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We are preparing for the 2021-2022 Student Trustee selection processes. These are important processes intended to engage all schools in the selection of the student representatives who provide student voice on the Board of Trustees.

Again for the 2021-2022 school year, the Shakowennakara:tats (Indigenous Student Trustee) will be selected through CC:ROSE. CC:ROSE is a student-led community for Indigenous learners who want connect with each other through unique cultural opportunities and by sharing their voice as Indigenous youth across HWDSB. Further information regarding this process will follow.

Two Student Trustees will also be selected through an election process. We encourage any secondary students interested in being Student Trustees to attend a virtual Student Trustee Information Session to learn more. Students are invited to complete an Interest Form available below.

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.

Learn more about Student Trustees.

Timelines for 2021-22 Student Trustees:

  • Information Session: March 18, 2021
  • Applications due March 31, 2021
  • Voting to occur April 26-30, 2021
  • Student Trustees 2021-22 named at May 2021 Board meeting

For more information, contact:

Heather Miller, Officer of Trustee Services
hmiller@hwdsb.on.ca
905-527-5092 ext. 2279

Interested in becoming a STUDENT TRUSTEE?

Attend the Student Trustee Information Session

Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board is committed to hearing the voices of students through Student Trustees. Student views are considered in the decisions made by the Board of Trustees. Being a Student Trustee gives students valuable learning opportunities and experiences.

We are holding an information session so that interested students can learn more about this role.

Details:

Virtual meeting March 18, 2021 from 3 to 4 p.m.
RSVP to hmiller@hwdsb.on.ca to register by March 11
You will receive an invite to attend this MS Teams event

Student Trustee Information Session flyer 2021-22

Candidates for Student Trustee roles will apply between March 19-31, 2021. We will post application forms here so students can declare their interest.

Student Trustee Interest Form 2021-2022

We will post information here introducing eligible candidates for Student Trustee, as well as candidates answering key questions, so that students can make an informed decision when voting.

Aditi Gangal

“Bonjour! I’m Aditi Gangal, a candidate for the HWDSB Student Trustee elections! A pandemic year & a recent family move to Canada had thrown unique challenges at me. Being a fighter, I accepted the same &, in the process, have grown a lot as a person. I became more emotionally aware, inclusive, empathetic, committed to the community. This led me to get more involved in volunteer work, fundraising events, various clubs, student councils, and extracurricular activities while excelling in academics. My listening and problem-solving skills further make me an excellent candidate to represent you, the student body of HWDSB. As a trustee, I would prioritize making mental health services easily accessible to all students. Including student choice activities, addressing grading discrepancies, and reducing the homework burden will be my other focus areas to make your high school journey a happier memory. In my spare time, you can find me listening to Shawn Mendes and Camilla Cabello, volunteering in my community, and watching The Vampire Diaries (a big problem, I know!). As a trustee, I will be accessible at all times and someone you can freely talk to to share your questions and opinions through social media as we are in a remote learning setup!”

Question 1: What does Student Voice mean to you and how will you ensure it is captured through Student Senate and then brought forward to the Board of Trustees?

Question 2: The role of Student Trustee requires an individual with strong leadership skills. HWDSB serves a diverse community of students with diverse identities, cultures, abilities, and backgrounds. How do you plan to lead members of the Student Senate AND represent the student body of the HWDSB?

Question 3: What activities are you involved in and how have they prepared you for the role of Student Trustee?


Aisha Mahmoud

“Hi, I’m Aisha! During the day, you’ll find me in the science lab, but once school’s over, I lace up my skates and hit the ice. My bedroom is an art studio and a virtual classroom, and when I picture my future, I’m working as a Human Rights Lawyer. For now, I watch movies with my family or volunteer at my local Mosque. I’m a member of The Royal Gazette, and a DECA competitor. Born in Asyut, Egypt, I grew up in Northern Ireland and Saudi Arabia before moving to Hamilton in 2014. I’ve met people from many walks of life, and this diversity is flourishing in the HWDSB student body. We are a mosaic of cultures and identities; however, our learning doesn’t always reflect them. The world is constantly changing, and our learning needs to keep up. Through my trusteeship, I will use empathy, understanding, and communication to ensure our voices and needs are what drive the Board’s decisions. As someone who is passionate about leadership and inclusivity, let me use my voice to amplify yours. The importance of a well-rounded education, that meets the needs of every student, cannot be understated.”

Question 1: What does Student Voice mean to you and how will you ensure it is captured through Student Senate and then brought forward to the Board of Trustees?

Question 2: The role of Student Trustee requires an individual with strong leadership skills. HWDSB serves a diverse community of students with diverse identities, cultures, abilities, and backgrounds. How do you plan to lead members of the Student Senate AND represent the student body of the HWDSB?

Question 3: What activities are you involved in and how have they prepared you for the role of Student Trustee?


Connor Uhrig

“The student body should vote for me because I am passionate about improving our experience at schools across the HWDSB, ensuring fair and equitable opportunities for ALL students and enabling our ideas and voices to be heard at the board level. My experience on student council over the past 2 years and my schools Ambassadors program – which helps grade 8 students transition to high school – has taught me the value of working with others and to be inclusive of all ideas. I have also worked with students from various grade levels to ensure their voices are heard through various school-based consultations and advisory boards. In this role, I will draw upon my volunteering experiences from my elementary school breakfast program and from teaching over 500 seniors how to use technology to communicate with their families when COVID-19 emerged – my efforts were highlighted in an article by the Hamilton Spectator which was very cool. In closing, I ask for your vote because I can help make a positive impact that reflects the voices of students based on my proven track record of working with students and adults alike; collaborating with others to achieve successful results. Thank You.”

Question 1: What does Student Voice mean to you and how will you ensure it is captured through Student Senate and then brought forward to the Board of Trustees?

Question 2: The role of Student Trustee requires an individual with strong leadership skills. HWDSB serves a diverse community of students with diverse identities, cultures, abilities, and backgrounds. How do you plan to lead members of the Student Senate AND represent the student body of the HWDSB?

Question 3: What activities are you involved in and how have they prepared you for the role of Student Trustee?


Darian Padyk

“I have always been passionate about student issues, and municipal politics. I’m running for student trustee to serve the students of HWDSB, and what their needs are. If I am voted as a trustee, students will feel safe, welcomed, accepted and most importantly heard. I will do everything possible and more, to make sure the issues students face are brought to attention and solved. Over the years I have been involved in multiple sports teams, clubs and other leadership groups. This allows me to represent every type of student within the board, and incorporate their various desires. Through these activities I have learned to be approachable, and gained many leadership skills, responsibility and the willingness to apply myself in any type of situation. My qualifications separate me from the competition, and my drive for student issues and problems makes me stronger, efficient and determined. As well as my own ideas I’m eager to contribute. By listening to the students, changes can be made to benefit everyone, as the student body can only be at its best when all students feel listened, comfortable and accepted. I believe I am the superior candidate to make that impact and change.”

Question 1: What does Student Voice mean to you and how will you ensure it is captured through Student Senate and then brought forward to the Board of Trustees?

Question 2: The role of Student Trustee requires an individual with strong leadership skills. HWDSB serves a diverse community of students with diverse identities, cultures, abilities, and backgrounds. How do you plan to lead members of the Student Senate AND represent the student body of the HWDSB?

Question 3: What activities are you involved in and how have they prepared you for the role of Student Trustee?


Deema Abdel Hafeez

“Students want change. They want to be heard, and they deserve to be involved in making decisions impacting their education. The student body needs Student Trustees that care about providing them with opportunities, and that put in as much effort as it takes to make the student body aware of what is going on around them. As a student senator of 4 years, a former member of the Ontario Minister’s Student Advisory Council, the Prime Minister of Saltfleet District High School, and an executive member of multiple different local student organizations, I believe that I have the qualifications of being that connection between the student body and the board. I’m determined to build a community in which students feel like they can express their concerns to the board, and be assured that their voices are heard. My priorities lie in the equal treatment of others, and I’m committed to advocate for the rights of students, bringing a diverse voice to the board of trustees. The youth of today are the leaders of tomorrow, and I’m aware of the issues that students genuinely care about. If I were to be elected Student Trustee, I will take my role seriously and do everything in my power to satisfy student needs.”

Question 1: What does Student Voice mean to you and how will you ensure it is captured through Student Senate and then brought forward to the Board of Trustees?

Question 2: The role of Student Trustee requires an individual with strong leadership skills. HWDSB serves a diverse community of students with diverse identities, cultures, abilities, and backgrounds. How do you plan to lead members of the Student Senate AND represent the student body of the HWDSB?

Question 3: What activities are you involved in and how have they prepared you for the role of Student Trustee?


Elisha Matharu

“My name’s Elisha and I believe that I should be voted as one of the two Student Trustees for 2021-2022 because I’m a great leader who has a passion to serve my community through connecting with students. My record for community and school service exemplifies strong leadership, commitment, involvement, and compassion. I’m a responsible, mature and organized person who strives to empower others and raise awareness of other voices. Not only do I stay engaged and successful in all aspects of my academics, school and community, but I also make sure that everyone around me feels respected, acknowledged, valued and heard. By volunteering in numerous councils, committees and clubs, I’ve acquired various experiences, skills and connections that have made me the inclusive and approachable person I am today. HWDSB is an excellent platform where everyone is able to participate, grow and learn more, so I truly appreciate this wonderful opportunity to become Student Trustee and create more positive change. I’ve gone from being on Elementary Student Senate, to being on OP’s Student Council, to currently being on Secondary Student Senate, and I only wish to further contribute to the strong HWDSB community by being voted for Student Trustee. Thank you.”

Question 1: What does Student Voice mean to you and how will you ensure it is captured through Student Senate and then brought forward to the Board of Trustees?

Question 2: The role of Student Trustee requires an individual with strong leadership skills. HWDSB serves a diverse community of students with diverse identities, cultures, abilities, and backgrounds. How do you plan to lead members of the Student Senate AND represent the student body of the HWDSB?

Question 3: What activities are you involved in and how have they prepared you for the role of Student Trustee?


Jeneen Mohd

“My name is Jeneen Mohd and I am excited to be running as one of your Student Trustees for the 2021-2022 term! I believe that it is crucial for the HWDSB to have the youth voice and perspective of students to make effective decisions that benefit everyone. I am also committed to serving and representing every student of the HWDSB community to the best of my abilities. In this role, I will be advocating for all students and I am committed to bringing about positive change. In addition, as a Student Trustee I will continue the diligent and meaningful work of current and past student trustees towards equity. Furthermore, I would be honoured to serve the students of HWDSB and I look forward to highlighting and uplifting your voice at the board level.”

Question 1: What does Student Voice mean to you and how will you ensure it is captured through Student Senate and then brought forward to the Board of Trustees?

Question 2: The role of Student Trustee requires an individual with strong leadership skills. HWDSB serves a diverse community of students with diverse identities, cultures, abilities, and backgrounds. How do you plan to lead members of the Student Senate AND represent the student body of the HWDSB?

Question 3: What activities are you involved in and how have they prepared you for the role of Student Trustee?


Jenny Lam

“Hello everyone! My name is Boi Doanh Lam, or you can call me Jenny. As a student, I have witnessed many of my peers experiencing numerous problems during their school lives and greater and unprecedented difficulties especially since the start of the pandemic. Thus, as a student trustee, I hope I would be able to do more than just witness. I can be the voice of my fellow students’ thoughts, interests, and problems; and I hope to be a channel that shares these student issues with the board andthe school community to let them be known and addressed. During my middle school years, I was a member of the Hamilton Public Library’s Teen Advisory Group, in which I contributed ideas for the library’s activities. Hence, I do fully understand what it takes to help improve a community and maintain its good conditions in the longer run.I am organized, attentive, and patient. I will employ my acquired skills to fulfil and potentially go beyond the role of a student trustee to provide support to our fellow students as much as possible. I will demonstrate full commitment to this role as I have an extreme passion for providing help to our student community across the board.”

Question 1: What does Student Voice mean to you and how will you ensure it is captured through Student Senate and then brought forward to the Board of Trustees?

Question 2: The role of Student Trustee requires an individual with strong leadership skills. HWDSB serves a diverse community of students with diverse identities, cultures, abilities, and backgrounds. How do you plan to lead members of the Student Senate AND represent the student body of the HWDSB?

Question 3: What activities are you involved in and how have they prepared you for the role of Student Trustee?


John Kerr

“Let’s get straight to the point as to why you should vote for me. My platform has been and continues to be one pushing for student involvement and leadership. We are the leaders of the future and it’s time we all got involved in the decision making for the issues that affect us. Presently, those decisions are being made for us by the board. But you as students now have the opportunity to elect representatives to affect those choices. Your voice matters. I have experience as a Student Council rep, elected by my peers, I am a current Student Ambassador, a member of our Health Action Team, advocating for mental health, an editor for our school paper, Royal Gazette, an avid community volunteer, a 2020 Student Senator, a DECA provincial finalist, and currently working as a marketing director for a student leadership advocacy group called Model City Hall. But qualifications mean nothing without the ability to confidently advocate for the students. After all, that’s the whole point of this position. You can count on me to do that. I’m John Kerr, a Grade 11 student and your vote for me can help your student voice be heard.”

Question 1: What does Student Voice mean to you and how will you ensure it is captured through Student Senate and then brought forward to the Board of Trustees?

Question 2: The role of Student Trustee requires an individual with strong leadership skills. HWDSB serves a diverse community of students with diverse identities, cultures, abilities, and backgrounds. How do you plan to lead members of the Student Senate AND represent the student body of the HWDSB?

Question 3: What activities are you involved in and how have they prepared you for the role of Student Trustee?


Kate Kim

“Hi I’m Kate Kim. As a student myself, I’ve never really felt like I had a voice. But now I have the opportunity to represent all of our thoughts and also express our voice. Voting for me is truly as if you were voting for every student and their concerns as well. Currently, I represent French students in our school board in HWDSB’s FSL committee and I’d be honoured to represent all students across the board.”

Question 1: What does Student Voice mean to you and how will you ensure it is captured through Student Senate and then brought forward to the Board of Trustees?

Question 2: The role of Student Trustee requires an individual with strong leadership skills. HWDSB serves a diverse community of students with diverse identities, cultures, abilities, and backgrounds. How do you plan to lead members of the Student Senate AND represent the student body of the HWDSB?

Question 3: What activities are you involved in and how have they prepared you for the role of Student Trustee?


Lisa Andrus

“Greetings fellow students. My name is Lisa Andrus, HWDSB trustee candidate. If elected as a student trustee for the 2021/22 academic year, I will bring forward our generation’s most important issues for deliberation with the school board. In my view the top issues for students in Hamilton include:

  1. Student safety and education regarding the Covid-19 pandemic and containing the spread of the virus within our communities;
  2. Improved student safety and mental health supports with a focus on strategies to reduce bullying and improve student cooperation and fellowship; and
  3. BIPOC & LGBTQ+ leadership and awareness campaigns to support and empower individuals belonging to these communities.

These are timely issues for our generation, and I am committed and passionate in moving past the bias, misconceptions, and injustices of the past while shaping a society that allows everyone to participate in a fulfilling life without shame, violence, or fear.”

Question 1: What does Student Voice mean to you and how will you ensure it is captured through Student Senate and then brought forward to the Board of Trustees?

Question 2: The role of Student Trustee requires an individual with strong leadership skills. HWDSB serves a diverse community of students with diverse identities, cultures, abilities, and backgrounds. How do you plan to lead members of the Student Senate AND represent the student body of the HWDSB?

Question 3: What activities are you involved in and how have they prepared you for the role of Student Trustee?


Maya Salman

“I am a firm believer in the notion that every student deserves to have their voice not only be heard but valued. HWDSB is a colossal community that is comprised of students with different backgrounds, stories, opinions, and passions – it is what makes us so special. It can be hard to pursue change when you feel like you aren’t being heard or understood. Our individual voices as students need to be celebrated and validated, a cause I would fight for as your Student Trustee. I would support and encourage students of HWDSB who may feel under-represented to express changes they want to see in our community, and I would fight to make your passions and opinions a tangible reality. As a biracial individual, I am incredibly passionate about encouraging inclusivity and diversifying our community and those who represent it. I want to conquer stigmas around mental health, promoting inclusivity and allow your voices to drive and influence change in HWDSB! I would ensure that I represent YOU as the student body in the most authentic and passionate way possible. It would be a privilege to be your voice!”

Question 1: What does Student Voice mean to you and how will you ensure it is captured through Student Senate and then brought forward to the Board of Trustees?

Question 2: The role of Student Trustee requires an individual with strong leadership skills. HWDSB serves a diverse community of students with diverse identities, cultures, abilities, and backgrounds. How do you plan to lead members of the Student Senate AND represent the student body of the HWDSB?

Question 3: What activities are you involved in and how have they prepared you for the role of Student Trustee?


Salaamat Toure

“Hey, my name is Salaamat Toure, and I am a grade eleven student.As a young teenager, I have many passions and desires, becoming Student Trustee has always been one of them. One of the biggest reasons I want to become a student trustee is to help represent student voices; as students, we are often put under a lot of stress. My goal as a student trustee is to help reduce stress by creating a safe and fun environment for students within the board. I plan to do this by listening to what students enjoy and fighting for our needs with board meetings. Throughout high school, I have joined many clubs and teams which helps me connect with other students. Some of these clubs include student council, student senate, basketball, volleyball, and badminton. Unfortunately, due to covid, I wasn’t able to continue some activities, which helps me understand what you guys are going through and how I can help. With only a short moment of your time I hope I’m able to get your vote so I can help make this year an amazing one for all of us.”

Question 1: What does Student Voice mean to you and how will you ensure it is captured through Student Senate and then brought forward to the Board of Trustees?

Question 2: The role of Student Trustee requires an individual with strong leadership skills. HWDSB serves a diverse community of students with diverse identities, cultures, abilities, and backgrounds. How do you plan to lead members of the Student Senate AND represent the student body of the HWDSB?

Question 3: What activities are you involved in and how have they prepared you for the role of Student Trustee?


Zainab Al-Rammahi

“As an HWDSB student that has been at the school board for many years, I believe that I’ve seen and experienced many of the things that are needed to make a great student trustee. I’m in the Air Cadet program and have participated in numerous other clubs and teams in HWDSB throughout the years. I have a passion for helping all people, especially those who have not had their voices heard. As a student that has faced various situations at HWDSB, both positive and negative, I am determined to ensure that everybody has a voice. Moreover, if I become a student trustee, I would go to great lengths to ensure that all students are comfortable with the environment they learn in. For example, I will focus on the race issues that have currently been circulating throughout the school board. As a student who has experienced racism at school, it is crucial that no student experiences this. It is extremely important that the student voice is shared by none other than students, and I feel that I can represent the student voice effectively. To put it simply, I’m passionate, hardworking, determined, and ready to make a real difference at HWDSB.”

Question 1: What does Student Voice mean to you and how will you ensure it is captured through Student Senate and then brought forward to the Board of Trustees?

Question 2: The role of Student Trustee requires an individual with strong leadership skills. HWDSB serves a diverse community of students with diverse identities, cultures, abilities, and backgrounds. How do you plan to lead members of the Student Senate AND represent the student body of the HWDSB?

Question 3: What activities are you involved in and how have they prepared you for the role of Student Trustee?

HWDSB students in grades 7-12 will vote for candidates from April 26-30, 2021. Votes are tallied by school to create each school’s top two choices.

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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 Friday, April 23, 2021.
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