Aria Burrell is a civic-minded community activist who strongly believes in the need for students to have a voice in matters affecting us. Aria was appointed to the Representation Executive Council as Vice-President External to be your voice to the wider community and all levels of government. As an appointee to the position, she takes her responsibility to the student body very seriously; she is committed to the continuation of existing projects and pursuing goals which have seen wide support during elections such as affordable tuition and sustainable mental health funding.
Aria has a connection to the school and its students dating back over a decade, having previously attended when Mount Royal was still a college. She is now pursuing a degree in Policy Studies with a minor in Women’s and Gender Studies. Over the past couple years, Aria has advocated on behalf of the transgender community and sat from 2015 to 2016 as Secretary of the Board of the Trans Equality Society of Alberta (TESA). She has been involved in nonpartisan efforts to reduce barriers to voting for marginalized groups in both federal and municipal elections, most recently through the Envision Tomorrow Youth Democracy Project alongside municipal ward 8 and the City of Calgary. Aria worked as a Room Mentor in the SAMRU Peer Support Centre and Pride Centre over the 2016-2017 year.