Week celebrates school counsellors

Mike Peterson is one of three school counsellors at Colonel Gray High School.

School counsellor Mike Peterson says there’s no such thing as an average workday for him.

On a given day, Peterson’s role at Colonel Gray High School puts him in contact with many different students on an equally different number of issues. He is one of 64 counsellors working at 59 English and French schools across Prince Edward Island who are being celebrated this week during Canadian School Counselling Week February 6 to 10.

“Even the days where you have your calendar filled and you think you know how it’s going to go, it never goes that way,” Peterson said. “I’m always helping somebody, but it’s always different the way that I am helping them.”

School counsellors week recognizes the contributions of school counsellors to the personal, social, academic, career development, mental health and well-being of all students in Canada. All school counsellors require a bachelor’s degree in education and a master’s degree in counselling psychology, human development or social work.

“The social emotional well-being of students is one of our top three goals. School counsellors are really on the front lines of recognizing and responding to students’ needs,” Education, Early Learning and Culture Minister Doug Currie said. “These hard-working professionals help Island students meet their academic goals and support their personal development, and we thank them for their commitment and for helping give our next generation the best possible start in life.”

To get in contact with a school counsellor, contact your child’s school by phone or visit your school’s website. For more information, visit Canadian School Counselling Week.

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