Ana Tremblay understands advocacy. She’s been at it for a while.
A fourth-year student at Laurentian University and currently president of Pride Laurentian, she also keeps busy as a peer advisor with Laurentian’s Student Success Centre, and starting May 1, she will become vice-president of the university’s Students’ General Association (SGA).
Not having enough on her plate, Ana is also involved with the Environmental Sustainability Committee.
Having endured her own struggles with mental illness and sexuality, Tremblay decided to help others on the journey. Having come out the other side of her own battle, she has found a path that allows her to do just that.
“Now that I’m able to properly manage my mental illness and am much more confident in myself, I want to be able to help students who also face these challenges,” Tremblay said. “My work with Pride Laurentian, Student Success and the SGA has been centered around the advocacy of students and I hope to be able to continue doing this.”
Laurentian University has been hit hard by COVID-19 and the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act (CCAA) process, but Tremblay wants students to know “there are people who are advocating for them and working toward a better future.”
She credits her family for her ability to move forward, and her desire to help others.
“My parents have always been my biggest cheerleaders. They’ve been incredibly supportive of me in everything I do and I’m so thankful that they’re always by my side. My parents are also the ones who taught me the importance of giving back, and to help others as much as possible.”
When asked why she enjoys volunteering, Tremblay is enthusiastic.
“I’ve always loved being involved in my community and being able to help those who are less fortunate than I am. Not only do I find it extremely rewarding, I also love getting to meet new people that I probably wouldn’t cross paths with otherwise.
“I’m extremely lucky to be in a position where I can help make Laurentian a better institution for future students and think that’s a huge driving factor for me.”
Tremblay is unsure what her future might hold, but she knows she wants to continue helping people and her community. As concerns Laurentian, Tremblay hopes to continue with the advocacy so dear to her.
“My main focus for the next year will be to offer more support for 2SLGBTQ+ students at Laurentian and to be an advocate for all students during the university's transition” out of insolvency proceedings.
Ana’s Tremblay’s words of inspiration
“I encourage everyone to be more active within their community and to fight for what they believe in. Volunteering is a lot of fun when you’re helping a cause you are passionate about.”
James Stewart is a writer based in North Bay.