The next four years will involve significant budgetary and policy changes that affect the public school system in Waterloo Region. With extensive experience in budget management, government relations and student-centred advocacy,
Waterloo Region needs to elect WRDSB Trustees like Samantha.
Over the last ten years, Samantha has consistently been involved in initiatives, projects, programs and organizations that aim to better the lives of students, not only in Waterloo Region, but across the country. In 2018, Samantha was chosen as one of ten women to receive the Province of Ontario’s Leading Women, Building Communities award for the riding of Kitchener-Waterloo.
Her applicable experience includes:
✔︎ 5+ years of exemplary budget management
✔︎ 6+ years of thought leadership on diversity and STEM
✔︎ 10+ years in student-centred advocacy on diversity, inclusion, and STEM
✔︎ 10+ years of board experience related to educational institutions and non-profits
✔︎ 7+ years of Federal, Provincial, and Municipal government relations and advocacy
She has worked at and with a variety of educational institutions and education-centred organizations over the last ten years, including:
✔︎ Wilfrid Laurier University, the University of Waterloo, Conestoga College and the University of Alberta
✔︎ Founding and current member of the Inclusion, Diversity and Equity Working Group of the International Citizen Science Association
✔︎ Waterloo Region’s Business & Entrepreneurship Program, a specialized program for high school students in both WRDSB and WRCDSB
✔︎ Canadian Alliance of Student Associations, Canadian Federation of Students, FedS, WLUGSA, WLUSU, OPIRG, and PIRGS Canada
✔︎ Represented over 300,000 students at over 20 post-secondary institutions and written hundreds of surveys, qualitative studies for stakeholder engagement, bylaws, and policies
Samantha is passionate about education and equity. If elected to be a Trustee for the Waterloo Region District School Board, Samantha will tirelessly work to ensure that every student in Waterloo Region is supported and given the tools that they need to have a positive and successful educational journey.