Don’t Forget: Student Trustee Candidate applications for the 2023-24 school year are open!

Student Trustee Candidate Applications Open

The Waterloo Region District School Board (WRDSB) is looking for our 2023-24 Student Trustees. Learn more about how to Become a Student Trustee.

What is a Student Trustee?

They represent the more than 64,000 WRDSB students at the Board table and at various committees. They ensure student voice and perspective are considered in all important decisions.

The current Student Trustee term ends on July 31, 2023, and secondary students will elect two students to take on these roles.

Who Can Apply?

All applications must be received before 4:30 p.m. on Friday, January 20, 2023.

  • A student trustee must be enrolled as a full-time student (taking at least 3.0 credits per semester or 6 credits in a non-semestered program)
  • Must be a Grade 11 or 12 student in a WRDSB high school when starting the role.
    • Please note: Grade 10, 11 and 12 students can apply, but Grade 10 students must be entering Grade 11 the year they take on the role
  • Have secured parent/guardian permission if they are under 18 years of age
  • A student would also be eligible as an exceptional pupil in a special education program for whom the Board has reduced the length of the instructional program on each school day, under subsection 3 (3) of Regulation 298 of the Revised Regulations of Ontario, 1990 (Operation of
  • Schools – General) made under the Act, so long as the pupil would be a full-time pupil if the program had not been reduced. O. Reg. 42/11, s. 1.

Visit the WRDSB website to learn more about how to Become a Student Trustee.

What Do I Need to Apply?

Each student must provide a completed application that includes the following:

  • Completed Student Trustee Election Student Participation Consent Form, if the candidate is under the age of 18
  • Completed IS-19L Student Media Release Consent Form submitted with your application
  • Confirmation that they have notified their principal or vice-principal that they intend to run for Student Trustee
  • Candidate Biography (250 word limit)
    • Your biography should include your name, school and grade, and any experience relevant to the role of student trustee.
  • Candidate Video and Script (3 minute limit)
    • Submit a video responding to the prompt provided during the Student Trustee Pre-Election Seminar. (Watch the Recording)
    • Your video must be completed in a single take, with no additional editing (i.e. text or animation)
    • You must also include a script of what is said in the video, to assist with the creation of subtitles for your video (As either a Google Doc or Word Document)

Please note: a Candidate Review Panel will review submissions for completeness and create a final list of candidates.

New This Year – Ridings, Campaign and Elections

North and South Ridings

Secondary schools have been divided into two geographical ridings: North and South. Each will elect one Student Trustee candidate from their riding.

Read more about the ridings on the Become a Student Trustee web page.

Campaign and Elections

Student Trustee Elections this year will feature a campaign period, during which the campaign materials from each candidate will be made available to the student electorate at each school within their riding through the WRDSB website.

The election period will take place at each school over the course of a three day period from February 21 to 24, 2023. Schools will choose which of these days they will use for their respective elections.

Read more about the campaign and elections on the Become a Student Trustee web page.

Interested in Applying?

Visit our website to learn more about the responsibilities, application requirements, selection process, and how to apply. All applications must be received before 4:30 p.m. on Friday, January 20, 2023.


For any questions, please contact one of our Student Trustee Mentors, Joanne Weston or Kathleen Woodcock.