Counsellor's Corner

My name is Karen Gay and I am the Inclusive Education Facilitator at Ecole Parc. My role includes counselling, child advocacy, school-based consultation, coordination of services and educational programming.  Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns about your child's programming or well-being via phone (780)998-3741 or email:  

My hours for Ecole Parc during the 2018 -2019 school year are:

Mondays:  9:30am-12:30pm

Wednesdays:  9:30am-3:10pm

Supporting Parents

Bullying Awareness Week:  November 18-22, 2019

Focus:  Healthy Relationships

We recognized November 18-22, 2019 as Bullying Awareness Week.  When working with kids our focus every year is building positive relationships with students and helping students build positive relationships with each other.  Bullying Awareness is not something we address during one week out of the year.  We collaborate proactively with kids to build on the positive things that happen each and every day.  We work to address what needs to be addressed when things get off track.  We spend important time providing opportunities to make positive connections with each other and learn to communicate positively and effectively.  This is important.  It is deliberate and ongoing.  It is also very rewarding.

Using the correct language when speaking about Bullying is also very important.  We need to be modelling correct language when teaching children.  The following is a short video that provides a good definition of Rude, Mean and Bullying behaviours.  It is worth checking out:

We were fortunate to have SAFFRON Centre come to do presentations with the students.  They spoke to the children about

What are boundaries? 

These are limits and rules; what is okay or not okay for you

Important message:  We need to respect the boundaries of others

Boundaries can include:  physical, emotional, online

It is important to share your boundaries with others and listen for others' boundaries

Why do people push boundaries?

Others are learning your boundaries

Others don't know they are pushing boundaries

Others don't understand/respect your boundaries

Conversation Starter I don't like it when ______ because ______.  I feel ______.

Communication is a key foundation to developing and maintaining healthy relationships with others.

Upcoming Parent Sessions:

Fort Saskatchewan Families First Society 

To register for the following sessions (except Parenting Together session), please call 780-998-5595 ext 221 for more information.

Kids Have Stress Too

This workshop is designed to help parents and caregivers better understand childhood stress and how to provide children with tools to deal with stress more effectively.

Triple P:  Positive Parenting Programs:  Triple P Seminar Series

Two hour workshops with practical parenting ideas - topics include:

The Power of Positive Parenting

Raising Confident and Competent Children

Raising Resilient Children

Triple P Discussion Group

Discussion groups are 2 hour sessions that offer practical advice to parents dealing with specific behaviours.  Sessions available include:

Dealing with Disobedience

Bedtime Routines

Managing Fighting and Aggression

Triple P Grourp

This group is 8 weeks long, 5 in-class and 3 telephone sessions.  Parents are asked to set specific goals for their family and learn practical tools to reach those goals.

Handle With Care

Interactive program that helps parents and caregivers support the mental health of young children from 0-6 years

Topics include:  Building Trust/Attachment, Promotion and enhancing self-esteem, Expression emotions, Relationships with others.

Parenting Together

A group for parents who want to improve their relationship with each other and with their children.  Free supper!

Wednesdays 4:30pm-7:30pm, 9901-90 Street

For the Parenting Together sessions, please call Ashley to register:  780-998-5595 ext 232


Community Connections

Psychologist Association Referral Line 1-888-424-0297

Alberta Health Services Children Youth & Families Addiction and Mental Health Community Services Intake Services 780-342-2701

Intake Services provide a single point of access to children's mental health services and support for children and youth ages 5-17 years of age and their families residing within Edmonton and area who require mental health assessment and treatment.  A telephone screening interview is conducted by a mental health therapist.  Based on the information received and the availability of other community resources a decision will be made regarding the appropriate service.

Alberta Health Services Adult Intake 780-342-2388

Local Support:

Primary Care Network 780-997-0046

Offers free services in Fort Saskatchewan; no referral required

Fort Saskatchewan Mental Health Clinic 780-342-2388

Boys & Girls Club 780-992-0103

City of Fort Saskatchewan Family and Community Support Services  780-992-6767

Subsidized Counselling 780-992-6267

Family School Liaison Program 780-992-6267

Youth and Family Services 780-992-6265

Families First Society 780-998-5595 ext. 221

Programs for parents and their young children to play and learn together; programs for parents and caregivers; family support for those impacted by family violence, baby loss or a shoulder to lean on

Crisis Support:

Support Network 211

Health Link 811

Victim's Services 780-992-6126

Child Protection Emergencies 1-800-387-5437

Family Violence Crisis Line 780-464-7233

Toll Free 1-877-252-7233

Human Services Child and Family Services Division 780-998-6762

Other Emergency Contacts:

Kids Help Phone 1-800-668-6868

Child Abuse Hotline 1-800-387-KIDS (5437)

Children's Mental Health Crisis Line 780-427-4491

Emergency Shelter, Food, Transportation 1-866-644-5137

Adult Mental Health Community Urgent Services and Stabilization Team 780-342-7777