Westwood Sr. student one of two board commissioners
Astudent at Westwood Sr. High School in Hudson was among two students appointed to the The Lester B. School Board’s Council of Commissioners. The board says the move is “a first” in Quebec.
The students were appointed during a Nov. 26 meeting. Their mandate will be to represent their communities as student commissioners.
Grade 11 Westwood student Samantha Brady, and Daniel Gabrielli, a grade 11 student at Beaconsfield High, will sit in on all public meetings, said LBPSB chairperson Suanne Stein Day.
The students will be sworn in at the Dec. 17 meeting.
Stein Day said the new job will come with a stipend for the youths, the value of which will be determined at a Dec. 10 executive committee meeting. The students’ stipend will likely be less than those received by other commissioners since the students will only be attending public meetings, Stein Day noted.
Gabrielli, who is also president of the Central Students’ Committee (CSC), was automatically chosen to fill the first student commissioner slot.
Brady was elected following a vote by the CSC. Just like parent representatives, the two student commissioners will not have voting rights at Council meetings, but they will be able to bring their perspectives to council.
“My goal is to make the council aware of what students at our high schools have to say about topics that concern them,” Gabrielli, who plans to become a teacher, said.
Brady, meanwhile, said she was pleased to have been chosen by her peers.
“I look forward to the next council meeting,” she added.
The Pearson board has long been known for its pioneering ways. The LBPSB was also the first board in Quebec to establish a CSC, and the first to include them as full consultation partners. “What a wise decision that turned out to be as the students never fail to impress us with their wellconsidered input on our policies,” Stein Day said.
Two parents, Nan Beaton and Domenic Pavone, were additionally sworn in as parent commissioners at last week’s council meeting.
The Willow Place Inn created a white winter wonderland float. Santa Claus made a damp but happy appearance during the parade. Animals were prominently
featured in the parade. Young parade participants delighted in
handing out sweets to spectators. The Artistes Hudson Artists recreated the journey to Bethlehem.
Samantha Brady and Daniel Gabrielli will be sworn in later this month as student members of the Lester B. Pearson’s Council of Commissioners.