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WELCOME TO STUDENT SERVICES and the guidance office!

Our department is comprised of five areas:

  • alternative education
  • cooperative education
  • guidance
  • student success
  • courses–Careers (GLC2O3)

Alternative Education Staff:

Ms. Van Der Marel, Mr. Hassan, Ms. Freeman, Mr. Cheeseman

Cooperative Education Staff:

Mr. DiDonato, Mrs. Gilchrist, Ms. Ajdinovic

Guidance Staff–Counsellors:

Ms. K. Miminas – Department Head supporting students with last names L-Z – 4659

Mr. S. Ireland –  Assistant Department Head supporting students with last names A-K – 4660

Ms.  M. Hewitt – English Language Learner/ESL guidance counsellor – 4662

Student Success Site Lead:

Ms. M. Burnell – supporting Grade 9 students – 4658

Need to Talk poster

Guidance Secretary:

Ms. E. Dubec– 4657

Careers Teacher:

Mr. G. Enright


Timetables are ONLY available through Parent Portal–please connect with the main office to receive access to Parent Portal.  Guidance counsellors will NOT be emailing individual timetables to students.
As of Wednesday, August 31st, Guidance Counsellors will ONLY be seeing students who meet the following criteria:
-new registrations
-students who have SEEGUID (see guidance) codes on their timetables
-students with gaps, holes or missing classes in their timetables
-students who failed or withdrew from summer school courses (which impacts this year’s timetable)
-students missing prerequisite courses
-students who failed multiple classes from last year
-students needing a change of pathway (ex. from university to college pathway courses).
If you meet any of these criteria, please come to the guidance office IMMEDIATELY.
While we would love to make time for everyone, these students will take priority because of the tight schedule and limited days for the drop and add period. Students who are interested in making an elective timetable change will be seen on a first-come, first-served basis starting on Tuesday, September 6th. A reminder that students had the opportunity in June to review their courses and were contacted if there was a conflict within their schedule.
The last day for any timetable changes is Friday, September 16th.
Guidance appointments are now available face-to-face in the guidance office and will require you to miss some class time–please inform your teachers that this is happening.
Remember, if your last name begins with the letters A-K you will see Mr. Ireland; if your last name begins with the letters L-Z, you will see Ms. Miminas; if you are an ELL student taking ESL classes (or have taken ESL classes), you will see Ms. Hewitt.
Any emails sent to counsellors regarding timetable changes will not receive a response.  Please follow the process set above and come to the guidance office immediately if you fit the criteria.
eLearning​–All elearning courses will be found in the HUB and will follow the timelines of the semester; this is particularly important for students who are learning face to face and only taking one elearning course per semester.  If you no longer want to take an elearning class, there may not be any other options at this time.  Please continue to access and work on your course through the HUB.  Students who have elected for the remote learning option will access all their courses through the HUB.
General info​–While the Guidance Office will be open in September and Guidance Counsellors available all day, because of the overload of work from the summer, we will only be available for booked appointment and are not encouraging any drop-ins at this time.
Please see the Guidance HUB page for information regarding the Community Involvement Hours process and the online form that can be completed and submitted via email.
Because of the high volume of emails and phone calls during the start-up time, we will endeavour to respond to your email in a timely fashion–usually 24 to 48 hours–please do not send multiple emails regarding the same issue as this only causes more of a backlog.  We thank you for your patience and appreciate your compassion during this start up time.


Attendance/Registration Letters

We are more than happy to provide you with a letter proving that you are registered with us at Glendale.  Please make sure to bring your original request.  Letters can take up to 24 hours to be prepared.  Letters of attendance will include your name, your date of birth, your attendance, your address and parent/guardian information.  Please be sure that you inform the office if you have any changes to any of the information mentioned above.


Planning on leaving Glendale?  If you are 18 years of age or older, or are self-supporting, please email your Counsellor to start the withdrawal process.  If you are under 18 years of age, please have your parent/guardian contact the Main Office or E. Dubec to start the process.  And don’t forget to return your iPad and textbooks to your teachers or to the main office.  Otherwise, you will be sent an invoice so that we can replace the book/technology.

Transcript Requests

You may request copies of your transcript in Guidance by asking E. Dubec as long as you are a current, active student, or you have been a student no longer than one year from the time of your withdrawal.  There is no charge for this service.  Former students and graduates (more than one year removed) can obtain a copy of their transcript of marks by contacting the Office of Student Records, 905-521-2523. You will need to provide identification such as a driver’s license, health card, or birth certificate when making the request.

Volunteering and Community Involvement Hours

You must complete a minimum of 40 hours of community involvement while in high school. Please review the HWDSB policy and guidelines available here: https://www.hwdsb.on.ca/secondary/graduation-information/diploma-requirements/cih/students/

To submit your hours, please complete the fillable form here: Community-Service-Form

For a quick facts downloadable sheet, please check out this document: Community-Service-Facts

Updated on Wednesday, May 10, 2023.
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