Nicolas Bottger is a grade 12 student at Father Bressani Catholic High School, in Vaughan, Ontario. He is a two-term Student Trustee at the York Catholic District School Board, where he will be serving his second term. He was elected in April of 2015, and was officially inaugurated at the board table in August of the same year. In his role, Nicolas represents over 55 000 students in the board, from elementary to secondary school.
Nicolas has been heavily involved in his school, partaking in his Student Council, Presidents’ Council, and even started his school’s DECA Chapter. In 2014, he was very fortunate to have been selected as a Junior Team Canada Youth Ambassador to Global Vision’s Trade Mission to China, where he promoted local industries as he aimed to represent the Canadian mining sector. In his first term as Student Trustee, Nicolas was a key member in the planning and organization of conferences for the students of the YCDSB, promoting awareness and providing solutions for the issues affecting youth. He has also had a prominent voice in the running of leadership conferences, and is on the planning committee for the Ontario Catholic Student Leadership Conference which is being hosted by the YCDSB in April of 2017.
For Nicolas, determination, passion, and efficiency achieve goals that make a lasting impact. He encourages everyone to get involved in their community, doing things not for merit, but for the love of doing them. Having been born in Peru, he has seen the many struggles that the less fortunate have had in not only in household economics, but the effects it has had in childhood education, health, and overall state of wellbeing. Living in the USA for 6 years, and more than 7 in Canada, he has learned the power a proper education has on a populous, and the everlasting effects it has on youth. If you can make a difference in a child’s life, you can make a difference in the world.
Throughout his time in the USA and Canada, Nicolas became in love with Catholic Education, as it is now part of who he is and what he stands for. He acknowledges how fortunate he, and hundreds of thousands of other students are to be part of a system that encompass their faith, morals, and values with the education they receive every day.
As president of the Catholic Board Council, Nicolas hopes to focus on the inclusivity of Catholicism and the promotion of love within the Church for all people. He knows that together, in unity, anything is possible. Excited to be part of the executive council of OSTA-AECO, he looks forward to the many initiatives being planned for the coming school year.