SWIS - Settlement Workers in Schools
Coming to a new school and learning a new language can be scary for students & their families… we can help!
The main purpose of SWIS is to assist newcomer students enrolled in the public school system, to easily transition into the community and schools, in a non-threatening and welcoming way. SWIS provides programs such Leadership In Training and Youth Mentoring in the community as well as the schools. SWIS programs foster social inclusion and promote cultural diversity and awareness in FSJ. The SWIS program offers many community programs in conjunction with the FSJ Public Library, such as Spring Break programming and Summer Reading Camp. For more information on these programs, please contact the FSJ Public Library.
Funded by Citizenship & Immigration Canada (CIC) the SWIS program is aimed at supporting immigrant families with Permanent Resident status, to settle into Fort St John and surrounding district. Part of the SWIS role will be helping families and the school system with cross-cultural understanding. Fort St John has been identified for the new wave of support, based on our Canadian immigration stats for the past five years as well as the ELL population in our school system.
- Jane Drew, Program Coordinator, brings a broad range of skills and connections from her experience working with international/students at Northern Lights College, several years of service at City Hall, as well as volunteering with Big Brothers Big Sisters FSJ as a Board Member.
- Dana Millar is an ELL itinerant with the School District & School Counsellor specializing in immigrant youths at risk. Dana also is actively involved in the Leadership In Training program that offers support and physical activity to immigrant youths.