Conestoga’s director of safety and security, Kirsty Bradley-McMurtrie, has been elected president of the Ontario Association of College and University Security Administrators (OACUSA). Her appointment marks the first time a college member has served as president.
Established in 2002, OACUSA is a not-for-profit organization that promotes safe and secure learning and working environments to enhance the safety of persons and the security of property at Ontario colleges and universities. The Association provides a forum for cooperation and information exchange related to community safety and security matters on member campuses.
The association has grown to 112 members that represent 38 colleges and universities and is now recognized by the Ontario Municipal Management Institute, which will give members access to new training opportunities. Bradley-McMurtrie said the Association will also broaden its membership to include “affiliate” members, which would include residence staff or student affairs organizations.
Bradley-McMurtrie previously served as treasurer on the OACUSA board and was elected president at the Association’s AGM, held in Windsor on May 19 during OACUSA’s spring conference.
In 2013, Bradley-McMurtrie, a 1998 graduate Conestoga’s Law and Security Administration program, was named a Conestoga Alumna of Distinction. Last year, the Women’s Security Council - a network of professionals focused on promoting the advancement of women in the security industry - named Bradley-McMurtrie one of its 2015 Women of the Year.