SWIS

About this program

MOSAIC is proud to have a partnership with the New Westminster School District (SD40) by providing settlement services. The Settlement Workers in Schools (SWIS) program helps newcomer students and their families adapt and integrate to Canadian life and education during their initial years in Canada.

We provide newcomer students and their families with free assistance in schools as well as field trips and workshops. Our multilingual settlement workers have experience helping students and families adjust to education in Canada as well as integrating into the community. It is our goal to help new families feel welcome and fully engaged within their new community.

Settlement services are provided in English, with interpretation available.

Settlement workers work collaboratively with school personnel to offer a welcome to newcomer families in the school district. Through your initial one-on-one consultation with the whole family, we can help address questions you have about Canadian life and the school system. In addition, we will help guide you to the many school and community resources available to new Canadians.

Settlement workers will regularly follow-up with students and families to respond to your needs and keep you up to date on settlement services and resources.

 

The SWIS program delivers regular workshops on a wide range of settlement-related topics for children, parents and grandparents. See our calendar of events below.
Our support groups help you meet other families in the community. Support groups give parents a chance to practice English, share culture and learn about available resources in the community. A play area for young children is available.

In addition to support groups, SWIS can help co-ordinate mentorship for youth and parents, volunteer opportunities and life skills & leadership training.

For more information on the New Westminster School District (SD40), please visit this website: http://district.sd40.bc.ca/

The Settlement Workers in Schools program is open to immigrant and refugee students and their parents or caregivers (e.g. grandparents) who are currently registered in the New Westminster School District (SD40).

SWIS Coordinator: Ghada Shawil, 604-522-3722 ext. 180 (English, French , Greek,  Assyrian, Arabic)

School Name SWIS Contact Contact Details
Herbert Spencer Elementary Alin Arakelian aarakelian@mosaicbc.org
Phone: 604 773 2328
Richard McBride Elementary Sana Albarouki salbarouki@mosaicbc.org
Phone: 778 865 3279
New Westminster Secondary School Alin Arakelian
Usha Rajput (Youth Worker)
aarakelian@mosaicbc.org
Phone: 604 773 2328
urajput@mosaicbc.org
Phone: 778 995 0629
F.W. Howay Elementary Sana Albarouki salbarouki@mosaicbc.org
Phone: 778 865 3279
Fraser River Middle Sana Albarouki
Usha Rajput (Youth Worker)
salbarouki@mosaicbc.org
Phone: 778 865 3279
urajput@mosaicbc.org
Phone: 778 995 0629
Queen Elizabeth Elementary School Sana Albarouki salbarouki@mosaicbc.org
Phone: 778 865 3279
Queensborough Middle Alin Arakelian
Usha Rajput (Youth Worker)
aarakelian@mosaicbc.org
Phone:604 773 2328
urajput@mosaicbc.org
Phone: 778 995 0629
Lord Kelvin Elementary Maniya Rafiei mrafiei@mosaicbc.org
Phone: 778 628 0111
Connaught Heights Elementary Maniya Rafiei mrafiei@mosaicbc.org
Phone: 778 628 0111
Lord Tweedsmuir Elementary Maniya Rafiei mrafiei@mosaicbc.org
Phone: 778 628 0111
École Glenbrook Middle Maniya Rafiei
Usha Rajput (Youth Worker)
mrafiei@mosaicbc.org
Phone: 778 628 0111
urajput@mosaicbc.org
Phone: 778 995 0629
École Qayqayt Elementary Alin Arakelian aarakelian@mosaicbc.org
Phone: 604 773 2328

Settlement Workers in Schools services at MOSAIC are made available in part thanks to funding from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada.

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