Meet your 2019/2020 student trustees
Environment top focus for student trustees this school year
Stepping into the senior student trustee seat at the board table, Eveline Fisher says she wants the environment to be a main focus this school year and she plans to use her role on the Board to keep that focus alive.
“Our world is at a crossroad. We definitely want to follow the lead of Pope Francis and (climate activist) Greta Thunberg and make sure we focus on the environment as one of our main goals,” Fisher said.
The Grade 12 Holy Cross Catholic Secondary School student spent last school year as the Board’s junior student trustee, learning the ropes from outgoing senior student trustee Calahndra Brake.
“The dynamic is very different. I was so used to having someone there lead by example and this year that person is me. Coming into the junior student trustee role last year, I didn’t know much about the Board and how it operates. This year my eyes are wide open and I’m very excited for the year,” Fisher said.
“The first year was definitely a year of self-growth. This year I’m really hoping to make a positive change in my school and the Board.”
“The first year was definitely a year of self-growth. This year I’m really hoping to make a positive change in my school and the Board.” – Eveline Fisher
The environment will be top of mind as Fisher and newly appointed junior student trustee Josh Hill prepare for this year’s student leadership retreat on Nov. 7, 2019 at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Secondary School in Lindsay.
The theme for this year’s retreat is Voices that Grow.
“We’re looking towards personal growth and communal growth and how that all fits into environmental growth” Fisher explained.
“Students, we’re always going to be here…we have a voice and we have ideas and we have ways that we can better our school communities and it’s important that we have a route to express those ideas.” – Josh Hill
Hill, a Grade 11 student at Holy Trinity Catholic Secondary School in Courtice, is excited to take on the new leadership role.
“I saw it as an opportunity to represent the student voice and everybody in our school community that I know has concerns and ideas they want expressed. I thought I would be a good person to do that,” Hill said.
“Students, we’re always going to be here…we have a voice and we have ideas and we have ways that we can better our school communities and it’s important that we have a route to express those ideas.”
Hill is looking to learn as much from Fisher this year as he can.
“It is amazing to have a senior rep. Without Eveline, I would have been lost for sure,” he said. “It’s a lot better to have an older, more experienced student in that position of senior student trustee.”
Student trustees take part in all public meetings of the Board, participate with other trustees in discussions, provide reports to the Board, and represent student positions. They do not vote on issues. The Student Liaison Committee, which includes the student trustees, junior and senior reps from all six secondary schools in the Board, a trustee and the director of education, meets monthly to discuss student issues. Issues that are generated at the Student Liaison Committee are brought to the Board of Trustees via the student trustees.
“As a junior trustee, I felt it was really intimidating the first few times I sat at the table, but this year, having a year behind me, I’m very excited to sit at the Board table and voice my opinions,” Fisher said.
As a Grade 11 student, Hill says he enjoys a range of subjects from history to English to science and he’s keeping his “options open” while he figures out what post-secondary will look like.
Fisher, who will be applying for universities in December, has filled her schedule with sciences – physics, functions and kinesiology. She hopes to pursue the fields of health science or biomedical science.
“Everybody says your Grade 12 year is so much fun. It’s definitely fun, but it’s also a lot of pressure,” Fisher said. “But I’m really excited about it. I’m lucky to know where I want to be going at this point.”