Sam KoopLINDSAY, ON – The Trillium Lakelands District School Board student trustee for the 2015-2016 school year was elected by G7 Student Senate members at the G7 Student Leadership Conference on April 24, 2015. Sam Koop – a grade 11 student from Huntsville High School – has now stepped into the role, formerly held by 2014 – 2015 student trustee Brigid Goulem from IE Weldon Secondary School.

“Honestly, I was a little surprised when I heard that I was elected,” says Sam. “I felt humbled that my peers trusted me enough to elect me for this position. I’m excited to represent the concerns and celebrations of my peers in an effective manner.”

Sam has been a part of student parliament every year at Huntsville High School and has most recently held the role of Deputy Prime Minister. He has also held positions on the basketball, volleyball, and track and field teams. After graduation, Sam plans to pursue a pre-med or biochemistry program in hope of one day specializing in cardio surgery or neurosurgery.

“It’s always exciting to welcome our incoming student trustee to the board table,” says Larry Hope, Director of Education. “Sam’s role will be to represent the G7 Student Senate and provide student voice to the school board. This contribution will help craft the future of education, and will certainly be invaluable to Trillium Lakelands District School Board.”

“We’re pleased to welcome Sam as the new 2015 – 2016 Student Trustee,” says Louise Clodd, Chair of the Board. “We look forward to hearing the G7 Student Senate reports throughout the year, as well as Sam’s contribution to discussions at the board table.”

The G7 Student Senate is comprised of one student elected from each TLDSB secondary school. The team meets regularly to discuss issues, challenges, and achievements at each of the schools. The student trustee then compiles all information and brings a student perspective to school board meetings and to the Ontario Student Trustee Association (OSTA-AECO).

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