The Kenora Catholic District School Board is investing in the success of their students. The board has recently hired three Student Success Advisors to help support students and families.

Two of the advisors work in Kenora, and one is based out of Red Lake. The staff are highly-specialized, and work to create alignments with special education and mental health initiatives.

“We’ve added three people with different experiences and expertise. That team will bring services right to the classroom level for students,” said Director of Education, Phyllis Eikre. 

“They work with our Special Education Coordinator, our Mental Health Lead, with superintendents, principals and staff, to bring services right into the classroom to students – where they might have to go outside of the board in the past.”

Examples of available supports includes occupational therapy treatment, art therapy, and specialized behavioural supports. The board says that the team will “have the pulse” on higher-risk students, providing specialized education supports and services in schools, and to link families to community services when needed.

“We want all the supports we can possibly have in schools for students. It’s an easy place for families to access services when they need it,”

Eikre added. Eikre adds that the board has funding to add a fourth member to the multi-disciplinary team, but is waiting to determine where any service gaps are beforehand. The funding for the team was provided through the Ministry of Education.

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