This fall, Hannah is attending the University of Western Ontario to study International Relations after graduating Suma Cum Laude from Westdale Secondary in the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board. Over the past two years, she has served as a two-term student trustee for the Hamilton Wentworth District School Board. As part of her responsibilities entering her second term as a student trustee, she served as the 2015-2016 Operations Officer for the Ontario Student Trustee’s Association – l’association eleves counsellor de l’ontario.
Throughout her high school career Hannah has had a passion for youth advocacy in Ontario’s education system, as well as in her own community of Hamilton. She has been a member of the Minister of Education’s Student Advisory Council; where she had a number of opportunities to speak with the Minister of Education on behalf of her peers about Ontario’s education system. She started a youth advisory council for the past mayor of Hamilton; to provide a platform for youth in Hamilton to advocate about their needs and wants in the community. She has received multiple Ministry of Education Speak Up grants on different projects that have helped transition students into high school. She has also graduated from the Asper Foundation Human Rights and Genocide program. In her free time, she enjoys being involved in her school community; which she plans to continue throughout university.
As a Student Trustee, she was able to ensure that student consultations on Board policy became a more consistent process. This had an impact on HWDSB’s new strategic directions, as well as student engagement and transitions reporting.
While working on OSTA-AECO’s Executive Council she helped to ensure that committee’s could see out their initiatives including; a province wide student voice survey, the creation of a student trustee handbook and provincial awards for student voice.
This year Hannah is very excited to take on the role of Chief Executive Officer for the Ontario Student Trustees’ Association – l’association eleves counsellor de l’ontario. The education sector in Ontario is constantly developing as the government attempts to work with educators to create the best learning environments for students. The incoming Executive of OSTA AECO will play an important role in this development and deliver the voice of students from across the province to the Ministry of Education.