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Student Senate

During a board meeting on April 5, 2016, our Trustees unanimously supported the creation of a Student Senate. Our Student Senate is a group of high school students from across the District who connect with students, staff and the Board of Trustees to discuss ideas and concerns about education, share their diverse perspectives and problem solve together. 


This model was developed by high school leadership students with the support of District staff and builds upon last year’s Student Trustee pilot project. It's a unique opportunity for students to help shape board policy and gain experience in democratic governance.

Each high school can elect or appoint up to two student senate representatives in the spring. The Senate is tasked to reach out to students within their own schools and other District schools nearby to gather and share information.


Every member of the Senate was eligible to submit their name to be elected, by fellow senate members, as one of three Student Trustees representing the Senate at three Edmonton Public Schools’ Board meetings during the 2016-2017 school year.

The following Student Senators were selected by their schools. 


Alberta School for the Deaf Briaunna Burgess-Murray
amiskwaciy Academy  

Nathaniel Davis

Braemar School  Julia Law
Eastglen School

Zachary Flynn
Ariadna Georgina (Gina) Pasaran Ugarte

Edmonton Christian High School

Bethany Snaterse
Jake Thorsteinson

Harry Ainlay School Kirsten Dufour
Jacob Dunn
J. Percy Page School  Jasleen Kang
Gurneet Kaur Mand
Jasper Place School 

Shealane (Shae) Gienow
Mark-Anthony Sharphead

L.Y. Cairns School  Damien Charles Stenerson-Gilliam
Lillian Osborne School Gordon Banh
Fares Mandour
M.E. LaZerte School Michelle Leung
Sumeyye Ozer
McNally School Molly French
Christian Zukowski
Millwoods Christian School Grant Mix
Old Scona School Andrew Li
Christian Wigger
Queen Elizabeth School  Alayham Al Jawamis
Sahaj Kinshuk
Ross Sheppard School

Marcus Bustamante
Jordyn Wright

Strathcona School Thomas Banks
Andy Lee
Victoria School 
Gage Campbell
Vimy Ridge Academy Erika Hurl
Alexander Wright
W.P. Wagner School Loveleen Sidhu
Allison Quigley


Student Senators will meet throughout the year to share feedback, carry out sub-committee work and help develop content to be presented at Board meetings.

The Student Senate will meet each month on:

  • September 9, 2016
  • October 19, 2016
  • November 23, 2016
  • January 11, 2017
  • February 8, 2017
  • March 8, 2017
  • April 5, 2017
  • May 3, 2017
  • June 7, 2017