Every year, 60 students from across the province are selected to be part of the Ministry of Education’s Student Advisory Council. The young council members represent all sectors of the education system in Ontario, English and French, public and Catholic.
This year, Enrique Olivo, a grade 10 student at Neil McNeil, was selected to participate.
“I believe that students’ voices should be heard,” said Olivo, explaining why he applied for the position.
Olivo is a member of the school’s Catholic Leadership Group, as well as the founder of the Men of Fire group, which focuses on social justice issues.
The Council of 60 students is set to meet in July with the Minister of Education, the Hon. Laurel Broten. They are expected to give advice on how to keep the province’s schools “the best in the world,” according to the Ministry’s website.
“My parents called all my family in the Philippines to tell them about this. They were very proud,” said Olivo.