Shams Mehdi is a grade 12 Extended French student at Leaside High School in Toronto, ON and is currently in his first year as Student Trustee of the Toronto District School Board. Shams has been very involved with student advocacy and is very passionate about the issues and concerns of all students.

Shams has been apart of the Toronto District School Board Student Senate since he was in grade 7. He has held positions such as Grade 7/8 representative, Area Co-Chair and Vice President. This year Shams was elected as the first two-term Student Trustee of the TDSB. Shams has also taken part in two Ministry of Education think tanks on the Civics and Careers curriculum.

Outside of school, Shams has been apart of the Army Cadet program for the past four years, achieving the Gold Medallion of the Basic DNC course at CSTC Blackdown. Shams has also been involved with the Sears Drama festival as the director of his school’s play. He was also given the District Award of Merit for his direction on the play. He’s also heavily involved within his community through volunteering for local food banks and fundraising events.

Shams is very excited for his role as Public Board Council President for OSTA-AECO. He is excited to be working alongside his colleagues on the Executive Council as well as the Public Board Council Cabinet.