The SWIS program was originally launched through WelcomeBC in the Fall of 2007. It provides recently arrived immigrant students in the K-12 public school system, and their families, with orientation information and support, and connects them with services and resources in their community.
New students and their families face difficult challenges settling and integrating into Canadian culture due to barriers that are caused by language and cultural differences.
At West Vancouver Schools, we’re proud to offer School-based Settlement Services called SWIS.
Settlement Workers in School (SWIS) assist newcomer school-aged children and their families in adapting to Canadian culture and Canadian Schooling.
Role of SWIS
- Provide settlement services and information through: settlement counselling, referral to needed resources such as ELL support program, Legal Services, different Government resources, etc
- Assist in filling out forms such as Medical Service Plan, BC Housing, Child Tax Benefit and many more
- Services are provided in English, Korean, and Farsi – we connect clients with services in other language as necessary
- Accompany clients to different services
- Workshops are provided on different topics tailored to the need of the families and staffs
- Our SWIS program will now be partnered with the North Shore Multicultural Society (NSMS) who will oversee and manage these services.
Executive Director: Elizabeth Jones
North Shore Multicultural Society
207-123 East 15th Street
North Vancouver, BC
This partnership will:
- Provide enhanced access to more SWIS workers with a broader scope of languages and services
- Continue locating SWIS workers at Hollyburn Elementary School