For the 2020-21 school year, our student trustees are:

Tristan John-Jandles

ROLE: Student Trustee
SCHOOL: Huron Heights Secondary School

I am a Grade 12 student attending Huron Heights Secondary School who loves to get involved with any and all extracurricular clubs at school. Since Grade 9, my involvement includes being part of the announcements team, managing the senior and junior football teams, sitting on the board-wide Student Senate, badminton club and leadership club!

My passion for politics stands out in my involvement and roles across the region, one of these roles being the 2019-20 City of Kitchener’s Council Chair. Alongside this, my passion for politics is evident in my volunteer work across the Board. Through this, I’ve acquired almost 400 volunteer hours, not including the volunteer work I will continue to do this year as a Grade 12 student. If you see me in the community, I’m usually hard to miss as I’m known for my bold outfits!

I believe that the elected student trustees are crucial for making sure that students’ voices are not only heard and amplified but supported when brought to the Board table. I believe I am the perfect person to do just that while representing a socially and culturally diverse school board. I stand for equality, equity, and, most importantly, transparency, and hope that during my 2020-21 term, my work alongside fellow Student Trustee McDonald and student senators, will showcase these virtues, and then some!

Rowan McDonald

ROLE: Student Trustee
SCHOOL: Kitchener-Waterloo Collegiate and Vocational School

I am a Grade 12 French Immersion student at Kitchener-Waterloo Collegiate and Vocational School (KCI). I am involved with the Student Leadership team at KCI and was one of the first managers of our in-school smoothie bar in 2019. Since Grade 9, I have been involved in KCI’s DECA chapter since Grade 9 and was a chapter executive during the 2019-20 school year.

Outside of school, I have participated in the Junior Achievement’s Company Program where high school students create and run small companies. During my participation, I was voted in by my peers as a VP. I am also on the Waterloo Region Nordic Ski team.

I am excited to represent the WRDSB student body. I care about our school communities and am passionate about finding ways to improve our education system. I want to make sure students have a voice at the Board table, and I will work hard to support their ideas.

This school year is going to be like no other. As a Board, we will be facing several challenges integrating COVID-19 regulations into our schools. My personal goal is to make sure students have access to the information they need in a timely manner and have the educational and mental health support they need throughout the year.