Connor Webster is a grade 12 student attending Fellowes High School in Pembroke, Ontario. He is currently serving his second year as a two-term student trustee for the Renfrew County District School Board and is extremely excited to enter the 2016-2017 academic year serving in the role of Professional Development Officer for the Ontario Student Trustees’ Association –  l’association eleves counsellor de l’ontario.

Connor hopes to bring his unique insight of the educational issues faced in rural, northeastern Ontario to the OSTA-AECO executive team. Connor strives to serve as a leader for his peers, exemplifying a character of intelligence, passion, and perseverance and raised on small-town values of hard work and pragmatism. As Professional Development Officer, he aims for an unforeseen level of conference organization and efficiency, and hopes to oversee exceptional professional development for every student trustee in the province. Conference success ultimately rests in his paramount objective- positive reception and valued experiences.

In his first full year as student trustee, Connor aimed to foster an environment of equality and acceptance for every student in the RCDSB; promoting safety and inclusivity to ultimately benefit student well-being and student achievement. He worked closely alongside the Renfrew County District School Board’s Student Success and Mental Health team leads to plan the first ever Renfrew County Youth and Educator’s Forum on Inclusion, a conference which served to cultivate, and celebrate LGBTQ+ culture in every RCDSB secondary school. An outspoken advocate for mental health support and positive well-being within school communities, Connor sought board-wide student involvement throughout National Mental Health Week. He enters his second year as student trustee advocating for the formation of the Renfrew County District School Board’s first ever Student Senate, to affirm the importance and impact student voice possesses at the board level through collaborative and insightful student governance. He is excited to work alongside his co-student trustee for the 2016-2017 academic year, Nicholas Edge.

Connor has maintained a role on student council throughout his time in high school and is an active leader in school athletics. A memberof the soccer team since ninth grade, he captained Fellowes to a silver medal at the Eastern Ontario Secondary School Athletic Association finals in 2015. He was also a member of the junior boys basketball team for his first two seasons in high school. In his free time Connor enjoys organized sports outside of school and spending time with friends and family. Raised in a community on the banks of the Ottawa River, he can’t imagine a better locale in the world, and a more beautiful place to spend any month of the year. After high school he plans on studying commerce and international law.