MEET THE TEAM

Bekah Callaghan

Volunteers Coordinator

Favourite Meal

Shepherd’s pie! Potatoes, vegetables, meat you can’t go wrong.

Favourite aspect of Calgary

How close we are to the sky. The sky is right there and so big. I’ve never noticed the sky in the cities I’ve lived in outside of Alberta.

Perfect Weekend

I like to be outside. Whether it’s going for a walk, a hike, or a fun activity like playing paint ball with my friends.

Birthplace

That’s a tricky one, I’ve moved around a lot! The longest place that I lived in was in the city of Airdrie in Alberta.

Fun Fact

I’ve seen the movie Pride and Prejudice over 23 times. I’m just really obsessed with period piece movies!

Happiest Place

My home always feels like it’s home whenever I’m around people that I love. I’m happiest when I’m around people that I love.

Get to know Bekah!

What is your name and pronouns?

Bekah Callaghan, she/her 


What is your job position?

Volunteers Coordinator  


How long have you been at Saitsa?

I’ve been at Saitsa in a full-time capacity for about 2.5-3 years and part-time for about 2 years.” “I was with Saitsa as a volunteer, I was a part of the Board of Directors, I was a part of part-time staff running the volunteer program and now I’m a full-time staff member!

 

What do you enjoy most about your job? 

My favourite things about my job is getting to interact with all the different students. In some years I’ve had up to 400 volunteers. They are so eager to get involved and I love getting to interact with them on a day-to-day basis and see what they are interested in and getting to know them.


What is your education and work background? 

I studied at SAIT, specifically in the Business Administration Diploma for Human Resources. I graduated from that program in 2019. During the pandemic, I decided to return to SAIT to work towards a degree in human resources. I’m actually currently a full-time student while I’m working for Saitsa! I’ve been working ever since I was 14. I’ve worked the classic retail jobs, Walmart, Shoppers Drugmart, SportChek, and I’ve worked landscaping jobs in past summers.


Why did you choose to work for Saitsa? 

When I started volunteering for Saitsa, I volunteered out of the office that I currently work in now. I volunteered with Student Experience with their mental health team. When I’d come into the office to get ready to volunteer, I loved the energy and the culture that was so prevalent.


What advice do you have for new SAIT students? 

As much as you might want to just show up to school for your classes and go home right after, get involved. Getting involved is how you meet people, it’s a great way to make new friends. Whether that’s joining clubs, being a volunteer, or running for a position on the Board of Directors. You can find your people, here.


Why should students get to know Saitsa? 

One of Saitsa’s main purposes is to advocate for students. When you’re a student, it’s can be hard to be your own advocate. Sometimes you don’t know what’s going on, within SAIT or provincially, but there are people advocating for you, for mental health reasons, funding, and more. I think students should get to know Saitsa because of that, to really know what supports are available to them.


Community

Find Us

Saitsa Resource Centre 

MC107 Stan Grad

1301 – 16 Ave N.W. Calgary, AB T2M 0L4

The Gateway Restaurant & Bar

Monday – Friday

11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

V203 Campus Centre

1301 – 16 Ave N.W. Calgary, AB T2M 0L4

Odyssey Cafe

Monday – Friday

7:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m

V211 Campus Centre

1301 – 16 Ave N.W. Calgary, AB T2M 0L4

Station Market

Monday – Thursday

7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Friday

7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

NN120 Senator Burns Building

1301 – 16 Ave N.W. Calgary, AB T2M 0L4

Station Express

Monday – Thursday

7:30 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Friday

7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

MB108 Stan Grad Building

1301 – 16 Ave N.W. Calgary, AB T2M 0L4

Health & Dental Process for Fall 2021

As of July 5, 2021; Saitsa will be accepting Health & Dental Opt-Out forms for the Fall 2021 semester. As soon as you are registered or begin self-registration for the Fall 2021 semester you are able to submit a Health & Dental Opt-Out form.

You have until July 26 to send your completed Health & Dental opt-out form to Saitsa for processing before the tuition fee deadline in order to receive Opt-Out credits before paying tuition fees. All other Health & Dental opt-outs processed after July 26 will follow SAIT’s refund policy where credit balances may be applied to future terms.

SAIT Refunds: Credit balances, for students who are registered or plan to register in a future term, will be carried forward and applied as appropriate to that future term.  Refundable balances will also be assessed at the end of the academic year for refunding. More info here.