Member, Ontario Minister of Education's Student Advisory Council
Victoria Yang is a student at Waterloo Collegiate Institute where she received the prestigious Award of Honour, which recognizes excellence in academics, athletics, and activities. While many of her classmates have moved on to post-secondary education, Victoria has chosen a fifth year of high school. “I’ll be using the time to take part in WCI’s cooperative education program and to really evaluate where I want to be in September of 2014,” says Victoria.
She has been appointed to Cohort 5 of the Ontario Minister of Education’s Student Advisory Council, a diverse group of sixty students from all parts of the education system and regions of the province, and representing various interests. As a part of the Minister's Student Advisory Council, Victoria is promoting Student Voice initiatives to ensure that students are able to share their perspectives and to exact meaningful change within schools and Ontario’s education system.
“As a student representative,” says Victoria, “I’ve observed and experienced many challenges in education first-hand, from youth apathy to the disconnect between students and education providers.” Her vision for high schools in 2030 is for a learning environment where youth develop a passion and caring for global issues and are motivated to seek effective solutions.