Welcome to A.Y.J. Guidance

What does the Guidance Department do?

Guidance staff assist students and their families with pathways planning, academic support and personal concerns. Each student at AYJ is assigned a Guidance Counsellor according to their surname:

Mrs. Chevalier, our Guidance Services Assistant, is available to answer your questions regarding almost anything, including transcripts and awards/scholarships: beth.chevalier@ocdsb.ca, 613-836-2527 ext 2013


Grade 9 Transitions: Grade 9 students are supported before and during their grade 9 year by students and staff in the J-Crew Program.


Students in need of additional academic support may receive it from Student Success or Special Education (by referral). Please contact your Guidance Counsellor.


Additional Support Available by Referral:

Students and their families may also be supported at school by one of our itinerant support staff (by referral through Guidance Counsellor or School Administrator):

  • Psychological Consultant

  • Education Assistant for behaviour support

  • Social Worker

  • Rideauwood Addictions Counsellor

  • Speech Language Pathologist

Need to request a consultation or ask a question? click HERE

Who are the guidance staff?

Please note that Counsellors work with students by alphabetical designation:

Mrs. Collins betsy.collins@ocdsb.ca Students A-K

Mr. Horn oliver.horn@ocdsb.ca Students L-Z

Guidance Assistant: Mrs. Chevalier beth.chevalier@ocdsb.ca

Guidance appointments will be virtual until further notice, but the guidance staff are here to assist you!!!

  • Do you wish to request a course change? Please read the fine print and complete the form at the bottom of this page. Check your OCDSB email for a response from us within a few days. September is a particularly busy month, so please be patient!!

Please note that only exceptional circumstances that meet one or more of the following criteria will be considered:

-Level change

-Missing post-secondary prerequisite or graduation requirement (Gr. 11 and 12 only)

-Improperly sequenced courses

-Course scheduled that has already been completed (ex. in Summer School)

Course change requests must be made by Sunday September 19th.

Requests will be sorted and addressed according to priority.

Guidance Counsellors will attempt to fulfill requests that meet the above criteria and respond by email to student and parent/guardian. If the change meets the criteria above and the requested course is available, the email response will include a copy of the new schedule .

Students will be expected to follow their current timetable until a new one is issued

  • click HERE to submit your request


  • Do you wish to consult with your guidance counsellor about another reason? click HERE


To request your transcript, go to Request for Transcript or other records .


For information about scholarships or in-house awards, go to Scholarships/Awards or contact Mrs. Chevalier beth.chevalier@ocdsb.ca

Newsletters and Communication to Students

Community Supports

  • YSB Crisis Line (available 24/7) 613-260-2360 or chat.ysb.ca

  • Kids Help Phone (available 24/7) 1-800-668-6868 or text CONNECT to 686868

  • Ottawa Distress Centre: 613-238-3311

  • Mental Health Crisis Line: 613-722-6914 (within Ottawa) or 1-866-996-0991 (outside of Ottawa)

  • Western Ottawa Community Resource Centre 613-591-3686

  • Parents Lifeline of Eastern Ontario (9:00am to 7:00pm) 613-321-3211

  • Ottawa Rape Crisis Centre: 613-562-2333

  • Sexual Assault Support Centre: 613-234-226

  • Children’s Aid Society of Ottawa - child protection services: 613-747-7800

Calendar: Coming events and Important Dates/ Deadlines

Please OPEN the calendar below to see upcoming events, including visits by colleges and universities and important due dates and deadlines.

Please see college and university websites for opportunities/events that are specific to that institution.