Student Trustees Choose New Leadership for 2008-2009



    TORONTO, June 16 /CNW/ - The Ontario Student Trustees' Association is
excited to announce the election of Cody Welton as its incoming president for
the 2008-2009 academic year.
    Mr Welton is the student trustee-elect for the Trillium Lakelands
District School Board and is currently concluding his grade-eleven year at
Lindsay Collegiate and Vocational Institute in Lindsay.
    Trustee-elect Welton looks forward to leading a dynamic group of student
trustees to advance the student vision. He plans to lead studies on the role
of the student trustee at school boards across the province as a follow-up to
changes to the Education Act in 2006, to investigate the role of fees in
extracurricular activities and to strengthen student engagement.
    Mr Welton is a lacrosse and hockey player and hopes to work to improve
students' access to extracurricular activities. A member of his student
council, Trustee-elect Welton served on his school board's student senate this
concluding year and looks forward to leading the diverse interests of
Ontario's students, and consulting for the Ministry of Education on the
student voice.
    The association hosted its annual conference, this year entitled
"Students for Education: Framing Futures", May 29th - June 1st in Toronto. Mr
Welton was elected president from a large range of candidates. Other members
of the incoming executive include current student trustees Lauren Millar,
Jonathan Scott, Emilia Ling, Clemence Emmanuel, Donovan Chong and Diego
Noronha, and newcomers James Dempsey, Riel Warrilow and Ashley McGuire.

    As the largest student stakeholder in Ontario's education system,
OSTA-AECO represents the over 1.9 million students in Ontario education. The
association promotes the unity without conformity of all affiliated student
trustees in order to advance the student vision. Student trustees are youth
representatives elected by their peers to bring the student voice to school
board tables to improve the quality of education across the province.

    Disponible en français.





For further information:

For further information: Jonathan Scott at
director.communications@osta-aeco.org or (705) 795-0548

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