In recognition of the District School Board for the support of their staff serving in the role of President of the Association, an annual OPSOA President's Leadership Award is granted to a student/students from a school of the President’s Board.Recipients are recognized for their outstanding leadership, outstanding contribution to school and/or community and other criteria as determined locally.
Recipient: Sir Wilfrid Laurier Collegiate Institute, Toronto District School Board
Sir Wilfrid Laurier CI is a vibrant secondary school serving over 900 secondary students in the south-east corner of the Toronto DSB. Laurier hosts many student-initiated and student-led leadership activities focused on improving well-being, equity and providing service beyond the school. Both staff and students are proud that their student leaders represent the diverse student body. Here is a snapshot of some of their activities this year:
- Laurier United has a focus promoting equity in the school and purposefully engages the voices and leadership skills of those students who may have been previously excluded from leadership opportunities.
- Their students actively volunteer beyond their local school. Laurier students offer a community outreach program focused on seniors as well as a peer assistants program where secondary students provide subject-based tutoring in local elementary schools.
- Lastly, Mind Over Matter is a program which offers a variety of activities throughout the year designed to raise awareness about strategies to support positive mental health and well-being.
This array of leadership programs benefits both the student leaders engaged in each of these co-curricular programs and the border Sir Wilfrid Laurier community.