Settlement Services in the Bow Valley provides Permanent Residents of Canada, Live-In Caregivers, Refugees, and Foreign Workers transitioning to Permanent Resident status with the support they need to settle in the Bow Valley. Our Settlement Team connects immigrants and their families with a broad range of services and resources to help them integrate into our communities. Settlement Services also provides support for employers and agencies working with immigrants. All services are free and confidential. Serving Banff, Canmore, Lake Louise and Kananaskis. Funded by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).
FACT OF THE MONTH
Settlement Services has provided support for the families of 73 new immigrant students enrolling in Bow Valley schools since September 2016
Settlement Services works in partnership with the schools in Banff and Canmore to help immigrant families register for school and learn more about schooling in Canada.
Anyone who will be bringing their children to Canada in 2017 needs to connect with Settlement Services now. We are offering a Schooling in Canada Parent Orientation on August 22. This is a required step in the school registration process for all immigrant parents with children who are new to school in Canada, or who will be registering their children for school in the 2017/2018 school year (full details below). We can help support immigrant families to achieve a successful school experience in Canada!
Read on to find out more about this month’s workshops/events and important updates. Please help us by sharing the following information with your employees, clients and anyone else who would benefit. You can share our monthly Newsletter through your network using this link: http://mailchi.mp/c717041381dd/june-newsletter-settlement-services-in-the-bow-valley. Thank you for your ongoing support!
PROGRAMS, WORKSHOPS AND EVENTS
Posters with full details are attached. All sessions are free. Childcare and transportation (from all Bow Valley locations) are available at no-cost, upon request. Registration is required. Thank you!
English Language and Physical Activity Summer Program for Kids
Only a few spots left! This program is open to children ages 6-14 years who are learning English as a second language. Children improve English skills through fun activities. Offered Monday to Thursday for four weeks (July 3-27) at the Banff Community High School. Children can register for one week, some weeks, or all four weeks. Transportation is provided for children living in Canmore. For more information or to register, contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or 403-762-1144
Living in Canada as a Permanent Resident Information Session
Are you a Permanent Resident (PR) or almost a PR? Join us for a free information session about your rights and responsibilities as a Permanent Resident of Canada. Learn about the no cost programs and services available to you, including: language classes, career opportunities, housing information, government supports, community resources and much more!
Canadian Citizenship Information Session
This free session is for Permanent Residents who are interested in becoming Canadian Citizens. Find out: why become a Canadian Citizen, are you eligible to become a Canadian Citizen, how to complete the application forms, and more!
Immigrant Circle: for Families
Come join a small group of immigrant families to meet other families, talk about living in Canada and build skills for success. These free sessions are led by Settlement Services’ Counsellor, Ashley Butenschon. Come to one, some or all sessions. Single parents, couples and young adults (18+ years) are welcome to join! Childcare for young children can be arranged, upon request.
Full Day Schooling in Canada Parent Orientation
Attention Employers: All immigrant parents who have children that are new to school in Canada, or who will be bringing their school-aged children to Canada in the 2017/2018 school year are required to attend this orientation.
We hope that you can help us by scheduling your employees (as described above) off work on this day to participate in this important orientation. Schooling in Canada is very different from schooling in other countries. This orientation will prepare immigrant parents and their children for success in school in Canada. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us. Poster is attached with full details.
Bear Aware: Wildlife Awareness Event
Join Settlement Services, Parks Canada and BanffLIFE for an evening of fun, information and delicious food! Learn about bear safety and other wildlife safety. Prizes, $5 barbecue dinner and community resources in Banff Central Park. Free admission to the Banff Park Museum. Wednesday, June 7 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm at 101 Bear Street and Central Park in Banff. No registration required.
*NEW* Settlement Services Agency/Employer Referral Form
We have created this new referral form for agencies and employers to use (attached in this e-mail). If you know anyone who is a Permanent Resident of Canada (PR), Live-in Caregiver, Refugee, or a Foreign Worker who is in the final stages of becoming a Permanent Resident, please refer them to us! Simply complete the fillable PDF form and e-mail it back to us. We need your help to connect with these members of our community so that they can successfully integrate into Canadian society, including your workplace. For your convenience, the referral form can also be filled-in and submitted online at: http://banff.ca/FormCenter/Banff-Community-Services-4/Settlement-Services-Employer-and-Agency--86
Settlement Services Online Resources
Settlement Services created has a variety of resources that we share with our clients. These resources are available throughout the community, and can also be found on our website: www.banff.ca/settlment. Please feel free to share these resources through your network:
· Health Care in Canada (Coming Soon!)
Counselling Services and Supported Referrals Available
Settlement Services clients can meet with registered social worker, Ashley Butenschon, a member of the Settlement Services Team. Individual or family appointments, and group workshops are available at no-cost.
Community Connections in the Bow Valley is a new area of programming for Settlement Services that supports ALL newcomers to the Bow Valley, immigrant and Canadian-born, in becoming more connected to social networks, community resources, information and activities. Serving Banff, Canmore, Lake Louise and Kananaskis. Contact: Heather Bates½403-497-4471½community.email@example.com½www.banff.ca/connections½www.facebook.com/community.connections.bv
Volunteer as a Community Connector
If you have been living in Banff, Canmore, Lake Louise or Kananaskis for a year or more and you feel comfortable and connected in your community, we invite you to volunteer in this program. You can volunteer on your own or with your family. Volunteers meet with newcomers 2-3 times each month for 4 months to help them get settled in the community. You can introduce newcomers to the programs, services, social groups and information that helped you feel more connected when you arrived. We provide training and support for all volunteers.
New to the Community? Participate in the Community Connectors Program for Free!
If you or your family have recently arrived in Banff, Canmore, Lake Louise or Kananaskis, we can connect you with a volunteer or volunteer family who will meet with you 2-3 times each month for 4 months to help you get settled and learn more about your community. You can also participate in free, fun activities that celebrate culture and community.
Thank you for your ongoing support!
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Julia Saunders| Settlement Services Programmer
Settlement Services in the Bow Valley
Town of Banff, Town of Canmore, Lake Louise, Kananaskis
Banff Town Hall, 110 Bear Street
Box 1260, Banff, Alberta, Canada T1L 1A1
P 403.762.1144 F 403.762.1264