My Stu­dent Trustee Ex­pe­ri­ence

The Hamilton Spectator - - OUR PULSE -

EL­IZ­A­BETH WONG, GRADE 12

If some­one had asked me in Grade 9 if I knew who our HWDSB stu­dent trustees were, or what they did, I would have had no idea! That is why it is so in­ter­est­ing to look back at the jour­ney that brought me to the trustee ta­ble.

When I learned at a stu­dent se­nate meet­ing about the role of stu­dent trustee, I be­gan to con­sider whether this would be a good fit for me. When my prin­ci­pal, Mr. Kunc, en­cour­aged me to go for it, I de­cided to put my­self for­ward.

I’ll never for­get the thrill I felt when I was elected to rep­re­sent the voice of my peers. The op­por­tu­nity to be im­mersed in de­ci­sions that di­rectly af­fect stu­dents is a priv­i­lege that I do not take lightly. In fact, one of my main goals as trustee is to en­sure that stu­dent voice is clearly heard, and that stu­dents are in­formed about the is­sues that will af­fect their learn­ing en­vi­ron­ments and op­por­tu­ni­ties.

One of the most mem­o­rable ex­pe­ri­ences I have had as school trustee has been my in­volve­ment with cre­at­ing the board’s new tagline: Cu­rios­ity. Cre­ativ­ity. Pos­si­bil­ity. It was awe­some to see el­e­men­tary and sec­ondary stu­dents strug­gle to find the words to ex­press what they wanted their school ex­pe­ri­ence to be about. This tagline is es­pe­cially mean­ing­ful for me be­cause it is the one I fought for and re­ally be­lieve in. I think it is hope­ful and ex­cit­ing be­cause it sug­gests that we can take the time in our schools to be cu­ri­ous, and to cre­ate our own paths in ed­u­ca­tion.

Al­though be­ing a stu­dent trustee takes up time and makes a Grade 12 year even busier, I wouldn’t trade it for the world. The con­nec­tions I have made and the ex­pe­ri­ences I have had have been in­valu­able, and I am so grate­ful for the op­por­tu­nity!

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