We are pleased to announce that Cameron Johnson from Stratford Central Secondary School has been selected to represent Avon Maitland at the 2017-18 Minister’s Student Advisory Council.
The Minister’s Student Advisory Council (MSAC) is a group of approximately 60 students from all parts of the publicly funded education system and regions of the province.
These students share their ideas and provide advice to the minister on a variety of topics regarding Ontario’s publicly-funded education system. MSAC is a place where students have a voice and where they will be heard.
The following is the letter addressed to our Director from Mitzie Hunter, Minister of Education
Dear Lisa Walsh,
Thank you for supporting the students at your schools who applied for the 2017-18 Minister’s Student Advisory Council. I appreciate the leadership and initiative that these students have shown and want you to know that their efforts are recognized and valued by the ministry and by me.
There were over 480 applications this year, which made it difficult to choose 60 students representing Ontario’s great cultural, social, economic and geographic diversity. After carefully considering the candidates and allowing for balanced representation on the council, selections have now been made. I have written to all students who have applied. The principal of each successful applicant also receives a copy of the letter sent to the student.
I value the enthusiasm and commitment of all students who applied for the council.
I am pleased to inform you that Cameron Johnson at Stratford Central Secondary School was selected from your district school board.
Students who serve on the Minister’s Advisory Council meet with me twice during their one-year term. Additional opportunities are available to interested students between the months of September and May in the 2017-18 school year. The council may form sub-committees on topics of interest to them, work collaboratively to prepare a report of recommendations and may be invited to participate in other student forums, events or conferences to discuss student-related issues.
The council also:
Provides the ministry with ongoing student perspectives, recommendations and consultations on the Ministry of Education’s policies, programs and practices
Provides advice and feedback on the ministry’s student engagement activities
Joins a network of MSAC alumni and provides support for members of future councils.
Please accept my sincere thanks and extend it to all the principals, teachers and staff in your schools who supported these students who applied.
Mitzie Hunter, MBA
Minister of Education