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​​2021 Student Trustee Elections

Applications for the 2021-2022 Student Trustees are now closed.

 

Student Trustee Election All Candidates Deba​te

All four candidates will be participating in the All Candidates Debate scheduled for February 25, 2021 at 7:00 p.m

Replay the All Candidates Debate

Register to see a replay of the live debateAfter registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information on how to view the replay.


The Final Four Candidates


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Anissa Rampersaud – West Area

​Hello everybody! My name is Anissa Rampersaud and I am a nominee to be your Student Trustee for the 2021-2022 school year. I am currently a Grade 11 student attending Maple High School. I enjoy reading, writing, listening to music, gaming, tending to my beautiful little plants, meeting new people and being able to make a positive impact wherever I can. Throughout my life, I have always made it my goal to help lessen other people’s burden, as it’s of great understanding to me the importance of empathy and using my place of privilege to support and uplift those who are not afforded the same. As such, I have participated in a myriad of volunteer opportunities in my elementary and secondary years like putting on dances and fundraisers, helping with food drives, participating in SickKids Get Loud and most recently, joining the extraordinary organizations TUGI (The Urban Garden Initiative), and Thrive Like a Girl. As for some of my other, less volunteer-oriented interests, I really like cooking and trying out new recipes, playing and building houses in The Sims 4, playing Minecraft and Skribbl.io with my friends, and exploring my neighborhood for new restaurants and bubble tea shops (I’ve found four so far). I hope this has been helpful in learning more about me, and offers some more insight for your Student Trustee decision!

See Aniisa Rampersaud’s video.



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Bruce Yu – Central Area

Hey everyone! I’m Bruce, I’m currently a grade 10 student at Dr. G.W. Williams Secondary School and I’m excited and honoured to be one of your 2021-22 student trustee candidates. I’ve been elected twice to student council and my time working alongside other council members has strengthened and solidified my belief in the importance of student voice. Within my community, I hold leadership positions at a registered Canadian charity dedicated to supporting secondary students across Canada and at a student-led nonprofit aiming to get more young people involved in politics. My top priority as a student trustee will be to implement practical action plans to address student concerns about the lack of mental health resources, grading discrepancies and introduce a later school start time. Above all else, you can remain confident that my door will always be open and that I’m ready to work with you and for you.

See Bruce Yu’s video.​





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Hanifah Johnson – East Area

​My name is Hanifah Johnson and I’m an 11th-grade student at Bill Crothers. In school, you can find me contributing to the Student Council, working on the Black Student Alliance and preparing for Model UN debates. Outside of school, you will find me training with my basketball team working at A&W and working as a research assistant at York University. As we look to the future, school will look different and it will be imperative that the Board hear from us, the students. What we need and want. My goal is to make the 2021-2022 school year the best it can be for all 124 000 students across the board. Know that your voice matters and with this position, I will work hard to make sure it’s heard and that we are included in the decisions being made about our future. I look forward to connecting with you all!


See Hanifah Johnson's video.​









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Munira Chakera – North Area

​Hey! I’m Munira Chakera! I’m a grade 11 at Stouffville District Secondary School and I am so thrilled to be running for a YRDSB Student Trustee position! Over the years, I have gotten the chance to be involved in many different clubs, councils, and sports teams. I hope to be able to use the skills I have developed from these experiences to represent you. As a trustee, I would prioritize making mental health services more accessible and available for all students, and would work to build ways to make your school experience more equitable and inclusive. In these times when social media is our greatest form of connection, I also think it is necessary to find ways to virtually reach and keep in touch with you, possibly through social events where you can share your opinions and concerns with me!

In my spare time, you can find me in Stouffville: playing sports, volunteering in my community, and constantly rewatching The Office (it’s an issue I know).  To learn more about me, my experiences, and my campaign, make sure to give me a follow on Instagram @munira.yrdsb and feel free to shoot me a DM if you want to chat about anything!  After all, I’m all ears when it comes to hearing your voice! So on March 8th, help me, represent you, by voting Munira for student trustee.

See Munira Chakera's video​.



Key Dates and Process

Application Deadline

Wednesday, February 3, 2021 at 4:00 p.m.

Interviews

Wednesday, February 17, 2021 and Thursday, Februar​y 18, 2021

Notification to Candidates

Friday, February 19, 2021 (End of Day)

Campaign Period Begins

Monday, February 22, 2021

​All Candidates Debate

​Thursday, February 25, 2021
Elevating Student Voice (Board Meeting)​ ​Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Advanced Voting Period

Monday, March 8, 2021 to

Thursday, March 11, 2021 (at 8 p.m.)

VOTING DAY ENDS

Thursday, March 11, 2021 (at 8 p.m.)

Announcement of Results

Friday, March 12, 2021

*Additional engagement opportunities may be considered as part of the process.

 

Interviews and Selection of Four Cand​idates

A panel, composed of the 2020-2021 Student Trustees, two members of the York Region Presidents’ Council, two York Region Presidents’ Council staff advisors and the Vice-Chair of the Board, will review all applications. 

Each applicant will be invited to participate in a short interview (by video conference) on February 17, 2021 or February 18, 2021.  Applicants will have an opportunity to respond to several predetermined questions. 

Four candidates, one from each of the Board’s geographic areas (North, East, West, Central) will be selected to campaign for the position of 2021-2022 Student Trustee for York Region District School Board.

 

Only the four identified candidates will be notified at the end of the day Friday, February 19, 2021.  All other applicants are thanked for taking the time to submit an application and are encouraged to work with current and future student trustees to engage in initiatives that elevate student voice across York Region.

 

Campaign Period (Monday, February 22, 2021 to Sunday, March 7, 2021)

IMPORTANTNo applicant or candidate may campaign prior to February 22, 2021. 

Once the four candidates have been notified, they will work with the 2020-2021 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 short summary about each candidate
  2. A short, two minute, video

Criteria and information to be included in these resources will be provided to each of the four candidates on February 19, 2021.

Starting on Monday, February 22, 2021, 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.

During this period, candidates will participate in several events to elevate student voice.  This includes the live-streamed All-Candidates Debate on Thursday, February 25, 2021 and a short presentation to the Board of Trustees on March 2, 2021. 

All eligible student electors will be provided with information about the candidates and how they can vote.

The campaign period ends at 11:59 p.m on Sunday, March 7, 2021.

 

Voting and Results (March 8​ to 11, 2021)

Voting begins at 12:00 p.m. on Monday March 8, 2021 and closes at 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 11, 2021.

Why​ is it important to vote?

The results of the election will be shared with the four candidates at a predetermined time on Friday, March 12, 2021. 

A formal communication will be sent from the Student Trustees via social media at 12:00 p.m. on Friday, March 12, 2021.

The results will be posted on this page following the Student Trustees’ Twitter Announcement.

 

Support and Tra​nsition

At the Board level, Corporate Secretariat and Trustee Services supports the work of the student trustees.  Four Administrator advisors support the work of the YRPC.

The two individuals elected to the role of Student Trustee for the year 2021-2022 will be provided with key dates and additional information to support their transition into this important role. 

 

Qu​estions

If you have any questions about the Student Trustee Election Process, please contact:

Christine Lin at Christine.lin@yrdsb.ca

Felix Nomerovsky at felix.nomerovsky@yrdsb.caor 

Ashton Wood at Ashton.l.wood@yrdsb.ca.  

You may also contact Corporate Secretariat and Trustee Services at trustee.services@yrdsb.ca or 905-727-0022 ext. 2049.

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 Student Trustees - Roles and Responsibilities

 

 

2020-2021 Indigenous​ Student Trustee 

We are proud to announce the first-ever Indigenous Student Trustee, Ashton Wood from Huron Heights Secondary School.


Hello / Aaniin,
 
My name is Ashton Wood. I am a Grade 11 student at Huron Heights Secondary School.
I am excited to be the YRDSB's First Indigenous Student Trustee for the 2020-2021 school year. My advocacy for Indigenous rights and humanities began in Grade 8, focusing on The Residential School Experience. I attended a conference on May 5, 2020 held by the University of California, Santa Barbara’s Cultural Resource Center. The conference was held to raise awareness and advocacy for the MMIWG.

I joined the FNMI Program in Grade 2, where I have had many opportunities to learn and support my culture. I look forward to sharing my teachings and knowledge with the Indigenous student body.  

During the summers of 2011-2013, I participated in Lake Simcoe's Splash Floating Water Festival, The Fantastic Forest Experience, The Purple Turtle Artisans Festival and Moonapalooza, a Moon festival held on the shores of Lake Simcoe by The Chippewas of Georgina Island First Nations.

I have been an Ambassador for the Hospital for Sick Children since 2018 and speak at Campaign Events. I attend a Dance Academy in Newmarket, where I am a multi-disciplined dancer. I am an Indigenous artist rendering with both beading and acrylic. I am currently learning ASL and have a video featured in the New York Broadway production of “Dear Evan Hansen”. I enjoy Tik Tok (ashylee1) and have gone worldwide with my Indigenous video platform. I look forward to supporting the Indigenous students of York Region and will provide their voice to the York Region District School Board.

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Contact: ashton.l.wood@yrdsb.ca​​​​​​

2020-2021 Student Trustees

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Christine Lin

My name is Christine Lin, I am a grade 11 student from Newmarket High School and I am thrilled to be your YRDSB Student Trustee for the 2020-2021 school year! My passion for elevating student voice began in grade 10, where I joined my school’s student council, found many like-minded students, and began making changes within my school. I expanded my involvement in the community through co-founding an organization and directing community events to raise awareness surrounding mental health and its importance among students. Then, I found purpose through the YRPC and realized the power the student body possesses and the strength of the ever so growing student voice. During my term, I will be dedicated to implementing more mental health resources at schools, making the YRDSB budget more transparent, promoting equity and inclusivity through step-by-step initiatives and opening up an anonymous suggestions forum to assure that no voice is being left unheard.

 
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Fel​ix Nomerov​​sky

Hello everyone! My name is Felix Nomerovsky from Vaughan Secondary School in grade 11 and I'm excited to be your Student Trustee for the 2020/2021 school year! My main priority as a student trustee is to make sure we could raise our student voice and school spirit. As a future student trustee, I'm ready to work with YOU to address all your concerns and inquires. A bit about myself, I'm an air cadet part of 283 Woodbridge Squadron with a speciality in marksmanship and aviation. Furthermore, I'm the founder of a political discussion group aimed at decreasing the polarization of politics. As for hobbies and interests, I'm into soccer (former goalkeeper for ORSC), playing PS4, watching Netflix and especially flying! I hope as your student trustee I can bring change that you'll see and be happy about!

 
 
 
 
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