UVic CSS: Commerce Students’ Society

Involving yourself in students’ societies is a great way to meet people, learn transferable skills such as team building, leadership and time management, and open doors to new possibilities.

About a year ago I accepted the position to be the Vice President of Engagement for the Commerce Students’ Society (CSS) at UVic. Even though I gave up the opportunity to go on exchange in Paris, France, I can confidently say that this experience has been worthwhile. With only one month left in my term, it is time to reflect and appreciate the strong team that I had the opportunity to work with.

The Engagement Portfolio


Director of Athletics

Carissa Kocsis Carissa Kocsis

EVENTS: “Dodge Your Grades” – Dodgeball tournament (Fall/Spring terms)

Thank you, Carissa, for doing a fantastic job in the execution of the “Dodge Your Grades” dodgeball event in both the fall and spring terms.

You did a fantastic job organizing every detail to ensure success. I am proud of you for growing this event and holding it in the fancy McKinnon gym for the Spring term.

In addition to this, well done with managing the intramural teams (hockey, soccer, basketball and volleyball).

Directors of Community of Involvement


  • “Mo’s, Do’s & Dates” – fun event in November that brings together boys with their Mo’s, girls to chop off their hair to donate, and an auction of fun date packages for friends/family/significant others.
  • “Pancake Bellyache” – pancake charity breakfast to raise money for United Way.

Liam McDonough Liam McDonough

Thank you, Liam, for your dedication to your role. You took charge and did a fantastic job as MC for your event, Mo’s Do’s & Dates. This was the first year and I am very proud of what you accomplished.

Your energy and passion for volunteering is commendable. In addition, congrats on your success with organizing Pancake Bellyache – the pancake fundraiser for the United Way.

Cassandra Quan

Cassandra QuanThank you, Cassandra, for your great work in this role. You are extremely organized and great at time management.

You were always willing to take initiative to reach out to sponsors to contribute in-kind donations for your events.

The leadership you demonstrated was fantastic.

The Directors of Pre-Admit Engagement

EVENT: “Pre-Admit Frosh Amazing Race” – Amazing race styled event where over 100 pre-admit commerce students are randomly placed into groups and race around various places in Victoria completing challenges such as a ‘slip ‘n slide’ water challenge and ‘fear factor’ eating challenge.

Claire HowardClaire Howard

Thank you, Claire, for your continued hard work and leadership this past year.

You were great at managing the relationship with the faculty and always staying on top of your tasks.

You were always there to give a helping hand and contribute creative ideas to the team.

Marc DoucetteMarc Doucette

Thank you, Marc, for your energy and enthusiasm in your role.

Your dedication towards the team and attending all events was outstanding.

Your organization and attention to detail for the Pre-Admit Amazing Race in the fall contributed to its success.

I wish you all the best in your new role as VP of Engagement.

Roseanne MitchellRoseanne Mitchell

Thank you, Rosie, for being such a great team player.

You were always willing to take the extra step to do your research when organizing the events.

Your positivity and creative ideas contributed to success.

Director of Student Awards

Lars TonnLars Tonn

EVENT: “The Gusty’s” – year-end event bringing together the 3rd year commerce students to award prizes such as ‘the Biggest Beauty’, ‘Tinderella’, ‘Best BCom Couple’ as nominated by their peers.

Thank you, Lars, for your creative ideas to engage the 3rd year BCom students.

The ongoing weekly challenges you posed to the cohorts contributed to a stronger bond of friendships among the students.

Your ability to come up with new ideas for weekly challenges was impressive and congratulations on the success of the Gusty’s Awards – student awards night to wrap up the year!

Director of Social Events

Katie CapozziKatie Capozzi

EVENTS: Get Lei’d Hawaiian event, Toga party, 90’s themed pub crawl, spring pub crawl, post-event events and country night.

Thank you, Katie, for an unreal year of fun social events. Your persistence, energy and creative ideas ensured unbelievable turnouts for your events.

Your ability to balance your time, manage relationships with members in the community and creatively come up with unique themes was outstanding.

Thank you everyone!

Thank you Engagement team for being so dedicated to your roles. You certainly made my job easier and it has been such a pleasure to work with each and every one of you. I look forward to taking on this business world with you.

All the best in your next year whether it be on exchange, co-op, career or school. I can only imagine what you will accomplish next.

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