IE Weldon Secondary School student, Chase Woon, has been chosen to be a member of the Minister of Education’s Student Advisory Council. Every year, one or two students are chosen from each school board across Ontario to be a part of the council – there are 62 council members this year. All members will have an opportunity to share their ideas and concerns directly with Ontario’s Minister of Education, Liz Sandals.

Chase is eager to bring her ideas forward and learn how she can make a difference in the education system. She is hoping to bring three areas of focus to Education Minister Liz Sandal’s attention: introducing LGBTQ into curriculum, eliminating the stigma of mental health issues, and encouraging students to become involved in extra-curricular activities.

It isn’t surprising that Chase applied to be a member of the Minister’s Student Advisory Council. She lives an active lifestyle in and out of school and likes to get involved in as much as she can. She is currently finishing her role as the G7 Student Senate representative from IE Weldon Secondary School, is the leader of her school’s Gay Straight Alliance (GSA), and has been elected to be her School Council’s deputy premiere next year. Outside of school, Chase has completed her 6th year of dance at Premiere Studio of Dance in Peterborough, and is currently working at the Boys and Girls Club Kawartha Lakes and McDonalds.

Chase is looking forward to her new and very important role as a member of the Minister’s Student Advisory Council and is excited to share her ideas with like-minded people.

The Minister’s Student Advisory Council shares their ideas and advice with the Minister of Education on how to ensure Ontario’s schools remain the best in the world. The council is about empowering youth to ‘be the change.’ Council members think big, SpeakUp and take action to help other students across the province. They share perspectives and act as change agents by expressing their views directly to the Minister of Education. For more information visit www.edu.gov.on.ca