School Council

WOSS School Advisory Council Mission

The White Oaks Secondary School (WOSS) Council is committed to working collaboratively with the teachers, administrators, support staff, and students of WOSS to make decisions and develop strategies that will enhance the educational experience of all students. The Council will support the WOSS staff in its mission to:

► Encourage and support students to pursue excellence in curricular pursuits

► Create and maintain a positive school climate and a feeling of ownership in the school by encouraging students to participate in extracurricular activities and supporting them in their endeavors

► Foster the relationship between the school and the local community

The Role of School Councils in Ontario

School councils have been created to enhance students’ learning through the cooperative efforts of parents/guardians, students, staff members, and others in the community. School councils are an advisory body of volunteers who work together to provide ideas and opinions to help the principal and sometimes the school district, make schools a better place for learning. School Councils are involved with issues affecting the education programs, extracurricular activities, and the operation of individual schools. (A School Council is a provincially regulated advisory body functioning under Ministry of Education Regulation 612/00 and board policy.)

School Council Members

School council membership reflects both the school and the community and includes the following voting members:

► parents/guardians (including the chair, who must be a parent)

► the principal (non-voting)

► a teacher

► a non-teaching school staff member

► a student representative (on secondary school councils only)

► at least one member from the community at large (appointed by council)

Parents and guardians must make up the majority of council members. The positions within School Council (i.e., executive officers: chair, treasurer, and secretary) are elected positions.


WOSS School Council Meetings for 2018-2019

WOSS School Council meets on in the Library Seminar Room 2 from 7:00 pm until 9:00 pm.


September 24, 2018

October 15, 2018

November 19, 2018

January 21, 2019

February 25, 2019

March 18, 2019

April 15, 2019

May 27, 2019

June 17, 2019 (if required)






Links for Parents

As a service to WOSS parents, WOSS School Council has compiled a list of links to sites that we feel might be of use and/or interest.


More Info About School Councils

Use the following links to find out more about Ontario School Councils:

► School Council Handbook has been posted on (Parents and Community, School Council Link).

► School Councils: A Guide for Members can be found at

► The Ontario School Council Support Centre at

Contact the Council

We can be reached through the following e-mail address:

Council Members for 2016/17

  • Co-Chairs – Elizabeth Buckland and Suzanne Lang-Doe
  • Secretary – Susan Chen
  • Treasurer – Rajini Rasasingham, Patrick Hu (shadow)
  • Communication – Mona Garde, Prashanti Raakulan (shadow), Karen Yi (shadow)
  • Sub-Committee Fundraising – Sat Sangha, Kim Stackaruk
  • Community Member – Sherry Kirkham
  • Teacher – Sara Belford
  • Student Co-Prime Ministers – Alina Zaidi and Hemantika Mahesh
  • Principal – John Stieva

Voting members of the Council are: Sam Hanna, Abir Mokbel, Nancy Moodie, Lara Omari, Michelle Parsons, Sherri Phillips, Aparna Rao, Dawn Scarlett Beaulieu, Vilma Von Buren, Emily Yang, Heather Zhong

Parent Volunteers on WOSS Safe Schools Committee - Colin Doe, Vilma Von Buren


Subscribe to Council E-News

Since you can’t always rely on getting info about what is happening at school from your kids… join our WOSS School Council Email Communication List to keep informed about:

  • Upcoming school events, meetings and deadlines;
  • Student-initiated fundraising and service activities;
  • Notices from HDSB and other education-related sources;
  • Community Service opportunities
  • Resources to encourage engagement in your child's educational experience

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