Executive Members

President – Emily Dibdin


Hi there! My Name is Emily Dibdin, and I am so excited to be the President for the 2019-2020 academic year. I am in my third year of Communications and Media Studies, and I am minoring in Psychology. This is also my third year on the CUSS Executive Team! CUSS has introduced me to many opportunities and has allowed me to build my network within the Carleton Community and the Capital City. My goal for this academic year is to provide opportunities for all students to develop professionally, and to gain insights on different career paths within Communications.  In my spare time, I like to enjoy the outdoors in any way possible such as hiking, kayaking, or camping. If you see me around, don’t hesitate to say hi – I love meeting new people and hearing new ideas. I am beyond excited to be working along the executive team to ensure a memorable school year!


Vice President – Margaret Johnston


Margaret is a fourth year Communications major, minoring in French and American Sign Language. She loves the smoothies at Roosters in the University Centre, the smooth jazz they play at Starbucks, and the Jonas Brothers. Along with being the CUSS VP this year, Margaret also serves as the Vice President of Membership Development for the Carleton chapter of Delta Phi Epsilon, and works for the Strategic Communications department of the National Capital Commission here in Ottawa. 

Margaret’s favourite Communications course at Carleton was Media and Communication in Regional Contexts: Europe with Dr. Ira Wagman, and she’s looking forward to absolutely crushing the final year of her Undergrad. 

This is Margaret’s third year as a CUSS executive; she has previously served as a Second Year Representative, and the Mentorship Director.


VP of Finance – Mackenzie Fraser

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Hey, I’m Mackenzie your VP Finance this year on CUSS. I am so excited to be part of this team and to share all the exciting things we have planned for the 2019/2020 school year! I am in my fourth year of my COMS degree with a minor in Political Science and this is my second year being part of the CUSS team! I love this program and the chance to get involved with this awesome group of people definitely makes school more interesting and enjoyable! When I’m not on campus or studying, you can find me at my part time job teaching dance, trying out the local coffee shops, and walking around the seasonal markets in Ottawa. I am so excited to see what this year holds for us!

Internal Communications Coordinator – Taia Goguen-Garner


…stay tuned!



VP Special Events – Sheridan Worth


Hi! My name is Sheridan Worth and I am this years VP of Special Events for CUSS. I am very excited to be organizing the events that will bring opportunities, networking, and social memories for communications students. When on campus, you can usually find me in Roosters or in MacOdrum studying. I love to explore new places when traveling. Activities I enjoy are skiing, lake swimming, yoga, photography, and watching hockey. See you at the CUSS events this year!

Mentorship Director – Chelsea Fillier


Hi everyone! My name is Chelsea Fillier, and I am in my third year of Communication and Media Studies. This is my second year being a part of CUSS and I could not be more excited for what this year has in store! I chose Communication and Media Studies as my program because of how broad the program is, which can open many potential future opportunities. I also chose to minor in Business because of my interest in advertising and marketing. As for some background information about me, I am originally from the east coast and moved to Ottawa eight years ago. In my spare time I enjoy spending time at my family’s cottage, taking my dog (Dexter) to the park and watching Grey’s Anatomy. Another interest of mine is traveling! This past summer I backpacked eight European countries. If you see me around campus or at any upcoming CUSS events, please say hi! Super stoked about this upcoming year and I cannot wait to meet all of you. P.S. Sign up for the Mentorship program!

Director of Social Media – Savanna Platt


Hello there!
I’m Savanna Platt, and I’m one of the Social Media Directors for CUSS this year. (Please follow us) I am excited to be apart of the CUSS team for my third year now! I’m in my third year studying communication and media studies with a minor in film studies. I am from Peterborough, ON but these past three years I have made Ottawa my home! Outside of school, work and more work – you can find me watching Netflix or spending time with my friends. I also love spending time at my favourite place in the world with my family, at my cottage on Jack’s Lake in Apsley, ON.  I’m an animal lover of all kinds and lover of the environment and nature of all things. I also love a good inspirational quote.

I love meeting new people, so please come say hello! 💓

Director of Social Media – Thomas Pouta


Hey there! My name’s Thomas Pouta! I’m a second year CoMS student looking to get a minor in English and film. I’m super excited for this year with CUSS because I really think we have a lot of great events planned! I love reality television, crème brûlée and am a Libra! So I really love balance. I’m one of the social media directors this year and hope you all follow along as we post about this year.

Graphic Design Director – Malinda 

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Malinda Aiello is going into her fourth year at Carleton in Media and Communications with a minor in music. Malinda is an experienced graphic designer and excited to create content for the CUSS team. As a fourth year representative she hopes to contribute as a positive member and to build friendships within and outside of the team!

Malinda joined the CUSS team because she hopes to put her skills to use in media and communications. Designing content has become a passion of Malinda’s through using creativity; and originality she is excited to share her new ideas! As a musician, Malinda has taught herself crucial video and photography editing skills that she looks forward to present this school year!