OSCA/ACOSO Board Report: Early Spring 2017

The OSCA/ACOSO Board of Directors met via conference call in March.   Various Directors continue to represent the Association as vital liaisons with education and community partners.  Participation at the Deeper Conversations, hosted by the Ministry of Education, the Career Studies pilot project consultation, as an OISE community partner reviewer, and  by providing feedback to the Professional Advisory on Responding to Bullying of Students (OCT).  

OSCA/ACOSO is pleased to announce the 2017 conference theme of, “Ready For The Future-Developing a Vision!”  Keynote speakers have been confirmed. Sunday will see Sean Lyons, a professor in the College of Business and Economics at the University of Guelph, will address the delegates on his career development research and what lies ahead for our young people.  Jann Arden, Canadian songwriter and best-selling author, will come and share her story on Sunday and to close out the conference,  Jean-Philippe Michel, a career and leadership development consultant, will come and share his insights into the changing world of work.   Workshop themes include:  Future Trends, Know Your Learner, Curriculum Connections, Career Sectors & Pathways, Technology in Career Education, Trends in Counselling, and Other Shared Best or Promising Practices. Please mark Nov. 5-7th on your calendars now!  We look forward to seeing YOU then!


OSCA-ACOSO Anthony Di Lena Student Pathway Awards' mandate is to assist at-risk students in their journey towards success.  One of the most important ways this is accomplished is by providing the OSCA-ACOSO Anthony Di Lena Student Pathways Awards to at-risk students who have demonstrated the exemplary ability to succeed in the face of adversity. $500.00 awards are presented to students who, in their postsecondary pursuits, are taking a pathway to apprenticeship, college, career college, community living, university or work.  Please go to www.osca.ca to nominate a student by May 15, 2017.

The Ontario School Counsellors' Association has a long standing tradition (over 40 years) of recognizing and awarding those who stand out in the field of Guidance and Career Education. Each year, at our annual November conference, OSCA recognizes individuals and/or organizations that have made a significant contribution to Guidance and Career Education in Ontario. We can say with confidence that our past award winners have helped thousands find their pathways to successful futures!  Please go towww.osca.ca to nominate a colleague by Sept. 13, 2017.  Why wait until then?  Nominate today! As always, we welcome your input into any aspect of OSCA/ACOSO! Please contact Jacquie Latham, Association Consultant at jacquie.latham@gmail.com or myself at bostonjbb@gmail.com

Jennifer Boston

OSCA ACOSO President