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 Olivia 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 Olivia 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 Olivia 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 2020.


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 Olivia Lau and Matthew Burnes and their executive team. To read more about Matthew and Olivia, 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 2020-21 school year is TBD.