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News Release: Four FMPSD Students Named to Minister's Youth Advisory Council

News Release: Four FMPSD Students Named to Minister's Youth Advisory Council

(Fort McMurray, AB, October 10, 2019) Fort McMurray Public School Division (FMPSD) congratulates Seham Ahmed, Aditya Ayri, Priyank Dave, and Fareedah Sadek on being named to the Education Minister’s Youth Advisory Council. The announcement was made recently, and FMPSD makes up 10 per cent of the 40-member group. This year Alberta Education received more than 200 applications for the Minister’s Youth Council from junior and senior high school students from across Alberta.


                                                                                                                       L-R: Seham Ahmed, Priyank Dave, Aditya Ayri, and Fareedah Sadek 

All four students are known leaders at their schools, and excel at both academics and extracurricular activities. Aditya and Priyank attend Westwood Community High School, Seham is at Fort McMurray Islamic School (FMIS) and Fareedah is an École McTavish High School student. 

“An acceptance into the Minister’s Youth Council gives me a feeling of willingness and opportunity to implement my perspectives on Alberta Education. Being a student in Grade 12, it brings me joy to share my observations and experiences of both junior and senior high school,” notes Aditya, 16.

“At the same time, I believe having diversity in a Council is key in acting as a collective and creates synergies to make pluralistic decisions. I am keen on showcasing and highlighting aspects of community volunteerism, student initiative, and collectivism on the Council; and looking forward to a great year. I will give my best to contribute; representing Wood Buffalo is truly an honour,” he added.

Priyank Dave, 16 is in grade 11. He is “really excited to be on the Council. I love providing my opinion to help change the environment around me.”

Westwood Principal, Cynthia Shelley is proud to have “not only one, but two representatives from Westwood sit on the Minister's Youth Council for the second year in a row.”

“We are constantly encouraging students to become active citizens and leaders in matters pertaining to youth. It is a tremendous pleasure to inspire students to be informed leaders and share their voice in ways that will impact a change for the benefit of all students. We are very proud of Aditya and Priyank’s selection. I know they will represent Westwood, Fort McMurray Public Schools and Wood Buffalo very well.”

Seham Ahmed, 14, is in grade nine. She is excited about the appointment. 

“Being chosen for the Minister's Youth Council is definitely an honour, which comes with a huge responsibility as I will be representing not only myself, but the school and the town on a large scale. It’s a unique opportunity to learn from leaders, table ideas on a bigger platform, and be involved in the development and implementation of initiatives for the province. I am ready to play my role in the Council effectively and efficiently,” she noted.

Mehar Rashid, Principal, FMIS, dubs Seham a “humble and hard working student.”

“She has been an active member of FMIS student council and Mayor's Advisory Council on Youth (MACOY). Seham is one of those student leaders who takes initiative and enjoys helping others. With her strong leadership skills, she has become a role model for our elementary and junior high students. FMIS staff and students are very proud of her selection on the Minister's Youth Council. In her new role, Seham will be a great ambassador of FMPSD and Fort McMurray Islamic School.”

Fareedah Sadek, 14, grade 10 shares she’s been wanting to join the Council since last year.

“It's a huge honour to be able to achieve this goal. I consider it a tremendous honour and responsibility to represent the youth of Wood Buffalo. I am extremely excited to present my ideas and those brought forth by McTavish students. It is going to be a wonderful privilege to have the opportunity to work alongside the Minister of Education. I hope the Council can work towards achieving what's best for Alberta youth. This distinction won't be taken for granted and I am looking forward to the first meeting.”

McTavish Principal Scott Barr notes Fareedah is “an excellent student and a great representative for her fellow Marauders, and all students. She will bring a great voice and positive focus to all the students she gets to work with. Congratulations on your selection, Fareedah!” 

Doug Nicholls, Superintendent, FMPSD congratulated all the students. 

“To have four out of 40 students on the Council from FMPSD is impressive. This shows the calibre of leadership being cultivated in schools. We are proud of Seham, Aditya, Priyank and Fareedah. These are FMPSD leaders, who will make us proud on the provincial stage as well.” 

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

Congratulations students!

For more information, please contact:

Kiran Malik-Khan

Communications Manager

Fort McMurray Public School Division


W: 780-788-8009

C: 780-880-7666