Becoming a Student Trustee

 Applications for the 2017-18 school year are now open.

Responsibilities of a Student Trustee

Responsibilities of the student trustees include the following:

  • Receive and review agenda packages and attend Public and In Camera sessions of the Board and Committee of the Whole, as well as other committee meetings, as deemed appropriate by the Chair (excluding In Camera Meetings of the Board or Committees of the Board pertaining to matters concerning the disclosure of intimate, personal or financial information in respect of a member of the board or committee, an employee or prospective employee of the Waterloo Region District School Board (WRDSB) or a pupil or his or her parent or guardian).
  • Participate in public discussions of the Board.
  • Have his/her vote recorded for the purpose of public record and for accountability to the student body; however, it is recognized that “a student trustee is not a member of the Board or any of its committees.” [Education Act, Section 55 (2)]
  • Prepare motions or amendments to motions to be submitted by a trustee on their behalf.
  • May be required to serve on ad hoc committees as required by the Board.
  • Act with the decorum and expectations of all elected trustees.
  • Comply with the Board’s Administrative Procedure for Off-Campus Trips (AP 1580) when travelling on Board business.
  • As appropriate, be provided with resources such as secretarial support, electronic device, voicemail and intranet electronic communications (WaterWorks).
  • Notify the Board during public meetings of any direct or indirect conflict of interest they may have in any matter being discussed by the Board.
  • Comply with legislation governing the attendance of trustees at public meetings of the Board.
  • Provide co-chair leadership throughout the year to the Board’s Student Senate including calling meetings at least monthly, including the meeting to elect student trustees for the following term of office.

What are the requirements?

A student trustee must be enrolled as a full-time (taking at least 3.0 credits per semester or 6 credits in a non-semestered program) senior division student in a WRDSB high school and have secured parental permission if they are under 18 years of age.

It is recommended that candidates:

  • Have demonstrated success in and commitment to their academic studies;
  • Have demonstrated an interest and prior involvement in school, extra-curricular and/or community-based activities;
  • Have demonstrated strong communication skills and an ability to effectively liaise with fellow students;
  • Have demonstrated critical thinking skills;
  • Have demonstrated creativity in developing ideas and implementing solutions;
  • Have worked on and understand the scope of an advisory committee.

Students serving on the Board’s Student Senate are eligible to put their names forward as candidates for the position of student trustee.

Application Requirements

All applicants must submit their portfolio either in-person at the Education Centre in a single envelope addressed to Jayne Herring, Manager of Corporate Services or via Canada Post to the Education Centre addressed to Jayne Herring. All application portfolios must be received before end-of-day on Friday, April 28, 2017.

Each student who puts their name forward as a candidate will provide the following portfolio of information:

  • A detailed resume including level of completed education and relevant experiences;
  • A current transcript of completed courses;
  • A record of school attendance for the current year;
  • A letter of intent outlining the candidate’s understanding of the role of the student trustee and his/her goals in performing that role;
  • A letter of recommendation from the student’s current principal or a teacher;
  • A letter of recommendation from a community member who is not related to the applicant;
  • A letter of parental permission for applicants under the age of 18.

Student trustee elections will be held on Wednesday, May 3, 2017, at 7:00pm during the Student Senate meeting at the WRDSB Education Centre in the Cambridge Room, 1st Floor, Building 1, 51 Ardelt Avenue, Kitchener, Ontario.

The meeting will be conducted at the direction of current student trustees and comprised of all members of Board’s Student Senate. Each school in attendance shall have one (1) vote. Each candidate will make their application package available and will deliver a brief speech between two (2) and three (3) minutes in length that outlines the contribution they believe they will make in the role of student trustee. The speeches will be followed by a question period. A vote will be taken and the two candidates securing the most votes will be named student trustees for the subsequent school year.