Carolyn Mahr is a grade 12 student from Clarkson Secondary School in Mississauga, Ontario. She serves as the Student Trustee South for the Peel District School Board (PDSB)— the second largest school board in the country representing over 150 000 students.

Carolyn is involved in various aspects of her community. Within school, she is captain of her field hockey team, facilitates her student council, various well-being initiatives and mentors several groups of junior students. Outside of school, Carolyn works with Syrian families across the Mississauga region to support the transition of immigrating into a foreign country. As a part of her goal to improve youth representation in education, Carolyn is a part PDSB’s Student Senate, also known as the Peel Student Presidents’ Council (PSPC). She is driven to advocate for change in school communities through the power of student voice.

This past summer, Carolyn had the opportunity to represent her country overseas as a part of Global Vision’s Junior Team Canada. She spent a month travelling through China and Hong Kong, where she worked closely with the Canadian Chamber of Commerce and Canadian Consulate. Representing the education and arts and culture sectors, Carolyn used her platform to promote international trade relations. Upon the return of her mission, she built upon the relationships she fostered abroad and established an international exchange program for Chinese students looking to study in Canada.

Within her role as the Vice President of the Public Board Council, Carolyn hopes to promote not just the voices of student trustees, but those of all students across the province. In the future, she hopes to improve the Ontario’s publicly funded education system through student engagement.

When Carolyn isn’t playing field hockey, watching CNN or planning out her next adventure, she can be found dancing in her kitchen baking chocolate chip cookies.