History

In 2007, the Student Connection – Connexion Étudiante (SC-CÉ) celebrated its tenth anniversary as a national gerontology student body in Canada . In 1997, Dr. Kate Oakley – a student at the time and an on-going advocate for student involvement – initiated development of a student body under the Canadian Association on Gerontology – Association Canadienne de Gérontologie (CAG-ACG). Since then, the SC-CÉ has been building a student presence within the CAG-ACG.

Accomplishments

Since 1997, the SC-CÉ has taken great strides toward creating a strong gerontology student force in Canada . Here are some of our accomplishments:

2001:  Development of an SC-CÉ website providing numerous links and resources, including a list of SC-CÉ member research interests.

2002:  Formal acceptance of the SC-CÉ as the official student organization of the CAG-ACG.  Recognition of the two official languages used by the student body, evident in our bi-lingual name and recruitment efforts of both Francophone and Anglophone students across Canada .  Student representation on the CAG-ACG Board of Directors.

Initiation of the SC-CÉ Student Representative program.

2003: Introduction of new SC-CÉ logo.

Development of a formal SC-CÉ strategic plan.

Production of the SC-CÉ Guide to Establishing Student Sections within Member Organizations of the International Association of Gerontology (IAG).

The SC-CÉ revives the tradition of offering a book display at the CAG-ACG Annual Scientific and Educational Meeting (ASEM).  All proceeds from the sale of raffle tickets for donated books are returned directly to CAG-ACG student members.

Formation of a one-year CAG-ACG transitional membership status at a reduced cost for recent graduates. This status is intended to allow student members a period of grace as they move between academic programs or from student membership to regular membership.

Initiation of a joint Faculty Representative – SC-CÉ Student Representative meeting at the ASEM to bring together CAG-ACG members who actively promote the CAG-ACG and SC-CÉ locally.

2004:  Development of a formal SC-CÉ constitution.

The SC-CÉ receives an IAG Student Section Development Grant.  All objectives were successfully completed, including an essay competition, the creation of a student membership recruitment incentive, and assistance with the formation of a student section within the New Zealand Association of Gerontology.

Presentation of the first SC-CÉ-sponsored workshop at a CAG-ACG ASEM.

Initiation of the Take a Student to Lunch program. The purpose of this initiative is to facilitate mentoring between regular and junior CAG-ACG members at the ASEM Divisional Lunches, provide networking opportunities, and allow students to attend a lunch that they otherwise may not be able to afford.

Creation of the Spot the Dot initiative. Student CAG-ACG ASEM nametags are marked with a red dot to facilitate networking opportunities among faculty and students, and among students themselves.

The SC-CÉ formally collaborates with the CAG-ACG ASEM Planning Committee.

2005:  The SC-CÉ is represented at the inaugural meeting of the International Council of Gerontology Student Organizations (ICGSO) at the 18th Congress of the IAG in Rio de Janeiro , Brazil .

Symposium including representatives from the SC-CÉ presented at the 18th Congress of the IAG in Rio de Janeiro , Brazil .

The first Canadian Institutes of Health Research – Institute of Aging (CIHR-IA) SC-CÉ Student Networking Lunch is held at the CAG-ACG ASEM.

Launch of an SC-CÉ listserv to support student networking.

SC-CÉ members are invited to serve as CAG-ACG ASEM session co-chairs.

2006:  The SC-CÉ is invited to participate in the North American Regional Council (NARC) meeting of the International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics (IAGG).

Recruitment of the first SC-CÉ Student Representative outside of Canada .

2007:  Initiation of the Excellence in Research on Aging (ERA) Award offered by the SC-CÉ to CAG-ACG student and recent graduate members.

Collaboration with the Emerging Scholar and Professional Organization (ESPO) of the Gerontological Society of America (GSA) on a workshop presented at the GSA Annual Scientific Meeting.

2008: Initiation of the Student Local Interdisciplinary Network (LINK) Seed Grant in Aging offered by the SC-CÉ to provide financial support to connect local students in the field of aging on campuses without strong existing linkages.

Presidents

2014 – Present: Kristina Miller

2013 – 2014: Michael Campo

2011 – 2013: Shannon Freeman

2009 – 2011: Stacey Stewart

2007 – 2009: Anthony Kupferschmidt

2005 – 2007: Sean Keays

2004 – 2005: Kristine Votova

2001 – 2004: Sherry Ann Chapman

2000 – 2001: Tracey LaPierre