Our Office Staff

The UMGSA office staff members are here to assist you with any and all needs you may have as a graduate student. Please feel free to ask any questions you might have about the UMGSA, our resources, or anything about graduate student life. If you have a question we can’t answer, we will do our best to point you in the right direction.


Ruth Prokesch, Office Manager


Welcome Grad Students! I’d like to introduce myself to those of you who are new to the GSA.

I’m the Office Manager, and will probably be the first face you see when you come by the office at 221 University Centre (right above the Bookstore). Check out all the services that the GSA has to offer you. If you’re attending a conference, and have applied for a Conference Grant, I will be the person to see to get your cheque.

I love grad students, and learning about who you are, and where you come from.

The GSA Office is YOUR office. You’re always welcome to come by to use the computers, printer, or scanner. You can study, use the microwave, eat your lunch or have a tea or coffee, or just relax! We have floor to ceiling windows, and wall to wall plants! It’s bright and welcoming, and a relatively quiet space, and we encourage you to use it. I’m looking forward to meeting you . . . .


Jayne Hammond, Office Assistant


I’m a graduate of the University of Manitoba Desautels Faculty of Music, where I received my Master of Voice Performance in the fall 0f 2017. When I’m not singing in operas and concerts around Winnipeg, you can find me in the Graduate Students’ Association offices helping out the Executive. I earned a BMus Honours and Diploma in Opera from Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, ON, where I was a representative on both House Council and Arts Council, but I call Victoria, BC, home.  I hope to use my first-hand knowledge of graduate student life to help you in whatever way I can. I have lots of experience with the resources the UMGSA offers, so feel free to ask me any questions about conference grants or anything else you may need help with.