The Student Union Society’s (SUS) vice-president external (VPE), Alyson Gher-White resigned from her position Jan. 8.
While the position is vacant, the job portfolio and responsibilities will be taken over by president Gurvir Gill, and vice-president internal Jaleen MacKay. The VPE’s position on the board of directors will not be filled until a new VPE is elected.
Mackay said a by-election to fill the position will not be called.
SUS by-elections require at least six weeks before voting. SUS intends to begin the regular election period in early February; a by-election would overlap with the regular election, which would violate 9.2.1 of the Elections Policy, and is not permitted.
MacKay said that guidance from the board regarding how to proceed will be requested.
“The last example of a situation like this was in the November 2015 [board of directors] minutes, where the president was given the responsibilities of the VPI,” MacKay said.
Gher-White was unavailable for comment, but Gill said that Gher-White stated personal wellness reasons for her resignation.
“We wish Ms.Gher-White the best in all of her future endeavours,” Gill said in an email.
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