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Moira SS student Ben Bacic selected for provincial advisory council

Ben Bacic pictured with the director of education and Moira Secondary School principal
Ben Bacic, centre, a Grade 11 student at Moira Secondary School, was selected for the Minister’s Student Advisory Council. He is pictured with Mandy Savery-Whiteway, Director of Education and Grant Montgomery, Principal.

Congratulations to Ben Bacic, Moira Secondary School, who is one of 60 students in the province chosen to be on the Minister of Education’s Student Advisory Council (MSAC).

Bacic is going into Grade 12 in September 2015 and is thrilled to be involved.

“My experience with student voice initiatives has come in many forms: Speak Up conferences, leadership camps, school board meetings, and research forums, to name a few. Working with other passionate students like myself, and devoted staff, I have been able to identify that I, as a student, and we, as a student population, need a school environment that we are all comfortable and engaged in. Resolving the issues that students find within their school environment has been my duty ever since, and the opportunity that MSAC provides me in expanding my work led me to apply. Now that I have been accepted, I will further support my own school with the skills I develop through MSAC, but will also now be able to support all of my fellow students across Ontario in assuring that they have a comfortable and fun environment to work in! – Ben Bacic, Moira Secondary School.

What is the Minister’s Student Advisory Council?

The Minister’s Student Advisory Council is a group of approximately 60 students from all parts of the publicly funded education system and regions of the province.

Members share their ideas and advice with the Minister of Education on how to ensure Ontario’s publicly funded schools remain the best in the world.

The council is about empowering youth to ‘be the change.’ Council members think big, SpeakUp and take action to help other students across the province. They share perspectives and act as change agents by expressing their views directly to the Minister of Education.

What is involved?

The council meets with the Minister of Education twice during the year to share their ideas. During their term, council members create sub-committees on matters of interest and meet virtually to discuss them. They may be invited to participate in consultations regarding policies or programs that impact on students. MSAC members are invited to attend their Regional Student Forum.

Past HPEDSB students who have been MSAC members are:

  • Amy Owen, Grade 11, Centennial Secondary School, for the 2014-2015 school year.
  • Lauren Barry, Grade 8, Tweed Elementary School for the 2013-2014 school year.

For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 2354, kdonnell@hpedsb.on.ca

Last updated: June 10, 2015 at 2:51 pm