College Governance for Students

Student Representation

Each year, we seek student representatives on NLC’s Education Council and Board of Governors. Student participation is key to how we receive feedback on programming and services. In addition to helping shape the college you attend, participating in the council or on the board provides valuable insight into how to develop policy, run meetings, and lead organizations. Student representatives are elected positions. Elections are held in September or October following a nomination period.

As detailed in the NLC Student Non-academic Code of Conduct Policy A-5.04 we expect you to act with integrity, dignity, honesty, and respect. We do not condone disruptive or dangerous behaviour, or other actions that disrupt instructional activities and services, or otherwise undermine a conducive learning environment. It applies to conduct both on campus and off campus. There are disciplinary measures for behaviour that is not acceptable.

Education Council

Education Council sets educational policies and curriculum at NLC. The council also advises the Board of Governors on other issues, including the criteria for awarding of certificates, diplomas, and degrees. The College and Institute Act legislates the need for an education council, including the requirement for student representation.

Board of Governors

The Board of Governors is empowered by the College and Institute Act of British Columbia to manage, administer, and direct the affairs of the institution. Under the act, the board makes bylaws for the orderly conduct of its affairs. As with council, the act requires student representation on the board.

Students' Association

The Northern Lights College Students’ Association hosts social, cultural, and recreational events for students. The NLCSA strives to represent students from all campuses through local councils that organize activities on each campus. If you are interested in getting involved with student life on campus, this is a great place to start.


Elections are a two stage process. The first step towards representing students at the Board, Education Council, or the Student Association, is to be nominated.  Nomination requires completion of the nomination form, and submission to the appropriate electoral officer.  

Elections for the 2021-2022 student representatives have concluded.
Candidates elected to represent students on the NLC Education Council are:
     •Kristel Anne Echano
     •Andrey Florita
     •Sweetzelle Arago
     •Ruth Angelique Marquez

Candidates elected to represent students on the NLC Board of Governors are:
     •Andrey Florita
     •Jashanpreet Kaur

Candidates elected to be the NLC Students' Association Directors are:
Fort St. John Campus:
     •President: Jay Jain
     •Vice-President: Laurenz C. Sandoval
     •Secretary: Katrina Kabamalan 
     •Treasurer: vacant (no nominations received for this position)

Dawson Creek Campus:
     •President: Kristel Anne Echano
     •Vice-President: Sweetzelle Arago
     •Secretary: Ruth Angelique Marquez
     •Treasurer: Andrey Florita

The fine print

Education Council and Board of Governors

You are eligible for both Council and Board if you are enrolled either full-time or part-time in a regular program taking a minimum of two courses. You must also have paid the Student's Association fee.

More information about nominations and elections can be found here.

Student Association / Student Council

You are eligible if you are enrolled (at least) part-time and have paid the Student's Association fee. All members of the association are eligible to vote in the election.
You can only run for Student Council at your declared home campus. We define ‘home campus’ as the campus where the majority of your courses take place. However, if you wish to participate in a branch different from your home campus, you must submit a Change of Home Campus form with your nomination.

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