My name is Michelle Waddell and I am the school counsellor.  I am here in the building on Tuesday's & Friday's and alternate Wednesday's.

Please do not hesitate to contact me at



Co-Parenting Workshop - Sherwood Park on May 5 or 12.

The workshop offers skills for people who are co-parenting with an ex-partner. iRelate (Laurie Chubb and Jeanette Harcus) offers two dates so that both parents might attend without having to attend with the ex partner present. Click Co-Parenting Workshop poster for more information.

Challenges with Anxiety for Children - Dr. Reynolds will discuss common challenges with anxiety for children, and how these can develop into challenges for teenagers and adults over time. Links between giftedness and anxiety will also be discussed. Parent strategies to help their children will be explored, with a focus on everyday resilience strategies that are practical in the home. Dr. Shawn Reynolds is a psychologist with Nexus Psychology in Sherwood Park. This practices focuses on psychoeducational assessment of children and youth, and he also works with children and adults with obsessive-compulsive challenges. His daughter Kalina is a lifer at New Horizons, and is currently in grade 6. His family is active at Sherwood Park Alliance Church, and he will be giving this presentation if he survives a half-marathon he’s attempting on May 6.  Please RSVP to Lori Vigfusson if you plan to attend.

Community Support

As a close-knit community, we know many children, parents and community members are dealing with trauma, directly or indirectly related to the recent Humboldt Broncos tragedy. It is during these times that connections and support become increasingly important. While everyone reacts to and deals with traumatic events differently, please know Strathcona County’s professional support services are available for anyone who needs to talk.

No appointment is needed, and this is a “pay what you can afford” service (starting at $0). Services are available at various times, Monday through Friday. Visit or call 780-464-4044 for more information. Attached is a poster sharing these services, for your use.

Free Parenting Sessions

Please check out the following links for free parenting sessions on topics such as anxiety, resiliency and executive functioning.

Sleeping your way to Better Mental Health

Breaking the Cycle of Anxiety: A Step by Step Approach

Promoting Success in Learning by Building Executive Functioning Skills

Technology and the Teenage Brain