Mrs. Spellman Cann

School Counsellor

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Susan Spellman Cann School Counsellor MA , R. Psych

My name is Mrs. Spellman Cann. I so look forward to serving this school community.


A little about me.


I was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia and grew up in Dartmouth. I moved to Alberta in 1980 to teach and I have lived in Calgary since 1981. This is my 41st year in education working with elementary, junior high and high school students as well as teaching special education for five years. I had the pleasure of teaching at the University level as a sessional. I became a Psychologist in 2013.


My favourite job has been as a School Counsellor. I love working with students helping them find all the good inside of themselves and assisting them to use their strengths to be the best possible version of themselves that they can be. I am a mom of two fabulous grown children and married to a man I love and respect for over 35 years.



  • I am a life-long learner always looking for new ways to professionally develop myself.
  • I play pickleball.
  • I am an artist.
  • I love technology.
  • I love to read.
  • I love the beach and spending my summers in our cottage in Cape Breton.
  • I love and played lacrosse for many, many years.I stopped playing a year ago and just play drop in occasionally.
  • I have a progressive eye disease called keratoconus. More specifically pellucid marginal degeneration. I had eye surgery (cross-linking and PRK) in 2017. In case I miss something visually or make mistakes you will know why. I usually catch it , but sometimes I don't. I now have sclerals which are like a true miracle for me.



Know that I am here to support and help you in this community.

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I am here for YOU.

Do not hesitate to contact me if you need something and I can be of assistance. You can contact me at susan.spellmancann@cssd.ab.ca
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Thank you for all you do teachers

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“If I tell my School Counsellor something, will they tell someone else?”


This is a very important question, and students deserve to have the facts.

All sessions with a school counsellor are confidential. Counsellors have an ethical responsibility to take every reasonable precaution to respect and safeguard a student’s right to confidentiality. But…there are times when a school counsellor must disclose (tell someone else) something a student has told them. This only happens when:

  • A counsellor suspects abuse (physical or sexual) or neglect, based on what a student has told them.

  • A student reveals that they are at risk of harming themselves or an identifiable other person.

  • A student requests disclosure.

  • A disclosure is ordered by a court.

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DIGITAL CITIZENSHIP Your Online and Off Line Presence is Important

How can you make a difference online and off?

Use your purpose to make a difference. Use civil discourse online.

Here is a link to some digital citizenship activities from grades 7-12

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