Arts & Science Rep - Imogen
My name is Imogen Pohl and I’ve been a student at the University of Lethbridge for four years. My involvement with the ULSU started last year when I held an Executive Council position last year. I’ve been serving as one of your Arts & Science Reps since May 2019.
Outside of the ULSU, I am known for my volunteerism and governance abilities. Currently, I sit as a Director of the Schizophrenia Society of Alberta. During my time in this position, I have been able to help others who live with this disorder and support the Society as we advocate provincially for all affected by Schizophrenia.
For my long-term commitment to volunteerism - I began when I was four years old selling cookies for Girl Guides to raise money for the SPCA - I received the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers from the Governor General of Canada in April 2018. I believe this is one of my most significant achievements as only two years before I had dropped out of school due to circumstances within my own life. To me, this award represents overcoming barriers associated with mental illness and being able to live life to the fullest extent possible.
In May 2018 I launched the formation of an early intervention system at uLethbridge. These systems, utilized at institutions across Canada, identify students at risk and are self-initiated by students and provides them with the awareness and means to navigate support services and policies on campus.
My passion for these systems was sparked when during my second WEEK of classes my mother was diagnosed with a terminal cancer. As a first-year student who was bombarded with new information daily, I immediately became lost when I tried to navigate the support systems on campus – when I finally found the courage to see a counselor, I went to the health center!
My mother passed away on January 26th, 2019. I attend regular committee meetings with each service on campus and therefore are highly aware of what they provide for students (and where they are on campus!). However, I think back to what “1st Year Imogen” would have needed had my mother passed during my first semester.
As a representative member of the ULSU, I will not only continue to advocate for revisions to Arts and Science programs but also further on-campus support for students facing extenuating circumstances of all types. I believe we need to have a cohesive system so that when students are faced with unexpected life changes, they are enabled to confront them with confidence.
I will be co-chairing the early intervention committee starting this Summer. When I began this process in May, I thought it would take me a year to get the system up and going. In retrospect, I was a bit ambitious, but I’ve learned exponentially more information regarding uLethbridge policies and procedures in the last ten months. I am determined to see this creation process – and ultimately policy change – through to the end.
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