Studies here at Trent and will be a second-year PhD student in the Indigenous Studies Program come September. His work has focused on the experience and the effects the Sixties Scoop has on Indigenous communities.

As the VP of Internal Affairs, Gabe is interested in making sure that the TGSA is an effective organization that represents graduate students.

Name: Marisol Campos Navarette, Ph.D. Candidate in Indigenous Studies
Position: Vice President, Finance


About Marisol:

Marisol received her masters in Sustainable Studies here at Trent University and is entering her second year as an Indigenous Studies PhD student this Fall. Her bachelor’s degree is in Engineering with a specialization in Sustainable Development Strategic Planning.

She has had 12 years of experience working as a professional consultant in Latin America, Europe, U.S. and Canada, for both NGOs and government organizations related to social justice, peace building, Human Rights, democracy, and sustainable development. She also is an International student raising two sons, here in Peterborough.

As the VP of Finance, Marisol understands the importance that bursaries represent for graduate students on a tight budget. She hopes to help provide financial balance and new opportunities for the TGSA

Name: Nahannee Schuitemaker, Ph.D. Candidate in Indigenous Studies
Position: Vice President, Communications


About Nahannee:

IShé:kon! My name is Nahannee Schuitemaker. I am of Kanien’kehá:ka, French and Dutch descent. I am entering the second year of my PhD in Indigneous Studies and my research centres around women’s traditional knowledge.

When considering my professional and volunteer experience, the position of VP Communications is a natural fit for me. For the past seven years I have developed, implemented and managed an online mentoring program for rural youth across the province of British Columbia. This requires the ability to maintain engagement of participants and stakeholders almost exclusively through an online format via email, e-documents, the website and the online platform used for the program. The positions I’ve held also required the upkeep of the program’s website on a WordPress platform, organizing and updating documents through Gmail and Google Drive, and maintaining a database of participant and stakeholder contact information. In addition, I have created monthly newsletters for various participant groups (mentors, mentees, community partners etc) and have an eye for not only detail but aesthetically pleasing formats aimed at engaging members.

Name: Jason G. Fenno, Ph.D. Candidate in Indigenous Studies
Position: Senator


About Jason:

Jason attended the University of Alaska Fairbanks and earned a B.A. in Justice and a minor in Political Science. He received his masters in Police Studies from the University of Regina. Jason is entering his second year as a PhD student in the department of Indigenous Studies.

Jason continues to write and submit papers for publications that focus on northern justice issues in Alaska and Northern Canada.

As Senator, Jason is excited about the opportunity to advocate for the TGSA and making sure graduate voices are always represented.

Name: Amy Shawanda, Ph.D. Candidate in Indigenous Studies
Position: Vice President, Student Affairs


About Amy:

Amy attended the Laurentian University where she graduated with honours and received her B.A. in Law and Justice and her masters in Indigenous Relations. She will continue her PhD studies in her second year at the Indigenous Studies department here in Trent.

Amy has had previous experience working with various educational school boards and committees and served on multiple councils during her academic career. As a mother of two, with a baby born during her first semester here at Trent, Amy can relate to young parents struggling to schedule classes and daycare.

As VP of Student Affairs, Amy is skilled at looking at both sides of a situation and will use this to benefit the students of the TGSA.