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Hey SAIT Students,
My name is Garrett Koehler, and I am a fourth-year business student working towards my BBA Human Resources Degree. I was born and raised in Calgary, growing up only a few blocks away from SAIT. As a local Calgarian, I graduated from St. Francis High School in 2014 and studied Political Science at Mount Royal University from 2014 to 2017 before starting at SAIT.
A little bit about me: I am a diehard Ottawa Senators fan (even though they placed last in the league last year). I swam for the University of Calgary Swim Club before moving onto coaching the Glencoe Gators Swim Club. I have my Business Administration Human Resources Diploma from SAIT, and I aim to achieve my master’s after I have graduated from SAIT.
My journey here at SAIT has been an incredible experience. We have a passionate faculty who genuinely care about our success and a future-focused institution that provides the backbone for our innovative talent to grow. I’ve met some amazing people while attending my classes, some of which will be lifelong friends.
Before I began my education, I worked for a number of summer camps. While it was fun to be a big kid myself, I truly valued the tight-knit community. Looking back, I see how good teamwork can lead to great results, which is one of the reasons why I decided to get connected with our Students’ Association (Saitsa). I saw the caring, hardworking community who were willing to do anything to put students first. That’s why I’m here today, to put students first.
My role with Saitsa is to lobby and advocate your concerns to the municipal, provincial, and federal governments in a non-partisan way. I advocate for accessibility, affordability, and quality of post-secondary education. I attend institutional meetings, conferences and lobby meetings on behalf of you, the SAIT students, to ensure the government, stakeholders, and decision-makers are hearing your concerns.
Saitsa is a member of two educational associations, the Alberta Student Executive Council (ASEC) and the Canadian Alliance of Student Associations (CASA). These groups support Saitsa’s efforts in lobbying government bodies. Currently, I sit as the Chair of ASEC and Director at Large – Membership for CASA. Now I know I may have bored you with political jargon, but these positions, specifically my role with CASA, allows me to act as member relations, which means I am actively looking for students like you, who would like to join me in a leadership position to ensure the federal government hears the needs of college students. If this is something you’d like to find out more about, feel free to email me.
I want this to be a great year. Don’t be a stranger, stop by and say hello! My office is in room V204 of the Campus Centre. I am dedicated to advocating for your rights as students, at every opportunity. I am eager to provide a listening ear to find out how your student experience is going at SAIT, both the challenges and successes. I hope to see you around campus!
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