Program Lead, Guidance & Co-Op
Trish Cowburn
Student surnames: A-J

Guidance Counselors
Rod Whate
 Student surnames: K-P

Tanya MacLean
 Student surnames: Q-Z

Co-operative Education
Kevin Kokerus

Social Worker
Elaine Ferguson

Guidance Secretary
Lisa Canjar


The Halton District School Board is committed to providing ways to support students and their learning. High Schools provide programs and pathways to meet the needs, interests and strengths of our students to engage them in learning and better prepare them for graduation and beyond.

Student Services is responsible for general guidance, career counselling, timetable changes/requests, and information on post secondary programs and pathways.  Our staff are eager to help our students navigate course selections, timetable planning and Pathways options.

Pathways in secondary school prepare students for their chosen post-secondary destination: 
  • Apprenticeship
  • College
  • Community
  • University 
  • Work
Pathways initiatives provide a wide range of course types, programs and learning opportunity to prepare students for success in secondary school and beyond.  Pathways are flexible and may be combined and changed.  With the assistance of the Guidance Counsellors, and parents, student have the opportunity to adjust pathway plans as they move through secondary school and begin to know themselves better as students.

Our Guidance Counsellors provide comprehensive counselling services to support the academic, career and personal development of all MD students.   The Guidance office is a place where students can share their concerns and needs.  Counsellors provide school-based supports and connect students and their families to resources available in the community.  In addition to counselling services, Guidance Counsellors:
  • Assist with Gr. 8 to Gr. 9 transition
  • Complete new student registrations
  • Lead course selection & timetabling
  • Host pathways planning & information evenings
  • Support transition to post-secondary destinations
  • Track & monitor student achievement toward graduation
Social Workers are part of the Student Services Team in every secondary school and may provide counselling for students and their families.  Social Workers bring unique knowledge and skills to support students' learning and success, especially in the area of mental health and wellness.  Social Works also act as the attendance counsellor for the school in situation that involve prolonged student absences.  Social Workers assist students in developing competencies in the following key areas:
  • confidence building
  • problem solving
  • adapting to change
  • taking responsibility
Referrals to the Social Worker may be made by the student directly, parents and/or the Support Services team. 

Co-operative Education (Co-op) allows students to earn secondary school credits while completing a work placement.  The course connects prior learning/credits and related work experience.  The course begins with an in-school pre-placement learning plan to prepare students for the out-of-school work experience.  Co-op teachers work in partnership with the Halton Industry Education Council (HIEC) to match students with appropriate Halton employment placements.  Students are monitored and assessed by the Co-op teacher and have regular performance appraisals by the employer.  Most co-op work placements are designed as half day programs.

Students may apply up to two Co-op credits towards their compulsory course requirements, with no limit on earning elective credits.

Co-op programs are appropriate for all post-secondary destinations including apprenticeship; college, community, university or work.

Co-op student have the opportunity to:
  • Experience hands-on learning
  • Test drive a career interest
  • See the relevance of their classroom learning in the workplace
  • Earn credits through workplace experience
  • Develop skills & habits required for success in the workplace
  • Gain valuable work experience to build a resume for future employment and/or post-secondary education
  • Earn apprenticeship hours and/or be registered as an apprentice while participating in an apprenticeship trade through the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP).