Matthew Burnes is a grade 12 French Immersion student at Oakville Trafalgar High School and one of the two Student Trustees for the Halton District School Board in the 2019/2020 year. In his previous three years of high school, Matthew has pursued many athletic, academic, and humanitarian goals. Matthew has represented both Ontario and Canada in downhill ski racing, is a six-time OFSAA medalist in skiing and rugby, and is a cross-country runner for his school. Matthew has also served on the youth advisory committee of an MP, is an International AP Scholar, a Shad Fellow, and is a top-twenty finisher in the Canadian National Examination of Forensic Sciences. On the side, Matthew has co-founded an environmental NGO that currently works with organizations such as the ORC and the CN tower, and is the Chief Developer of an educational NGO based in France. In the summer of 2019, Matthew became the Student Trustee Representative for the Golden Horseshoe region, comprising 756 000 students and 7.82 million people. Matthew loves video games, skiing, and hanging out with his dog.
Olivia Lau is a Grade 11 student in the International Baccalaureate (IB) Program at White Oaks Secondary School in Oakville. As one of the HDSB Student Trustees, Olivia represents over 64,000 students from 105 schools and acts as an advocate for students at the board table. Olivia served on the HDSB Student Senate in 2017 and has constantly been involved in the community through her school’s HOSA (Future Health Professionals) Chapter as an Executive member, DECA, TechUnder20 Club, Rotary Club, and has been an ambassador for the Junior Economic Club of Toronto and the medical conference “Operation Med School”. She also has a passion for yoga, the dramatic arts, and basketball (as a coach for 2 years), all of which she likes to do in her free time. In the future, she hopes to pursue the medical field, but before the goes off to university, she hopes to travel more to Europe and Asia! Olivia is also a full-time volunteer at HPIC (Health Partners International of Canada) where she packages humanitarian medical kits which are sent abroad.