Hello! My name is Michelle Waddell and I am the school counsellor. 

The best way to contact me is through email:

Confident on My Own

Confident On My Own
September 26 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
or October 15 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
For: Parents and caregivers and their children ages 10 or older
Are you beginning to think about leaving your child home alone for short periods of time?
Join us with your child online as we facilitate scenario-based learning to encourage independence at home.
For more information visit:
*Note that completion of this workshop does not certify your child to be home alone. Only parents/guardians can decide if their children are capable of this responsibility.

To register visit:

Free Professional Counselling Sessions Remotely

The City University in Canada, Virtual Counselling Clinic offers no cost professional counselling sessions remotely to clients living across Alberta via a secured video conferencing platform. Services are provided by Master of Counselling Internship Students in the final year of their graduate degree, and are under the direction of a Registered Psychologist. 

For more information please visit:



Phone: 780 918 8290

Strathcona County Services

Sometimes Life is Complicated…

  • Solutions Navigators and Family Resource Facilitators are skilled, passionate individuals that use a strength based, forward looking approach to support families of school aged children.
  • Your designated Solutions Navigator/Family Resource Facilitator will keep ongoing, regular connection and communication with you or the key contact for your school throughout the year.
  • Navigators/Facilitators can help support parents, youth, adults, and seniors with family supports and outreach, as well as things like finances, subsidies, housing, forms and applications.
  • Navigators/Facilitators also offer supports including skill building, education, guidance, and access to community resources including counselling.  Navigators/Facilitators will be sharing our parent skill building opportunities with you.
  • No appointment is required, and services are free.

Parenting is a journey, and everyone needs help sometimes.

The Strathcona County Family Resource Network offers a range of parenting supports and services including: 

  • Information on child and youth development 
  • Discussing challenges and individualized parenting plans 
  • In-home, phone or virtual options

Counselling Services

Family and Community Services (FCS) is offering both virtual and telephone counselling in its efforts to help residents feel safe, supported and connected. At this time, residents are invited to phone FCS at 780-464-4044 to access supports, including phone or virtual counselling.

  • We are all impacted by COVID-19. Many of us are experiencing the impacts of financial stress, job loss, domestic violence, restrictions on seeing loved ones and friends or major changes to daily routines. People may feel uncertain, anxious, isolated, irritable, lonely or even have a sense of grief and loss.
  • Counsellors are available on Mondays and Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • No appointment is needed. Call and you will be connected to the next available counsellor.  

Strathcona County Family Resource Network

Kids have Stress Too


We listen.  We support.  We connect.

Our call-in hours are:Monday and Friday 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 8:30 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

For more information:

 call 780-464-4044


Triple S – Skills, Support and Self-Care Parenting Sessions

Are you hoping to increase your parenting skills and learn with a group of people facing the same challenges you are? Welcome to the Triple S Parenting Sessions for parents of kids 4-12 years.  This series of interactive and educational workshops was designed to help parents master foundational strategies that will promote healthy relationships, child development and conflict resolution in your home.  For more information and to register go to

Alberta Health Services offer FREE sessions for parents and caregivers on the following topics:

  1. Mindfulness for the Whole Family
  2. Technology and the Teenage Brain
  3. More than Just a Bad Day – Understanding and Supporting Youth with Depression and Self-Injury
  4. Keeping Scattered Kids on Track
  5. Supporting Self-Regulation in Elementary School Children
  6. Parenting Strategies that Promote Positive Mental Health
  7. Breaking the Cycle of Anxiety
  8. Junior High Jitters
  9. Test Anxiety

For more information and to register, go to

Caregiver Education Series

The Division, in partnership with Alberta Health Services and Elk Island Catholic Schools, is hosting a series of caregiver information sessions focused on ways to support students’ mental health. The sessions are free and geared toward parents, caregivers, teachers and community members who want to learn more about challenges impacting children and adolescents. This year, session topics include anxiety, ADHD, depression, self-harm, technology, teens and teaching leadership skills, and more.

Visit the Division calendar to see all scheduled caregiver sessions.

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Caregiver Education Series - These free sessions are for parents, caregivers, teachers and community members to learn about mental health challenges that can impact children and youth. Click here for the Fall Catalogue:

Connect Parent is a nine week program for parents of children between 10 and 17. It provides a new perspective on relationships and adolescent development. Parents meet in small groups with two trained leaders for 90 minutes each week. Interested in attending? Call Strathcona County Family and Community Services at 780-464-4044.