Student Trustees

Student Trustee Elections

Thames Valley District School Board invites full-time students in grade 11 or 12 next year to apply for the upcoming Student Trustees’ Debates & Elections for the 2024-2025 term (August 1, 2024 to July 31, 2025). 

Completed and signed applications must be received in the Chair’s Office on or before: Wednesday February 21, 2024, at 4:00 p.m.

Application Forms

Additional information

Positions available
  • Indigenous Student Trustee: Students who self-identify as Indigenous
  • Student Trustee: Students who represent the City of London, and counties of Elgin, Middlesex and Oxford
Must be a full-time student in grade 11 or 12 next year
Responsibilities of the Student Trustee
  • Regularly attend the full duration of all Board meetings, Committee of the Whole meetings, and Advisory Committee meetings typically scheduled most Tuesday evenings.
  • Be knowledgeable about, and comply with Board Bylaws, Policies, Procedures, and the Trustee Code of Conduct, including all of its accompanying Guidelines.
  • Shall keep confidential any information disclosed or discussed at a meeting of the Board or part of a meeting of the Board that was closed to the public or should otherwise be kept confidential, unless required to divulge such information by law or authorized by the Board to do so. 
  • Serve as a Student Trustee representative as directed by the Chair of the Board. 
  • Serve and consult Thames Valley students and keep student governments, school clubs, and student leaders informed about Board issues of interest and concern to students.
  • The obligation to declare a conflict of interest in matters that have a direct pecuniary interest to the student or members of the student’s immediate family (e.g. father, mother, sister, brother) and to comply with the Ministry of Education Student Trustees: Attendance and Conflict of Interest Guidelines. 
  • Hold and attend a minimum of five Student Advisory Council (SAC) meetings per school year. 
  • Bring to the attention of the Board any concerns that may affect Thames Valley District School Board students (TVDSB). 
  • Serve as an advocate for student voice by actively participating in and contributing to the decisions of the Board and sharing student input relevant to the decisions being made by the Board. 
  • Stay informed about developments in education and demonstrate an awareness of issues facing publicly funded education. 
  • Provide leadership which promotes the creation of clear, and consistent expectations and goals for the Student Advisory Council that focus on student achievement and well-being. 
  • Be responsible for communicating and forwarding all recommendations made by the Student Advisory Council to the Board. 
  • Serve as a mentor to incoming Student Trustees.
Election Dates

On Wednesday, February 28, 2024, the Thames Valley District School Board will be holding an Election to elect a self-identifying Indigenous Student Trustee. The election will take place from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Education Centre for the 2023-2024 term (August 1, 2024 to July 31, 2025).

On Thursday, February 29, 2024, the Thames Valley District School Board will hold the Student Trustees’ Debate & Election for the 2024-2025 term (August 1, 2024 to July 31, 2025) from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Education Centre to elect two Student Trustees representing both the county and the city schools in Thames Valley.

Policies and Procedures

Current 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.

Savrup Saran

Savrup Saran

Savrup Kaur Saran is a Grade 12 student enrolled in the French Immersion program at Woodstock Collegiate Institute. Re-elected as the County Student Trustee for the upcoming 2023-2024 school year, she is set to continue her advocacy work within the Thames Valley District School Board. In addition to her position at TVDSB, Savrup will take on the Vice-President of Public Education role at OSTA-AECO, where she will extend her efforts to promote student voice and representation at a provincial level.

Savrup has been deeply involved in her school community, working on fostering leadership opportunities and more. She founded the Believe Leadership chapter at her school and serves as the founder and captain for her school newspaper, The Devils Gazette. She played a profound role in establishing student governance at her school and previously led her student council as its prime minister. Her engagement also extends to various other clubs, all with the aim of cultivating a more diverse and inclusive atmosphere at WCI.

Outside of school, Savrup's passion lies in community service and volunteering. Actively engaged with organizations like United Sikhs, she takes on the role of Youth Coordinator in her local chapter, dedicating time to giving back to the community. She is also deeply committed to addressing community-specific challenges through personal passion projects and has co-founded a non-profit organization focused on enhancing diversity in workplaces and educational settings.

During her second term, Savrup's primary objective is to create an environment that promotes student leadership. She strongly believes in actively listening to the concerns of all students to foster an improved educational landscape and a more positive atmosphere. She is beyond excited to be continuing this role and advocating for students across the board.

Contact Savrup:

Sir Frederick Nicholas

Frederick Nicholas

Fred Nicholas is the Indigenous Student Trustee. Fred attends H.B. Beal Secondary School and is in grade 12. He cares deeply about ensuring that academic resources and supports are available to all Indigenous students. He is working towards providing TVDSB students opportunities to learn from Indigenous tribes and nations. Allowing for new minds to learn about powerful and meaningful Indigenous teachings. This includes the beliefs and practices of those who live on this land. To remind us that Indigenous people are not outsiders but friends and family.

Contact Frederick: 

Jana Anan

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Jana Anan is a Grade 11 French Immersion student at Sir Wilfrid Laurier Secondary School.

Jana started her education in the Peel District School Board and later studied abroad in both Saudi Arabia and Egypt before joining Thames Valley. These experiences have allowed her to gain knowledge and skills which have provided her with the foundation to think and act inclusively. She is an active member in her school community in academics and athletics.

As Student Trustee, Jana strives to prioritize student well-being and leadership. She aims to promote more active conversation around the topic of mental health, which can include creating relationships with professionals within our communities who are able to spread positive awareness regarding mental health to help destigmatize the topic.

Jana often reflects on the Maya Angelou quote, "Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better."’

Contact Jana:

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