The Students Commission

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SC Board of Directors

Darroch Crewe
National Chair, elected 2006

Darroch Crewe

Director, Performance Development
John Hancock Retirement Plan Services.
Manulife Financial

Darroch Crewe attended his first SC conference as a teenager and went on to establish an SC office in Newfoundland at Memorial University. He still carries his SC Warm Fuzzy from his first conference in his wallet and uses it in motivational efforts for SC staff and volunteers. In the past year, he has undertaken running marathons to fundraise for various charitable causes.

Stephanie Di Trapani (née Collins)
Vice-Chair, elected 2006

Stephanie Di TrapaniSubmission Coordinator
Natural Health Products Directorate, Health Canada

Stephanie Di Trapani (née Collins) works at Health Canada at the Natural Health Products Directorate, Health Products and Food Branch. She attended her first SC conference in 1998 and has been involved ever since! She's a proud Newfoundlander but happily resides in Ottawa with her husband Filippo. For fun Stephanie dances, spends time with friends and catches up her favourite blogs on interior design, community events, and cooking!

Andrea Balmer
Secretary, elected 2015

Andrea Balmer

General Manager
YMCA Camp Pine Crest- YMCA of Greater Toronto

Andrea became involved with the SCC through work at the YMCA doing youth impact surveys with Sharif and Stoney and later hosted the Students Commission planning weekends at Pine Crest for their annual conferences. Andrea is an avid long distance runner and is often found with one of her three children climbing all over her while exploring in the woods. Andrea and her husband and family live in Bracebridge and would rather paddle than drive to work!

Gaston Croteau
Director, elected 1992

Gus Croteau

Retired Owner, D’or Auto Interiors,
Past-Governor, Optimist Club of Sarnia-St. Clair

Gaston (Gus) Croteau was one of the founders of the Students Commission in 1991. During the early years Gus was the organization's National Chairman, worked on fundraising, facilitating, bus driving and was always there to help out. He remembers with pride how a young SC delegate from Newfoundland, on returning as a facilitator to a later SC conference, shared how the SC had changed his life. Besides being one of SC's original adult allies Gus has also run his own business and volunteered in his own community. He describes his many activities:

"In the auto interior customization and restoration business for 37 years. Optimist with Optimist International, since 1976. Served as Distinguished President of my club The Optimist Club of St Clair Sarnia , was Lt. Governor of Zone 6 and moved on to become a Distinguished and Outstanding Governor of the SW Ontario district in 1989-90. I partnered with Stoney McCart and Paul Mills to form The Students Commission of Canada starting in 1990 with the planning of the first conference in 1991. I’m currently mostly retired but I run a small seasonal business." Though he describes himself as 90% retired he still sits on the SC Board of directors and continues his work with the Optimist club.

Liz Panighel
Director, elected 1993

Liz Panighel

Retired Vice-Principal,
Retired Manager Programs Girl Guides of Canada

Liz Panighel began volunteering in the early years of The Students Commission, taking two weeks vacation, every year to assist with annual Students Commission conferences. With a strong interest in social justice and equity issues, Liz has been a tireless speaker about how volunteering with Students Commission positively impacted her work as a teacher, vice-principal and youth advocate. Liz is known for her commitment to wearing lapel pins that engage people in conversation about the importance of youth engagement; these include a Canada goose in full flight and a starfish.

Eric Costen
Director, elected 2010

Eric Costen

Mental Health and Addictions Unit
Community Programs Directorate,
First Nations and Inuit Health Branch,
Health Canada

Eric Costen works at Health Canada as Director, Mental Health and Addictions, First Nations and Inuit Health. He is a proud SC alumnus. He lives with his wife and four sons not far from the Gatineau hills in Aylmer, Quebec, where he can often be found on his bike.


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