The Ontario Association for Counselling and Attendance Services (OACAS) is proud to announce that Executive members were granted a meeting with the Honourable Liz Sandals, Minister of Education. On May 25th, President Dianne Gauthier and Past President Erin Fitzgerald sat down with the Minister to highlight the role of Attendance Counsellors across the Province.
Discussions included current unproclaimed legislation, Learning to 18, home schooling concerns and ways the OACAS can further complement the Ministry’s goals in relation to student well-being. The meeting was very positive and productive and further details will be available at our June conference in Niagara.
The OACAS recognizes all the hard work Attendance Counsellors invest and we look forward to further collaboration with the Minister and multiple branches at the Ministry of Education to help support you and the students and families we work with on a daily basis.
The OACAS held it's annual conference June7-9 2016 at the Cairn Croft Best Western in Niagara Falls. It was very well received. Valuable and pertinent information was shared relevant to the work of attendance counselling. Stay tuned for information on next year's conference.
Attendance Counsellors' Certification Courses 2016-17
The next course will be:
October 13-14, 2016 in Belleville
Registration deadline is Sept 30/16, payment deadline is Oct. 5/16)
October 25-26, 2016 in Waterloo
*****Registration for this course is now CLOSED****
Payment deadline is Oct. 16/16 (room capacity has been reached)
May 15-16, 2017 in Thunder Bay
Registration deadline is April 28/17, payment deadline is May 5/17
Stay tuned for more dates and locations.
*We are now offering a student and group rate, 5 or more from the same board or agency $375/participant.
**Please note that if there are not sufficient numbers to run a course, it will be cancelled.
Coalition for Children and Youth Metal Health
Response to Consultation on the Next Phase in Ontario's Education Strategy - Nov. 2013
Members can download and read the response at /downloads/Documents For Members/CYMH Response to Consultation on Eduction Strategy.
FundingFor SAL Students
Members candownload the Ministry Memo to find out the particulars. Go to the download area download/document for members/Funding For SAL Students.