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Vp services and communications opts to pursue master’s program

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Student Federation of the University of Ottawa (SFUO) executive member Brad Lafortune handed in his resignation Sept. 23 to pursue a master’s program in physiotherapy.

“I was recently offered admission to the master’s program in physiotherapy at the University of Ottawa and, with much difficulty, have chosen to pursue this opportunity,” he said. “As such and in accordance with the constitution of the SFUO, I must resign from my position as the vp services and communications.”

SFUO executives are not allowed to take more than three courses per session during their mandate. Lafortune had to choose between his job at the SFUO and his desire to attend a master’s program.

“I truly value the work we have done and continue to do at the SFUO in challenging oppression on campus, defending student rights, and ultimately fighting for an accessible system of post-secondary education,” he said. “I have every confidence that the current executive team and the SFUO as a whole will continue the amazing work that I’ve been so fortunate to help with for the past few months.”

SFUO president Anne-Marie Roy said his departure will not impact the student body.

“I wish him the best of luck with his master’s program,” she said. “From here, the SFUO executives are working together to make sure that his absence is not going to be noticed by our membership. We will continue to provide good promotion and good communication to students, and we will continue to do that over the next six weeks. We look forward to welcoming the new team member that will be elected in the by-election.”

Applications for a new vp services and communications will be accepted beginning the first week of October. Partial elections will take place Oct. 31.