Message to members from NASA President Elizabeth Johannson

Greetings NASA members,

I am sharing with you difficult news. After careful consideration and reflection, I have come to the decision that I will be stepping down as NASA President and returning to a university position.

NASA and the University of Alberta are dealing with challenging and painful times. I have always deeply believed that the union belongs to the members and it must be the members who set its direction and priorities. The best way for the members to set NASA's future direction is through electing passionate leaders. It is time for me to pass the baton to one of you, and I am confident that whoever you select will take up the role with enthusiasm, just as I took it up from the president before me.

I am proud of the work that NASA has accomplished and that I, as your president, have contributed to over the past six years. In particular, addressing fiscal challenges to put NASA on a strong financial footing, and strengthening our ties with the larger labour movement in Alberta.

My favourite thing about the role has been having conversations with individual members and meeting with small groups. There are so many amazing people doing incredible work here at the U of A and it has been my honour to serve you and work to advance your interests. Thank you, to all of you.

In solidarity,

Elizabeth Johannson

In light of this announcement, any inquiries for the NASA president should go to executive board member Lisa Dublin at dublin@ualberta.ca or to nasa@ualberta.ca to be triaged to the appropriate person.

A new president will be elected for the remaining one-year of the current term in conjunction with the upcoming executive officer elections.