In an emergency online meeting of the UTSU’s Board of Directors on December 29, Ammara Wasim was appointed as the new Vice-President Campus Life. Wasim’s appointment comes just over two weeks after Stuart Norton announced his resignation from the post, effective December 31.
Norton’s departure marks the second UTSU executive resignation this year; Vice-President University Affairs Carina Zhang resigned on September 3. Both Zhang and Norton cited personal reasons as the cause for their departures.
In an earlier interview with The Varsity, incumbent Norton said he was “grateful to the students that elected [him] to serve in this role for the past eight months.”
“I’m a strong believer that, for many students, clubs and campus groups form the core of their community,” Norton said. “I wish my team the best of luck for the rest of the term.”
It took almost three months to replace Zhang, who was succeeded by former General Equity Director Adrian Huntelar. The board chose to suspend Bylaw X(5)(ii) — a bylaw that lengthens the recruitment process in the case of the Vice-President Campus Life — due to the pressure of the impending Winter Week of Welcome, which will take place January 15-19 and is composed of multiple campus-wide student life activities.
The Varsity has reached out to Wasim for comment.