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.

Isabella Frick

Isabella Frick

Isabella Frick is wolf clan of the Oneida of the Thames. She is a grade 12 student at Medway High School in Arva. In late April 2018, Isabella was elected to be the first female Indigenous Student Trustee for Thames Valley District School Board for the 2018-2019 school year. Isabella has also been chosen for the position of one of the Indigenous Relations Working Group co-chairs for the Ontario Student Trustee Association (OSTA-AECO). Through these positions she is able to work towards Indigenous student voice being heard in her school board, as well as across Ontario.

Isabella has a strong connection to her culture and aims to deepen this relationship for herself and her peers. She believes a strong bond with your culture is inherently important for your sense of self. Isabella wishes to increase accessibility of Indigenous traditional practices and knowledge to students in Thames Valley, as well as keep Indigenous students better informed of ongoing matters in the board office. In doing this, Isabella will accurately be able to advocate for both Indigenous and non-indigenous student voice alike.

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Nika Bajaj

Nika Bajaj

Nika Bajaj is a grade 12 student at Oakridge Secondary School in London, Ontario. In May 2018 she was elected as Student Trustee for the 2018-2019 school year. This July she was chosen to be the South-Western Ontario representative within the Ontario Student Trustees’ Associations (OSTA-AECO) Public Board Cabinet, which works to advocate on behalf of all public students in Ontario to the ministry of education.

Throughout her past three years at Oakridge, Nika has found being involved in a variety of extracurricular activities to be extremely rewarding. She leads Oakridge’s Model United Nations club, has been a peer mentor for the past two years, worked with the London Youth United Way and presented at numerous board wide conferences to both students and staff. She helps run Oakridge’s Culture for Learning team which focuses on improving school culture within Oakridge and elementary schools throughout the board and was awarded the Thames Valley District School Board Award of Distinction in 2017. Nika is passionate about STEMM and seizes any opportunity to gain exposure to these disciplines. This past year she worked in a cancer research laboratory and during summer 2018 attended the SHAD program STEAM program.

This year, Nika is very excited for the opportunity to represent the students of Thames Valley alongside her co-Student Trustees. As someone who has always been outspoken and believes students should have a voice in their education she is grateful for the opportunity to bring a student perspective to the board table.

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Sarah Chun

Sarah Chun

Sarah Chun is a grade 11 student at London Central Secondary School in London, Ontario. In the 2018-2019 school year, she will work as a student trustee at the Thames Valley District School Board, representing 77,000 students across 160 schools. At the OSTA-AECO, she is proud to be serving as the Administration Coordinator of the Executive Council, representing the 2.1 million students in Ontario’s public and catholic school boards.

In her community, Sarah co-founded Girls in TE, a nonprofit organization that empowers young women to pursue careers in technology and engineering. She has reached over 125 high school girls through career talks, coding conversations, and field trips to technology companies including Google. Girls in TE also partnered with local startups, engineering firms, and universities. Notable collaborators include Shopify, Western University and 3M. For her work at Girls in TE, she was awarded the Stanford She++ fellowship and recognized by the Ascena Retail Group as a HerLead fellow. Sarah also researched artificial intelligence at Stanford University, creating a computer vision algorithm capable of detecting poverty in Uganda as a part of the Stanford Artificial Intelligence Laboratory Outreach Research summer program.

At her school, she is the president of Central Eco Club, a trainer at DECA and a member of Science Olympics. Additionally, she has been playing the violin for over 12 years and has competed both provincially and nationally. Currently, she is the principal 2nd violinist of the London Youth Symphony.

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