Two Grade 11 students, Sultan Alimzhanov of Oakville and Shrena Sribalan of Milton, have been elected into the Halton School Board through an on-line and in-person election which took place recently.
Over 2,500 students voted for 23 candidates contesting for the two student trustee positions.
While reacting to the election, Alimzhanov, a student of Abbey Park High School, said: “Being elected as one of the successful candidates to represent over 66,000 students in our board has been an unparalleled experience.
“I feel a great sense of excitement and anticipation for the work Shrena and I will be able to contribute to enhancing HDSB in the upcoming school year.
“I am deeply grateful to my friends, family and teachers who have provided unwavering support throughout this journey. I am honoured and grateful to all the students in the HDSB who placed their trust in me to safeguard their interests.”
After she watched her predecessors raise student concerns and attain immense heights at the board level, Sribalan is happy to see where the role takes her.
Sribalan, a student at Craig Kielburger Secondary School said: “Ever since I first heard about the Student Trustee role in elementary school, I instantly fell in love with the opportunity to lead change in the HDSB.
“After years of involving myself in the HDSB Student Senate initiatives and hearing the voices and concerns of hundreds of students, I can’t express in words how humbled, grateful and honoured I am that my dream has come true.
“I’m unbelievably excited to work with Sultan, board members and most importantly, the students to ensure the HDSB is always striving to support every student in reaching their potential throughout their schooling and beyond.”
According to Halton District School Board Chair, Margo Shuttleworth, a student voice on the board is greatly valued.
Shuttleworth said: “A Student Trustee is a representative of the students at the board table, they vocalize the opinions of the students and strive to make change.
“We are excited to welcome Sultan and Shrena to the Board table, and we know they will respectfully and equitably represent their fellow students with passion and excitement.
“The Board of Trustees look forward to working alongside our new Student Trustees in making positive change happen in Halton.”
The new term of office officially starts on August 1, 2023.
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