Family School Liaison Program

The Family School Liaison Program is made up of nine Family School Liaison Counsellors (FSLC), one Child and Youth Care Worker (CYCW), one Clinical Team Leader, and one Family Connections Program Manager. The counselling services provided by the program are free of charge and are provided to students and their families within the Horizon School Division. The program is designed to offer support for children, youth, families and school staff with the general goal of improving the student's personal, social and academic success. The program provides a link between home and school for the student and family.

Meet Our Team

Left to Right: Jennifer Hengeveld, Linda Yamamoto, Julia Newberry, Angela Miller, Rylee Beland, Candace Benson, Tara Odland, Kim Shakespeare, Alicia Yetman, Wendy Ojo, Joel Blake

The Family School Liaison Counsellors provide individual counselling in various areas including peer/friendship issues, self-esteem, anger management, conflict resolutions, mentoring/positive role modeling, organizational and motivational checks, homework skills, attendance issues, behavior modification, grief and loss, depression, anxiety, violence, abuse, divorce, and many more. They also provide group counselling, classroom presentations, parent/school staff workshops, and connection and referral to community agencies. The Family School Liaison Program offers a peer mentorship program called Stepping Stones at various schools throughout the division. Take a Step in the Right Direction...Become a Peer Mentor!  Click here for more information on our Stepping Stones Peer Mentorship Program.

Accessing Support from the FSLCs: The Counselling Process

BACK left to right: Jody Platt, Kirsti Forsyth, Collin Larsen, Angela Miller, Chelsea van Husen, Jordan Cahoon FRONT left to right: Hailey Astalos, Gretchen Bourassa, Teraneal Ober

Family Connections is one of 37 Mental Health Capacity Building projects in Alberta. This project operates under the umbrella of the Horizon School Division Family School Liaison Program.

Family Connections provides promotion, prevention, and early intervention programming which encourages emotional and physical wellness for children and their families.  We serve ACE Place Learning Centre, Barnwell School, Central Elementary School, Chamberlain School, D.A. Ferguson Middle School, Dr. Hamman, Enchant School, Erle Rivers High School, Hays School, Horizon MAP, Lomond School, L.T. Westlake, Milk River Elementary, Vauxhall Elementary School, Vauxhall High School and Warner School.


Families, schools and community working together to strengthen students and their families, increasing the resiliency and success of all children.


  • To increase awareness of healthy behaviors in children, youth and families.
  • To increase knowledge and awareness in order to create a healthy environment for the mental, emotional, and physical health of children, youth, and families.
  • To improve access for families to services in Taber and rural communities.
  • To increase collaboration, problem solving and teamwork between schools, our partners and the community.
  • To promote health and wellness in our schools and community in collaboration with the Family School Liaison Counsellors and Child and Youth Care Workers.