Student Trustees announced by ALCDSB for 2024/2025 school year

Student representatives from the five ALCDSB high schools – Nicholson Catholic College (Belleville), St. Theresa Catholic Secondary School (Belleville), St. Paul Catholic Secondary School (Trenton), Holy Cross Catholic Secondary School (Kingston) and Regiopolis-Notre Dame Catholic High School (Kingston) – who voted for the new student senate. Supplied photo.

Secondary School Student Trustee representatives in the Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District School Board (ALCDSB) have been elected by their Student Senate for the upcoming 2024/2025 school year. 

According to a release from the school board, in 2022, ALCDSB expanded the platform for student voice and added a third student trustee, specifically appointed to represent the Indigenous voice. The other two student trustees represent the eastern jurisdiction of the board and the western jurisdiction of the board.

“We are fortunate but not surprised to once again have three willing, insightful and energetic students,” said Terry Shea, Chair of the Board. “Their voice and perspective greatly contributes to the work we do as trustees. I look forward to working with and learning from these students.”

ALCDSB said Student Trustees contribute to the school board in a number of ways, including representing all elementary and secondary students in the system, attending monthly board and committee meetings and representing the Board at the Ontario Student Trustees’ Association. 

Tessie Chen is in Grade 11 at Regiopolis-Notre Dame Catholic High School (Kingston) in the International Baccalaureate (IB) program. Her interests include dance, volunteering, music and art, the board said.

Emily Esperanzate is a Grade 10 student at Nicholson Catholic College (NCC) (Belleville). She is an active leader in her community as she is part of the NCC student council and the captain of her rugby team. Esperanzate says she is eager to collaborate with other student trustees to address key issues, promote inclusivity, and promote academic achievement, according to ALCDSB.

Emma-Leigh Johnston is a Grade 11 student at St. Theresa Catholic Secondary School (Belleville) and will represent Indigenous voice for ALCDSB. Johnston is part of the Indigenous council at her school and is an active participant in planning a conference for Indigenous students in ALCDSB. The board noted that she dances on a competitive dance team and holds a part-time job.

According to the release, these students will be sworn in at the June board meeting.

In the release, the board said it looks forward to welcoming its new Student Trustees as it continues on its mission to build faith-filled learning communities where each member is loved, inspired, and successful.  

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