News Release: Minister’s Youth Council Selects Two FMPSD Students to Represent the Region

FMPSD Congratulates Krish Shah (left) and Jeremy ChristophersonFMPSD Congratulates Krish Shah (left) and Jeremy Christopherson

(Fort McMurray, AB, June 18, 2018) Fort McMurray Public School District (FMPSD) congratulates Krish Shah and Jeremy Christopherson on being appointed to Minister of Education, David Eggen’s Youth Council. They are the only two students who were selected from across the region.

“Students on the Minister's Youth Council provide their perspectives to the Minister and Alberta Education on educational issues.” In its second year now, the 33-member Youth Council for the 2018-19 school year was announced on June 14. More than 300 students applied this year.

For Krish Shah, a grade 9 student at École McTavish Junior High School, the inspiration to apply came from wanting to be “an active citizen in and around (his) community.”

“I started my journey in grade 8 when I realized how I could help after the devastating Fort McMurray wildfire. I co-founded an environmental organization known as Eco YOLO, and to date, we have successfully brought out over 600 students to plant over 4000 trees.”

“I decided that I would continue trying to help society as a whole, and I developed a smartwatch application known as HALO. This application is able to detect, and act on, sudden and subtle heart irregularities. After presenting it at the Canada Wide Science Fair in Ottawa, I secured a Silver Medal and a national Challenge Award award in my age category. I now want to tackle the education system and implement what I think is necessary for student success. After some research, I decided to apply to the Minister's Youth Council to focus on implementing technology and environment knowledge, entrepreneurship, and innovation,” explains Krish. 

Jeremy Christopherson, a grade 11 student at Westwood Community High School wanted to apply, because the Council “provides an outlet to share a student perspective on education initiatives in Alberta.”

“I first heard about the opportunity on social media and through Green Initiative, a Westwood environmental club. I have been a member of the Debate Club and participated in the first Public Speaking Showcase. I hope to use the skills I have developed when engaging in dialogue with other students, members of Alberta Education, and the Minister of Education. I look forward to collaborating with students from  across the province on a wide range of topics and challenges. I also referee hockey in the community, including at the 2018 Alberta Winter Games, and volunteer for Habitat for Humanity,” notes Jeremy.

Scott Barr, Principal, École McTavish congratulates Krish.

"We are proud of so much that Krish has accomplished. He is a very active citizen and has learned in his time at McTavish that he can create change as a young adult. His focus on replanting trees after the wildfire and dedication to many other environmental projects has helped show the amazing young man he is. Staff who work with Krish see him as a strong voice for youth and someone who follows his passions. We know he will be an advocate on many issues with the Minister's Youth Council. We look forward to seeing him participate at the provincial level and sharing his energy!"

Cynthia Shelley, Principal, Westwood Community High School, echoes similar sentiments for Jeremy.

“Congratulations to Jeremy. We know he will be an outstanding representative throughout this student engagement process. And, we are excited for him to give feedback on provincial educational issues. This will be the second year there is a representative from Westwood selected for this opportunity at the ministerial level. Fajar Khan, who graduates in a few weeks - was appointed last year.”

“Westwood works hard to empower students to play a greater role in their education and it is fantastic to see our students become ambassadors for Westwood and FMPSD. Jeremy is a very active member of our Green Initiative Club, so I know he will have much to contribute about environmental issues and opportunities for Alberta students,” Shelley adds.

Doug Nicholls, Superintendent, FMPSD congratulates both students.

“Krish and Jeremy will bring a well-rounded perspective to the Council due to their numerous activities in and out of school. We have high expectations of both, and we know they will be a fantastic addition to this important group.”

Council members will attend three meetings in Edmonton in October, February and May.

Congratulations Jeremy and Krish!

For more information, please contact:

Kiran Malik-Khan

Communications Manager

Fort McMurray Public School District #2833

Cell: 780-880-7666

Work: 780-788-8009

kiran.malikkhan@fmpsd.ab.ca