Amal Qayum is a grade 11 student attending Westlane Secondary School in Niagara Falls. Amal is very passionate about student advocacy, as she wholeheartedly believes that students of today will shape the future. She is serving her first term as the first two-year term Student Trustee for the District School Board of Niagara, and is thrilled to be entering the year 2017-2018 as the Professional Development Officer for OSTA-AECO.

Amal has attended schools in three different school boards across Ontario, and has taken part in student government from a very early age. Amal has been a part of student council for 7 years, and has planned numerous events such as Multicultural Night and Mental Wellness Symposiums/initiatives. Outside of school, Amal has spent over 60 hours volunteering, and teaching children how to read/write in Arabic. She has also spent over 70 hours giving free swim lessons to under privileged children, whose families are not able to afford such leisure’s. Amal is an active member within the National Youth Advisory Committee, and has helped the RCMP come up with relevant campaigns to engage youth. She serves as the Student Liaison for the Education Foundation of Niagara, who work tirelessly to provide financial help to the students of DSBN. Amal is also a competitive swimmer, and has placed at OFSAA.

Being an immigrant, Amal is very passionate about providing everyone with equal opportunities, no matter their race/religion or anything that may define them. She knows first hand how hard it is for youth in other countries to be students, which is why she is so passionate about providing education for all. She strongly believes that education is a good place to begin in attempt to fixing several issues that we face in the world today.

Serving as the Professional Development Officer allows Amal to use her passion of planning and providing useful resources to Student Trustees across the province. She is very excited to play a key role in planning three successful conferences for OSTA-AECO in this upcoming year.