Student Representative Council
2012–2013: Grade 9 Leader (elected)
2013–2014: Grade 10 Leader (elected)
2014–2015: Pep Rally Coordinator (appointed), Grade 11 Leader (elected)
2015–2016: Senior Pin (elected)
I ran for the Student Representative Council (SRC) in grade nine because I wanted to do something good. I wanted to be part of a group that felt as strongly about improving student experiences as I did. I found that environment within the SRC, and I worked extremely hard for four years to develop my own skills and improve my school community. For the first two years, I had a chance to learn and grow as a grade representative. When I was elected again in grade eleven, I chose to apply for a position with more responsibility. I was appointed to the position of pep rally director. After a year of creating original and dynamic pep rallies, which I have been told were the best in years, I was elected Senior Pin in grade 12. Over those four years, I spent hundreds of hours working on the SRC, but I knew that every minute of that time was positively influencing my community.
In addition to providing experience working with a team, communicating effectively with small and large groups, and building crucial interpersonal skills, being a part of the SRC helped me make many life-long friends. There are many students (and teachers) that I met through the SRC that have been and continue to be extremely important in my life. Being a part of such an engaged group of teenagers gave me a great respect for the power that young people can have in our society, and inspires me to do my best every day to encourage people younger than me to be passionate and get involved.
Being senior pin was definitely the most challenging leadership role I have ever taken on. I was responsible for making sure every event went smoothly and all students were having fun and making connections. It was also very difficult because I needed to make sure SRC members were communicating with each other well and doing everything they are supposed to do. It was disheartening for me when other SRC members weren't having a positive experience, and I did everything I could to ensure everyone had fun and took away as much from the experience as they could! Dealing with internal issues within the SRC was the most difficult part of the job for me, but it taught me many valuable interpersonal skills and conflict resolution techniques.
Canadian Student Leadership Conference (CSLC)
In September 2015, I was lucky enough to attend the Canadian Student Leadership Conference (CLSC) with my elected co-leader of the SRC. Throughout the conference, students attended a series of workshops to further develop their leadership skills, build confidence, and discover new ideas to help them make a difference in their own schools and communities. In addition to those sessions, the CSLC program included spirit groups, cultural moments, community outreach, and special events. This conference connected me with young leaders from across the country and revitalized my passion for leadership and community building. I came home with a new passion for volunteer charity work, community building, and a commitment to passing on everything that I had learned so that my friends and colleagues in future years would have the tools they needed to succeed and be effective leaders!
After practicing Taekwondo for 2 years, my instructors and I decided that I needed a new challenge. I joined the Junior Leadership Program, later progressed to the Senior Leadership Program, and eventually joined the team of instructors.
To qualify for the Leadership Program, individuals must display qualities of character that reflect potential to become part of the Kees Taekwondo community of leaders. Candidates are selected and are evaluated on their willingness and ability to work with others to become a good leader. Under the supervision of a qualified instructor, leaders develop their own skills by learning and practicing the best methods for assisting other students.
Successful Senior Leadership members are eligible for promotion to become an instructor when they have proven their ability to be respectful, modest, courageous, and determined. I became an instructor at age thirteen, the youngest the school had ever seen.
In 2013 I was one of twelve Canadian students chosen to travel to South Korea for an international youth training camp. Together with over 100 students from around the world, I learned patience, confidence, cooperation, and team work. As well, I learned valuable social skills that allowed me to overcome language barriers and make life-longs connections and friendships around the world.
Other Leadership Experiences
LeClair Leadership Award (2015)
I.O.D.E. Leadership Award (2016)