Student Trustees

As your Student Trustees, we work to empower students by giving you a voice. It is our responsibility to represent the student body at the Board table and help keep you informed of discussions and decisions that affect you.

Giving students the ability to influence learning is integral to everyone's success. We want our schools to be places where students take ownership of their learning and their school environment. In order to accurately represent the Thames Valley District student body we need to hear from you. Share your views, ideas and concerns with us so that decisions can be made with your best interests in mind. Every idea matters.

Tsista Kennedy

Tsista KennedyTsista Kennedy is turtle clan of the Onyota'aka and Ojibwe Nations. His families come from Oneida of the Thames and Chimnissing in Georgian Bay. He is a grade 11 student at Saunders Secondary School. In late September 2017, Tsista was elected as Indigenous Student Trustee, which is the first position of its kind in Canada to represent the Indigenous students of the Thames Valley District School Board.

Tsista is strongly connected in his cultural values and teachings, which he lives by on a daily basis. He believes that leadership and re-connection to culture is key to Indigenous student success. Tsista wishes to reach out to Indigenous students through his strength in speaking, artwork and leadership to help build connections and create solutions for the obstacles that Indigenous students face in the school system.

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Seoyoon Kim

Seoyoon KimSeoyoon is a grade 11 student at A.B. Lucas Secondary School in London, Ontario. In May 2017 Seoyoon was elected as Student Trustee for the 2017-2018 school year. At the Annual General Meeting of the Ontario Student Trustees' Association (OSTA-AECO), Seoyoon was elected as a member of the executive council for the role of Media Design Officer.

Seoyoon's involvement at school includes intermediate and senior band, science club, DECA and tutoring junior students in math. As an activist for STEMM, Seoyoon has competed and placed in numerous math and science competitions. Outside of school, Seoyoon is actively involved in the arts. As a flutist, Seoyoon has performed and placed in various music events.

This year, Seoyoon is beyond excited to work as Student Trustee for TVDSB along with her co-Student Trustees. She highly values equity in education and looks forward to do all that she can to advocate for student voice.

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Nicholas Lavdas

Nicholas LavdasNicholas is a 5th year student who has attended Sir. Frederick Banting Secondary School and is currently enrolled at H.B Beal Secondary School. Nicholas first found his passion in representing the students of Thames Valley four years ago when he sat on the Student Advisory Council and his school's Executive Student Council.

Nicholas has been active in school extra-curriculars ranging from charity fundraisers and music, to athletics and leadership retreats and has seen firsthand the impact that student involvement can have on the wellbeing of a school. As a result, Nicholas will look to prioritize initiatives that protect diverse student involvement options and encourage student leadership.

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