For the second time in three years, a student from the Huron-Superior Catholic District School Board (HSCDSB) has been selected to participate in the Minister’s Student Advisory Council (MSAC).
Sarah Laurin, a Grade 8 student at St. Theresa Catholic School in Sault Ste. Marie, was one of sixty students in Grades 7 to 12 chosen from 600 applicants across Ontario to be named to the MSAC. The Minster’s Student Advisory Council is a component of the Speak Up program, which is designed to give students a voice in the education system.
“I couldn’t believe it. It’s such an honour to share my own ideas on education and the ideas of my school and hopefully make a change in education,” said Sarah.
“I am extremely proud and excited for Sarah on her appointment to the MSAC. She is a testament to the strength of Catholic education and the dedicated efforts of the teachers and staff here at St. Theresa. We know that she will articulate the concerns and ideas of her peers so the needs of all learners can be addressed,” said Wayne Greco, Sarah’s teacher.
The MSAC meets twice as an entire group during each term and virtual council meetings take place throughout the school year. Members are encouraged to give student perspectives on educational issues and policies and give feedback on Ministry of Education student engagement activities and communications strategies.
“I hope to speak on behalf of all students, but especially students with learning exceptionalities. All students can learn, but each needs to learn in their own way,” said Sarah.
“Sarah fills us with pride and joy as she blossoms into the role of a strong Catholic advocate in pursuit of making a difference in a positive manner. Using the skills acquired throughout her Catholic education, Sarah will represent students in a powerful, Christ-centered manner. We wish her great success and a fun-filled experience,” said St. Theresa Principal, Linda Pozzebon.
“This is a great example of the proactive learning atmosphere that is being cultivated in our schools. Sarah’s appointment to the Minister’s Student Advisory Council confirms that, in our work today, we are indeed creating the Catholic leaders of tomorrow,” said HSCDSB Director of Education, John Stadnyk.
Sarah has already begun her term on the MSAC, having participated in the council’s first meeting earlier this month in Toronto.