Manuela Zapata is a grade 12 student at St. Thomas Aquinas CHS in Oakville, Ontario and her second year as a student trustee representing the students of the Halton Catholic District School Board. She is excited and ready to have been elected the Vice President of the Catholic Board Council, of OSTA-AECO for the 2016-2017 term and cannot wait to serve the Catholic students of Ontario.

Throughout her first term as Student Trustee, Manuela was a key member in helping to plan and organize conferences for the students of the HCDSB, with the hope of creating and promoting unity among students. Manuela is passionate about raising awareness for mental health, and is honoured to have played a role in planning the annual Bullying Prevention Gala for her board. Becoming a Student Trustee has changed Manuela’s life for the better, and she is constantly in amazement at the power of students, and what the student voice is truly capable of.

Manuela has always believed that hard work, dedication and determination can help you to achieve your goals! She strives to be a leader in her school community, and a strong, comforting voice to her peers. Manuela is an active member of her schools Student Council, and Best Buddies club, which is a club aimed at connecting students with intellectual disabilities to their school community.

Catholic Education has helped Manuela define who she is and what she stands for. It has been incredible to grow up in an education system that encompasses her faith and morals each day. She looks forward to serving the Catholic students of Ontario, and is thankful for the opportunity to do so.
She is an aspiring medical student and loves to study the human body and how it works. A strong source of joy for Manuela, is the knowledge and skills she has learned through volunteering at The Hospital For Sick Children. She also loves to play volleyball, watch movies, and spend time with her family and friends!