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Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board

Incoming Student Trustees Start Term

Last updated on Thursday, August 22, 2013
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(L-R): Outgoing Student Trustees Sydney Stenekes and Lexi Ewing welcome incoming Student Trustees Carly Van Egdom and Filip Susic.

Starting today, students Carly Van Egdom from Parkside High School and Filip Susic from Sherwood Secondary School become student trustees, as they begin their one-year term for 2013-14.

“Filip and Carly bring enthusiasm and a willingness to advance our vision of increasing student achievement across HWDSB,” said Tim Simmons, HWDSB Chair. “We are eager to work with our newest student trustees in making decisions that affect students across HWDSB.”

HWDSB believes that students must have a voice in the decision-making process in schools and in the boardroom. Student Trustees are integral members of our Board of Trustees as they participate in representational democracy by collecting the perspectives of the student body and advocating on their behalf.

“This position promises to be both challenging and rewarding, which is why it is my goal for both Filip and I to be effective and responsive trustees by leading and listening to a strong student voice,” said Carly Van Egdom.

“I am excited to work with Carly to find creative and solid solutions that ensure the success in every student’s future,” said Filip Susic. “I hope to echo the students’ voice to protect and advance their general interest.”

Carly and Filip will be the new Co-Chairs of the Student Senate for the 2013-14 school year. In addition, they will also bring the student voice to the discussions and debates at every Board meeting and participation in all Trustee activities. The two students will also have the opportunity to join Board-wide committees and give input on several policies under review.

“We would like to thank our current Student Trustees, Lexi Ewing from Highland Secondary School and Sydney Stenekes from Parkside High School for their tremendous leadership, as well as being exceptional role models to their fellow students and our system,” said Chair Simmons.