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Julie Masson and Cathy Swinston are the 2 Family School Counsellors at St. Martin de Porres.

They are here to help ALL students be successful in our faith-filled environment, socially, emotionally and behaviourally so they may access their education without barriers.

Here's what we'd like you to know about our team:

  • Each of us are only ONE part of the team that works to help your child succeed.
  • We will be working to get to know ALL students so they may feel connected and safe while they are with us.
  • We respect your right and your child’s right to privacy. Confidentiality is a paramount part of our jobs.
  • Please feel free as parents to reach out to ask questions or share concerns, as well as, to share positive things about your child.
  • We are looking forward to helping your children along the path of becoming respectful and responsible citizens.

Counsellor Role:

  • Classroom Lessons- Students will learn social-emotional skills such as feelings, communication, problem-solving etc. dependent on the needs of the group.
  • Small-Group Counselling- The counselling team will facilitate small groups of students who need a little extra support in certain areas.
  • Individual Support- Students who need short term support will have the opportunity to work through problems and implement strategies with our counselling team.
  • Consultation with Staff/ Parents- Our counselling team is available to meet/ talk with teachers and parents to help support students and provide resources and education about issues affecting children.  

Family School Counsellor Role:

  • provide in-home support for families dealing with social, emotional, or behavioural issues; making appropriate referrals to outside agencies.
  • assist in strengthening parenting skills/strategies.
  • act as a liaison between the family and the school and/or community.
  • help families in reaching out to community resources/agencies