Holiday message from UMGSA President

Hello colleagues!

It’s been a long year, an eventful one but here we are almost at the end of it. It has been challenging but equally rewarding, for the most part.
A lot happened in the year, and we stuck together through most of it; the good and bad, the happy and not so happy moments, you name it. As we slowly count down to the end of the year, I couldn’t help but reflect on the many events over the year. Upon this, I  can’t help but be thankful and appreciative of all your inputs, suggestions and engagement! In all sincerity and honesty, I couldn’t be more thankful and appreciative!

As we wind down to the end of the year and term, I would like to take the opportunity to thank all of you for your work, inputs, views, for your contributions, your engagement and the care and concern you have so often demonstrated on our common causes and issues that deeply affect all of us. I am very happy and proud of all that we have worked on and achieved together. We have not always agreed, but on balance our common love and concern for us and issues that affect us almost always won out!

I realize that this time of the year is also characterized by exams, term papers, thesis proposals, defences etc. I send you my utmost best wishes for everything. It’s also a time to relax, and spend time with the people we love. I hope you would make some time to do that too.

From me and all of us here at UMGSA: Happy holidays, merry Christmas and I hope a happy and prosperous new year awaits you!

Enoch A-iyeh.

The University of Manitoba Graduate Students’ Association (UMGSA) is the student governed association representing graduate students at the university, and functions on all of its affiliate campuses. With over 3000 students completing graduate work in over 90 disciplines, the UMGSA is the official voice of graduate students at the University of Manitoba.

The UMGSA is guided by its vision, goals and governing documents, all of which focus on promoting and providing graduate student advocacy, offering services and support to students, as well as developing and encouraging involvement in the graduate student community. To learn what services are available to you such as department grants, conference grants, advocacy services, social events, printing services, and awards, among others. Or, to find out how to become involved as a committee member, Councillor for your department, or volunteer for events, or for any other information, please feel free to contact us at or drop in to our office at 221 University Centre.

If you would like to know more about the executive, who are responsible for the day to day functioning of the UMGSA, click here. The Health Sciences Graduate Student Association (HSGSA) is a sub-organization of the Graduate Student Association (GSA) and represents graduate students on the Bannatyne and St. Boniface campuses, for more information on the HSGSA executive click here.

On the administrative side of things, our office has a full-time office manager and a part-time executive assistant, for more on these roles click here. If you are a Councillor, or are interested in becoming a Councillor, and are looking for relevant documents click here. Finally, if you still have questions that you think the UMGSA may be able to answer or concerns that you want addressed, please feel free to contact us by clicking here.