Important update from Counselling Services during school closure

Guidance counsellors are available during regular school hours but working remotely.  The Guidance office is closed until further notice.  Our telephone line is closed as are all appointment bookings, but guidance counsellors will continue to respond to emails.

About Counselling Services at FHCI

Counselling Services recognizes its complementary partnership with the administrators and teachers of Forest Heights Collegiate Institute in its support of students. Our Counselling Department believes that these active connections reflect the design and purpose of our Counselling Services: to guide and direct students with appropriate information about courses, credits, the world of work, colleges, universities, etc. and to help students develop academically, socially and emotionally. We encourage parents and students to build productive relationships with their teachers and counsellors who can offer expertise within their academic departments and specializations.

Make an appointment

ONLY current students may book an appointment by clicking on the counsellor’s name. All parent/guardian/other appointments should be scheduled by phone or email with the counsellor.  Call us at 519.744.6567, press 4. 


Appointment Links

Counsellor/online appointment Student Surnames Extension
Ms. Vander Schaaf (Department Head) A – E 8-5521
Mr. Tonin H – L, O 8-5523
Ms. Sockett G, Q – S 8-5525
Ms. Gawlik-Bell F, M, N, P 8-5524
Ms. Hyam T – Z 8-5522

Guidance Secretary: Ms. Minaker

Guidance office hours: 7:45 a.m. – 3:45 p.m.

School hours: 8:20 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Guidance counsellors and students: what do we expect from you?

Guidance and counselling of students is a two-way conversation, and students’ participation in cultivating a relationship with their counsellor is important to their overall experience while in high school. Students who actively engage with their counsellors realize how to get the most out of their educational experience. We encourage you to meet with us, let us get to know you, and stay committed to your academic planning.

  • Make appointments in a timely manner.
  • Meet at least once during each semester to review your yearly progress toward your graduation.
  • Be aware of and meet deadlines for adds/drops and other important dates.
  • Understand your diploma requirements.
  • Actively seek out academic information in the Course Calendar to meet your academic goals.
  • Be prepared when meeting with your counsellor, for example, have permission forms signed by your parent/guardian.
  • Share concerns that may affect your progress.

What may you expect from your guidance counsellor?

  • To provide you with up-to-date information.
  • To understand your academic records and discuss information about you in the service of your achievement and best interests.
  • To understand specialized programs, courses, graduation requirements, and academic policies.
  • To help you plan an academic program for each year.
  • To discuss with you alternative programming as your goals and needs determine. Examples are: in-school interventions re-start programs, options in e-learning, summer school, night school, summer co-op, online co-op, credit recovery, and others.
  • To work to understand the particular concerns that affect your academics, review your options, and arrive at possible solutions.
  • To help you plan your secondary education that matches your achievement, ability and career goals.
  • To help you learn to take ultimate responsibility for your academics.