GECDSB Student Trustee Anumita Jain is among the winners of the first ever Ontario Public School Boards' Association and the Public Board Council of OSTA-AECO Ontario Public Student Trustee Scholarship.
This scholarship is based on an outstanding initiative accomplished during the student trustee's term and how the initiative positively impacted the students in their board.
Anumita is a Grade 12 student at Vincent Massey SS. She spearheaded the creation of the Association's Handbook to Menstrual Hygiene Accessibility as co-chair of OSTA-AECO's Student Well-being Working Group to help student trustees in other boards address the inequities in access to menstrual hygiene products in schools. Following the successful production and distribution of the handbook in February, she launched a board-wide consultation of students in Grades 6 to 12 through the Student Senate in March.
After five months of work, on May 19, Anumita brought a motion to the board to ensure menstrual hygiene products would be provided for free in female and gender-neutral washrooms by June 2022, which was unanimously passed by trustees. Anumita will be attending the University of Windsor for a Bachelor degree in Behaviour Cognition and Neuroscience, and plans to attend medical school afterwards.