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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

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Dasha Metropolitansky is a grade 12 student at White Oaks Secondary School in Oakville, Ontario. She was re-elected as a student trustee for the Halton District School Board. Dasha is also the President of the Ontario Student Trustees Association (OSTA-AECO). Before having been elected President, Dasha served as the President of the Public Board Council. At her school, Dasha is the founder and President of the Law and Mock Trial Society - one of the most popular and competitive clubs. Outside of school, Dasha is one of the best high school debaters in the world. Since grade seven, she has competed all over Canada and around the world in countries such as the United States, England, Turkey, and the Czech Republic. Dasha is a Canadian Junior National Champion, two-­time Pan American Champion, and has made the final or won all of the top university tournaments in Canada. Dasha is the youngest debater in history to have been selected for the Canadian national team: she was chosen in grade 8. Since then, she has been a part of the Canadian team at three World Championships in Germany, Singapore and Indonesia. In Germany and Singapore, Canada reached the grand final and placed second overall. In Indonesia, Dasha was ranked the second best high school debater in the world - Canada’s highest individual ranking ever.  Dasha channels her communication and persuasion skills into her passion for student advocacy. She is on the Board of Directors of the Halton Learning Foundation, an incredible local charity which provides emergency funding and subsidies for disadvantaged Halton students. When Dasha isn’t debating, leading a school club, or speaking at an event, you will likely find her watching an episode of Suits or whipping up a killer chocolate cake.




Muqtasid Mansoor is a grade 12 student at Milton District High School. He was elected as one of two Student Trustees for the Halton District School Board in April 2017 for the 2017/2018 school year. Muqtasid also serves at the Provincial level as the co-chair of the Policy Committee within the Ontario Student Trustees’ Association (OSTA-AECO). Muqtasid has always had a passion for student voice and representing his peers. He started off serving as elementary school President in grade 8, moving up to his high school’s Vice Presidency in grade 10; after which he got involved with board-wide student voice initiatives on the Halton Student Senate where he served as his school’s representative in grade 10 and as an executive on the Senate in grade 11, before getting elected as Student Trustee. Outside of school and representing his peers, Muqtasid is a fan of nature, and enjoys engaging in a wide range of outdoor activities such as canoeing, kayaking, hiking and camping.



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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 Dasha 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 Dasha 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 Dasha 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. Elementary is usually from 6pm-8pm and Secondary is usually from 7pm-9pm. 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 Dasha Metropolitansky and Muqtasid Mansoor. To read more about Dasha and Muqtasid 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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