Named one of Canada's Top 20 Under 20 young leaders and a global One Young World Ambassador, Jaxson is a second year student at Western University double-majoring in Global Development at Huron University College and Business Administration through the Richard Ivey School of Business. Formerly a student trustee of the Peel District School Board, he also served as CEO of the Ontario Student Trustees' Association, representing 2 million students across Ontario to the Ministry of Education. In this capacity, he led the creation of the provincial Charter of Rights for Mental Health and Well-being for Children and Youth. He advises AstraZeneca Canada's Young Health Program, reaching over 50,000 youth and advocating for youth mental health nation-wide. He is the President of Impact Entrepreneurship Group, a decade-old organization that facilitates mentorship for young entrepreneurs across Canada. Jaxson co-founded and is the Executive Director of the Student Voice Initiative, a national movement to give students a voice in their education, and he is passionate about creating avenues for young people to contribute to and succeed in their communities.
I work with students from across Canada in a network known as the Student Voice Initiative. We aspire to further student success through mentorship, sharing resources, and advocating for the establishment of a student voice framework and student representatives or student trustees at every level of educational decision-making in every province and territory in Canada.
Student Voice Initiative operates on a foundation of support from policy-makers, school administrators, academics, and students from across North America and the world in support of giving students a greater voice in their own education. Through a decentralized network of student leaders across Canada, we have presented before the Canadian Student Leadership Conference, held audiences with staff from the Council of Ministers of Education of Canada, and will be presenting before student leaders in the US at Student Voice Live! in New York City in April, as well as the Canadian School Boards' Association Congress in Vancouver in July. We act as a supportive network and forum for knowledge exchange to movements being coordinated in BC, Alberta, and Nova Scotia.
Our core mandate arose from the success of the 'student trustee' position within the Ontario education community, which has fostered a student leadership framework ranging from student councils at every school, to student senates and student trustees at the regional or district school board level, to the formation of a provincial stakeholder in the Ontario Student Trustees' Association.If you are a student and want to get involved, or an interested policy-maker, you should learn more about the initiative here.