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Welcome to SJA Virtual Guidance Office!




We are here to help and support you. You will find on this website many links to answer your questions and places who offer assistance in many different areas.

You can also make an appointment with your guidance counsellor during your study period or if you do not have a study period, select a time that is easier for you to miss class. To book an appointment write you name in the binder of your guidance counsellor for the day and time you would like to meet.

Now hiring marketers for the spring and summer The Marketer position is ideal for candidates who would prefer to work on evenings and weekedns. Thsi postion is a direct sale prosition using door-to-door techniques. $12-$15/hour. Previous experience in marketing and/or sales is prefered but not required. Send resumes by email to 

Junior University Health Sciences Summer Camp for Indigenous Youth Dal July 7-11, StFX July 16-19, CBU July 22-25, 2019. For Grades 8-11 students. Application deadline is May 27, 2019. For more info and application  

Camp Courage is a free, award winning, life changing camp that introduces girls aged 15-19 to careers in the emergency services.  The camp provides information, inspiration and education, as well as, opportunities to experience the physical demands placed on a police officer, firefighter and paramedic.  The ultimate goal is that the young women leave with a sense of empowerment and increased confidence to believe that they can achieve any goal, career or dream that they desire. Application deadline March 31, 2019 

African Nova Scotian Health Sciences Summer Camp  Grades 8, 9, 10, 11. Three locations (Dal, StFX, CBU) Deadline to apply is May 3, 2019. See Keith or guidance for more info or

Kamp Kujichagulia Grades 9, 10, 11. Acadia University. Applications to be released soon!

Volunteer with the Halifax Busker Festival! The festival runs from July 31st to August 5th 2019 on the Halifax Waterfront. Volunteers must be 17 years old or older as of July 31st. On May 31st our online application will be live at

Are you interested in being an actuary? Check out this one-week summer program

Boutique hotels in Niagara on the Lake, Ontario have employment opportunities. Check 

Lowe's Canada (Lowe's, RONA, Reno-Depot, Ace and Dick's) will be hosting a Career Day Event on March 23, 2019 in all of their stores across the country to fill a variety of available job positions.

Volunteer Award Do you know a youth between 13 and 24 who deserves to be recognized for their volunteering? You can dominate them at Dealine is Feb. 25, 2019. 

CFB Halifax is hiring 150 students for summer positions on the base. Jobs include General Labour, Trades, Maintenance, Business, Computing / Data, and Human Resources. The positions are funded through the Canadian Federal Work Experience Program. The base offers a great working location that is accessible by public transit, and an opportunity for students to gain valuable work experience.

Students must apply online ( by February 19 to be considered for one of the positions. An initial assessment will be done in Ottawa for anyone who applies. Successful applicants will be invited to a Student Selection Event in Halifax on April 3th, 2019 (details to follow for successful applicants).
Students must meet the FSWEP eligibility criteria:
      a full-time high school, CEGEP, college or university student
      returning to full-time studies in the next academic year
      meet the minimum age requirement in the province/territory of work

Nova Scotia Lifeguard Service is hiring seasonal lifeguards to work form mid-June to the end of August.Queensland, Rainbow Haven, Lawrencetown, Clam Harbour, Dollar Lake, and Martinique beaches. Online applications: or 

Minister's Entrepreneurship Award of Excellence Are you in grades 6 to 12? Do you have an anwesome business idea? Your idea could become a reality.  

FOCUS! National Climate Change Video Contest invites students (individually or in teams of up to 5 members) to use their imagination and video-making skills to make a short film (maximum 5 minutes) about climate change. The FOCUS! Climate Change Video Contest is open to students in Grades 8-12. Students may submit videos in English or French or without dialogue at all (see our creative video examples on our site). Deadline March 4, 2019. Full details are available on our website at: 

Forensic Science Camp July 8-12 or 15-19, 2019 Learn about theat SMU history and development of Forensic Science, explore how diverse sciences are applied in Forensic, gain hands-on experiences. Fee: $350 Deadline April 12, 2019 

Marine Mammal Summer Camp Think marine research, conservation, and fieldworkd might be in your future? Their unique 10-day overnight camp offers intro to marine biology. Cost $1,700, some bursaries available. August 3-12, 2019. 

Studying and Test-Taking Studying is a process, not a last-minute event. It takes strategy to consistently make the grade-both before a test and during. This two-section program brings together educators and students to discuss things that viewers can do to increase their understanding of course material, enhance their ability to memorize, and improve their performance during exams. A Cambridge Educational Production. A part of the series Academic Success: Smart Tips for Serious Students. (10 minutes)

Berridge Programs in Acting and Film is open to students age 14-19 and welcomes students form around the world to Chateau le Mont Epiguet in Normandy, France during the summer. Scholarships are available. 

Experience university at Queen's University connects grades 7-12 students with challenging and inspiring academics alongside the dynamic learning and living enviroment of university life. Apply at Bursaries are available too. 

Camp Courage An emporwering Police, Fire & Paramedic program for young women aged 15-19. The camp is an 8 day program with 2 days dedicated to each of the 3 emergency services. This camp provides information, education, inspiration and opportunites to experience the physical demands placed on a police officer, firefighter and paramedic thereby providing a better idea of wat it takes to perform in these roles. Graduates are eligible for high school credit, post camp mentorship program and bursaries. Deadline to apply March 31, 2019. 

House of Commons Page Program Studying in Ottawa next year? Working on Parliament Hill? Making lasting friendships? If you have a minimum average of 80% and can speak both official languages, apply at 

College or university in the States? Great resources available at the EducationUSA website At any time, if you or your students have specific questions about educational opportunities in the United States, please feel free to contact Jenika Heim, the EducationUSA Advisor in Canada at SAT  info ACT info 

Bilingual Young Leaders You are between 16 and 22 years old, Canada's official languages are close to your heart and you want to make an impact? Come make a difference! 

ICT Northumberland College in Halifax offers $15 massages for students. Clinics open to the public on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 5pm and 6:45pm. Call 902-425-2869 ext245 to book. 

Forum for Youth Are you interested in decision-making and politics? Do you want to create relationships with people from different places? Be a part of a n incredible week behind the scenes of the world of federal politics on Pariament Hill. Oct. 21-26, Feb. 3-8, March 17-22, 2019 

Encounters with Canada 2018-19 1 week in Ottawa to explore a of 14 themes that students are interested in. $200 off Business & Entrepreneurship week on March 3-8th and $150 off Law & Justice system March 10-16, and $150 off Democracy and youth March 17-23. 

Need a ride around the Bay? Call BayRides. Affordable, accessible, local transportation. Rides must be booked 24 hours in advance.

What can I do with my university studies?

Nova Scotia International Student Program is looking for host family for the 2017-18 school year. Students stay for periods of 2 to 10 months. This is a great opportunity for your family to experience and share culture first hand. For more information, contact International Services at 464-2000 Ext. 2548