Jasmine French is a native Albertan working in post-secondary education labour for the Grant MacEwan University Faculty Association (GMUFA). As Executive Director, she ensures the GMUFA Board and membership have the essential resources to negotiate and apply the collective agreement. Her experience includes negotiations of contracts, settlements and as a member of bargaining committees.
Previously, Jasmine provided members services for the academic staff at the Association of Academic Staff, University of Alberta. This included representation at tribunals and appeals, preparation of grievances and conflict resolution. Jasmine also provided training and expertise to school councils and fundraising societies through her work with Alberta School Councils’ Association.
Jasmine is trained in mediation, negotiations and restorative practice with a specialized degree in psychology, she has also completed graduate work in the field of organizational development and design.
Jasmine has over 25 years as an advocate providing representation and assistance as well as training, development and facilitation in education and post-secondary education.
Alissa is Associate Professor of Sociology, researching and teaching in the areas of health, food, and social equity. In her tenth year at MacEwan, she has served in a range of administrative positions at all three levels of governance: the university, the faculty, and the department, including but not limited to the MacEwan Diversity Committee, the Information and Technology Management Committee, the Faculty of Arts and Science Executive Committee, AND the Department of Sociology’s Curriculum Committee.
She is the Program Coordinator for the Gender Studies Minor. Alissa is also an active member with the Canadian Sociological Association (CSA), Critical Dietetics, and Women’s and Gender Studies et Recherches Féministes (WGRSF). In all her administrative capacities, Alissa is driven by principles of equity and integrity.
She is looking forward to her work with the JCMA and the Faculty Association more broadly, as it enables her to work across disciplinary units and faculties and learn about and contribute to the operationalization of our collective agreement.