Counsellor Process

How to Become a Counsellor

1. Attend a Virtual Intro to ODS Counselling Session

Cheakamus Centre will host a Virtual Introductory Counsellor Presentation for Gr.10-12 students in September 2023 to share an overview of the program and answer any questions. This will happen at each of the NVSD high schools, and you will find out more information from your school in early September on how to join!

2. Fill out an online Application Form

We will begin accepting online applications from Gr.10-12 students in early September 2023. Parent/guardian contact information will be collected at the time of applying and they will receive a digital confirmation, once submitted. If space is available, applications may be accepted throughout the school year.

After liaising with School Counsellors, we will invite successful applicants to register for a Counsellor Training Workshop. Trainees will complete 1x full weekend workshop. The available dates for the 2024-2025 school year are:

  • Workshop 1: October 18-20, 2024 (Fri-Sun)
  • Workshop 2: November 22-24, 2024 (Fri-Sun)
  • Workshop 3: January 31-February 2 (Fri-Sun)

3. Attend a Virtual Counsellor Training Orientation Session

Once registration is confirmed, we will contact you to confirm the dates of your Training Workshop and invite you to a Virtual Counsellor Training Orientation Session.

4. Pay the training fee through School Cash Online

This fee helps to offset the cost it takes to train each counsellor (about $200 per student). If you require financial assistance, please contact your School Counsellor.

5. Submit the required forms to Cheakamus Centre admin by their required deadline

These forms will be sent to you upon registration, please scan and return to

6. Attend a Counsellor Training Workshop at Cheakamus Centre

During this training, you will learn invaluable skills on a wide range of subjects including group management, social-emotional wellness, campfire songs, activities, meal service, and overnight supervision. This training weekend is an excellent opportunity to make new friends with your fellow counsellors! Transportation to and from Cheakamus Centre will be provided, along with all meals on Saturday and Sunday, and a snack on Friday evening.

7. Select your Counselling Week(s)

After the training, you will receive an email with information about counselling dates and how to register. Please note that space is limited and so we ask that you provide 2-3 options to choose from.