Volunteer

Volunteer Opportunities

At LUSU, volunteering is a win-win. Join an amazing community, gain valuable skills and experience, and have fun - all while helping out your fellow students and making positive change on campus.

Check out the opportunities below to see where you fit!

Speak up for students within your student union

Have a voice in how your student union represents you and spends student money.

LUSU Board of Directors (elected)

Do you have what it takes to oversee a $5 million+ corporation representing nearly 10,000 members? Register as a candidate in early January.

  • 3 student seats available
  • Time commitment: 2-4 meetings per month during school year
  • The Board of Directors is LUSU’s top decision-making body, approving the student union’s annual budget, major campaigns and political stances, and providing general oversight. Students elect Directors to represent them on the Board each year in February.

Finance and Operations Committee

  • Two student seats available
  • Time commitment: 1-2 meetings per month during school year
  • As a member of the Finance and Operations Committee, you oversee and influence how LUSU manages students’ money. The Committee is responsible for the student union’s approximately six million dollar operating budget, and major operations such as The Outpost, The Study, and the Health and Dental Plan. The committee also handles requests for funding from students, clubs, and community groups.
  • How to apply: Send cover letter and resume to vpfin@lusu.ca or drop off at the LUSU office by the deadline of Friday, October 10th.

Governance Committee - FILLED

  • Two student seats available
  • Time commitment: 1-2 meetings per month during school year
  • The Governance Committee ensures that the student union is democratic, fair, and accountable to students. The Committee handles issues relating to LUSU’s By-Laws and policies. If you’re interested in gaining experience in the fields of policy, corporate governance, or want to know how non-profit organizations work, this committee will provide great experience.
  • How to apply: Send cover letter and resume to president@lusu.ca or drop off at the LUSU office by the deadline of Friday, October 10th.

The Argus Editorial Review Board

  • Two student seats available
  • 1 meeting per month during the school year
  • Who watches the watchers? The Argus Editorial Review Board meets monthly during the school year to make recommendations on the presentation, content and quality of the paper. Its mandate is to ensure The Argus is accountable to Lakehead students. The Review Board also handles appeals related to staff disputes and other issues connected with enforcing The Argus’s governing documents.
  • How to apply: Send cover letter and resume to president@lusu.ca or drop off at the LUSU office by the deadline of Friday, October 10th.

Ombudsperson Committee

  • One seat available for a student at-large
  • One seat available for a graduate student
  • 4 meetings per year
  • Members of this committee oversee the work of the university Ombudsperson, an independent position responsible for ensuring all members of the university committee are treated fairly and are free from harassment. The Ombudsperson’s office assists students, faculty, and staff with complaints and disputes, reviews and makes recommendations on university policy, and offers mediation.
  • The Committee reviews reports from the office and evaluates the progress of ongoing projects, and conducts an annual evaluation of the Ombudsperson.
  • How to apply: Send cover letter and resume to vpa@lusu.ca or drop off at the LUSU office by the deadline of Friday, October 10th.

Speak up for students within your university

Students are Lakehead University’s biggest stakeholder. Help make sure we have a voice in decisions impacting us and our campus.

Lakehead University Board of Governors

  • One student seat available
  • 1-3 meetings per month, including committees.
  • The student Governor is arguably LUSU’s most important student representative position. The Board of Governors is Lakehead’s ultimate decision-making body for financial, operational, and strategic issues. For example, the Board votes each year on approving the university’s operating budget and approving tuition fee increases.
  • The student Governor works with student leaders at LUSU to represent students on the Board, bring student concerns forward for consideration, and build understanding of student perspectives amongst other Governors.
  • Although this position involves a slightly higher time commitment than other volunteer opportunities at LUSU, it provides the chance to make major impacts at Lakehead University, along with invaluable experience with high-level governance, unique networking opportunities, and invitations and travel to various university and government functions.
  • How to apply: Send cover letter and resume to president@lusu.ca or drop off at the LUSU Office no later than Friday, October 10th.

Judicial Panel

  • 7 student seats available
  • Varies; Usually 2-4 meetings per year.
  • The Judicial Panel hears appeals from students charged by Lakehead with Code of Conduct violations. Student representation on this Panel helps ensure that our fellow students are being held to a reasonable standard of behaviour, and that punishments are applied consistently and fairly.
  • How to apply: Send cover letter and resume to president@lusu.ca or drop off at the LUSU Office no later than Friday, October 10th.

Accessibility Committee - FILLED

  • 1 student seat available
  • 4-5 meetings per year
  • Lakehead’s Accessibility Committee oversees the university’s efforts to meet accessibility standards and accomodate students, faculty, and staff with disabilities. The Committee monitors progress on Multiyear Accessibility Plan, sets goals for improvements, and makes recommendations on projects and initiatives to increase Lakehead’s commitment to accessibility.
  • How to apply: Send cover letter and resume to president@lusu.ca or drop off at the LUSU office no later than Friday, October 10th.