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What does a high school counsellor do?


All of the counsellors here at Tupper are available to provide Personal, Academic and Career Counselling.


Personal Counselling Includes:

    ·       Discussing Relationship Issues (Friends or Family)

    ·        Discussing Issues around:

·        Stress

·        Anxiety

·        Depression

·        Grief/Loss

·        Self-Esteem

     ·        Conflict Management

     ·        Exploring your Strengths, Needs, Values


Academic Counselling Includes:

     ·        Hel​p to set and achieve academic/educational goals

     ·        Help in discovering strengths and needs when it comes to          educational success

     ·        Assist in questions about Program and Course Selection

       ·       Provide tips on: study methods, techniques and environments

      ·      Provide general information about Post-Secondary, Admission       Requirements and Scholarships


Career Counselling Includes:

    ·  Helping explore Personal Goals, Aptitudes, Interests, Achievements, and Career Plans

    ·  Help show the correlation between School Subjects, Extracurriculars and Work/Careers

    ·  Help in developing Job Search Skills, and Application Strategies​



In addition to the above, a Tupper counsellor:


-Helps with course planning and problem solving with student course schedules.



-Offers counselling in a crisis, including suicide risk assessment, and offers support in finding ongoing outside counselling, if needed.


-Teaches and facilitates guidance lessons. 


-Facilitates access to medical or financial supports for students and families in need, and external health and wellness supports in the community.


-Takes a student-centered approach to confidential counselling, whenever possible.


- Attends appointments and meetings for/with students working with outside agencies, as needed (BC Children's Hospital, MCFD, Child and Youth Mental Health)


-Helps students explore alternative or enrichment and career options within the VSB.


-Meets with students and their families to help support students academically, emotionally, and socially.


-Writes letters for scholarships


-Attends School Based Team meetings


-Attends discipline meetings with administration as the student's advocate



How do I know which counsellor to contact?

Grade 9-12 students have a single counsellor, while grade 8s are shared alphabetically among the counsellors.   

CANCAR, M.                    Local 7602

Grade 9 Counsellor 

Link Crew Coordinator​


ELLIS, J.                                    Local 7605

Grade 10 Counsellor

Grade 8 Counsellor, Last Names (A-G)


HIGENBOTTAM, W.        Local 7604
(for HIGENBOTTAM, W. mat leave)

Grade 11 Counsellor

Grade 8 Counsellor, Last Names (H-Q)

 LEE, J.                                      Local 7601

Grade 12 Counsellor

Grade 8 Counsellor, Last Names (R-Z) 


Who can I contact in my community for help if I am concerned about a counselling-related concern?

Vancouver Crisis Centre: Distress Line- 604-872-3311


Online Support for Youth:

Child and Youth Mental Health: Raven Song,2450 Ontario St. 3rd Floor, intake Tuesdays 9am-4pm, 604 872-8441

Substance use and prevention concerns: SACY program

Tupper contact:

Suicide Prevention:

Tell someone, like a school counsellor, if you have concerns or thoughts about suicide.
Call the Suicide prevention line- 1-800-SUICIDE
Call 911 directly if it is an emergency

General resources for mental wellness: