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Lorrie Ann Riedel,
How long have you been a school
A: I have been an elementary school
counsellor for approximately 5 years.
What has been your participation
level in the BCSCA?
A: I originally joined the BC School
Counsellors Association when a colleague told us about it at one of our
weekly meetings. She was a past president
and was worried the PSA would fold if
people did not step forward and let their
names stand. She said we would get a
free trip to the exciting city of Vancouver.
From that time forward I have indeed
enjoyed many trips to the beautiful city
of Vancouver as the PD Chair, Conference
Chair, and Vice President.
In what ways has membership in the
BCSCA affected your job?
A: I was going to say it has taken me
away from my job at times for meetings
but as I type I am reflecting on what my job
would have been like these past few years
if I had not stepped forward. I have met so
many wonderful, passionate people both
from the executive and the people who
speak at our conference. I have learned so
many resourceful ideas from our colleagues
on the listserve and loved watching the
banter go on about subjects my knowledge
of was very limited. So, yes it has and continues to be a fulfilling experience.
What drew you to this profession?
A: It was my experience at night school
taking a grade 11 course where my fascination began with psychology. After
spending years in the classroom and at
our distance education program (Ebus) I
finally decided to reconnect with my first
passion so I went for my masters in psychology and counselling.
What is the best thing and worst thing
about being a school counsellor?
A: Best thing ever is when you know
you are making a difference in a child's
life. Worse thing ever is when you know
there is a big problem and all the big guns
are involved but it seems to be unfixable
and a small little child is left sitting in that
sad situation. Note: a solution may be
If you could change one thing about
your job, what would it be?
A: To fix all the problems at school so
everyone was happy about it but most
importantly the children were respected
and felt like we all cared about them. Okay,
so I also wish that there were no icy roads.
How do you see the school counsellor's role in the broader community
A: I see our role as being an advocate for our students both at school and
beyond. I interact with the families and
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the community resources that help our
students and their families.
Awareness of compassion fatigue
is growing. What things do you do to
prevent your own compassion fatigue?
A: Well, I have to say I am feeling it now
but knowing I will have a lovely break in
a warm place with my sister, whom I love
dearly, is comforting. I am also a firm
believer in daily physical activity; I love
going to cross fit and I try to sign myself up
for a race to keep me motivated to move.
I am training for a half-marathon in May
2015. Oh and I have two beautiful big dogs
who run with me and when I am not training I am walking with them.
If you were not a school counsellor,
what would you be doing?
A: I guess I would have won the
Visit the BC School Counsellors website at www.bcschoolcounsellor.com
and check out the profiles of all the
BCSCA executive. Then, follow the link
to the conference website and register to attend the BCSCA conference in
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of BC Counsellor - Spring/Summer 2015
The Fine Print
The Savvy Social Media School Counsellor
Education, Travel or Work?
The Role of School Counsellor
5 Tips for Keeping Notes
Index to Advertisers
BC Counsellor - Spring/Summer 2015