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.

Erica Butler

Student Trustee Erica Butler

Erica Butler is a grade 12 student at Oakridge Secondary School. During the 2018-2019 school year, she was elected as the 2019-2020 Student Trustee, with the role of voicing the opinions of 79,000 students in the Thames Valley District School Board. Erica is passionate about student engagement and is looking forward to connecting with a diverse range of students within the Thames Valley community.

During her past three years at Oakridge, Erica has immersed herself in as many learning experiences as possible. She is heavily involved in the music department at Oakridge and plays the euphonium in the senior concert band, as well as trombone in the senior jazz band. She is passionate about helping students find their own personal outlet for stress, with the arts being her outlet. Through the Culture for Learning team at Oakridge, Erica has had the opportunity to tackle some of the biggest issues facing high school students today. She implemented Wellness Baskets in every classroom to help students cope with school anxiety, helped facilitate substance use and abuse presentations, and lead many leadership activities. Additionally, she organized Oakridge’s first Female Empowerment Day and was able to stock every female washroom with menstrual products.

Erica is committed to helping others in her community. This past school year, she facilitated a winter campaign which partnered with local NGOs to provide food, toys, and hygiene products for those in need in London. Erica is looking forward to future community endeavors as Student Trustee and hopes to help other students find their voice.

Contact Erica:
519-200-9189
e.butler@tvdsb.ca 

Sarah Chun

Student Trustee Sarah Chun

Sarah Chun is a grade 12 student at London Central Secondary School in London, Ontario. During the 2019-2020 school year, she will serve as a student trustee at the Thames Valley District School Board, representing 77,000 students across 160 schools. At the Ontario Student Trustees Association, she is honoured to have been elected as the Public Board Council President, representing over 1.2 million students in Ontario’s public school boards. In her role, she will be voicing elementary and secondary student needs and concerns to provincial stakeholders in education; Ministry of Education, Ontario Public School Boards Association, and School Mental Health Ontario.

As a TVDSB student trustee during the 2018-2019 school year, Sarah encouraged and supported free menstrual products to be available in all female and non-binary washrooms in every TVDSB high school. In recognition of her efforts, Sarah received the Member of Provincial Parliament’s Leading Women Leading Girls award. Additionally, she was sponsored by the international Diva Cup Corporation to attend Period CON in New York City as an honoured guest. To help spread awareness of the importance of menstrual equity, Sarah spoke at numerous engagements including the Yale Young Global Scholars Speaker Series at the Yale Law School, Ontario Public School Boards Associations’ Public Education Symposium, and Ontario Student Trustees Associations’ Accomplished Student Trustees Initiatives at their Fall General Meeting.

During the 2018-2019 school year, Sarah was a co-op student at the Asfaha Lab in the London Regional Cancer Program. She investigated the cellular origins of colorectal cancer and improving tissue repair in inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). For her research, she won a Gold Medal at the Thames Valley Regional Science and Engineering Fair (TVSEF) and a Silver Medal at the Canada Wide Science Fair (CWSF) in Fredericton, NB. Sarah has also been recognized as a National Youth Innovator by Youth Science Canada.

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 a co-president of Central Eco Club and a member of the Science Olympics team. Additionally, she has been playing the violin for over 13 years and has competed both provincially and nationally. Currently, she is the principal 2nd violinist of the London Youth Symphony.

Contact Sarah:
sarah.chun@tvdsb.ca
519-619-9164

 

Chiara Kennedy

Indigenous Student Trustee Chiara KennedyChiara Kennedy is one of the many FNMI students that attends Saunders Secondary School. She is turtle clan from Chimnissing and Oneida. Chiara was elected to be the third Indigenous Student Trustee for the Thames Valley District School Board in April. She is an active student and participant in First Nation programming with the Thames Valley District School Board, Saunders Secondary School, London Community and with both her First Nations. Chiara attends ceremonies on a regular basis and has a strong connection to her Ojibway and Haudensunee roots. She is an advocate for language and culture and strongly believes that both are the foundations to one's identity.

Chiara is grateful and honoured to be elected as the Indigenous Student Trustee and looks forward to sharing her knowledge and connection to culture. She also looks forward to working with fellow students locally and provincially to learn and understand the needs of others. Her goal this year is to focus on the Indigenous voice in order to move forward and towards truth, understanding and knowledge. She plans to work collectively with her peers and allies to ensure that every FNMI student will get the same rights to education as their peers. In ensuring this, there will be a balance of equality throughout the Thames Valley District School Board.

Contact Chiara:
519-630-4974
c.kennedy@tvdsb.ca

 

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