Ms. J. Savill, Department Head (ext. 5525) A-D, N,O, ELAWS
Mrs. D. Duimering (ext. 5526) P-Z, Lifeskills
Ms. K. Enns-Hildebrand (ext. 5527) E-L
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EXPLORE your Future with the Business Education Partnership

Deciding which career path to follow is a difficult decision for many youth. The Business & Education Partnership of Waterloo Region is excited to announce our Explore Your Future event. This free event provides a unique opportunity for youth in grades 7 – 12 (and their parents/guardians!) to explore future career options and attend informative breakout sessions.

Talk with local employers to learn about future career options, community organizations about programs/services that can prepare youth for their careers, and education/training institutions about programs available.

Who Should Attend?

  • Youth in grades 7 – 12 who are making decisions about courses, careers, and education pathways

  • Parents/Guardians of the youth in grades 7 – 12

  • Educators who assist youth with career planning and exploration

If you are interested in attending this FREE event, please register here!


Volunteers Age 17 & Older needed for Summer Camp

Gale Presbyterian Church Elmira, August 20th – August 24th, 8:30 am to 4 pm

Contact Amy Hopper at:

Cell: 519-501-0883


March Break Movement Workshop

Self-Harm and Recognition focus for students ages 13-18 who have dealt with self-harm issues.

March Break Movement Workshop Poster


Mental Health Workshops at Grand River Collegiate – open to all

Grand River Collegiate Institute Presents


Mental Health supports available to Woolwich residents:

Dial it Down – Anxiety OTN

  • How to influence factors that escalate anxiety and panic attacks
  • Drug free tips
  • Learn self-regulation skills

Fireside Hangout Poster

  • ages 16-21 – No Parents Allowed!

Mental Health Resources and Information

  • Drop in Program – learn about helpful resources for you and your family

Mental Wellbeing – Compassionate Listening

  • Being present for others and for ourselves during difficult times
  • Support for you and your family

Mental Wellbeing – What’s the Best Fit for You

  • Support for you and your Family
  • Introduction to a variety of approaches to counselling/therapy

Self Help Elmira Peer Support 3

  • Depression & Anxiety Group
  • Addictions Group
  • Supporting the Supporter


New Teacher Education Program at University of Windsor:  Concurrent Communication, Media and Film and Education

  • Students will be at the centre of exploring the most dynamic changes in our increasingly complex media landscape, while learning to teach, with a particular emphasis on Communications Technology at the intermediate and senior levels (grade 7 – 12).


Conquering Teen Anxiety at MacGregor Public School in Waterloo, Thursday Feb. 22nd, 6-8pm

Free Event for Parents, Caregivers and Students



Gr. 10 Family Night at University of Waterloo – February 22, 2018

Gr. 10 students and their families are invited to visit the U of W to learn about programs of study.


Cops and Youth – Program for Youth every Tuesday evening from September 2018 to November 2018

Learn about what police officers do in the community AND earn your 40 hours Community Service!

Cops and Youth – Course Outline

Cops and Youth – Course Registration Form


Woolwich Youth Centre February Activity Calendar

Woolwich Youth Centre:  Homework Club Poster


Want to quit smoking?  Get FREE counselling, support, and medication if you are age 24 or under.


Summer Jobs Available at Area Parks – Grand River Conservation Authority:

Gate Attendant


Park Maintenance

Security (Must be over 18)


Need Volunteer Hours? Check out the Volunteer Opportunities at the Volunteer Action Centre: Includes opportunities for March Break too!


Night School Winter 2018


Discover Vet School at University of Guelph – January 13th or March 3rd

Register for one or both days to learn more!


December 15th is the EDSS target deadline date for College and University applications!  If you have questions, please see your Guidance Counsellor as soon as possible.

Ontario Universities' Application Centre





Pre-Med and Pre-Veterinarian Programs at Trent: Guaranteed Admission to Medical or Veterinary school (outside Canada) from Medical or Veterinary Pathway program at Trent.  (Must meet in-course and other requirements in order to qualify.)


Apprenticeship Careers at Linamar in Guelph!  Apply online at Linamar’s website for Apprenticeship opportunities in Electrical, Machining, and Millwright. Apply by Jan. 24, 2018.  Use the job numbers below for the appropriate posting number.

#7644BR “OSS Graduate 2018 Apprentice – Electrical”
#7643BR “OSS Graduate 2018 Apprentice – Machinist”
#7642BR “OSS Graduate 2018 Apprentice – Millwright”

Linamar Apprenticeship Poster 2017


Volunteer to wrap gifts at Conestoga Mall tonight!

Our friends over at Epilepsy South Central Ontario need volunteer help Friday, Dec 8 from 5-9pm.
Date: Friday, December 8
Time: Between the hours of 5:00-9:00
Where: Conestoga Mall
What: Gift Wrapping presents for mall patrons, all the money raised go directly to supporting Epilepsy South Central Ontario.
If you are interested please contact Jennifer (she runs Epilepsy South Central Ontario) her email is
Any and all help will be appreciated! It’s a really fun volunteer gig, in fact my youth action team and me are headed to the mall right now to go do a shift!
Thank you and have a nice night,


Physics Summer Program for High School Students at Perimeter Institute – Apply by March 29th, 2018


Mohawk College Open House Rescheduled:  Fennell Campus Dec. 9, 10am – 1pm.  Stoney Creek  Campus Dec. 12, 4pm – 7pm.


Summer Program: Quantum Cryptography School Applications Open Now


Summer Employment Fair Nov. 25th at Kitchener City Hall










University Degrees and Job Market Article


Are you thinking about Working and Traveling Overseas?  If you are a Canadian between 18 and 35, International Experience Canada can help you get a work permit in over 30 countries and territories.


Volunteer Opportunity – Wonders of Winter at Waterloo Park

December Volunteer Dates 2nd, 8th, 9th, 15th, 16th, 23rd, 29th, 30th, 31st

Volunteers Dress as Santa’s helper (costume supplied) – walking around asking for donations, encouraging people to attend the play

If interested in this volunteer opportunity, contact Rob Dawson at 519-584-5374 or email


Community Supports Available at Woolwich Community Services in Elmira


Shad Valley Applications are due by November 20th: Intended for exceptional students to experience a month-long summer program to help recognize their capabilities and envision their extraordinary potential as tomorrow’s leaders and change makers. Each year, SHAD provides the opportunity for 900 students from across Canada and internationally.



Canadian GSA Student Leader Conference – Apply now! This event will take place in May 2018 in Toronto.


Agricultural Industry – Report indicates there are 3 jobs for every graduate from University of Guelph’s College of Agriculture!  


Save for Education through Canada Learning Bond



Grad Parent Night-2017 Power Point

Graduate Pathways Planning Sheet 2017

NOTE:  There is no charge for students returning for a 5th year at EDSS.  Students need 30 credits to graduate, but they may take up to 34 credits. There are many students who return for a full semester at EDSS after Gr. 12.


Grad Parent Night! Parents of Gr. 12 students are invited to attend an information session on Thursday October 5th at 6:30 PM in the EDSS Library. Requirements for Apprenticeship, Workplace, College and University pathways will be outlined by Guidance staff along with ways to help finance education costs. 



Interested in Sheridan College? Need a Portfolio? Take their workshops and develop your portfolio at the same time.


Go ENG Girl for Girls in Gr. 7, 8, 9, and 10:  Explore the exciting field of Engineering

Conestoga College October 14th

University of Waterloo October 14th


LORAN Scholarship Applications: Are you a well-rounded Gr. 12 student with extensive community volunteer experience, student leadership experience at school, and have a great academic record? Scholarships of $100,000 will be awarded to qualified applicants.  You must see your Guidance Counsellor as soon as possible if you wish to apply.

Horatio Alger Scholarship: If you have critical financial need and are planning on pursuing a degree after high school, you may qualify for this scholarship.  Talk to your Guidance Counsellor if you wish to apply for this scholarship.  October 25th Deadline.


Save the dates! 

Ontario Universities' Fair

September 22-24 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, 10am to 5pm daily. Register in advance for a mobile app to easily scan information from your preferred schools.


Ontario College Fair:  October 24 5-9pm, Oct. 25 9am-2pm


Where:  Enercare Centre Toronto, Exhibition Place

Attend the fair to find out about:

  • programs
  • residence
  • extracurricular activities
  • scholarships.

Conestoga College

Can’t make it to the Ontario college Fair? Conestoga College is hosting the Regional College Fair where you will be able to meet representatives from many other Ontario Colleges on October 17.


October 18th University and College Fair at SJAM! Any students and parents interested in visiting college/university representatives is welcome at SJAM from 4:30-6:30.  We would encourage Gr. 10 and 11 students to attend as well. 



Energy Conservation Student Summer Job with Waterloo Region District School Board: Apply by May 18th!

Energy Conservation Summer Student Grant Positions



Job Fair for long-term work: If you are entering the workplace after graduation, check out this opportunity!

May 11th Job Fair Waterloo


UPDATED Scholarships and Bursaries

Some Scholarships and Bursaries are Specific to EDSS Students. Check out the options to help fund your education.



Helicopter Pilot Training

GLHC 2017 Complete Brochure


US College Expo in Toronto: For Students/Parents who are interested in studying in the US

May 7th at Roy Thomson Hall



Volunteers Needed for KW Brain Tumour Walk

Help needed with Registration, Set-up, Guides, T-Shirt Distribution, Water and Snack Distribution

7am-1pm Sunday June 11th, Waterloo Park

Contact Renee at to volunteer!



Volunteer Opportunity in Community – Tree Planting, Clean-up Day April 2017 Healthy Communities for Observer


Special Needs in Higher Education – Free for Parents/Guardians, Educators and Students

Sat. April 29 at Wilfrid Laurier University (Hosted by KidsAbility)

Students with Special Needs –“From High School to Higher Learning”.   The focus is on preparing students with special needs and their families to transition from high school to post-secondary education.  Registration is open and there is no cost to attend.

Topics will include:
Academic Supports – What are they and why are they necessary?
Campus Life – How accessible are our campuses?
Preparing for Post-Secondary – A panel discussion including recent graduates with special needs


Grade 11 Girls Catalyst Engineering Conference

For Girls interested in Engineering

Overnight event April 28-30 at U of Waterloo campus

Variety of workshops, Guest speakers and challenges

$200 Cost – includes all accommodations, food and programming



Careers Exploration Event for WRDSB Students Grades 7-12 and Parents/Guardians

Explore Your Future event on April 12, 2017, 6:00 – 9:00pm

Bingemans Conference Centre – Ballroom

Hosted by The Business and Education Partner


The event format will be 1) an exhibition area with employers, community organizations, and education/training representatives; 2) informative breakout sessions for youth and parents/guardians.

This is an opportunity for youth and parents to talk with local employers about future career options; talk with community organizations about services/programs available to prepare youth for their careers; and talk with education/training institutions about their programs.  The vision for this event is to provide youth with information and resources that they can use to make their career decisions, and to provide youth and parents with a springboard to continue to career exploration conversation at home or school.


Jill of All Trades: Exciting Trades Day at Conestoga College in Kitchener for High School Girls

Try Hands-on experience in many different trade areas and meet women who have made a career in the trades

Jill_Trades_Flyer_2017 See your Guidance Counsellor for Application forms


Women in Skilled Trades: If you are 16, have your high school diploma, and want to try Carpentry apply for this FREE program at Conestoga College starting in September

Women in Skilled Trades General Carpenter_Flyer See your Guidance Counsellor for more information


Aboriginal Students in Skilled Trades – Apply by April 7th

AboriginalSkillsCompConference-FLYER 2017


Canadian Medical Hall of Fame – Health Sciences Scholarship

If you are graduating high school this June and plan to attend a Health Sciences program in fall, you may be eligible for this scholarship.  Apply by June 10, 2017.


Part-time Job Opportunity with Local Company: 9-10 hours/week

AppleFlats Flyer


NEW BURSARY FOR EDSS: Female Students with Financial Need applying to a 4-year degree program in Science (including Nursing), Engineering, or Business

Caven Hall Bursary Outline 2017

Caven Hall Bursary Application 2017 form

Caven Hall Bursary Student Budget


Updated Scholarship List

Scholarships and Bursaries2


Supporting Trans Students Webinars

Webinar – Educators and School Staff for Trans Students – March 23rd

Webinar – Families and Teachers of Trans Students – March 22nd

Webinar – Parents of Trans Students March 21st


Taste Your Future Contest

Enter the contest to share your idea of a great food or process and have the chance to win $2000!


March Break at University of Waterloo
March Break at Ryerson
March Break at Lakehead
Manufacturing Employment Fair – APPLY BY March 22nd, 2017
– Opportunity for graduating students to apply for work for the summer with the possibility of extending to full-time afterwards
– Must be motivated, willing to learn and work
MFG Employment Fair Job Postings(March 3-17)
WRDSB MFG Employment Timelines(2017)
Student Interview Request Form(2017)

$2000 Libro Student Awards Applications are now open.  31 Awards available!


Discovering Digital Media Days – Waterloo Stratford Campus

Alternative Photography April 5th

Internet of Things May 16th


Fentanyl and Other Drugs – Information Session for Caregivers and Parents March 21st

Fentanyl Information Night


Tech Day for Gr. 9 Girls at U of W Mathematics March 4-5!

Future Techmaker Girls


Scholarship Deadline Approaching: Kitchener Sports Association$1,500.

2017 KSA Application


New Scholarship Opportunity: Oratorical Competition sponsored by the Optimist Club of St. Jacobs

Application/Speech Submission Deadline:  April 7th

Oratorical Promo


Volunteer Opportunites! Check it out for Kitchener Public Library, House of Friendship and more.


Perimeter Institute – Inspiring Future Women in Science Conference

Thursday, March 23, 2017 from 9:00 am – noon. 

The conference brings together like-minded young women who have a strong interest in pursuing science as a career path and are currently enrolled in high school.
The conference is designed to provide female high school students with opportunity to interact with STEM professionals through keynotes, panel discussions, and mentoring.

Registration Form Complete and return by March 8 to email address on registration form.



Gr. 10 Opportunity at University of Waterloo May 14-18: Waterloo Unlimited

Ideal Candidates are:

  • well-rounded academic achievers: literate, articulate, numerate, and collaborative
  • engaged with and contribute positively to family, community, and public good; and
  • curious about an array of subjects, creative, positive, responsible, and enthusiastic self-starters!

Application Deadline:  Thursday March 23rd, 2017


Youth Ambassadors Program – Canada to US Summer Exchange



New Mental Health Resource for Teens:

Resources Around Me Type in your Town/City to find Youth Resources in any area of Ontario


Are you interested in Photography, Videos or Smart Technology? University of Waterloo’s Stratford Campus is hosting Digital Media Days for students in Gr. 11 and 12.



FREE Pre-Apprentice Programs at Conestoga College

Pre-Apprentice Information Flyer_2017

Night School Semester 2 – Blended Online Format

Student information

Registration form for Students Not Currently Attending a WRDSB High School

WRDSB Night School Brochure

Militia Coop for 2017-18: Students interested in this coop should attend the information session on January 19, 2017.

Militia Co-op Flyer-2017-18

Are you a leadership-minded student headed to University? Check out this article on Labour Studies Programs at Ontario Universities.


Volunteer Opportunities! If you want to help in the community or need some volunteer hours, read Nov. 21-25 Volunteer Opportunities!

Career  Pathways Information Night Mohawk

The Career Pathways Program is designed for students who may not have considered higher education for a variety of reasons including but not limited to:

  • Challenges with a traditional learning environment
  • Alternate learning styles
  • Learning disabilities

Waterloo Unlimited:  March Break opportunity for Grade 11 students interested in the theme of Design.

Ideal candidates are:

  • well-rounded academic achievers: literate, articulate, numerate, and collaborative
  • engaged with and contribute positively to family, community, and public good; and
  • curious about an array of subjects, creative, positive, responsible, and enthusiastic self-starters!


LGBTQ Grief and Loss Support Group: Sessions start November 7th Grief Poster 2016

FREE Training for Woodworking Career at Conestoga College Woodworking Career Training Flyer

Age 18-30

  • Become Safety Certified
  • Receive ALL necessary equipment to start woodworking career including Work Boots, Safety Equipment, and Tools
  • Get a 2-4 week Work Placement at a local advanced wood processing company

U of Waterloo Stratford: Digital Media Days

Four events throughout the school year.

Do you have an eye for design, an entrepreneurial spirit, or a passion for business? The Discovering Digital Media Day series aims to inspire you.

Download the Event Waiver if you decide to attend.

Seeking Scholarships is a great resource for tips on finding scholarships, financing your education, and more!  Check out the link to All-in-One Scholarship Search.

Food Science Night at University of Guelph for Gr. 10-12 students and parents. Thursday October 20th.

Rainbow Parenting Sessions at K-W Counselling start on October 20th!


University Information Program Nov. 9 is at CAMERON HEIGHTS – not Huron Heights from 7pm-9pm.

Grad Parent Night Presentation: Parents who were not able to make it out to the evening may view the presentations by the Guidance Department.

Grad Parent Night 2016

Financial Presentation

Grad Parent Night Invitation October 6th.  Information for Parents about pathways for Grads: workplace, apprenticeship, college, or university. Guidance Counsellors will be present to answer questions you may have.

McGill University Open House October 30th Please be patient, this page takes a long time to load

Waterloo Aboriginal Education Centre: Areyou an Aboriginal Student in Grade 11-12 looking for amazing new opportunities? Experience the Directions on-campus program at U of Waterloo November 14-17.


Scholarship/Bursary News

  • Please read the updated 2016-17 Scholarships-and-Bursaries.
  • Complete the Profile Form given to you at the Grad meeting and return to your Guidance Counsellor.
  • Check each college/university you are applying to for Scholarship/Bursary applications.
  • EDSS students may wish to check the scholarship bulletin board in Guidance near Ms. Savill’s office.



Please read the Grad-Info-Sheet carefully so that you are aware of the dates and deadlines related to this year’s grad cycle.

If you are interested in university next year or in the future, plan to attend the Ontario University Fair in Toronto Sept. 23-25. Talk to academic advisors, professors and admissions officers.

Scholarship Opportunity:  Horatio Alger Canadian Scholarship Program If you are a student graduating in Spring 2017, exhibit a strong commitment to pursue a post-secondary degree, demonstrate critical financial need, and are involved in co-curricular and community activities, apply for this scholarship by October 25.

Study Law, Medicine and Business in the UK: Free information session at Hart House, University of Toronto on October 3rd, 2016. Students and parents interested must register online at

Ontario Science Centre Science School:  Take courses at the Ontario Science Centre and earn Grade 12 science and math credits to prepare for university. You must have strong grades, love science, have a desire to learn, and real interest in interacting with people.  Apply in spring of Gr. 11 to take Gr. 12 courses for one semester.

Sprout Ideas Camp – FREE for Ontario Students Grades 9-12 Five fun days of changing the world with industry mentors and friends.


Taste your Future: check out this website about careers in the Canadian Food Industry. Butcher, Baker, Food Scientist, and Food Processing are just some of the careers in this industry.


Mon Sheong Foundation Golden Jubilee Award of Excellence Scholarship for students in high school who will be attending university or college in the fall of 2016 or already in a program, can demonstrate financial need, is pursuing study in the field of healthcare, social work, or education, has an average of 80% or higher, and is a Canadian citizen or permanent resident. Golden Jubilee Awards of Excellence Scholarship Application 2


Are you a creative person aged 15+? Ontario College of Art and Design has a summer opportunity for you.   In this exciting week long program, you will participate in workshops that explore 2D and 3D design, studio art practices, digital media and art from an Indigenous perspective and examine the many ways creative thinkers are connecting with an ever expanding list of industries and communities.


PRIDE Prom – Free Event Saturday May 7th. Tickets must be reserved in advance.

LGBTQ Family Event:  Films suitable for family viewing at the Apollo in Kitchener May 8th

Rainbow Reels:  May 5-8 Queer and Trans Film Festival

Positive Spaces Waterloo

LGBTQ Positive Spaces:  Find supports in your area

OK2BME   Supports and Resources for Students and Parents


Volunteer Opportunity for the April 22nd PD Day:  Get together with other students to talk about ideas to strengthen neighbourhoods and engage with students who face obstacles.


Legacy Scholarship Program for Students planning to attend post-secondary education Fall 2016:

Automotive – $5000                         Bishop’s University – $7000                      St. Jerome’s at University of Waterloo – $5000

Must have 70% minimum cumulative average in required courses for post-secondary program.

Must demonstrate financial need.


Have you applied to a Business/Finance Program at a college or university for Fall 2016? Apply for the Dennis Daub Scholarship. Applications due by May 27, 2016.


Students with disabilities or a mental health diagnosis who will attend Conestoga College in fall 2016 are encouraged to register for Discovery Day, PASS or STEPS at Conestoga College. See flyers below for details.

Brochure-PASS & STEPS-2016-DONE-1


Parenting Skills Workshop for parents of LGBTQ teens.  Please see Rainbow Parenting Poster for registration information.


Are you interested in a career in Engineering?  Check out the Engineers Canada website for information.



Science Day for girls Gr. 9-12: University of Guelph Ms.Infinity-2016_Poster


CCC – March Break Job Fair 2016 poster March 15th for both Permanent and Seasonal Job Opportunities!


Update your Resume with help from Professionals at Lutherwood’s Ultimate Summer Job Search Boot Camp (2016)


Lutherwood YJC summer program info sheet (Feb 2016)

Part 1: Learn skills in Goal setting & Career Exploration, Budgeting, Managing social media, Resume building, Job Search, Interview Skills and On the Job skills

Part 2: Paid 8 week summer job placement!


Food Science Night at University of Guelph


Course Selection Information 2016-17


Internet Safety Presentation coming up at Floradale Public School in early March for Adults Only Internet Safety


Girls Aviation Day at Waterloo-Wellington Airport:  March 5th 10am-4pm FREE!!


Are you fascinated by the Human Brain? University of Waterloo Kinesiology Department’s Brain Bee is an opportunity to learn more!


Post Secondary Bursary Available:  Have you been involved in hockey as a player/referee/coach for at least three years? You may be eligible for the Ontario Hockey Association Bursary fund for your post secondary program.


Kitchener Sports Association Scholarship


University of Waterloo Gr. 10 Family Night Open to any Gr. 10 students interested in attending University of Waterloo.


Enrichment for Gr. 10s – Waterloo Unlimited at University of Waterloo.  Application is due in early March.


Go Code Girl at University of Waterloo, Feb. 6, 10am-4pm for girls interested in Computing and Engineering Fields.


Interesting Article: Does your Major matter?



Conestoga Day Program March 1st or 2nd for Young Women interested in Trades

TNT Day Information Sheet 2016

TNT Day Registration Form March 2016


Parenting Teenagers:  Handling Social MediaSeven ways parents can help 13-year-olds start their social media lives right


Teen Boys: There is a new service at Kids Help Phone developed for Teen Boys. Check it out for information on Relationships and Dating, Fitting In, or Depression.


Grad Newsletter:  If you are a Gr. 12 student you should have received a copy of the Grad Newsletter 2015-16


University of Waterloo experience designed for high school students of exceptional potential:

Details, including an easily printable flyer to distribute to students, available here: Waterloo unlimited

Expect an immersive, pre-university experience focused on exploring cutting-edge research discoveries with professors, and the chance to engage with current student researchers. Also included: an introduction to the art and science of reading academic papers.


Use Aeroplan Miles to Help Pay for Higher Education!

Employment Articles

10 Hardest Jobs to Fill in Canada

Canada’s Hiring Projection for 2016 (one person’s opinion)

Most Sought After Skills in Canada

Key Words Employers Look for in a Resume