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Support Services

Peace Wapiti Public School Division (PWPSD) Support Services are made up of three teams:
  • Mental Health Professionals Team
  • Peace Collaborative Services Therapists
  • Wellness Team

Mental Health Professionals Team (Tier III Services)

The PWPSD Mental Health Team is made up of three Mental Health Therapists who provide tier three mental health supports to students, staff, and families. Mental Health Therapists work independently and as a multidisciplinary team to provide evidence-based interventions that support the overall mental health and wellbeing of children and youth within the Division.
Ashley

Ashley Mercer, MSW, RSW

Mental Health Clinical Supervisor
 
I was born and raised in rural Newfoundland and moved to Grande Prairie in 2005. My little family consists of my daughter, husband and two puppies. I am happy to call Grande Prairie home. I love to read, garden, camp, and spend time with my family and friends.
 
I believe in the power of connection and am looking forward to building strong working relationships with students, staff and families at your school this year.
Lexi

Lexie Martin, BSW, RSW

Mental Health Therapist
 
I was born and raised in Calgary, but moved to Grande Prairie in 2019. I have my Bachelor in Social Work with lots of experience working with kids and youth throughout the province.
 
I have two dogs, a cat, and an amazing husband who keep me busy. In my free time I enjoy spending time camping, training for powerlifting competitions, and watching my husband's football team. I am excited for another awesome year with the Division!
 
Megan

Megan Stevenson

Mental Health Therapist
 
I was born in Victoria, BC and have lived in Alberta for several years. I have three children, a wonderful husband, and two dogs. I love coffee, the ocean, and travelling. I am passionate about advocating for children and supporting their mental health needs.
 
I am super excited to continue working within the Division, and supporting the well-being of students, families, and staff.
Michelle

Michelle Wieler

Masters Student
 
I was born and raised in northern Alberta, and have been a part of the Grande Prairie community for 16 years. I received my Bachelor of Education in 2015 and have been teaching with the Peace Wapiti Public School Division for seven years. I began my Master's in Counselling Psychology in May 2020, and will be graduating in April 2023.
 
I am excited to be a part of the PWPSD Mental Health Team as I complete my practicum experience. I love spending time outdoors, kayaking, camping, gardening, and connecting with family and friends. I look forward to building connections with students and supporting them in their mental well-being. 
Nikki Riendeau

Nikki Riendeau, BSW, RSW

Mental Health Therapist
 

I was born and raised in the Peace Country and graduated from Beaverlodge Regional High School. I currently reside in Grande Prairie with my husband and two children, and I'm very fortunate to be surrounded by a lot of extended family and friends.

 

I received my Bachelor of Social Work from the University of Calgary in 2009, and have been in the social work field for nearly 20 years. I am excited to be working with students at Helen E. Taylor School, La Glace School, Bezanson School, Robert W. Zahara School, and Sexsmith Secondary School.

Peace Collaborative Services Therapists

Peace Collaborative Services (PCS) is a multidisciplinary team of professionals who provide supports such as assessment, consultation, and intervention for student who require specialized services to promote their educational success.
Psychology: Heather Craigdallie, Jessica Gauthier
 
Speech Language: Carolyn Hovey-Johnson, Sheila Knoot, Brandis Short, Asha Parkash, Melise Sears, Cheryl Brown
 
Occupational Therapy: Kathleen Gillis, Ashley Schneider, Carly Stewart
 
Physiotherapy: Caitlin Baker
 
Vision: Karen Beaty
 
Deaf and Hard of Hearing: Amy Cornick
 
  • Referrals and reporting will continue to be processed as laid out in the past.
  • Assignments will be serving school-aged children, as well as Early Childhood Services.

Wellness Team

Every school within our division has a Community School Liaison Counsellor (FCSS or PWPSD) who if focused on supporting the positive mental health or both students and staff. Services can include:
  • Universal wellness supports
  • Student supports for classrooms or small groups
  • Individualized supports for students experiencing increased stress, adjustment problems, and mental health distress
  • Supports for staff
 
The Family Support Program is intended to support families that require education, support, and skills to better understand their child(ren), build connection, and promote positive outcomes.
  • Andrea Rosenberger-Deleeuw - Indigenous Education Service Provider
  • Elizabeth Peterson
  • Connie Mass
  • Danielle Callihoo
  • Emily Kostiuk
  • Kara Bolch
  • Kirsten Kramer
  • Krystle Bush
  • Lacy Schram
  • Lana Clarke
  • Lisa Wiseman
  • Shayna Gorber
  • Vaughn Dueck