The Association provides assistance with representation to address individual concerns, counseling and informal grievance resolution when necessary. All members may attend all general meetings and social functions, vote at elections and on contract ratification, and receive notices and newsletters.
Annual General Meeting
The annual general meeting is held in May/June each year. The purpose of the meeting is to introduce a new Executive, present the proposed operating and capital budget, the adoption of dues, and, the election of an independent outside auditor.
Membership & Dues
The Secondary Learning Act authorizes and requires all instructors at all the Post-Secondary colleges and technical institutes in Alberta to associate professionally and toward that end, to set, collect and manage dues from all those employees at the institute offering instruction under SAIT auspices. Instructors at SAIT are required to pay SAFA dues which are 1.2% of your gross earnings. SAFA dues are an eligible income tax deduction in the professional dues category. Your pay stub should identify the deduction as SAFA dues.
A number of student scholarships are sponsored by or contributed to by SAFA:
SAFA Dependent Scholarship (Apply DIRECT to SAFA Office)
This scholarship (one per calendar year), valued at $600.00, is offered by the SAIT Academic Faculty Association for the dependents of SAFA members who are currently enrolled in a full time program with a recognized University, College, or Technical Institute. It is offered every Fall. Application requirements:
- applicant must be a direct dependent of a current or past SAFA member;
- cover letter about the applicant (please include leadership qualities, GPA, community involvement, financial need, other awards, tuition costs and other information deemed appropriate);
- proof of Post Secondary acceptance/full time enrollment;
- completed SAFA Student Awards Application;
- recent transcripts from High School or Post Secondary Institution
SAFA Promising Futures (apply through MySAIT.ca)
This scholarship (one per calendar year), valued at approximately $765.00, is offered by the SAIT Academic Faculty Association to Apprentices in their Second period or higher of any apprentice program. It is based on academic achievement. Application requirements:
- essay outlining how you have improved as a student while in the program;
- copy of apprentice marks must be submitted to Alumni & Development, MA113
- Deadline is in the Spring
SAFA Scholarship (apply through MySAIT.ca)
This scholarship (one per calendar year), valued at approximately $400.00, is offered by the SAIT Academic Faculty Association to second year students of a diploma, applied degree or degree program. It is based on financial need, academic achievement (minimum GPA 2.50), and participation in extracurricular activities. Preference given to dependents of SAFA members (please identify). Deadline is in the Fall.
Chef Ray Gauthier Memorial (apply through MySAIT.ca)
This scholarship (one per calendar year), valued at approximately $1,040.00, is offered to the most improved second year student in Professional Cooking. Must have leadership or volunteerism within SAIT, SAITSA or the overall community. Deadline is in the Fall.