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News Release: Westwood Student to Represent Fort McMurray on Minister’s Youth Council

(FORT MCMURRAY, AB, July 13, 2017) Fort McMurray Public School District (FMPSD) congratulates Fajar Khan from Westwood Community High School, who is the only student from Fort McMurray named to Education Minister’s Youth Council.

Fajar, 17, will be on the 32-member council, which was formed after 232 junior and senior high applications were received from across the province.

“Working at the provincial level, this council will share diverse student perspectives and provide input on education issues. Collectively, the council will bring a broad and diverse range of life experiences, knowledge and skills from all types of Alberta schools," said The Honourable David Eggen, Minister, Alberta Education in a statement.

She found out about the Council through social media, and as a member of the Mayor's Advisory Council on Youth was encouraged to join by the coordinator.  

“I was immediately interested. I saw this as an opportunity to step out of my comfort zone, and participate in something big,” shares Fajar, who is starting grade 12 this fall. 

“I believe in giving back to my school and community, and always step up to volunteer. I participate with the SADD (Students Against Drunk Driving) group and UNICEF club at Westwood. I also coordinate events with Markaz ul Islam for girls,” she adds. 

Doug Nicholls, Superintendent, FMPSD congratulates Fajar.

“Fajar has been an active member of the Westwood community, and we are proud of her. We know she will be able to represent her school, FMPSD, and Fort McMurray very well on the Minister’s Youth Council.”

Indeed, Fajar has plans to “help create a voice for the community of Wood Buffalo.”

“Wood Buffalo is my passion; and by joining a group like this, I will be able to voice an opinion on important matters. Education has always been my priority. I believe there is room for change and improvement in our education system so the next generation can enjoy learning in a new way. I am very excited for our first meeting in September, and can't wait to get to know the other council members, as well as their stories along with exploring the Bennett Centre,” Fajar adds.

The first of three meetings through the school year will take place from September 29 to October 2 in Edmonton. Fajar will be joining another student from Fort Chipewyan to represent the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo.

For more information, please contact:

Kiran Malik-Khan

Communications Coordinator

Fort McMurray Public School District

C: 780-880-7666

kiran.malikkhan@fmpsd.ab.ca