WHAT IS STUDENT SENATE?

We're a group of passionate leaders from public schools across the Halton District School Board. We meet once a month to provide the student perspective on board issues and to voice the questions and concerns of Halton students. The Student Trustees relay these perspectives to the Board of Trustees to ensure that students are being represented. Each year, we also organize and run the Halton Youth Leadership Symposium, a conference for Halton students.

OUR STUDENT TRUSTEES

EVAN TAYLOR

taylorev@hdsb.ca

Evan Taylor is a Grade 11 student at Milton District Highschool. Evan serves as the Golden Horseshoe Representative for the Ontario Student Trustees' Association meaning he represents the Student Trustees in the Golden Horseshoe region. Evan is a student athlete who plays soccer, basketball, and is an avid runner. Evan also has a little brother at Sam Sherratt Public School. He is looking forward to working with all of the senators this year to help make the HDSB a better place to learn and grow.

VANDY WIDYALANKARA

widyalankarv@hdsb.ca

Vandy Widyalankara is a Grade 11 student at White Oaks Secondary School. Vandy serves as Co-Chair of the Advocacy Working Group for the Ontario Student Trustees' Association (OSTA). Prior to being elected Student Trustee, Vandy served as an Elementary student senator for 1 year and as a Secondary student senator for 2 years. She is very passionate about empowering students and encourages students to get involved within their school community. In her free time, Vandy enjoys binging Netflix shows and creative writing. She is always happy to connect with students @vandyhdsb on Instagram or through email widyalankarv@hdsb.ca.

JOIN US


To join the HDSB Student Senate, students must be in grades 7 to 12 in a Halton District School Board school. In early September, all school principals receive a letter inviting them to select 1 Student Senator per elementary school or 2 Student Senators per secondary school (*if your school exceeds a student population of 1500, principals may select 3 Student Senators). It is up to each school to select their Senators. The letter to principals will contain all necessary information for Student Senators, including the pre-set meeting dates.

Senate meets once a month virtually. Consistent attendance is critical. Meetings shall be held virtually from 6 - 9 PM for all senators.

FAQ

HOW DO I JOIN STUDENT SENATE?

In early September, the Student Trustees send a letter to all HDSB principals indicating that each school is to select its senators (1 per elementary school, 2 per secondary school). Each school has its own method of selecting Senators, but the most common approach is to put out an announcement inviting any student to express their interest. If a school does not announce the opening for the Senate position, we would recommend the student schedule a meeting with the principal to express their interest. If this is not possible or if you have any questions/concerns about the selection process, then please email Vandy at widyalankarv@hdsb.ca or Evan at taylorev@hdsb.ca

WHO CAN BE A STUDENT SENATOR?

Any student from Grades 7 to 12 who currently attends a school in the HDSB can apply/be selected.

DO I HAVE TO BE IN STUDENT COUNCIL TO BE IN STUDENT SENATE?

Nope! Student Senate offers the opportunity for all students. If you're passionate about making a difference in your school and community, we want to hear from you!

WHAT IS HYLS?

The Halton Youth Leadership Symposium (HYLS) is the conference the Student Senate puts on every year. Watch for conference details in Spring 2021.

Click here for more information.

WHEN ARE SENATE MEETINGS?

All Senate meetings are on Tuesday evenings every month. See the specific dates here.

WHAT HAPPENS AT SENATE MEETINGS?

It varies every meeting but generally...

  • Discussion of relevant issues

  • Guest speakers

  • Working on projects

  • Having fun :)

Read the minutes of our past meetings here.

WHO RUNS THE STUDENT SENATE?

HDSB’s two Student Trustees Vandy Widyalankara and Evan Taylor and their executive team. To learn more about Vandy and Evan, click here.

WHAT IS A STUDENT TRUSTEE?

A Student Trustee represents students at the board table. Their job consists of three main parts:

  • Running Student Senate

  • Attending Board Meetings

  • Attending the Ontario Student Trustee Association’s (OSTA-AECO) conferences, as well as being an active member of the organization

To learn more about being a Student Trustee or OSTA-AECO, please visit OSTA-AECO.

HOW CAN I BECOME A STUDENT TRUSTEE?

All details are here.