Halifax, N.S. – StudentsNS is pleased to welcome Sophie Helpard as its 9th Executive Director. Sophie comes to StudentsNS after serving as President of the University Students’ Council where she represented the 30,000 undergraduate students at Western University in London, Ontario. At Western, she studied Political Science at Huron University College, an affiliated liberal arts college on campus.
“I think it is extremely important that students have a voice on [the Halifax Partnership Board]…to allow a student perspective.” Nick Head-Petersen said Wednesday.
March 18th, 2016
Executive Director, Nick Head-Petersen spoke with the CBC on the unique circumstances International Students face and the research that Students Nova Scotia has undertaken.
Students who spoke to CBC News about the house on Payzant Street never made a formal complaint about their concerns. Research by Students Nova Scotia found that’s not unusual among international students.
“We looked specifically at international students as a population that may not have the local social support network in place to search for appropriate housing, or even know the city well enough to know what a good place to live in the city would be,” said Nick Head-Petersen, the executive director of Students Nova Scotia.
Former StFX student union president Nick Head-Petersen has been named StudentsNS eighth executive director.
The announcement came in an Aug. 5 press release from the organization. It was also noted Head-Petersen served on StudentsNS board of directors during his time as StFX student union president.
“It is really a homecoming for me,” Head-Petersen said in the release.
“StudentsNS is the group representing the interests of students throughout the province and I look forward to my new role with the organization.”
“It’s a lot of debt relief and for students who are on the bubble of ‘Can I afford this? What will my life be like if I get this degree but am saddled with debt?’ I think it changes the calculation,” says Kyle Power, of Students Nova Scotia.
We speak with StudentsNS executive director Jonathan Williams.
Jonathan Williams, executive director of Students Nova Scotia, worries about how students will be protected if a revitalization plan dictates a merger or closure of programs or departments.
For those who care about the Ivany report vision of Nova Scotia’s future, the provincial government’s recent policies and communications on youth and higher education have been dismaying and too often deceptive.
If Nova Scotia can’t keep its young residents, it may be on its way to becoming a “glorified retirement community.”