2022 Student Section: Sarah Nakonechny

Statement of Intent
The position that I am applying for is Administration and Finance Executive. This is a position that I am quite familiar holding as I have held it for a number of years in various capacities. Throughout my academic career thus far I have acted as Executive Administrator at the University of Regina for our Psychology Student’s Association (2 years), Luther College Student’s Association (2 years), and Undergraduate Research Journal (1 year). During my time in this role, I have been responsible for managing and scheduling teams of 6 to 40 individuals, recording meeting minutes, scheduling meeting and event times and location space, and assisting with the preparation of assets and event execution as needed. In all these roles I have been the one to enforce deadlines and ensure that all teams involved are on track to execute the desired plans within the predetermined timeline. As well, I have some experience with the creation of spreadsheets and budget reports, along with the collection and documentation of resources. I am interested in holding this position for the Canadian Psychological Associations’ Student Section as this position presents a valuable opportunity for me to expand the skills that I have currently built and utilize them on a larger platform. Being able to use my skills to give back to the organization as it has provided so much for me is a chance that I would greatly appreciate. Through my strong organizational skills, open communication practices, and detail-orientated working style I am a strong candidate to hold this position.
My name is Sarah Nakonechny (she/they), and I am a senior student at the University of Regina, working towards the completion of Honours Psychology, under the supervision of Dr. Susan Yamamoto, and Honours Philosophy, under the supervision of Dr. Paul Simard Smith. I take pride in being an active member of my university’s community. A couple highlights from that work is that I will be serving as President on my Psychology Student’s Association, and I am one of the key developers of the University of Regina’s Undergraduate Research Journal. I have also volunteered as a student assistant within multiple research labs and continue to partake in volunteer work within two of those labs at the University of Regina currently. Once I have completed by undergraduate degrees, I am hopeful in my pursuits for a graduate program where I can focus on looking at offenders’ mental health and treatment programming within Canada. Outside of academia I enjoy yoga, spending time with my cat, reading, crocheting, and travelling.