Northwest Association of College & University Housing Officers

Meet The NWACUHO Board of Directors – Alberta Representative

Meet Charlene Chia (She/Her/Hers), your NWACUHO Alberta Representative!

We asked our NWACUHO Board of Directors to share some advice and reflect on their experience volunteering with NWACUHO. See her responses here!

Where do you call home? Calgary, Alberta and Coquitlam, British Columbia

How long have you been in the region? Since 2010

How did you initially get involved in NWACUHO? When was it? In 2011, when I was a Residence Coordinator at the University of British Columbia, the Residence Life team was given the awesome opportunity to go to the NWACUHO conference in Vancouver.

What is your favorite part about being involved in NWACUHO? My favourite part has been having the opportunity to learn from and meet people from the different regions. I enjoy hearing about their unique experiences and passion for residence /supporting students.

What is some advice you’d give to someone new to the region? My advice would be to jump in and get involved! This doesn’t have to be a huge commitment. It can be as simple as sitting on a committee, volunteering to help direct folks at the conference, engaging in the chat box during the First Friday Webinars …e.t.c. Choose what works best for you. The main ideas is to be engaged!

What do you see as the value for getting involved in NWACUHO? What do you get out of being involved?

You get a lot from being involved such as:

    • learning best practices
    • being part of a community
    • building personal and professional relationships with great colleagues
    • opportunities to fine tune skills and gain new experiences
    • a venue (such as committees) to be creative, start initiatives, and impact the greater association
    • access to various platforms to share and gain knowledge.

What is some advice you’d give to someone interested in joining a committee or getting further involved in NWACUHO? (This could be attending events virtually, going to our conferences, running for a co-chair position, running for a board position, contributing to soundings blog, etc.). If you are interested, but unsure of whether to, how to, or what to do, reach out to your regional representative! We would love to chat with you about all the different opportunities to get involved and to help you get connected!

Anything else you’d like to share? Fun facts? Charlene shared two photos with us! One is from my trip this past May to Singapore and the other is from a trip this past June to a wedding in Kimberley, British Columbia!


Are you interested in learning more about Charlene’s experience volunteering with NWACUHO? You can contact her at alberta@nwacuho.org!

Also consider donating your time or resources to NWACUHO as part of our NWACUHO 2020 Initiative!

Do you know someone who would represent the NWACUHO region well through a larger leadership role? Each year we have multiple board of directors positions open and committee leadership roles available! Learn more about our full elections process, frequently asked questions, and more here: http://nwacuho.org/elections/!

Election Process

Each January, we hold an elections process for the vacant Board of Director positions.  Similar to previous years, voting will occur remotely with the Senior Housing Officer (SHO) from each 2020 member institution casting their vote. While there will only be one ballot cast per institution, we do encourage departmental discussion in decision making.

If you are interested in running for one of our open positions, you must first complete this “intent to run” form by 11:59 PM, Pacific Time, on Monday December 2, 2019.

If you would like to nominate a colleague to run for one (or more) of our open positions, please complete this short nomination form.  Our Past-President will reach out to the person that has been nominated and let them know that someone has nominated them and encourage them to run for the open position.

For any interested individual that completes an intent to run form by 11:59 PM, Pacific Time, on Monday December 2, 2019; all other application materials will be due by 11:59 PM, Pacific Time, on Friday, December 20, 2019.  Please see the “To Apply” portion of this page for information on what will need to be submitted by Friday, December 20th.

Available Positions in 2020

  • President-Elect, term expires: February 2023
  • Corporate Relations Director, term expires: February 2022
  • Washington Representative, term expires: February 2022
  • British Columbia Representative, term expires: February 2022
  • Alaska/Yukon Representative, term expires: February 2022
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