Hon. Lillian Eva Dyck:
Honourable senators, on March 26, Jack Saddleback was elected as the University of Saskatchewan Students' Union president. Jack is the third Aboriginal students' union president and the first transgender students' union president at the university. Upon his election, he said:
The fact that people don't think of me as just a trans man, don't think of me as just a First Nations man. They see all the skills that I have, they see the fact that I've put in work for a number of years and have been so invested in our university to make it a better place for all students.
Jack's platform included a significant plank dedicated to developing a mental health strategy on campus. Jack was named as one of the Faces of Mental Illness by the Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health in 2014. Through this campaign, Jack was able to share his experience and story with Canadians all across the country in an effort to crush the stigma of mental health issues. Jack is now bringing that message to the campus.
Understanding the pressures that university students are now facing, Jack wants to make sure students have the support and services to be treated for mental health illnesses, and to create a safe environment for these issues to be discussed.
I would like to congratulate Jack on his historic election and wish him all the best in his tenure as the president of the University of Saskatchewan Students' Union. Well done, Jack!
Hon. Senators: Hear, hear!