In February of 2009, I was selected to be the 2010-2011 Student Trustee. It was the beginning of a 27-month commitment, and I had no idea what I was getting into. Over these past 27 months, I have continued to be a student, and just added on the opportunity to represent all students before the Board of Trustees. I’ve used my position to push for change, to fight for the rights of students, and to better every aspect of the school I could think of. I’ve used the position to gain access to certain areas, to sit on committees I might not otherwise have been invited to, and to get meetings on short notice with school administrators. But now I’m graduating.
In February of 2010, Maurielle Stewart was selected to be the 2011-2012 Student Trustee, and in just a few weeks, upon the conclusion of the final Board meeting of the academic year, I will officially pass on the torch to her capable hands. For those of you joining me for graduation in a few weeks, it matters little. For everyone else, you have one or more semesters left at St. Mary’s, and you have all the opportunity in the world to effect change. Maurielle will continue the work I have begun and forge a new path ahead, pushing through progressive ideas that I could only have dreamed of.
When Maurielle was selected, I had my doubts. I could see that she had potential for greatness, but there was still much growing to be done. Little did I know at the time that I still had immense amounts of growing to do as well. The experiences I had from February 2010 until the beginning of this academic year were huge and shaped who I am and what I am capable of. The thing is, I’ve seen similar learning experiences occurring in Maurielle’s life, and as I step down, I do so with immense confidence in the capabilities of my successor.
Maurielle Stewart will do amazing things as Student Trustee. Go to her as issues arise, and let her know what is happening in your lives as they relate to school. What issues do you need taken care of, or what ideas do you have for moving St. Mary’s further into the future? These are things she will need to hear from all of you in order to do the best job she can. Rest assured, she will be one of the best Student Trustees this school has ever seen, and with your help, she may top the whole group of us.
As I say my goodbyes and prepare to move into the real world, I know that the Student Trustee position is in good hands. I know that this whole school is in good hands. So live, love and learn, for however long you still have here, and never stop working to improve the school. With Maurielle at the helm, success is all but guaranteed.
Good luck to all. Catch you on the flip side!