Haliburton student elected trustee


Published May 17 2016

The Trillium Lakelands District School Board student trustee for the 2016-2017 school year was elected by G7 Student Senate members at the G7 Student Leadership Conference on April 29.

Carmen Galea – a Grade 11 student from Haliburton Highlands Secondary School – has now stepped into the role formerly held by 2015 to 2016 student trustee Sam Koop from Huntsville High School.

“I’m very excited to work with students and staff from across TLDSB as well as Ontario” says Carmen.

“Hearing ideas concerns and opinions from different perspectives is something I’m passionate about. I really felt the support and love from my family and friends in running for this position and look forward to making them all proud.”

Carmen is active in her school community – she is a co-captain of her school’s varsity girls’ rugby team and has been a representative on student government since the ninth grade. Carmen also enjoys her role on the dance committee at school and has supported youth engagement by organizing Mental Health Week. After graduation she would like to pursue university studies for political science and history and travel as much as possible.

“We’re pleased to welcome Carmen as the new 2016 to 2017 student trustee” says Louise Clodd chairwoman of the board. “Student voice permeates all levels of our work together and we look forward to hearing the G7 Student Senate reports detailing their priorities and perspectives.”

“We’ve been very fortunate to have forward-thinking students contribute to board meeting discussions” says Larry Hope director of education. “We are confident that Carmen will represent student voice at the board table and help to shape the future of education in Trillium Lakelands District School Board.”

The G7 Student Senate is comprised of one student elected from each TLDSB secondary school. The team meets regularly to discuss challenges and achievements at each of the schools as well as plan events throughout the school year. The student trustee then compiles all information and reports to school board meetings and to the Ontario Student Trustee Association.