International Student Connect Program at Humber College

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International students arrive in Canadian to study in the many diverse post-secondary institutions available. They come full of hope and inspiration to learn and take the next steps in their personal development. Up until very recently however, there has been no official settlement supports for these students, who are very obviously new to Canada, to assist them upon their arrival …

When Newcomers Give Back…

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On November 19th former students of Central Toronto Academy came back with their very special stories of success to address the whole school.  Among them were recipients of prestigious awards and scholarships for their extra-curricular and community work while they were students at the school. Zuberi Atard who founded Student Action Network to assist newcomer students to have volunteer experience …

A Night to Remember!

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With the SWIS and Seniors Programs at the Canadian Tenors’ Performance The world renowned Canadian band Tenor performed at the Air Canada Centre in front of a sold out crowd on November 24, 2015.  Among the audience who watched with awe as they performed are newcomers students from the Multicultural Clubs at Bishop Morroco/ St. Mary’s Secondary Catholic School, members of CultureLink Seniors’ …

OCASI Focus Group for the Somali Community

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On Tuesday October 27th, Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants (OCASI) ran two focus groups for Somaili newcomers – one for men and one for women – at CultureLink. The groups were run by Sahra Hassan, RSW, BSW, SSW from York University with assistance from myself, a Somali-speaking Settlement Worker in Schools (SWIS). OCASI is conducting these focus groups to help find …

Web WeChat: Engaging Parents Online

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In order to involve more parents in school activities and assist parents in staying in touch with school updates, myself, Isabella Yan, School Settlement Worker, created an online parent-community group for the newcomer parents at Ryerson Community School in October. On the Web WeChat platform parents of this school are linking up with the Settlement Worker and other parents to …