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Settlement Workers in Schools (SWIS)

New to the area?Poster promoting the Settlement Workers in School program

All Saints Catholic Secondary School has a settlement worker who can help you:

  • learn more about your school and community;
  • connect with employment services;
  • access language training;
  • understand cultural practices in your community;


About Settlement Workers in Schools

The Settlement Workers in Schools (SWIS) initiative places settlement workers in elementary and secondary schools in Durham Region. SWIS connects newly arrived families to services and resources in the school and the community in order to promote settlement and foster student achievement. Schools are one of the first services that newcomers connect with in the community. With the cooperation of the school, the SWIS worker systematically contacts all newcomer families to orient them to school and community resources and to refer them to specific services. SWIS workers provide group information sessions, often in partnership with school staff, or other community partners, to address issues related to settlement. The workers also provide orientation on the settlement needs of newcomers for school staff, and provide orientation to newcomer students when they first arrive in Canada.

Contact us

Carmen Subibi is our school settlement worker at All Saints.  For more information, call Carmen at 905-903-0172, email csubibi@cdcd.org or visit the SWIS website.