14 schools within the Sudbury Catholic District School Board have registered with the Student Vote Canada program running parallel with the Federal Election. Based on the percentage of schools registered, the Board is in the top 10% of all School Boards within Canada. Student Vote Canada is a program open to all elementary and secondary schools nationwide. Schools may offer Student Vote to a single class or to the entirety of the student body. Students engage in activities surrounding government and the electoral process and are provided necessary tools to stage a mock election in their school during the Federal Election process.
Joanne Bénard, Director of Education for the Sudbury Catholic District School Board is pleased with the enthusiasm that the schools have shown toward promoting student voice.
“Student voice is a top priority within our Board,” she explained. “Student Vote Canada is an excellent opportunity for our students to not only understand the electoral process, but to also practice research and analytical skills and participate in a formal election scenario. We are proud to partner with Student Vote Canada and offer these tools for our students.”
“St Charles College has been involved in Student Vote for many years. We have participated at the federal level as well as the provincial and municipal levels,” explained Rick Emond, teacher at S. Charles College. “The program has had a positive impact on students both academically and in their personal lives. I often receive many messages from former students telling me that because of the program they have voted.”
100 high school students in grades 9-12 from SCDSB participated alongside 100 students from the Rainbow District School Board in a first-of-its-kind STEM event hosted by NOYSE (Northern Ontario Youth in Science and Engineering) at Laurentian University. Seeking to connect youth in grades 9-12 with possibilities in STEM that stoke passion, “Hear NOYSE Stoke Fest 2019” provided students with an opportunity to develop a greater awareness of unconventional careers in STEM.
Dean Osman Abou-Rabia of the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Architecture and Mayor Brian Bigger greeted the students and encouraged them to further explore unique careers borne from science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. The day began in the Fraser Auditorium with a keynote by world-renowned Canadian free skier and product developer Eric Hjorleifson (better known as “HOJI”) who talked about how his passion for skiing led him to a career related to the applied sciences. Led by Laurentian University student ambassadors, student teams moved into hands-on experiential breakout sessions (called “stokes”) led by STEM professionals working in the Greater Sudbury community. Stoke sessions were delivered by various community partners such as Vale, NORCAT, Living with Lakes, Heath Science North, Greater City of Sudbury, as well as Laurentian University and Cambrian College faculty.
“NOYSE is meant to help youth take a peek through the STEM lens. We hope this enriches future career and life experiences and that it helps position our students for wherever technology and the future of work take us,” said Amanda Barry, Secondary Curriculum Consultant at the Sudbury Catholic District School Board and founding Board Member of NOYSE.
Students from Sudbury Catholic District School Board can anticipate many more opportunities to participate in events aimed at both career exploration and experiential learning in the coming school year through the unique programing and community partnerships that have been developed at each of Sudbury Catholic’s secondary schools.