The Surrey School District’s welcome centre is being recognized for its work helping newcomers integrate and find success in Canada.
The English Language Learner Welcome Centre has been nominated for a Settlement Agency Award as part of the 2019 RBC Top 25 Canadian Immigrant Awards, according to a post on the district’s website.
The award was established last year “to recognize work settlement agencies nationwide.”
People can vote through an online voting process at: canadianimmigrant.ca/canadas-top-25-immigrants/settlement-agency-award.
Voting takes place until May 16 and will be announced with the top 25 winners at the end of June.
Our Welcome Centre is a finalist for a Settlement Agency Award for its work helping newcomers integrate & find success in Canada. Learn more & vote! https://t.co/EYbpIslbiH @WelcomeSchools @canimmigrant #sd36learn #SurreyBC #WhiteRock #rbctop25 pic.twitter.com/ezrZrZQ9GZ
— Surrey Schools (@Surrey_Schools) March 29, 2019
Through the welcome centre, staff provide language assessments, registration support and information about the province’s education system and school and community programs.
From April 2017 to March 2018, the welcome centre supported almost 6,500 individuals which included newcomer ELL students and each of their family members. From April 2018 to January 2019, the centre supported almost 5,500 people.
Caroline Lai, welcome centre manager, said staff is fortunate that the welcome centre has support from the trustees, management and “everyone in our district.”
“But to be recognized outside of our organization is a great achievement,” Lai said. “Our settlement workers in schools, and all staff at the welcome centre are so dedicated to our newcomer students and families – what a great way to highlight their achievements and have their hard work and efforts noticed.”