OUR WORKING GROUPSEach Working Group is led by two Co-Chairs or one Chair. Co-Chairs/Chairs are responsible for developing and executing Working Group initiatives alongside their general members. While the Co-Chairs/Chairs ultimately report to the Operations Coordinator, they control the overall direction of their working group and, consequently, the specific initiatives of their group.
Indigenous RelationsChair: Isaiah Shafqat
The Indigenous Relations Working Group educates peers of the barriers Indigenous students in Ontario face today and supports the Calls to Action for reconciliation as outlined by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada.
CommunicationsCo-Chairs: Brady Kuzma, Rosa Yu
The Communications Working Group is responsible for crafting content to strengthen and promote OSTA-AECO’s brand. This working group generates creative content for OSTA-AECO’s social media platforms and designs visual assets for provincial campaigns. During conferences, this group aids in providing world-class professional development to student trustees as they transition into their roles. This includes updating the Student Trustee Handbook, an important reference tool for those in the role.
French RelationsCo-Chairs: Weiqi Xu, Olivia Hiehn
The French Relations Working Group works to identify the unique barriers students in French programming face by researching the state of French education, and to amplify the voices of our Francophone and/or Francophile students.
Student Well-BeingCo-Chairs: Prisha Bhavsar, Madelyn Gaskell
The Student Well-Being Working Group gives students appropriate resources and tools to help destigmatize the culture surrounding both physical and mental illness; discusses solutions to ensure equitable access to mental health resources in schools.
Ontario Student Voice AwardsCo-Chairs: Cindy Wang, Gloria Li
The OSVAs Working Group awards scholarships to recognize students across Ontario who demonstrate academic excellence and community leadership.
Equity and InclusionCo-Chairs: Sophie Nwaoha, Ethan Ruggiero
The Equity and Inclusion Working Group seeks to educate students on topics relating to equity (e.g. anti-racism, 2SLGBTQ+ issues, etc.) and advocate for equitable and inclusive practices in Ontario education.
Environmental SustainabilityCo-Chairs: Arianna Chua, Jocelyn Kuntsi
The Environmental Sustainability Working Group seeks to uphold a sense of environmental responsibility by motivating and educating students about the potential impacts of climate change, and on how dependent we are on the health of our Earth for survival.
As Operations Coordinator, Steffen facilitates communication between Working Group Co-Chairs and the Executive Council. He supports the Working Group Co-Chairs with the initiatives they have planned for the year, aiding them with logistics and general management. He also ensures that the Working Groups have sufficient resources and contacts throughout the year.