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The Surrey School District's English Language Learner Welcome Centre has been nominated for a Settlement Agency Award as part of the 2019 RBC Top 25 Canadian Immigrant Awards.
The award was established last year to recognize work settlement agencies nationwide are doing to help newcomers integrate and find success in Canada.
The district's Welcome Centre helps English Language Learner (ELL) students and their families integrate into the Surrey School District and get settled in the community.
Staff provide language assessment, registration support and information about the B.C. education system, as well as school and community programs. Services include:
School orientation and registration support
Holistic language assessment and placement assistance
Community awareness and capacity building
Ongoing support relating to multiculturalism and settlement
Extensive resource library
Settlement and multicultural workers
Settlement workers at the Welcome Centre provide students and families with information about Canadian systems and skills needed to transition into their new community, while multicultural workers with extensive experience dealing with cross-cultural issues can respond sensitively to the academic needs of ELL students.
The winner of the Settlement Agency Award will be chosen through an online voting process.
A list of all finalist settlement agencies can be found HERE – simply scroll to the Surrey Schools logo and click to vote!
Voting takes place until May 16 and a winner will be announced, along with the rest of the Top 25 winners, at the end of June at www.canadianimmigrant.ca/rbctop25.