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What is student senate?


What is student senate?

Information regarding the 2018-19 Student Trustee position is now available here

What is Student Senate?

We're a group of passionate leaders from public schools across the Halton District School Board. We meet once a month to provide the student perspective on board issues and to voice the questions and concerns of Halton students. The Student Trustees relay these perspectives to the Board of Trustees to ensure that students are being represented. Each year, we also organize and run the Halton Youth Leadership Symposium, a conference for Halton students. 

Watch our video here:

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Student Trustees

Student Trustees

  Student Trustee Connor Clark

Student Trustee Connor Clark

Connor Clark


Connor Clark is a grade 12 student at Nelson High School in Burlington. He was elected as one of the two Student Trustees in the Halton District School Board in April 2018 for the 2018/2019 school year. Connor was appointed the head of the Nelson Student Council in grade 10, a position he held for two years. In this position, Connor led the creation of a permanent Student Council at Nelson High School through writing a Constitution. Alongside his appointment to the Student Council, Connor began to represent Nelson to the Student Senate, later being assigned to the portfolio of Burlington Regional Director, representing all Burlington students to the Student Senate. Being very politically active, Connor serves as an Executive in a provincial political party youth association. Connor has a passion for representing youth province-wide. In his spare time, Connor enjoys music, swimming, and skiing.

Kevin Meng


Kevin Meng is a grade 12 student at White Oaks Secondary School in Oakville.



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Join Us

Join Us

To join the HDSB Student Senate, students must be in grades 7 to 12 in a Halton District School Board school. In early September, all school principals will receive a letter inviting them to select one Student Senator per elementary school or two Student Senators per secondary school. It is up to each school to select their Senators. The letter to principals will contain all necessary information for Student Senators, including the pre-set meeting dates. 

Senate meets once a month at the J.W. Singleton Education Centre in Burlington (2050 Guelph Line, Burlington). Consistent attendance is critical. With the exception of the first meeting, elementary is from 6-8 pm, secondary is from 7-9 pm, and the 7-8 pm portion is for both (and pizza is served during this time). Please see the meeting dates listed below. 


Tuesday, September 26th, 2016

Tuesday, October 17th, 2016

Tuesday, November 14th, 2016

Tuesday, December 12th, 2017

Tuesday, January 16th, 2017

Tuesday, February 20th, 2017

Tuesday, March 20th, 2017

Tuesday, April 10th, 2017

TBD (Late April) - ELECTION!


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How do I join Student Senate?

In early September, the Student Trustees will send a letter to all HDSB principals indicating that each school is to select its senators (1 per elementary school, 2 per secondary school). Each school has its own method of selecting Senators, but the most common approach is to put out an announcement inviting any student to express their interest. If a school does not announce the opening for the Senate position, we would recommend the student schedule a meeting with the principal to express their interest. If this is not possible or if you have any questions/concerns about the selection process, then please email Connor at 

Who can be a student senator?

Any student from Grades 7 to 12 who currently attends a school in the HDSB can apply/be selected.

Do I have to be in Student Council to be in Student Senate?

Nope! Student Senate offers the opportunity for all students. If you're passionate about making a difference in your school and community, we want to hear from you! 

I have problems getting to Burlington for the meetings. What should I do?

Please contact Connor at so we can work out accommodations for you.

Do we have to bring our own dinner?

No. Pizza of several varieties are supplied! Please contact Connor at if you have any dietary restrictions.

What is HYLS?

The Halton Youth Leadership Symposium (HYLS) is the conference the Student Senate puts on every year. Watch for conference details in Spring 2018.


All Senate meetings are on Tuesday evenings. See the specific dates here. 

What happens at Senate Meetings?

It varies every meeting but generally...

  1. Discussion of relevant issues
  2. Guest speakers
  3. Working on projects
  4. Eating pizza :)

Read the minutes of our past meetings here

Who runs the Student Senate?

HDSB’s two Student Trustees Connor Clark and Kevin Meng and their executive team. To read more about Connor and Kevin, click here.

What is a Student Trustee?

A Student Trustee represents students at the board table. His or her job consists of three main parts:

  1. Running Student Senate
  2. Attending Board Meetings
  3. Attending the Ontario Student Trustee Association’s (OSTA-AECO) conferences, as well as being an active member of the organization

To learn more about being a Student Trustee or OSTA-AECO, please visit


All details are here.

The date of the election for the 2018-19 school year is TBD. 

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Contact us

Contact us

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