At only 12 years of age, Hannah Visutski already boasts an impressive resume of school and community achievements, including a Citizenship award from the Renfrew Legion. It is no surprise that she has been named as one of the 60 members of the 2017-18 Minister’s Student Advisory Council (MSAC). The Grade 7 Our Lady of Fatima student is very involved in her school and the community. She simply enjoys helping others: “I’m quite passionate about poverty.”
She started learning about poverty outside of our community during a presentation about We Day in her Grade 4 class. Visutski was later invited to attend a We Day event. “I told my teacher that this isn’t fair—we have all of these electronics, food, we get a free education—these people are almost starving with no good water and I wanted to do something.”
From there, she helped to form a Justice Warriors club at her school. The group helps make sleeping mats out of milk bags and sells popcorn. “It feels so good just to help people,” says Visutski.
She is the fourth Our Lady of Fatima student to be representing Renfrew County at Queen’s Park since the program was introduced eight years ago.
Principal Jeannie Armstrong says the opportunity is a strong fit with Visutski’s unique focus on social justice: “I could see that spark in her. With Hannah, this is so good for her. She is such a caring, dedicated child.”
MSAC celebrates student diversity and encourages appointees to speak up and take action on topics and issues that will strengthen student engagement across the province.
OLF’s first council member was Kailyn Friske who was keen about active play. A couple of years later, Foster McIntyre joined MSAC with passion for the arts. In 2013, Connor Dowdall represented students showing an interest in using technology to support learning. Although each has had different areas of interest, Armstrong says the former MSAC members have all been incredible advocates for the students of Renfrew County.
She is incredibly proud of Visutski and those who went before her: “Obviously at this school we encourage student voice and the leadership of students. We want them to be global citizens and to care about their communities and to know they can make a difference—however small the difference they think they can make, they still advocate for themselves and want to be involved.”
As part of the council, Visutski attended her first meeting on Thursday, May 4 in Toronto and will be attending a week-long leadership camp in August.
May 10, 2017
For further information, please contact:
Michele Arbour, Director of Education
Renfrew County Catholic District School Board
499 Pembroke Street West
Pembroke, ON K8A 5P1
Phone: 613-735-1031 or 1-800-267-0191