The York Catholic District School Board is proud to announce that Matthew Ho, a Grade 11 student from St. Theresa of Lisieux Catholic High School in Richmond Hill is the Board’s new Junior Student Trustee for the 2018-19 school year.
Matthew strives for the best and participates extensively in his school community. Previously in high school, Matthew competed on his school’s rugby 15’s team and volleyball team and participated on DECA, HOSA, and Student Council. He was the president and co-founder of his school’s 2018 Relay for Life Committee which helped to raise $135,000 for the Canadian Cancer Society.
During the 2018 March Break, Matthew participated in a life-changing missionary trip to Costa Rica. It helped him realize that “no matter how or where it is given, education isn’t just about the subjects, the grades, or the socializing – it’s about community building so students can learn character; a place where students can express relevant thoughts and perspectives. Education encourages students to be the change-making learners that the world needs us to be.”
YCDSB has two student trustees, who represent all York Catholic students at the Board level. Every spring, one new student trustee is elected for a two-year term. Student trustees attend Board meetings and share many of the same rights and responsibilities as the school board trustees who are voted in by the public every four years.
Student trustees may suggest motions at Board meetings and bring student concerns and opinions to the attention of Board members and school board staff. They also have an opportunity to work with other student leaders from throughout YCDSB, and network with their peers from across the province.
Matthew, along with Sophia Trozzo, a Grade 12 student at St. Jean de Brebeuf Catholic High School in Vaughan who serves as YCDSB’s Senior Student Trustee, made this video about what they do and how they can help students across the Board. The video will be shown to all YCDSB high school students this month.