September 25th, 2018 – The CEC’s boardroom is packed with student leaders from almost every high school in the TCDSB, all dancing to Waving Flag by K’naan. CSLIT’s first general assembly of the year is underway.
During the beginning of the assembly, CSLIT’s Faith Ambassador Gabriella Davies, along with Susan Hookong Taylor, introduced the new three year Pastoral Plan, “Rooted in Christ: We Belong, We Believe, We Become,” a plan that focuses on strenthening our belonging with God and with each other. The assembly was then introduced to the pastoral prayer, and the pastoral song, taught by Susan Hookong Taylor.
General Assembly members were also addressed by Associate Director Dan Koenig, who shared the 4Cs of the leadership framework: Competency, Commitment, Character, and Compassion, all important traits for a strong leader to have.
Juan Bendana, the guest speaker for the night, then brought the energy with his DJ skills, quick jokes, lively personality, and an entertaining story that focused on how small acts, like paying for a strangers coffee tab, can make a huge difference. Juan equipped the “student influencers” with the knowledge that they can impact their communities, one act at a time, and become leaders of “today.”
Up next we get to meet this year’s CSLIT Executive Council who are lead by our Student Trustees Joel Ndongmi and Taylor Dallin. Each Exec member has a specific duty and many of them lead their own subcommittees, open for anyone from the general assembly to join.
As Student Trustees, Joel and Taylor need to find out what the greatest needs are within our schools and communities. In addition, Joel and Taylor need to figure out what issues TCDSB students are most passionate about. Based on last year’s Voices that Challenge conference (as discussed in seminar groups), the 7 most common topics that are relevant to TCDSB students are listed below.
The general assembly was then asked to rank these topics from 1 to 7, 1 being the most important. The results of this survey will steer the efforts and define the goals of our CSLIT Exec and their committees.
Results of the survey will be published before our next monthly meeting. If you were absent at our first general assembly, watch the video below and see the energy you missed.
Our next general assembly meeting is on Tuesday, Oct. 30th. 4:30-6:30 at the CEC. If it will be your first time attending, please register at www.catholicstudentleadership.com/cslit
Hope to see you all at the next meeting.