Kids & COVID-19: Mental Health Night with SWIS

Sarah Ahsan SWIS News

“When stress overwhelms their ability to cope, the behavior of kids (and adults) can be challenging. The webinar explores ways to foster resilience in children and youth by understanding their stress responses, being curious about the needs underneath the stress, and supporting them to get their needs met in helpful ways.” – Karen B. Hawley Kids & COVID-19: Mental Health …

Youth Helping Youth for Success

Sarah Ahsan SWIS News

Since March 2020, when schools were closed because of COVID-19, CultureLink’s team of Settlement Workers in School (SWIS) has received many emails and phone calls from teachers, guidance counsellors and parents. Special attention has been provided to ESL students who face even greater challenges settling into a new country and learning English – all during a pandemic. Our team is …

Central Technical School students at Christie Pits Park

Sarah Ahsan SWIS News

Equipped with their masks, wipes, sanitizer and other COVID-19 protective and personal gear, the Central Technical School’s Peer leaders, mentors, mentees and other newcomer students headed to Christie Pits Park to meet with their Settlement Workers and schoolmates on September 4, 2020. It was a glorious Friday afternoon and most of the students were really happy to be outdoors. Some …

How Yiwen Became a Leader

Sarah Ahsan NOW News, SWIS News

October 12th, 2017 is a day that Yiwen will remember for the rest of her life. On that day, she got on a plane all by herself and travelled twelve hours to meet her family in Canada. She landed in a different country for the first time ever. Looking back at those first moments in Toronto, she says “I did …

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The Leaders of Today

CultureLink Summer Settlement Program, SWIS News, Youth News

Leadership doesn’t come with a title or seniority. Experience and hierarchy might give you authority and power, but do not make you a leader. Leadership has little to do with personality. One could be a low-key introvert with leadership skills. Leadership is the ability to listen to others and lead by example. Leaders act with determination and integrity. A leader …