MEET THE TEAM

Dawson Thomas

Saitsa Vice President

Favourite Meal

Lasagna, it’s always going to be lasagna! I love Italian food. If someone can cook lasagna they are always welcome to come over to my place or I’ll go to their’s

Favourite aspect of Calgary

It seems like the key place to be. We have amazing views of the downtown landscape and mountains all in one spot.

Perfect Weekend

Relax with a nice bath, drop a bath bomb from LUSH, have the bathroom lit by candle light and watch some classic Disney movies!

Birthplace

I grew up in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan for most of my life. Prior to that I lived in Mattagami, Ontario when I was very little.

Fun Fact

I will eat as much cheesecake as humanly possible knowing that it won’t be very fun for my stomach for the rest of the day!

Happiest Place

I’d say I’m happiest when I have quiet moments to myself, whether that’s having a warm bath, meditating, or doing yoga.

Get to know Dawson!

What is your name and pronouns?

Dawson Thomas, he/him/they


What is your job position?

Saitsa Vice President  


How long have you been at Saitsa?

2021 is my second year in Saitsa in the Board of Directors.

 

What do you enjoy most about your job? 

At first it was the experience of the leadership opportunities and just getting involved in the school, but as my passion grew for the student movement my passion changed to giving students a voice and having the chance to provide Indigenous representation and have a platform. Seeing how much we can do for students and giving them a voice, and just simply being there for them really motivated me and changed the game for me.


What is your education and work background? 

Prior to SAIT, I spent one year at Mount Royal University for general education. Then I took a year off of school and worked that year. Then I started at SAIT in the Hospitality and Tourism Management program! 

In terms of work experience, I’ve been in the food industry for five years now and also have experience in customer service. I’ve gained a lot of people skills from my past work!


Why did you choose to work for Saitsa? 

When I started at SAIT, myself and all students had to start learning online. It was a bummer. I thought to myself how I can make the most out of my experience and get involved even with everything being online. I decided to start a club which is the Pride club that started this year!

I got an email from Saitsa one day and I was asked about my interest in leadership opportunities and learned about the Board of Directors (BOD). Joining the BOD sounded like a great opportunity to me! I became a candidate and started campaigning online. It was so weird and strange at the time, but I was elected and didn’t know what to expect moving forward but embraced it!


What advice do you have for new SAIT students? 

Take part in all of the opportunities you have available to you. Even though SAIT programs are typically short, either two years or less, it’s still your college experience and who knows if it’ll be your first and only time in college to experience being a post-secondary student! Make your time here one to remember. Also, you don’t know what you like until you try it! Try a club. Start a club. Volunteer. Become a leader. Be a part of the community.


Why should students get to know Saitsa? 

We are here to be students’ voices and be a platform for them. We truly want to advocate for students and make sure that they have the best experience possible. We are a great support system and we are built for students.

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. – 3:00 p.m

V211 Campus Centre

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

Station Market

The Station Market is currently closed.

Station Express

The Station Express is currently closed.

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.