Student Trustees

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Student Trustee Debates & Elections (February 29, 2024) 

On February 29, 2024, Thames Valley District School Board secondary school students Shivani Vimal and Emma Park were elected Student Trustees for the 2024-2025 school year. Their election followed the election of 2024-2025 Indigenous Student Trustee Lorissa Westlake, which took place on February 28.

Student Trustees have the same opportunities to participate in meetings and committees with municipally elected Trustees; however, their votes are non-binding.

"I believe that Thames Valley has the potential to elevate all students to be student leaders, and to be promoters of inclusivity,” said Shivani, a student at Lord Dorchester Secondary School.

London Central Secondary School student, Emma Park, echoed this sentiment: “Student Trustees play an essential role in creating a school that feels like a family - a board that feels like a community."

“It was a pleasure and honour to attend this week’s Student Trustees’ Debates and Elections,” said Thames Valley District School Board Chair Beth Mai, “Student voices are essential to understanding the everyday successes and challenges experienced by school communities, and key to the work we do as a Board. On behalf of Thames Valley District School Board, I want to congratulate the incoming Student Trustees and commend everyone who stepped forward to participate in this important process.”

All three Student Trustees share in the important responsibility of bringing the perspective of Thames Valley students to the Board table. As Co-Chairs of the Student Advisory Council, they meet throughout the year with students across the district to discuss and provide input on issues at the school and system level.

Indigenous Student Trustee Debates & Elections (February 28, 2024)
North Middlesex District High School student Lorissa Westlake has been elected as Thames Valley District School Board’s next Indigenous Student Trustee.
 
Student Trustees have the same opportunities to participate in meetings and committees with municipally elected Trustees; however, their votes are non-binding.  
 
The Indigenous Student Trustee shares in the important responsibility of bringing the perspective of Thames Valley students to the Board table. Additionally, the Indigenous Student Trustee advocates for their First Nations, Métis, and Inuit peers.
 
First Nation Trustee Carol Antone was present at the election on Wednesday to reaffirm the importance of the role.
 
"Each Indigenous Student Trustee plays a crucial, leadership role for Thames Valley and in supporting First Nations, Métis, and Inuit students. Thames Valley is grateful to Lorissa for their commitment. I look forward to working with them to strengthen a respectful relationship between the board and the Indigenous students and community," said First Nation Trustee Antone.
 
In their election speech, Lorissa also spoke to the importance of the position of Indigenous Student Trustee: "This position shows the type of advocacy and work of Indigenous communities in order to be recognized and heard." 
 
In addition, they spoke to the goal of "achieving a welcoming and inclusive environment in schools in Thames Valley".
 
Lorissa is the eighth Indigenous Student Trustee since Thames Valley introduced the role in 2017-2018. Thames Valley was among the first school boards in Canada to establish this position to be inclusive of Indigenous voices and perspectives.

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:
savrup.saran@tvdsb.ca


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:
f.nicholas@tvdsb.ca 



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:
j.anan@tvdsb.ca

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