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Greater Essex County District School Board
Building Tomorrow Together
2020-21 Student Trustees

The GECDSB has selected 2 new Student Trustees to serve on the Board of Trustees for the 2020-21 school year and chair the Board's Student Senate. Their term will begin August 1, 2020.

Arabella Soave.jpgArabella Soave, a Grade 12 student at Walkerville Collegiate Institute, is an enthusiastic and dedicated leader who strives to ensure that students feel safe and valued at school. She is an active member of Walkerville’s Student Council, where she organizes school activities and takes part in the can drive committee. Arabella is also involved in Walkerville’s eco-team and a member of the WCCA wind ensemble.

Within the community, Arabella volunteers part-time, assisting and instructing children’s karate, while continuing her training as a junior black belt. In 2019, she volunteered at a local Mosque teaching young women self-defence during a summer day camp. She also works part-time as a server at a banquet facility. Through her community service and employment, she has learned the importance of a welcoming environment in which everyone is free to be themselves. Arabella looks forward to continuing to advocate for schools to be a safe and positive experience for all students.

​Arabella is excited to meet and collaborate with students across the GECDSB, and to use her leadership skills and passion for student voice, to ensure that students are heard and represented.


Isabel Unger.jpgIsabel Unger is a Grade 12 International Baccalaureate student from Leamington District Secondary School and a leader seeking positive, tangible change and advocacy and opportunity for all students.

Isabel has always been drawn to leadership opportunities. From the time she was in elementary school she has been committed to being a voice for her peers and pursuing ambitious and innovative projects to better her school community. Throughout high school, Isabel has been assertive in seeking out and creating community partnerships , including homework help for the Children’s Aid Society, participation as chairperson of the Leamington Mayor’s Youth Advisory Committee, establishment of a school Coffee Club for ESL students seeking conversational English help, organization of the “SleepingOut at the Bridge” initiative to raise awareness about Leamington youth homelessness and consistent action in her Student Parliament, church and local community.  

​Isabel is passionate about students engaging in not only their neighbourhoods and towns, but with the global community, involving themselves in social and political movements to bring about change. She is devoted to abolishing ignorance and equipping students to be heard in the present and prepared for their futures.