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Student Trustees
2020-2021 Elections:
The time has come! Applications for the 2020-2021 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 Friday, January 17, 2020.
Key Dates and Process
Application Deadline
Friday, January 17, 2020 at 11:59 a.m.
Thursday, January 30, 2020 and Friday, January 31, 2020
Notification to Candidates
Thursday, February 6, 2020 (End of Day)
Campaign Period Begins
All Candidates' Debate (YRPC General Assembly Meeting
Friday, February 7, 2020
Tuesday, February 11, 2020
Elevating Student Voice: Student Trustee Candidate Presentations to the Board of Trustees
Tuesday, February 18, 2020
Voting Period
Friday, February 21, 2020 to
Tuesday, February 25, 2020
VOTING DAY (Campaign Period Ends)
Wednesday, February 26, 2020
Thursday, February 27, 2020
Interviews and Selection of Four Candidates
A panel, composed of the 2019-2020 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 (either in person or by video conference) on February 4, 2020 or February 5, 2020.  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 2020-2021 Student Trustee for York Region District School Board.
Only the four identified candidates will be notified at the end of the day Thursday, February 6, 2020.  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 (Friday, February 7, 2020 to Wednesday, February 26, 2020)
IMPORTANT:  No applicant or candidate may campaign prior to February 7, 2020.  
Once the four candidates have been notified,  they will work with the 2019-2020 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 6, 2020. 
Starting on Friday, February 7, 2020, 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 may include a live-streamed All-Candidates Debate and a short presentation to the Board of Trustees.  
Early in February, 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 Wednesday, February 26, 2020.
Voting and Results (February 21-27, 2020)
Voting begins at 12:00 p.m. on Friday, February 21, 2020 and closes at 8:00 p.m. on Monday, February 26, 2020.
VIDEO Why is it important to vote? (COMING SOON)
The results of the election will be shared with the four candidates at a predetermined time on Thursday, February 27, 2020.  
A formal communication will be sent from the Student Trustees via social media at 12:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 27, 2020.
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.  Four Administrator advisors support the work of the YRPC.
The two individuals elected to the role of Student Trustee for the year 2020-2021 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 Michelle Chou or Nicholas Hamzea using the contact information below.  You may also contact Corporate Secretariat and Trustee Services at or 905-727-0022 ext. 2049.

​​​​2019-2020 Student Trustees


Michelle Chou
Michelle Chou is an International Baccalaureate student attending grade 12 at Bayview Secondary School. Her involvement with students began in previous years, when co-founding and directing initiatives that raise awareness of the marginalised community in the Greater Toronto Area. Michelle has also worked with youth that face financial, physical, mental and language barriers, providing her the importance of listening to all voices. As a strong advocate for inclusivity and equity, she strives to work closely with the York Region President’s Council, the Ontario Student Trustee’s Association and finally, the school board to ensure that all students will have the opportunity to project their opinions. Currently at school, Michelle enjoys playing for her varsity field hockey and ultimate frisbee team as well as empowering students to run for a purpose. Additionally, she is involved with the Bayview’s DECA chapter, music department and prefect organization. In her community, she takes leadership in her squadron of the Royal Canadian Air Cadet program and Youth Nation Alliance, a youth-led non profit. By wanting to reinforce transparency and community between students, Michelle strives to encourage all students to stand up for themselves and their peers concerning their education this year.

“Our character is what we do when we think no one is looking.''


Nicho​las Hamzea

Nicholas Hamzea is a Grade 12 International Baccalaureate student at Bayview Secondary School. With his strong passion for equity, mental health, and student advocacy, he has served on his school’s student council and has worked closely with the York Region Presidents Council  for the past 2 years, among other organizations and initiatives. Being someone who strongly pursues his passions, Nicholas is also heavily involved both within his school as well as throughout the community. In school, he is part of the HOSA Chapter, a club dedicated to the field of medicine, as well as the prefect organization. Outside of school, he is heavily involved with his taekwondo academy, where he has been training for 11 years, and at the Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital, where he works with kids of all ages and abilities. Experiences such as these have opened his eyes to the importance of ensuring that every single person’s voice is heard and as a student trustee, he hopes to improve that through working closely with the students of York Region and with various organizations such as the York Region President’s Council and the Ontario Student Trustee’s Association.

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