So you want to be a Student Trustee?

Student Trustees are important members of the WRDSB. They represent our 64,000 students at the Board table and at various committees. Any current, full-time Grade 10, 11 or 12 WRDSB student that is returning next year is eligible to apply. The one-year term begins on August 1, 2023.

Student Trustees are committed to:

  • Upholding Human Rights and equity at all times
  • Advocating for all students, especially those that experience marginalization
  • Ensuring that there are ongoing conversations, using a variety of tools to communicate with students
  • Working and collaborating with students, staff and Trustees

Are you someone who is:

  • A team player who works well with others
  • Has conflict resolution skills or is willing to learn
  • Knows how to organize their time and is reliable
  • Has an ability to communicate effectively and respectfully
  • Has strong leadership skills
  • Is able to handle confidential and sensitive information
  • Is open to feedback and learning
  • Demonstrates flexibility
  • Takes initiative

The role of Student Trustee is for you! 

Responsibilities of a Student Trustee

The responsibilities of the student trustees can be found in the Student Trustee Handbook and Policy 3006.

What are the requirements of the role?

  • A student trustee must be enrolled as a full-time student (taking at least 3.0 credits per semester or 6 credits in a non-semestered program)
  • Must be a Grade 11 or 12 student in a WRDSB high school when starting the role. 
    • Please note: Grade 10, 11 and 12 students can apply, but Grade 10 students must be entering Grade 11 the year they take on the role
  • Have secured parent/guardian permission if they are under 18 years of age
  • A student would also be eligible as an exceptional pupil in a special education program for whom the Board has reduced the length of the instructional program on each school day, under subsection 3 (3) of Regulation 298 of the Revised Regulations of Ontario, 1990 (Operation of Schools – General) made under the Act, so long as the pupil would be a full-time pupil if the program had not been reduced. O. Reg. 42/11, s. 1.

Application Requirements

All applicants must:

  • Review the Student Trustee Handbook and Policy 3006
  • Watch the pre-election seminar to learn more about the role of Student Trustee (recording below)
  • Submit a Student Trustee Candidate Application (Applications for 2023-24 Student Trustee Candidates have now closed.)

If you need assistance with your application, please contact Stephanie Reidel, Manager of Corporate Services at prior to Friday, January 13, 2023 to make arrangements.

All applications must be received before 4:30 p.m. on Friday, January 20, 2023.

Application Components

Each student must provide a completed application that includes the following:

  • Completed Student Trustee Election Student Participation Consent Form, if the candidate is under the age of 18
  • Completed IS-19L Student Media Release Consent Form submitted with your application
  • Confirmation that they have notified their principal or vice/principal that they intend to run for Student Trustee (confirm using application form)
  • Candidate Biography (250 word limit) 
    • Your biography should include your name, school and grade, and any experience relevant to the role of student trustee.
  • Candidate Video and Script (3 minute limit) 
    • Submit a video responding to the prompt provided during the Student Trustee Pre-Election Seminar. (Recording above)
    • Your video must be completed in a single take, with no additional editing (i.e. text or animation)
    • You must also include a script of what is said in the video, to assist with the creation of subtitles for your video (As either a Google Doc or Word Document) 

Please note: a Candidate Review Panel will review submissions for completeness and create a final list of candidates.

Student Trustee Election Process

  1. The election process contains two steps: 
    • Candidate Nomination 
    • Campaign and Election 

    Candidate Nomination 

    1. Interested students will submit an application as outlined under the Application Components.
    2. Applications will be reviewed for completeness by the Candidate Review Panel consisting of the Trustee Mentors, Director of Education or their designate, Board Chairperson and the Manager of Corporate Services. 
    3. The applicants with complete submissions will be notified on or before January 27, 2023 and will move on to the campaign and election process.

    Campaign and Election 

    1. The campaign period will include the promotion of Student Trustee candidates at schools in their relevant ridings from February 6-24, 2023. 
      1. Student Trustee candidates will not be permitted to attend other school sites for the purposes of campaigning.
      2. The video and biography submitted as part of their application will serve as their campaign materials. These will be hosted on the WRDSB website and promoted to secondary students during the campaign. 
    2. The elections at each school will take place from February 21-24, 2023.
      1. Voting will be concluded by ranked ballot with each elector (student) indicating their top three choices in preferential order.
    3. The results of the Student Trustee Elections will be reported on March 9, 2023. 


This application will be reviewed by the Candidate Review Panel consisting of the Trustee Mentors, Director of Education or their designate, Board Chairperson and the Manager of Corporate Services, and retained only as required by the WRDSB Records Retention Schedule.

Student Trustee Ridings

Secondary schools have been divided into two geographical ridings. Each will elect one Student Trustee candidate from their riding. 

The North Riding 

  • Bluevale Collegiate Institute
  • Cameron Heights Collegiate Institute
  • Elmira DIstrict Secondary School
  • Forest Heights Collegiate Institute
  • Kitchener-Waterloo Collegiate and Vocational School
  • Laurel Heights Secondary School
  • Waterloo Collegiate Institute
  • Waterloo Oxford District Secondary School

The South Riding

  • Eastwood Collegiate Institute
  • Galt Collegiate Institute
  • Glenview Park Secondary School
  • Grand River Collegiate Institute
  • Huron Heights Secondary School
  • Jacob Hespeler Secondary School
  • Preston High School
  • Southwood Secondary School

More information can be found in the Student Trustee Handbook.

For any questions, please contact one of our Student Trustee Mentors, Joanne Weston and Kathleen Woodcock

Our Commitment to Equity

The Waterloo Region District School Board (WRDSB) is committed to equity in all student leadership roles. We are committed to fair and equitable practices that allow us to have student leaders who reflect the diversity of the community we serve, who will foster the success and well-being of our student body, and who demonstrate a commitment to equity and inclusion throughout the board.

We actively encourage applications from members of groups with historical and/or current barriers to equity, including, but not limited to:

  • First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples, and all other Indigenous peoples;
  • members of groups that commonly experience discrimination due to race, ancestry, colour, religion and/or spiritual beliefs, or place of origin;
  • persons with visible and/or invisible (physical and/or mental) disabilities;
  • persons who identify as women;
    and persons of marginalized sexual orientations, gender identities, and gender expressions.