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 YRDSB Student Trustee All-Candidate Debate Live @ 12:30PM April 11, 2019



 Student Trustees - Roles and Responsibilities


2019 Student Trustee Candidates


2019-2020 Elections:

The time has come! Applications for the 2019-2020 Student Trustees are now open! 
We encourage all students going into grades 11 and 12 next year to apply. To learn more about the experience, duties and responsibilities of being a Student Trustee see our Roles and Responsibilities or Contact Us .
Below is the nomination package due at 11:59 a.m. (noon) on Monday, March 25, 2019.
*For Student Endorsements, please ensure that students sign next to their name*

Key Dates and Process

Application Deadline
Monday, March 25, 2019 (11:59 a.m.)
Friday, March 29, 2019
Notification to Candidates
Friday, March 29, 2019 (End of Day)
Friday, March 29, 2019 to
Sunday, April 7, 2019
Campaign Period Begins
Monday, April 8, 2019
All-Candidate Debate
Thursday, April 11, 2019 (Afternoon)
Elevating Student Voice
Tuesday, April 16, 2019 (7:00 p.m.)
Advanced Voting Period
Wednesday, April 24, 2019 to
Sunday, April 28, 2019
Sunday, April 28, 2019 (11:59 p.m.)
Monday, April 29, 2019
Tuesday, April 30, 2019


Interviews and Selection of Four Candidates


A panel will meet on Friday, March 29, 2019 to review all applications. The panel is composed of the 2018-2019 Student Trustees, two members of the York Region Presidents’ Council, two York Region Presidents’ Council staff advisors and the Vice-Chair of the Board.  

Each applicant will be invited to participate in a 15-minute interview (either in person or by video conference).They will have an opportunity to respond to several predetermined questions.  

The responses to these questions,  and the information in the application package, will be used to score candidates on the following criteria established by the York Region Presidents’ Council:
  • Passion/Dedication
  • Leadership
  • Integrity
  • Communication
  • Time Management
  • Personality
  • Problem-solving Skills
  • Knowledge of the Role
  • Experience
  • Professionalism
Four candidates will then be identified to engage in a campaign for the position of 2019-2020 Student Trustee for York Region District School Board.
Only the four identified candidates will be notified at the end of the day Friday, March 29, 2019.  We thank all other applicants for submitting their applications and encourage them to be engaged in initiatives that elevate student voice at their schools and through the York Region Presidents’ Council.


Pre-Campaign Period (March 30 - April 7, 2019)

IMPORTANT:  No applicant or candidate may campaign prior to or during the Pre-Campaign Period.  
Once the four candidates have been notified,  they will work with the 2018-2019 Student Trustees and staff to develop the following campaign materials. These materials will be posted on this page to support student electors in making an educated decision on Election Day.
  1. A campaign information “About Me” description
  2. A short, two minute, video
Criteria and information to be included in these campaign resources will be provided to each of the four candidates when they are advised that they have been selected.

Campaign Period (April 8-28, 2019)

Starting on Monday, April 8, 2019, the four candidates may begin campaigning.  Information about each candidate will be posted on this page, communicated to student electors and shared via social media. The four final candidates are Anish Agnihotri, Bayview Secondary School, Michelle Chou, Bayview Secondary School, Harry Cheung, Markville Secondary School and Nicholas Hamzea, Bayview Secondary School.
During this period, candidates will participate in an All-Candidate Debate on Thursday, April 11, 2019 at Bill Hogarth Secondary School during the YRPC’s Student Outreach Day.  This debate will be livestreamed and posted on this page by Tuesday, April 15, 2019.
As an opportunity to elevate student voice, the four candidates will be invited to attend the Tuesday, April 16, 2019 Board Standing Committee meeting where each candidate will have an opportunity to address the Board of Trustees and share their goals and why they wish to be a student trustee.

On April 23, 2019, all eligible student electors will be provided with information about how they can vote.
The campaign period ends at 11:59 p.m on Sunday, April 28, 2019.


Voting (April 24-29, 2019)

Advanced voting will begin at 12:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 24, 2019.
Voting will close at 8:00 p.m. on Monday, April 29, 2019.


 Why is it important to vote?


Announcing the Results (April 30, 2019)

The results of the election will be shared with the four candidates at a predetermined time on Tuesday, April 30, 2019.  Details of this process will be provided to the four candidates.
A formal communication will be sent from the Student Trustees via Twitter at 12:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 30, 2019.
The results will be posted on this page following the Student Trustees’ Twitter Announcement.

Support and Transition

At the Board level, Corporate Secretariat and Trustee Services supports the work of the student trustees.  Five Administrator advisors support the work of the YRPC.
The two individuals elected to the role of Student Trustee for the year 2019-2020 will be provided with key dates and additional information to support their transition into this important role.  


If you have any questions about the Student Trustee Election Process, please contact Allen Lu or Bill Liu using the contact information below.  You may also contact Corporate Secretariat and Trustee Services at or 905-727-0022 ext. 2217.

2018-2019 Student Trustees


Allen Lu 

Allen Lu is a grade 11 International Baccalaureate Student attending Bayview Secondary School who enjoys swimming, aviation, listening to music, and video games. Allen is a strong advocate for student empowerment and well-being, currently serving as the Vice President of the Bayview Student Council in his third year on council. He has been both the Grade 9 and 10 Representatives in the past and hopes to continue improving student life across the Board as a Student Trustee. From personal experiences, he is also extremely passionate about the significance of mental health, equity of learning resources, and inclusivity to opportunities for all students. In addition to these issues, he also recognizes and supports the importance of incorporating relevant technology in today’s education. Allen can ​also be found active in his community as a fifth-year Air Cadet, a member of the Prime Leaders Youth Collaborative youth council, and a regular volunteer for the Richmond Hill Public Library. Through cadets, he has earned his Glider Pilot License and will be working towards his Private Pilot License over this summer. In the rare moments of spare time, he enjoys playing Fortnite and listening to Drake. 

Bill Liu

Bill Liu is a grade 11 honour roll student at Richmond Hill High School. An ambitious leader in his community, he likes to dream big about the future. As “that kid who wanted to try everything,” he was heavily involved in his community from an early age. At school, he has been the Grade 9 Representative, Social Convenor, and is currently the Secretary of his school’s Student Council. He is also an active executive of the Kids Are Scientists Too Club, in which he travels to elementary schools and performs experiments to spark interests in science in kids. Outside of school, Bill is engaged in L.I.G.H.T., a non-profit organization started to empower youth. He has helped run 3 tutoring programs and 8 camps to assist newly immigrated, low income, and refugee families in the GTA. Bill is also a part of the Youth Nation Alliance, a student-led non-profit seeking to provide valuable volunteering experiences to high school students. In his spare time, Bill loves to ski and is a part of the Alpine Ski Team and the Nordic Ski Team at his school. He frequently geeks out at Hackathons, where he works with teammates to innovate cool new pieces of technology. A passionate believer in taking action, he knows that helping those in need is the first step towards building a future in which everyone can fully thrive as a community.

“Without knowledge, action is useless, and knowledge without action is futile.”


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