OBJECTIVES & ACTIVITIES.
The Council of School Counsellors (CSC) seeks to maintain and improve guidance programs and services throughout Alberta's schools.
To carry out its mandate, the CSC encourages professional development of practicing counsellors, and promotes the liaison of counsellors with other professionals in the helping professions.
Much of the work of the Council is done at the regional level and consists of conferences, meetings and liaison with outside agencies.
The Council holds a conference that serves to bring together widely known speakers and practitioners and that affords the opportunity for vital networking. In addition, to promote the profession and to honor those who excel, the Council grants the Murray Jampolsky award annually to an outstanding practicing school counsellor in the province.
The CSC publishes The Alberta Counselletter newsletter and the Canadian School Counselling Review journal (previously titled, The Alberta Counsellor).
Anyone who is working with students in a helping capacity or who has a special interest in assisting students to realize maximum benefit from their school experiences will benefit from involvement with the Guidance Council. Non-ATA members may join on a subscription basis.
Active members of the Alberta Teachers’ Association (ATA) and associate members who are eligible for active membership as specified in ATA bylaws are eligible for regular membership in specialist councils. This includes superintendents, deputy superintendents and teachers in charter, federal and private schools who are associate members of the ATA. Regular members are entitled to all the benefits and services of council membership including the right to vote and hold office. If you are a member of the ATA, all you have to do is click here and login to the your Alberta Teacher’s Association account (if you’ve never logged in, have your Teaching Certificate number handy).
Life members of the ATA are eligible for life membership in specialist councils and are entitled to all the benefits and services of council membership except the right to hold office. If you are a life member of the ATA, all you have to do is click here and login to the your Alberta Teacher’s Association account (if you’ve never logged in, have your Teaching Certificate number handy).
Student members of the ATA are eligible for student membership in specialist councils. Student members are entitled to all the benefits and services of council membership except the right to hold office. There is no fee for student members of the Association to become student members of a specialist council. If you are a student member of the ATA, all you have to do is click here and login to the your Alberta Teacher’s Association account.
Persons or corporations who are ineligible for active or associate membership in the ATA, such as home-school liaison workers, school psychologists, Student Health Initiative staff, teaching assistants, parents and libraries, as well as retired or non‐active teachers, may be connected with specialist councils by paying a subscription fee of $35/year. Subscribers are eligible to receive council publications and attend council conferences at the member rate as well as other services as determined by the council, but are not members of the council. To register, please contact Cheryl.OBrien@ata.ab.ca.
Communications Officers & Editors
The Council presents two awards at its annual conference. Additionally, the ATA has an Educational Trust Grant that will allow you to attend a specialist council conference.
Honorary Lifetime Membership
Honorary lifetime membership awards are made to persons who have contributed significantly to guidance and counselling activities in the province of Alberta.
Murray Jampolsky Memorial Award
In honour of the late Murray Jamplosky who was a great supporter of guidance and counselling in Alberta, this award is made annually to an outstanding practicing school counsellor in the province.
Nominees must be:
regular members of the ATA Council of School Counsellors.
practising school counsellor at the time the award is presented.
Nominee must meet most of the following criteria:
(a) Nominee should be involved in ongoing professional development.
(b) Nominee should have initiated innovative project(s) and/or program(s) in school guidance and counselling.
(c) Nominee should demonstrate competence in school counselling.
(d) Nominee should be involved with the school community in promoting guidance and counselling services.
The following individuals may nominate candidates for this award: counsellors, teachers, administrators, students and parents.
Each nominee must be supported by three nominations.
Nomination forms and supporting documentation shall be submitted by one of the nominators. Submissions must be received by no less than two months prior to the annual conference (unless stated otherwise in Council correspondence).
The Council's awards committee (comprised of three former presidents invited each year by the sitting president) will meet, review applicants, and make its recommendation to the Table Officers.
An award need not be made each year.
The presentation will be made at the Annual Council of School Counsellors Conference.
The successful candidate will receive:
(a) full coverage of conference costs, similar to table officers,
(b) a plaque (representative of the trophy, which will be maintained at Barnett House by the ATA staff advisor).
Nomination forms are available from the Council's Staff Advisor (refer to the list of executive officers above).
Nominations, once received, shall remain active for a period of three years.
Previous Murray Jampolsky Award Winners:
2016 Erin Luong
2015 Chantel Walker
2014 Sheree Rankin
2013 Kathie Coutts
2012 Karen Sveinson
2011 Bonnie Knoll
2010 Jill Meraw
2009 Joan Elliot
2008 Melinda McNie
2007 Shannon Smith
2006 Wendy Carson
2005 Brenda Murray
2004 Rosemary Secord
2003 Diane Hansen
2002 Cathy Crocket-Moore
2001 Robert Plowman
2000 Gerry Mowatt
1999 Dev Drysdale
1998 Holly Tibble
1997 Ernie Oginsky
1996 Donna Kniel
1995 Linda Mason
1994 Will Tebay
1993 Larry Tibble
1992 Terry McRae
1991 Patricia Allin
1990 Gail Fedun
1989 Jeanette Boyle
1988 Verna Brophy
1986 Weslyn Mather
1985 Alicen Hershman