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.