2016-2017: The FCSS-FESC's Greatest Year Yet

Hi there, and welcome! We’re really glad that you stopped by this blog, because that was definitely a good decision. Some introductions are in order here: We are Hannah Nie and Jessica Cao, your Ontario FCSS-FESC Blog Managers for the 2016-2017 school year!

What exactly is this FCSS-FESC, you ask? Our full name would be the Federation of Canadian Secondary Students - Fédération des Élèves du Secondaire au Canada, and we are a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization lead by youth, dedicated to amplifying student voice and empowering students. Through our advocacy, we want to ensure that every secondary student has the tools to be successful in their high school endeavours and beyond.

Here, we’ll keep you updated on our policies and press releases, ongoing projects, tips and advice on high school survival, exciting opportunities and scholarships, student news, and last but not least, a glimpse into the lives of the elusive mythical species called FCSS-FESC members (perhaps you’d be enchanted enough to join this lifestyle yourself? Don’t worry, we got you).

At the FCSS-FESC, we have a long-standing dedication to secondary students across Canada, based on the pillars of Assistance, Engagement, and Voice. Without further ado, allow us to present an overview of the FCSS-FESC’s 2016-2017 Strategic Vision!


We want to make high school a fulfilling and enjoyable experience for students (yes, it’s possible!). Initiatives include:

  • eduALERT - a new program which allows students to report cases where they feel their rights as a student have been violated, and the FCSS-FESC will take action to resolve these reported issues.
  • Awesome events, such as our annual ICE (Inspire, Collaborate, and Excel) Conference!


We are expanding to engage more students on a NATIONAL level!! As hyped as we are about this, we understand that education conditions vary with each province.

That’s why we’re kickstarting Project Unity to establish FCSS-FESC divisions in Montreal and Vancouver. So, shout out to our Quebecois and British Columbian friends for joining us in this unity of student voice! There’s no better person to lead this change than yourself. Will you stand with your fellow students?


We’re THRILLED to be working on the development of a Student’s Bill of Rights. It will outline standards that should be upheld to ensure that every secondary student in every province across Canada can access a safe and protected learning environment!

The entire text of 2016-2017 Strategic Vision can be found here: http://fcss-fesc.ca/blog/2016-2016-2017-strategic-vision-whats-coming

We hope you’re as pumped as we are, because we’re off to a fantastic year filled with opportunities and we want YOU to join us in this adventure! :)

So, do you want to use student voice to catalyze changes in your school and your province? You NEED to apply to FCSS-FESC! Visit our Application Centre at www.fcss-fesc.ca/apply to stay updated on opportunities. Want to start a chapter in your province? Email us at contact@fcss-fesc.ca!

Perhaps there’s a concern about YOUR education that you think the FCSS-FESC should address. Email us! Now. Our rights as students should not be violated. The FCSS-FESC’s Press Releases can accomplish a lot through raising awareness and inciting support!

Are you full of passion and ambition, seeking academic, extracurricular, and volunteering placements to enrich yourself? We’ll be posting unique volunteering, networking, and other enrichment opportunities in this blog.

Are you at a crossroads in your academic career? Feeling the bombardment of exams, extracurriculars, and future aspirations, all at once? Or being dragged into the dark Pit of Procrastination (there is a way out, we promise!)? Reach out to to your friendly neighbourhood Blog Managers--we may live 4000km+ apart from each other, but that doesn’t mean that we can’t be family! We LOVE comments and we’ll do whatever we can to alleviate your concerns and give you inspiration! After all, life is hard, and we’re all in this together!

Stay tuned, Canada--and prepare to be blown away!

Goodbye for now,

~Jessica and Hannah :)