Calling her a great ambassador for Cathedral High School and the entire school system, Chairperson Patrick Daly publicly recognized Student Trustee Melaina Malcew at the June 4th Board Meeting for her tremendous contribution to the work of the Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board.
Melaina, a Grade 12 student and Student Council President at Cathedral High School, was elected Student Trustee by members of the Presidents’ Council to represent the board’s 28,000 students on the Board of Trustees for the 2018-2019 school year. The role is a non-voting position required by law under Ontario Regulation 7/07 of the Education Act.
“We’ve been blessed over the years with a number of outstanding young men and women, and this year is no different,” said Daly. “I know from seeing Melaina at some provincial events that she has represented us very well with her student colleague trustees across the province.”
Citing just one example, he lauded her leadership of the board’s recent Toonies for Tuition campaign which, in one day, raised $29,500 to provide tuition assistance to Catholic students in unfunded provinces.
He thanked her for her service and commitment of the past year, noting that it takes a great deal of sacrifice in addition to being student council president, obtaining high academics and other school involvements.
“I am honoured to be elected to represent the students of this board,” Melaina thanked the board in turn. “It’s a wonderful opportunity that I couldn’t have imagined would have happened.”
Melaina will be succeeded by Maddie Troisi, a Grade 11 student at St. Jean de Brébeuf Catholic Secondary School who will serve as Student Trustee for 2019-2020.