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Choosing one’s path in life—whether it involves higher education, participating in an apprenticeship or directly entering the workforce—requires time and planning. Keep reading to learn the requirements to graduate from high school, and how to fulfil these requirements in either daytime or evening classes.

Makingmyway.ca offers online resources and tools to help students make informed decisions and explore their options after high school, including:

  • Videos of Peel graduates
  • Flash movies
  • Jobs of the future
  • Tips for parents
  • Careers with links to training
  • Links to online resources

The Rick Hansen Secondary School Counselling Department is committed to working with you and your child to ensure that your child is welcomed and feels supported in all areas of their schooling, as well as their own well-being. We believe in having open lines of communication between you and your child as it is integral to promoting the supportive climate we strive for. We look forward to working with you and your child this school year.


Counsellors are available in the morning before classes, during lunch, and after school. Students are required to book an appointment (unless it is an emergency) to see their guidance counsellor through Ms. De Angelis. If a parent wishes to see a counsellor, they should book an appointment. Parents are also encouraged to contact their child's guidance counsellor by phone. Appointments are required to register a child at Rick Hansen Secondary School.

 Counselling Staff

Each counsellor is responsible for a group of students. A student's counsellor is determined by the first letter of the student's last name:


·   H. Mousa: A, Sai-Saq

·   T. Birrell: B-Hus, Sar-Shag

·   A. Stalteri: Hut-Max, Shah-Shak

·   C. Mottram (Department Head): May-Sah, Shal-Shq

·   S. Richardson: Shr-Z


Guidance Secretary

-  L. De Angelis


The Counselling Department can help students in the following ways:

Educational Guidance

• Course selection and program planning

• Resolving timetable concerns

• Identifying alternate methods of achieving credits (i.e. summer school, night school, distance learning, alternative schooling options)

• Investigating post-secondary pathways (i.e. workplace, apprenticeship, college, university)

• Providing information about scholarships, bursaries, and student loans

• Academic supports

• Volunteerism

Personal Counselling
• Dealing with problems at school, home, or work
• Providing contact information for other community agencies and resources
• Providing information about leadership opportunities




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