To whom it may concern,
My name is Dorothy Chacinski and I am applying for the position of Graduate Student Affairs Executive for the June 2023-June 2025 term. I am currently finishing my BA (Hons) in Psychology at the University of Calgary and will begin my MA/PhD studies in Clinical Psychology at the University of Saskatchewan in September.
I am interested in this position as individual with an extensive background in leadership and advocacy. I am a current executive of the Alberta Association on Gerontology (AAG), and I will be forced to vacate my position due to moving to another province. This position with the CPA will bridge my previous experiences serving the board of a professional organization with my interests in psychology.
I have attached for you my CV which details my history and qualifications. Of most relevance is my work with the AAG. Since 2021, I have been volunteering in various roles within this organization which serves the interests of older Albertans. I have come to know the board structure at the local and provincial level. I have previously acted as a board observer, student representative, and secretary. I am the current Chair of the Calgary Chapter and the Chair of the Marketing and Communications Committee. My duties include chairing meetings, structuring the agenda, hosting events at the local level, leading initiatives, improving membership value proposition and retention, managing communications, maintaining social media, and creating marketing strategies. I am also responsible for drafting bi-monthly progress reports and a comprehensive report at our Annual General Meeting. I am experienced in managing my board members in both the Calgary Chapter and those serving my committee. Based on my past initiatives, I believe I can produce a strategy to help our representatives increase exposure of the CPA at their respective academic institutions.
Thank you for your consideration, Dorothy Chacinski
Dorothy Chacinski is an incoming graduate student in clinical psychology at the University of Saskatchewan. She has previously held executive positions with the Alberta Association on Gerontology as Chair of the Calgary Chapter and Chair of the Marketing and Communications Committee. Her commitment to her community includes her long-standing volunteerism in long-term care, working on the front lines of the pandemic as an executive assistant and administrative support, and leading a campus mental health initiative. She has conducted research on older adults with the University of Alberta and the University of Calgary. Her interests with the CPA are on improving exposure, upholding professionalism within psychology, and increasing the value proposition for student members.