Student Trustees


A Student Trustee is a representative of the students in their board at the board table. In this case, they are the representatives of the Halton District School Board. They vocalize the opinions of the students and strive to make change using the student voice. There are three main responsibilities for Student Trustees:

  1. Running Student Senate (once a month from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.)

  2. Attending Board Meetings (twice a month from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.)

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

Student Trustees have two seats on the Halton District School Board. These students provide the student voice on issues at Board meetings, Board events, conferences and much more. Student Trustees also chair the Halton District School Board Student Senate composed of students from schools across Halton. As representatives of the region's student voice, Student Trustees can become members of the Ontario Student Trustee's Association (OSTA)​. OSTA enables students to provide input on Ontario youth needs to those who set up the education mandate.

Ethan Ruggiero

Ethan Ruggiero is a grade 12 student at Dr Frank J Hayden Secondary School. This is Ethan’s first term as a Student Trustee for the HDSB. Prior to being elected Student Trustee, Ethan served a term as student senator, was appointed Senate Regional Director for Burlington and served on the HDSB Indigenous Subcommittee. As Student Trustee, he eagerly anticipates working with the next generation of leaders to find innovative solutions to address the challenges students face within our board. In Ethan’s free time, you can find him leading school clubs, sitting on advisory boards, heading to the nearest jazz festival or playing trumpet. He is always accessible to connect with students on Instagram @ethanruggiero_hdsb or through email

Cindy Wang

Cindy Wang is a grade 12 student at Oakville Trafalgar High School and a first-term HDSB Student Trustee. Prior to being elected, Cindy served as a Secondary student senator for a year and as the Secondary representative on the Mental Health Advisory Team for a year. As a Student Trustee, she hopes to empower student voice as a means to ensure positive educational experiences for all. In her free time, you can find Cindy running school clubs, writing, or finding a new TV show to cry over. She is always happy to connect with students on Instagram @cindy.hdsb or through email