Carlie is a proud Alumnus of five programs at Fanshawe College and recently graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce Honours degree and a post-graduate certificate in Project Management. On June 6, 2018, Carlie was awarded the President’s Prize graduation award to commemorate her hard work at Fanshawe College and in the community. In her spare time, she has earned two certificates in non-profit board governance, volunteers for two local charities, and is developing a journal article for publication. An avid life-long learner, Carlie has applied to study her Masters of Library and Information Science at Western University.
Carlie is also an established student leader. She was first elected as the Vice President of Finance of the Fanshawe Student Union (FSU) in 2015. As Vice President of Finance, she assisted students in need to apply for and obtain Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) funding, bursaries, and awards, as well as planned a variety of financial literacy events for students. The following year, Carlie was elected in a historic landslide victory as FSU President. As President, Carlie ushered in major changes in corporate governance, including policy re-development as a way to enable the student voice and to ensure accountability of office. Carlie enjoyed public speaking and connecting with students and faculty about personal experiences, leadership, and mental health issues and initiatives. A major strength Carlie possesses is her ability to advocate for students who face financial, personal, and learning barriers. She has aided students through the creation of a textbook assistance bursary, creating a free on-campus bike-sharing program, and focusing on student debt issues with local Members of Provincial Parliament (MPP). In 2017, Carlie was elected in another landslide victory to serve as a Student Governor on the Fanshawe College Board of Governors, and has recently completed her term.
Upon completion of her degree, Carlie was nominated to become an MPP candidate for the Ontario Liberal Party in her hometown riding for the 2018 provincial election. Although she was unsuccessful, Carlie demonstrated a passion for educating and engaging youths in civics.
When Carlie is not studying or volunteering, she is living an active lifestyle by hiking trails with her girlfriend and dog, making cross-country road trips, and tackling new heights as an avid rock climber.