Putting My Experience
My name is Steven Warren, and I'm running to be Ontario's youngest School Board Trustee.
I'm 18 years old, I graduated last year and I'm studying at the University of Ottawa for political science. My mother is a healthcare worker at the Ottawa Hospital, and my father is a retired auto worker. I don't come from a wealthy or political family background, I'm just a young person in the community who wants to make a change. Students and youth have always had their voices ignored, and I believe it's time to change that. Youth should have a bigger input in their education, because it is their education. I am the only candidate in the OCDSB Trustee race in Zone 5 that fully understands youth issues.
1. TACKLING THE CLIMATE CRISIS
We are currently living in one of the biggest crises humanity has ever faced. All levels of government, including school boards, must do their part to combat climate change. The OCDSB can reduce its emissions by transitioning its fleet to electric vehicles, and adding new solar panels to every school. These changes will reduce carbon emissions and reduce costs. We can reinvest savings into better programming and activites for students.
2. SCHOOL SAFETY
School must be a safe space for students. We need to ensure marginalized students have a safe and equitable learning environment. As someone who experienced bullying due to their disability, I know schools aren't doing enough to ensure all students are safe. We need increased supervision of vulnerable areas to prevent bullying and violence.
3. SERVING AS A HARDWORKING TRUSTEE
We need more OCDSB Trustees who will put the effort in, and work to advance public education. There are elected Trustees who don't even understand their responsibilities, which is unacceptable. I will introduce new ideas to the board, and I will remain engaged with students and parents to hear their concerns.
4. EMPOWERING THE STUDENT VOICE BY OVERHAULING SCHOOL DEMOCRACY
The voice of students must be empowered, I know this firsthand being a recent high school graduate. Students currently have a Student Senate, but the process to becoming a Student Senator is not democratic. I served as a Student Senator myself, I know this must change. We need to create a board policy to establish a democratic process of electing Student Senators.
5. SAFE CLASSROOMS
My mother is a healthcare worker, she reminds me everyday that COVID-19 is still in our schools. We need proper measures to reduce spread and keep students in schools. Online learning has been a disaster for many of my peers; we cannot go back. I will always listen to medical experts and follow the science.