Creative Writing With Melanie Schnell

For the past two weeks, we’ve looked at the responsibilities of the Brandon University Students’ Union (BUSU) Council Directors. Today, we’ll have a look at the Vice President positions.

BUSU Council has two Vice Presidents: the Vice President Internal, and the Vice President External. The Executive positions are salaried, which means the lovely individuals who occupy them are paid for their efforts. According to, this equates to roughly $14/hour (which is more than I, personally, make at my part-time job), with the President working 40 hours per week and the Vice Presidents working 20 to 30 hours per week.

The VPE deals primarily with clubs and collectives. According to, the VPE is responsible for:  electronic communications and newsletters, serving as a liaison between BUSU and student groups, overseeing services specific to student groups and councils, overseeing the Union’s events and activities and ensuring they cater to the academic, cultural and social interest of the Members of the Union while also overseeing promotion of Union events at the University and off campus. The current VPE is Mohammed Agavi and he can be reached at

The VPI has many responsibilities, including but not limited to: overseeing the financial management of the Union, including preparing and maintaining the budget (in conjunction with the General Manager), acting as Chair of the Finance Committee, overseeing various BUSU services (in conjunction with Office & Services Manager), advising students on academic and disciplinary appeals and related matters, and acting as the official Student Advocate Caucus. Maintaining all the BUSU bylaws, policies and standard procedures, including implementation of the rules with the President, advocating the Union’s best interests in University meetings, Board of Governors, Senate, KDC Board, Alumni and other committees. The current VPI is Emily Simon, and she can be reached at

Next week, we’ll talk about the President!