Supporting Newcomer Families & Their Children

What is the role of Settlement Workers In Schools?

  • To provide settlement support to all newcomer families and their children as they require assistance in adjusting to their new surroundings
  • To provide information to students and their families about schooling and community services in Abbotsford and British Columbia and/or provide referrals to the services and resources and supporting families in the integration process
  • To assist the newcomer students and their parents in adapting to the local school system

Services to the Schools

  • To provide information about the newcomer students' needs and issues, helping school staff to understand the family's situation
  • To provide support for newcomer students and their families as per school staff requests through information sessions and workshops
  • To support two-way communication between the home and the school

Services to Parents

  • To help parents who are new to the community to understand the Canadian school system through orientation, information meetings and workshops, and individual information and referral sessions
  • To promote access for parents and families to make connections with the broader school community
  • To increase new parents' understanding of Canadian culture and their involvement in school and community

Services Currently Offered In:

  • Afghani
  • Albanian
  • Arabic
  • Bosnian
  • Cantonese
  • Dinka
  • English
  • Hindi
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Macedonian
  • Mandarin
  • Pashto
  • Punjabi
  • Russian
  • Serbo-Croatian
  • Spanish
  • Swahili
  • Taiwanese
  • Turkish
  • Urdu
  • Vietnamese