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May 21, 2015

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The Wilfrid Laurier University Students' Union (WLUSU) recognized the Aboriginal Students’ Association (ASA) with the "most active club" award for 2014/15.

ASA includes Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal individuals who work to create a welcoming atmosphere focused around educating and engaging Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal students at Laurier. ASA seeks to educate, challenge, and inspire those interested in educating themselves on Indigenous culture.

It's a new milestone to have ASA recognized for its contributions to the Laurier community and to the campus through active involvement. Over the past five years, ASA has held a variety of social and cultural events, including pow-wow trips, moccasin making, Wilf’s dinners, movie nights and much more. The goal of ASA is to provide Aboriginal students with a place to come together and celebrate their heritage while also educating the general public.

“Winning this award was such a huge step; we’ve always been a relativity small club, so to have WLUSU notice us and the work we’ve been doing was so rewarding," said Rachael Simon, 2014/15 president of ASA. "It’s reassuring that what we are doing is meaningful and is accomplishing what we want, which is bringing awareness of the Aboriginal population on campus, all while supporting our students.”

ASA is just one of more than 150 active clubs in the Laurier community on the Waterloo and Brantford campuses. The clubs fall under a number of categories, including arts, business, charity, personal interest, science, and religion and culture.

Getting involved in Laurier’s clubs offer many benefits to students, including: hands on experience in everything from event planning to volunteer management; the opportunity to meet people with similar interests and passions; recognition on the student co-curricular record; and a fun way to get involved in the Laurier community.

Here is just a sample of some Laurier clubs:

  • Access U: A non-profit, youth-run organization that focuses primarily on education in the developing world and creating world leaders.
  • The Agents of Awesome: A club full of people with a variety of interests, focused on making the Laurier experience more awesome and enjoyable.
  • Harry Potter Alliance: A non-profit organization that seeks to fight the Dark Arts in the real world by using principles from the Harry Potter books and movies while also creating a fun, open and relaxed atmosphere for students to come together and form meaningful friendships under the banner of love for Harry Potter.
  • Fashion ‘n’ Motion: A student-run dance club that raises money and awareness for charity. Through their year-end production, they support a chosen charity and also showcase local merchant clothing through fashion and modeling segments during the show.
  • WLU Human Resources Network: A student-run organization that strives to promote personal and professional development among all students of Laurier. Its goal is to develop, promote and help students to excel in the professional realm.

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