Annette Sarazin, Post-Secondary Counsellor is responsible for the academic support, interpersonal support and counselling services of Pikwakanagan post-secondary students. The Post-Secondary Counsellor also administers and monitors all financial matters relating to the Post-Secondary Student Support Program (PSSP).
Our main objective is to assist registered First Nation members to gain access to a post-secondary education, and to graduate with the qualifications and skills needed to pursue individual careers.
Post-Secondary Funding Process
Our funding process includes the submission of a completed application form for funding before our NEW deadline date of May 15th every year. Our funding process has only one intake per year for applications. Application packages are distributed by Education Services.
If your post-secondary application for funding is incomplete, it will not be given consideration for funding. A completed application for funding consists of submitting the following information; one completed application form, a letter of intent (re: course of study/future plan), a photocopy of both sides of status card, transcripts from last year of study, current prices for tuition, textbooks and supplies, a full program description and diploma requirements, a letter of acceptance from campus of choice, and proof of dependents, if applicable).
We want our post-secondary students to succeed however, since we usually have more prospective students applying for funding, than we do have funds.
A Priority System is designed to provide fair and equitable access to limited post-secondary assistance and at the same time contribute to the management of this funding over a number of years, the following priority systems will apply: Priority 1, Continuing Students, Priority 2, Secondary School Graduates, Priority 3, Mature Students, Priority 4, Part Time Students, and Priority 5, Students returning to Post-Secondary Education. For more complete information on our priority system, please refer to page 9 our Post-Secondary Education Program Policy and Procedures.
Following our NEW May 15th deadline date for all applications, the Manager of Education Services reviews and approves applicants for sponsorship who have met all the criteria for eligibility and the conditions of priority, for sponsorship. All applicants will be notified of their funding application status by the Post-Secondary Counsellor.
An Appeal Process is in place to ensure fairness and equitable treatment under our existing policy. Students may appeal assistance decisions to the Standing Committee of Council for Education and Cultural Development, and further to the Executive Director for the Algonquins of Pikwakanagan, whose decision is final. For more complete information on our Appeal Process, please refer to page 11 our Post-Secondary Education Program Policy and Procedures.
The Post-Secondary Counsellor provides counselling services to our post-secondary students to help them succeed in achieving their goals and is available to assist students with registration problems and any other difficulties, personal or academic. Our staff provides counselling services to our elementary and secondary students to help them choose their course of study wisely, and to help them succeed in achieving their goals.
The Post-Secondary Counsellor on a regular basis communicates with the students, by phone and email. Some travel is required to post-secondary institutions within the Province of Ontario to meet with the student to determine their progression in their program of study and to provide support when needed to help the student achieve their educational goals.
The Post-Secondary Counsellor will ensure that our sponsored students understand the criteria for sponsorship and will provide additional information on alternative funding sources for students, including scholarships and bursaries.
Annette Sarazin , Post-Secondary Counsellor
Tel: 613-625-2800 ext. 238