The Daryl L. Cook Peer Helping Award



Peer Helping


Being first presented on the occasion of OSCA’s Thirtieth Anniversary, the Daryl L. Cook Peer Helping Award was established in the spring of 1993 to honour Daryl’s outstanding contribution to guidance counselling in Ontario and to acknowledge her strong support of peer helping programs in Ontario schools.


This group award will be awarded annually to one elementary and/or one secondary school in Ontario in recognition of its exemplary peer helping program.


The award will consist of a certificate indicating the name of the school in which the peer helping group is involved, the name of the peer helping group and the name of the staff advisor.

  • Evidence must show that students have worked well together as peer helpers.

  • The program must be a planned program that has taken place over a full semester or year.

  • The peer helping program may be a credit course or a voluntary program.

  • There must be evidence of a training program for the participants.

  • The program must demonstrate a positive impact on the school.


  • The nominator must be an OSCA member and must complete the online nomination form.

  • All elementary and secondary schools in Ontario that have peer helping programs are eligible for nomination.

  • Nominations should include:  the number of students in the program, the objectives of the program, the accomplishments of the group, and the impact on the school as a result of their activities.