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Student Supports

‚Äč‚Äč‚Äč‚Äč‚ÄčStudents all have different needs and there are number of staff members available at Great Lakes to help - make sure you reach out if you or someone you know is struggling and is in need of help. 


‚ÄčName and Job
‚Äč‚ÄčHow to get in touch

Ryan Bedard‚Äč
Student Services Guidance Counsellor‚Äč

‚Äč‚Äč‚ÄčSupporting students with pathway planning, postsecondary research, timetable concerns, personal issues and day-to-day support of our GLSS students.‚Äč

‚Äč‚Äč‚ÄčMonday - Friday
during school hours

‚Äč‚Äč‚Äč‚ÄčAvailable by appointment or drop into Student Services - Room 1010‚Äč


‚Äč‚Äč‚ÄčDanielle Griffiths

Student Services Guidance Counsellor‚Äč

Supporting students with pathway planning, postsecondary research, timetable concerns, personal issues and day-to-day support of our GLSS students.‚Äč

‚ÄčMonday - Friday
during school hour‚Äč‚Äčs

‚ÄčAvailable by appointment or drop into Student Services - Room 1010



‚Äč‚ÄčMrs. Kaija

Student Success Teacher

- Quiet spot to work on assignments or complete tests.

- Literacy support  for Literacy Test writers

- Organizational skills and time management skills can be discussed when getting overwhelmed with your courses‚Äč‚Äč

‚ÄčMonday - Friday

during school hours
‚Äč‚Äč‚ÄčStop by Room 1011

(with permission slip during class time)



‚ÄčMr. Cornell
Resource Teacher

Instructional support, accommodations, quiet space, one-on-one support, assistive technology support.‚Äč‚Äč‚Äč‚Äč

‚ÄčMonday - Friday
during school hours

‚ÄčStop by Room ‚Äč1013‚Äč
‚Äč(with permission slip during class time)


‚ÄčBrianna Cassidy
‚ÄčIndigenous Support Worker

I am here to provide any support necessary for the academic success of our Indigenous students. I operate the Den, which is our cultural resource room here at GLSS. Students can come to me for a range of things such as simply needing a caring and trusting adult to check in with; helping students access student service supports such as guidance counselors, resource and student success; providing referrals to our Social Worker; advocating on behalf of the student; providing a quiet and safe space to complete work or to get academic assistance; helping students find and access outside supports for things such as food, clothing and shelter insecurities; planning their post-secondary/ life after secondary route; providing cultural opportunities to help instill a sense of pride and learning.‚Äč‚Äč

‚ÄčMonday - Friday
during school hours‚Äč

‚ÄčStop by the Den 
Room 1142 
(with permission slip during class times)


‚ÄčMrs. Laker
Academic Support Teacher

Providing help to all Indigenous students with classwork through answering questions or providing one-on-one tutoring during the school day. If you are having difficulty in a class, I can provide you with some individual help to make sure you understand the material before assessments.

‚Äč‚ÄčTuesday, Wednesday and Thursday

‚ÄčStop by The Den - Room 1142
‚Äč‚Äč‚Äč(with permission slip during class time)


‚ÄčEmily Powell
Social Worker


‚ÄčSee a Student Services Counsellor to ask for a referral


‚Äč‚ÄčAsma Ahmad
Settlement Worker in Schools (SWIS)

Newcomers Settlement Support. Provide Information & referrals about school system, government, community, and recreational programs. Cross cultural understanding and communication help between families and school staff.‚Äč‚Äč

‚ÄčWednesdays & Thursdays

Contact by email or cell
Monday - Friday‚Äč

‚ÄčRoom 1009

(across from student services)


Cell: 519-381-4550‚Äč


‚ÄčLinda Zoccano "Linda" 
Mental Health and Addictions Nurse (MHAN)

Assist with and provide support/education/early intervention for mental health/medications, transition from hospital/treatment center back to school, system navigation, substance use support.‚Äč

‚ÄčTuesdays and some Fridays

‚ÄčAsk VP or Student Services

Stop by room 1009 on Tuesdays

Complete self-referral at Erie St. Clair | Home and Community Care Support Services ( 
(self-referral at bottom of page)


‚ÄčLindsay MacKenzie

Public Health Nurse

I work as a Public Health Nurse with Lambton Public Health. I run a satellite ‚ÄėSexual Health Clinic‚Äô for GLSS students on Friday mornings. There are student request forms located with Mrs. Fraser (receptionist in Student services). All students need to do is provide their name, the date they are making the request and if their reason is time sensitive.

Examples of reasons students visit me for are to access or discuss:

-birth control,

-emergency contraception (morning after pill)

-condoms and barriers

-STI testing and treatment

-pregnancy testing and choices

-sexuality and gender identity


-healthy relationships and consent

-assist with referrals‚Äč‚Äč

‚ÄčFriday mornings

‚ÄčCommunity Support Room

(across from Student Services)‚Äč‚Äč

Request an appointment through Student Services


‚ÄčBrian DeWagner
Student Support

The Student Support role serves GLSS students who are in difficult situations within their school or community and who don‚Äôt have the immediate means to resolve those issues. Situations can range from getting kicked out of their homes to legal trouble or even needing to find an appropriate counsellor or program. There‚Äôs a lot of complex issues in between that student don‚Äôt have to face alone. It‚Äôs a confidential connection and can be made inside or outside of the actual school, and can even include accessibility out of school hours if necessary. Brian is just a call or text away to help students manage any abrupt or ongoing crisis.‚Äč‚Äč

‚ÄčMonday a.m.
Wednesday a.m.
...and more

‚Äč‚Äč‚ÄčStudents can access Brian by asking anyone in the office, any teacher, admin staff or via Student Services. There is no paperwork required and no complicated process. If you need Student Support just ask and you‚Äôll be connected.‚Äč



Great Lakes Secondary School
340 Murphy Road, Sarnia, ON, N7S 2X1
Principal: Derek Stenton
Vice Principal: Marie Anger
Vice Principal: Marc Coates

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