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All students from Gr. 7-12 are eligible to vote from:
9 a.m., Friday, February 14, to 4 p.m. on Friday, February 21, 2020 

Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board is committed to hearing the voices of the student population through the elected student trustees on an annual basis and appreciates that the student perspective is considered in the decisions of the members of the Board of Trustees, and provides our students with valuable learning opportunities and experiences.

A Student Trustee is a member of the Board of Trustees and as such is part of the deliberations and decision-making of all matters brought before the Board. Some critical responsibilities of the Student Trustee are to represent the interests of students during deliberations of the Board of Trustees and to communicate Board decisions to system students.

  • Voting is open to all students in grades 7 ‐12.
  • Each school will submit a final ballot for their top 2 voted candidates as selected by you.
  • The winners will be announced following ratification at the May 13, Board of Trustee meeting.
Candidate Profile
Ethan Hesler

Ethan Hesler

Hello Students at HWDSB!

My name is Ethan Hesler and next year I will be a grade 12 student.

In 200 words or less, tell the student body of HWDSB why they should vote for you as one of the two Student Trustees for 2020 – 2021.

The role of Student Trustee demands a diverse student who can represent the entirety of the student body.

I believe I am a well rounded student as I strive to be involved in all aspects of student lifestyle, everything from taking home the gold at OFSAA or SOSSA to stressing over the last exam before summer. However, no one can encompass all aspects of student life because every student has their own unique vision.

A good leader listens to their team to make as many voices heard as possible, turning a vision into a reality.

At my school I try to make every student have a say with my club Student Voice where students have the opportunity to share their vision of a school where students are supported, and I plan to do exactly this with Student trustee.

As Student Trustee I will strive to make students visions seen and their voices heard because I believe that the opinions of each student is important in continuing to build a stronger network in the HWDSB.

Fatima Zakar

Fatima Zakar

Hello Students at HWDSB!

My name is Fatima Zakar and next year I will be a grade 12 student.

In 200 words or less, tell the student body of HWDSB why they should vote for you as one of the two Student Trustees for 2019- 2020.

The student body, of HWDSB should vote for me as one of the two Student Trustees for 2020 – 2021 for several reasons.

To begin, I will bring positive and needed change guided by my fellow peers throughout HWDSB. I will discuss and communicate the changes that the student body wishes to see within schools.

Secondly, as one of the Student Trustees I will strive to create and improve opportunities for fellow students, so they can grow and build on their personal passions and skills in order to be successful in all areas of their life. Furthermore, I will effectively advocate for social issues that students face and will highlight concerns and problems raised by students.

Due to my experience in a diverse group of students and activities, I will be able to understand all students’ interests such as athletics, Music, the Arts, English, Business, among many others which I can then strongly represent at the board.

In addition, I will ensure that the information which has been discussed is communicated and reported back to students, so they are aware of what is going on.

In conclusion, through my leadership skills I will make sure that YOUR voice is heard.

Jeneen Mohd

Jeneen Mohd

Hello Students at HWDSB!

My name is Jeneen Mohd and next year I will be a grade 11 student.

In 200 words or less, tell the student body of HWDSB why they should vote for you as one of the two Student Trustees for 2019- 2020.

My name is Jeneen Mohd and I am excited to be running as one of your Student Trustees for the 2020-2021 term.

Through my experiences as a student council grade representative, an HWDSB Student Senator, and a piano teacher, I found a passion for making everyone’s educational experience positive.

Youth voice is exceedingly important in making effective decisions to benefit all students, and as your future Student Trustee, I would be committed to serving and representing every student of the HWDSB community to the best of my abilities.

I have always been interested in pursuing this leadership opportunity and being a Student Trustee would allow me to continue the diligent work of the current trustees with initiatives to increase equity, inclusion, awareness around mental well-being, and diverse representation at the school and board level.

I would be honoured to serve as an HWDSB Student Trustee to represent all student voices to create the most welcoming, accepting, and inclusive HWDSB environment that we can.

John Kerr

John Kerr

Hello Students at HWDSB!

My name is John Kerr and next year I will be a grade 11 student.

In 200 words or less, tell the student body of HWDSB why they should vote for you as one of the two Student Trustees for 2019- 2020.

Students of the HWDSB! Allow me to introduce myself. I’m John Kerr, a Student Senator and member of Student Council and active participant in volunteering efforts in the local community.

I’ve always believed that those who are elected to represent the students in any way, should have effective and viable means of communication with those who are looking to have their voice heard. That’s why if I am elected, I will always be open to the opinions, ideas, and proposals of the students who wish to contribute on a board level.

Throughout my education in the fantastic schools of the HWDSB, I have looked to establish a strong bond between the student body and its leaders.

During my time in the Student Council, Student Senate, DECA Ancaster, and in the volunteer work I’ve done for the town of Ancaster and local parish, I’ve learned many skills that will prove extremely beneficial when representing the students of the HWDSB.

So make sure, for the 2020 – 2021 school year, you vote in a confident, trustworthy, reliable, sociable, and dependable Student Trustee.

Kate Folsetter

Kate Folsetter

Hello Students at HWDSB!

My name is Kate Folsetter and next year I will be a grade 12 student.

In 200 words or less, tell the student body of HWDSB why they should vote for you as one of the two Student Trustees for 2019- 2020.

My name is Kate Folsetter, and I believe I am a suitable candidate for the role.

I am a hard worker, creative and caring. I have strong leadership skills, social, interpersonal and, problem-solving skills.

In my spare time, I can often be found reading, doing art or on a ski hill. I am interested in Human rights for everyone. I love helping others. I am an active member of my school community. I am part of Model UN, Our school’s newspaper, and the student council.

At my school, I am also the co-president of the WE club. At we club, we host initiatives, fundraisers and awareness campaigns to help global and local issues.

I am passionate about the equality of all people and uplifting their voices. I am passionate about social issues such as women’s rights, the rights of LGBT people, indigenous people, people of colour and disabled people.

I care about reducing the stigma that surrounds mental health and reducing the carbon footprint in our schools to help the climate crisis.

As a student trustee, I will advocate for you. I am passionate about supporting the student voice at the board level.

Kayla Sheppard

Kayla Sheppard

Hello Students at HWDSB!

My name is Kayla Sheppard and next year I will be a grade 12 student.

In 200 words or less, tell the student body of HWDSB why they should vote for you as one of the two Student Trustees for 2019- 2020.

My name is Kayla Sheppard and I am applying to be the Student Trustee for the 2020-2021 school year.

Throughout my high school career, I have held many leadership positions within my school, including Student Senate, allowing me to voice concerns, and speak on behalf of students in my grade, gain experience in more formal meeting settings and develop my communication skills.

As your student trustee, my goal is to ensure that the voices of HWDSB students isn’t overlooked and always a factor in board decisions.

I myself, am very honest, and when there is an issue, I do everything in my power to resolve it quickly, efficiently, and with a solution that is beneficial to all students. All decisions that will be made are informed and contain the input and output of fellow students. All of my interactions and words are genuine.

If you elect me as your Student Trustee, I look forward to representing you and spending the year making a difference for all of our education.

Ranya Oumar Issa

Ranya Oumar Issa

Hello Students at HWDSB!

My name is Ranya Oumar Issa and next year I will be a grade 11 student.

In 200 words or less, tell the student body of HWDSB why they should vote for you as one of the two Student Trustees for 2019- 2020.

I believe diversity drives innovation, and through experience, I know that different perspectives and backgrounds create a stronger, more creative work environment.

Having a diverse group of people raises the question of how inclusive cultures are created. By understanding why situations within schools occur, we can change things to create an inclusive school atmosphere.

My goal is to be a voice for those who can’t yet speak for themselves, and to bring awareness to issues relating to inclusion and diversity at the board level.

I aspire to continue on strengthening our Partnerships and Communication with our local Indigenous and black communities, alongside others. Resulting in new learning and opportunities to seek knowledge for students, thus creating change because they’ll be more aware of the current situation, and will be able to take further steps on their own or with the help of an adult.

When a group at my school organized a Truth and Reconciliation week, those who participated in these activities came to the realization that these issues are current and there’s little being done to help. If we can do the same but on a wider scale, it could lead to a sense of change within our board.

Temitayo Janet Babalola

Temitayo Janet Babalola

Hello Students at HWDSB!

My name is Temitayo Janet Babalola and next year I will be a grade 12 student.

In 200 words or less, tell the student body of HWDSB why they should vote for you as one of the two Student Trustees for 2019- 2020.

My name is Temitayo Janet Babalola. I am a grade 11 student currently and am interested in becoming a Student Trustee.

I have had many opportunities to work and volunteer with students from our school board. I have a strong interest in school, extra-curricular, and community-based activities.

I have been a part of my school’s student council for the past three years, and I am currently treasurer. My hard work and dedication has been demonstrated through my academic achievements.

As Student Trustee I will be sure to voice student opinions and concerns to our board. I will work to the best of my ability to make sure every issue that the student body is affected by will be addressed.

I am a fun and quirky individual who is able to relate with not only the student body but our community as a whole.

If elected, I will be sure to bring both my determined mind and my entertaining personality to our team. I hope we can work together to make our year a successful one.

Question 1: The role of Student Trustee requires an individual with strong leadership skills. With a diverse student population, how do you plan to lead members of the Student Senate AND represent the student body of the HWDSB?

Question 2: What activities are you involved in and how have they prepared you for the role of Student Trustee?

Question 3: How will you engage students within our Strategic Directions (specifically, Positive Culture & Well-being) through your role as Student Trustee?


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Please Note: You will be required to sign in to your HWDSB account to vote.

A filter will be applied at the end of the voting period to ensure that voters meet the eligibility criteria of being in Grades 7 to 12.

Only one submission per eligible voter is allowed. 

Updated on Monday, February 24, 2020.
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