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

The best way to contact me is through email:

Free Summer Programs

Strathcona County is offering the following FREE summer programs.  Please go to

Kindergarten to Grade 3 Programs

Kimochis (ideal for children moving into Kindergarten to grade 3)

Come meet the cute and cuddly Kimochis characters and hear their stories. Kimochis communication tools help children practice expressing their feelings in a fun, interactive way.

Date: Mondays, July 5 – August 16, 2021

Time: 9 – 9:30 a.m.

Format: Online

Calming Spaces

Having a calming space in your home helps provide your kids a place to self-regulate and practice positive coping skills. Join us to learn how to create a calming space and for suggestions on how to make it effective for your family.

Date: Wednesday, July 7, July 14 or August 18 (only register for one date – its the same content for all three dates)

Time: 5 – 5:45 p.m. (pick up kit prior to)

Format: Online

Grade 4 – 6 Programs

Mindful Minds (ideal for children moving into grade 4 to grade 6)

Do you ever feel big emotions like anger, frustration or worry? Do you ever feel hyper or silly? We all do. Find out what’s happening in our bodies when we feel these emotions and learn some fun techniques to calm your body and brain down.

Date: Thursdays, July 7 – August 18, 2021

Time: 11 – 11:30 a.m.

Format: Online (limited space; all supplies provided)

Expressing Me Confident Creativity (half day program for youth grades 4 – 6)

At Expressing Me, participants will be led through creative projects that develop their personal expression and resiliency. Participants will get to explore different mediums of art, try new creative challenges, and develop their confidence. Splash some paint, create calming crafts, and express your unique self with us this summer!

In person (limited space)

    • July 5 – 8 (Mon to Thurs) 
      • 1 - 4 p.m. Broadmoor Lake Park
    • July 8 – 22 (runs every Thurs) 
      • 9 – 12 noon Ardrossan
    • July 12 – 15 (Mon to Thurs)
      • 1 - 4 p.m. Cloverbar Ranch
    • July 19 – 22 (Mon to Thurs)
      • 1 - 4 p.m. Emerald Hills Regional Park 
    • July 26 – 29 (Mon to Thurs) 
      • 1 - 4 p.m. Broadmoor Lake Park

Exploring Me Outdoor Adventures (half day program for youth grades 4 – 6)

At Exploring Me participants will get active outdoors while learning about themselves, facing challenges, and exploring their surroundings! Participants will discover new things about themselves and about their natural environment. Get outside, have fun, and build your growth mindset with us this summer!

In person (limited space)

    • August 3 - 5 (Tues to Thurs) 
      • 1 - 4 p.m. Cloverbar Ranch
    • Aug 5 – 19 (runs every Thurs) 
      • 9 – 12 noon Ardrossan
    • August 16 - 19 (Mon to Thurs) 
      • 1 - 4 p.m. Broadmoor Lake Park

Parenting Resources

Topic: Keeping them Safe while Helping them Grow: Supporting children’s emotional growth in challenging times

Date: April 21 Time: 7 - 8:30 pm Location: Virtual via Microsoft Teams Live Event

Teams Link:

Parenting Books:

Drop the Worry Ball by Dr. Alex Russell

How to talk so kids will listen and listen so kids will talk  - Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish

You and Your Anxious Child – Anne Marie Albano

Under Pressure by Lisa Damour, PhD.

Screen Wise – Helping Kids Thrive in their Digital World – Devorah Heitner, PhD.


Caregiver Education Series

The AHS Children, Youth and Families - Addiction and Mental Health Caregiver Education Team is proud to be able to continue to offer free programming for parents and caregivers of children and youth through our new partnership with the Mental Health Foundation. In response to the global pandemic, our programming continues to be offered virtually at this time.

See the attached newsletter for more information on topics, dates, times, and registration.

Here are all of the FREE sessions AHS is offering for our families.  These sessions include how to support your child’s self-regulations and a series on anxiety.  Please go HERE to register for these FREE sessions!

CYF Caregiver Education July & August 2021

or visit:

Visit our website for tip sheets, videos, and more!

Strathcona County Services

The county has some great sessions this summer, including “Parenting Strategies that Promote Positive Mental Health”, “Supporting Kids Through Change”, and “Supporting Self-Regulation”. These are all FREE sessions. 

Strathcona County Family Resource Network

Parenting is a journey and everyone needs help sometimes. The Family Resource Network offers a range of FREE parenting supports and services including:
• Information on child and youth development
• Working through parenting challenges
• Supporting unique parenting plans
• Connecting to community resources
• In-home and virtual parenting support
For more information, call Family and Community Services at 780-464-4044 or email

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

Check this out!

Youth Mental Health Resource Hub (Alberta Government): A hub of relevant resources to help you take care of yourself and look out for the people you love during this challenging time. 

Togetherall is a new virtual mental health resource from Alberta Health Services.  Togetherall is a clinically moderated, online peer-to-peer mental health community that empowers individuals to anonymously seek and provide support 24/7. Togetherall is free to all Albertans aged 16+, register using your Alberta postal code.

Primary Care Network   The Sherwood Park PCN Mental Health (MH) Program offers a variety of free services on a referral-only basis: Initial assessments, treatment plans, and navigational assistance are provided by mental health clinicians for children (pre-school & up), adolescents, and adults. Please note, the clinic is not a counselling center and does not provide ongoing services/treatment.  

Important Mental Health Numbers:

Addiction Helpline – 1-866-332-2322

Community Resources – 211 Alberta

Crisis Text Line - Text CONNECT to 741741

Family Violence – Find Supports – 310-1818

Income Supports – 1-866-644-5135

Kids Help Phone – 1-800-668-6868 or text CONNECT to 686868

Mental Health Helpline – 1-877-303-2642