Student council presidents from the board’s seven secondary schools were recognized in a drive-by presentation by a team of well-wishers on June 26.
Assistant Superintendent of Education Julie Angiolillo was joined by teacher-advisors Roberto Lombardi and Jeff Hargot from St. Jean de Brébeuf, Claudia Sambuco from St. Thomas More and Kristina Mazzuca, currently on maternity leave, as they visited the homes of each of the secondary student council presidents whose one-year term of office ends this month.
The seven student council presidents form the HWCDSB Presidents’ Council, which meets monthly to build community, share ideas, choose a common fundraiser for students to support, and represent the students – through their elected student trustee Maddie Troisi – at regular meetings of the Board of Trustees.
The students received a plaque from the Director of Education, a lawn sign and a personalized mug filled with chocolates. The plaque, which commemorates their leadership and service, is traditionally presented to the secondary presidents by the Director at a lunch in their honour.
“Every year our student council presidents provide essential leadership in their schools and bring the voice of students across the Board to help us as we make decisions,” said Director of Education David Hansen in a special message to the council members.
“This year we have been able to watch as these seven incredible leaders brought spirit and hope to their school communities despite all of the challenges of the school year. We cannot be prouder of their achievement and thank them for all they have done. Without a doubt, their futures shine brightly before them and we wish them every blessing.”
Angiolillo, whose academic portfolio includes oversight of the presidents’ council, added that each year the students exceed expectations.
“I have been blessed to see our youth come together for a common purpose: to support Catholic education and to form a bond with one another,” she expanded. “There is great love, faith and hope in all they do for the common good.”
She added that their insights are always important but especially in times of challenge and change.
“Listening to our youth is critical and keeps me grounded to the voice, energy and goodness that they so willingly and selflessly share.”
“Our world is in great hands as all the presidents and the students they represent have and will continue to serve the common good,” said Angiolillo.
Thank you, student leaders, for your service.Presidents' Council 2019-2020:
Rebecca White, Bishop Ryan CSS
Hudson Lucier, Bishop Tonnos CSS
Josh Bellavia, Cathedral HS
Madelyn Troisi, St. Jean de Brébeuf CSS (Student Trustee)
Joey Bruccoleri, St. John Henry Newman CSS
Brooke Murphy, St. Mary CSS
Mary Odisho, St. Thomas More CSS