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Student Vote: Large percentage of Sudbury Catholic schools registered for mock election program

'Student voice is a top priority within our board'

With 14 of its 18 schools registered to take part in Student Vote Canada, the Sudbury Catholic District School Board said it is in the top 10 per cent of all school boards for the percentage of schools registered.

Student Vote Canada is a program open to all elementary and secondary schools nationwide. 

Schools may offer Student Vote to a single class or to the entirety of the student body. 

Students engage in activities surrounding government and the electoral process and are provided necessary tools to stage a mock election in their school during the Federal Election process. 

Joanne Bénard, director of education for the Sudbury Catholic District School Board, said she is pleased with the enthusiasm that the schools have shown toward promoting student voice. 

“Student voice is a top priority within our board,” she said. “Student Vote Canada is an excellent opportunity for our students to not only understand the electoral process, but to also practice research and analytical skills and participate in a formal election scenario. We are proud to partner with Student Vote Canada and offer these tools for our students.”

“St. Charles College has been involved in Student Vote for many years. We have participated at the federal level as well as the provincial and municipal levels,” said Rick Emond, teacher at St. Charles College. 

“The program has had a positive impact on students both academically and in their personal lives. I often receive many messages from former students telling me that because of the program they have voted.”