Statement from the AMS Executive

Statement from Catherine Wright 

KINGSTON, ON – Today, Catherine Wright, AMS Vice President (University Affairs), issued the following statement:

“The past few months, I have been facing some personal challenges which have made transitioning into the role of Vice President (University Affairs) difficult. I have reluctantly concluded that I will not be able to serve out my term.

“To that end, I spoke to the AMS Assembly Speaker, Sam Anderson, earlier today, and tendered my resignation to him effective Friday, August 14. All of my responsibilities will be transitioned to Kanivanan Chinniah, AMS President, in the interim.

“It has been a humbling experience to serve students as Vice President (University Affairs). I am immensely grateful to all AMS staff, in particular my Commissioners, who have served my Office so well.

“Since coming into our roles, I have continued to be impressed by Kanivanan and Kyle’s remarkable drive to serve in the best interest of students. Kanivanan is a seasoned advocate who cares deeply about representing and serving students with integrity. The impact of his strategic direction for the Society will be felt by students for years to come. As Vice President (Operations), Kyle has contributed an energetic and fresh perspective, bringing inspiration to the AMS offices. His work ethic has been nothing short of admirable. I have full confidence that, regardless of my presence, they will lead the AMS with distinction.”

Statement from Kanivanan Chinniah and Kyle Beaudry

Kanivanan Chinniah, the President, and Kyle Beaudry, the Vice President (Operations), issued the following in response to the resignation of Catherine Wright, AMS Vice President (University Affairs):

“Today, with great regret and affection, we accepted the resignation of our friend, Catherine Wright.

“During her time at Queen’s, Catherine has served the best interests of students with hard work, humility, and integrity. We will miss her presence in the AMS, and we wish her the very best going forward.

“When we came into office, we committed to pursue small, practical, and achievable goals for the year to come that will improve university life for all Queen’s students.

“That commitment has not changed, that work has well begun, and will continue moving forward.

“With respect to future steps, the AMS Constitution, Section 2.02.04 allows the Executive, in consultation with AMS Assembly, to determine the next course of action. We will proceed accordingly in the coming weeks.”

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