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Student Leadership Skills Sharpened

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Students from the Greater Essex County District School Board’s 16 high schools brainstormed, planned and networked at the 5th Annual GECDSB student leadership conference.

The event, organized by the GECDSB Student Senate and by the Student Trustees brought together approximately 275 young adults for day’s program filled with presentations and activities facilitated by a mix of board staff, students and community members.

Former Student Trustee Jessica Mastronardi (below) was just one of the featured guest speakers for the day. She talked about what she would have wanted to know, that would have helped her when she was in high school. There was a demonstration from Sandwich Secondary School’s pep squad, discussion of student voice and Random Act of Kindness Day. Students also had time to plan for events at their individual schools.Jessica cropped.jpg

Director of Education, Erin Kelly addressed the group who, as student leaders will play a vital role in giving future students a voice and work to make their schools a better place through enthusiastic, positive and thoughtful, inclusive leadership.

“Leadership involves risk and leadership takes courage,” said Kelly, “and I marvel at the young leaders we have in our system.”

She reflected on her own experiences telling the students that leadership comes with its challenges, conflicts and even rewards.

 “I hope this conference inspires you to continue to create school spirit, to make a difference for others, and make your school a memorable place for students.” Kelly  also told students to always grow with your learning and expand your understanding.

Kelly closed by saying that seeing all of the students actively involved in this program gives her hope that the future of our schools and the community is in good hands.