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Become a Student Trustee!

2021-22 Student Trustee Election

Applications Closed Student Trustee

Applications have now closed ! 
Thank you for your interest. The 2022-2023 process will open again in December of 2021.

Who is eligible?

Any full-time Upper Canada District School Board students entering Grades 11 or 12 that is in good standing for the entire year in the UCDSB can apply to be a Student Trustee.

Specifically, a person is qualified to act as a Student Trustee if he or she:

  • be a *full time pupil at an Upper Canada District School Board secondary school in the senior division; or
  • be an exceptional pupil in a special education program for whom the board has reduced the length of instructional program.
  • full time pupil status applies to participation in any of the four program delivery options currently available to students in the Upper Canada District School Board (in-person, synchronous, asynchronous digital/e-learning, asynchronous non-digital).
  • be 16 years of age or older by December 31 of the year in which he or she holds office.
  • have parental consent (if under 18 years of age).
  • have strong academic standing, good leadership and communication skills.
  • *full-time pupil has the same meaning as in the most recent regulations made under section 21 of the Act.
  • A person is not qualified to be elected or act as a Student Trustee if he or she is serving a sentence of imprisonment in a penal or correctional institution.
  • A person who ceases to be qualified to act as a Student Trustee shall resign from the position.
  • If a Board determines that a vacancy shall be filled, it shall be filled by a by-election.
 What do Student Trustees do?

A Student Trustee is a representative of the students for the school board and are present at the board table. They offer insights, opinions or perspectives on behalf of all students in the UCDSB. The role of the Student Trustee has three key elements where they represent the views of students or support student leadership:

  1. Serving as the Chairperson of the UCDSB Student Senate. The Senate meets four times during the school year, with representatives from each UCDSB secondary school;
  2. Attending Board Meetings held by the public school board in Brockville. These meetings are held on the second and fourth Wednesday evening, each month. The Student Trustees presents brief reports to the Board of Trustees, up to four times a year.
  3. Attending the two Ontario Student Trustee Association’s (OSTA-AECO) conferences (Toronto / Ottawa), as well as being an active member of this organization.

Currently, the term of office for the Student Trustee is August 1, 2021 to July 31, 2022. An honorarium of $2,500 is provided to the Student Trustee at the end of their term of office.

Student Trustees Elections for the 2021-2022 term will take place February 26, 2021

There are key steps that guide our search for a new Student Trustee:

Step 1:  Students interested in becoming a Student Trustee need to complete a brief application form. A short list of Student Trustee candidates will be identified from among the applications received by the school board.

Step 2: An application review panel (involving School Board Trustees and our current Student Trustees) will develop a final list of candidates. These candidates will be placed on the ballot.

Step 3: Members of the UCDSB Student Senate will elect a candidate from the ballot at the February 26th meeting. 

Students interested in applying to be our Student Trustee must note the following information:

  • Complete the application form:  It must be signed by a parent/guardian and principal. 
  • Completed forms must be sent to the attention of Lisa Workman, Trustee Liaison Officer for the Upper Canada District School Board, at lisa.workman@ucdsb.on.ca.

For further information about the Student Trustee position visit: Student Trustee Overview.

 [1] A full-time pupil may also be an exceptional pupil in a special education program, for whom the Board has reduced the length of the program under subsection 3 (3) of Regulation 298.

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