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Halton District School Board

Site: Milton - Gary Allan Learning Centre

Service: Welcome Centre

Contact Information
Office Phone 905-335-3665 ext 3440
E-Mail welcomecentre@hdsb.ca
Website www.hdsb.ca/parents/Pages/New%20to%20Halton/New-to-Canada.aspx
Social Media Twitter Twitter: twitter.com/HDSBWelcome
Primary Contact Dunja Cajko, Community Connections Specialist; Email: cajkod@hdsb.ca
Alternate Contact Eric Keunne, Program Lead, Youth Settlement (K-12); Email: Keunnee@hdsb.ca
Agency Information
Legal Status (50) Non Profit
Primary Executive Julie Hunt Gibbons, Superintendent of Secondary School Programs; Phone: 905-631-6120; Email: huntgibbonsj@hdsb.ca
Alternate Executive Darlene White, Principal of Student Success and School Programs; Phone: 905-631-6120; Email: whiteda@hdsb.ca
Funding Provincial
Description and Service Details
Description (Service) Services altered in response to COVID-19 (Coronavirus) 
 
​​​​2021 ​Summer Operations 
* operating hours of the Welcome Centre are from 8 am-5 pm, Mon to Thu 
* office building/location is closed and staff are working from remote locations 
 
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Services offered include school registration, assessment and settlement support 
 
Assessment 
* students from Grades 1 to 12 will have their English language and mathematics skills assessed 
* helps schools offer students the supports needed as they begin studying in the Halton District School Board 
 
Community Connections Specialist 
* works with schools, parents and community partners to develop school community activities and projects 
* support school and system initiatives relating to community outreach and parent engagement, equity and inclusive education, literacy, numeracy, tutoring/mentoring, and interventions for students at risk 
* Virtual Newcomer Mento​​​r Hub​ (g​​rades 5-8) 
* Virtual Newcomer Experience Series 
* Virtual High School Student Hangout 
* to register please contact Dunja Cajko, Community Connections Specialist at cajkod@hdsb.ca​​ 
 
Youth Settlement Workers 
* help newcomer families interact with schools to maximize parental involvement and student success 
* provide interpretation and translation services​ and connect families with useful community services that help students and their parents transition into the community and schools 
 
Youth Settlement Specialist (YSS) in Schools 
* in partnership with HMC Connections (HMC), supports student and family engagement through the support of Youth Settlement Specialists (YSS) at the Welcome Centre and in schools 
 
School Specific Youth Settlement Specialists 
* meet with and provide continued settlement support to families as they navigate the HDSB system  
* refer families to resources and support within the Halton community  
* collaborate with HDSB staff in problem solving and identifying necessary support for students specific to language and/or culture 
* provide language support to families and HDSB staff when/where needed (i.e confirming a meeting, supporting families new to the school etc.)
Hours See website for availability
Areas Served Halton Region
Eligibility New and returning families to Halton region
Application Families need to fill out a google form, send an email or call to book an appointment
Languages English ; Interpretive Services
Fees None
Site Information
Site Location Inside Gary Allan Learning Centre
Located In Community Milton
Address & Map
Gary Allan Learning Centre
215 Ontario St S
Milton, ON L9T 4N5
 
View Google Map
Intersection Childs Dr and Ontario St S
Mailing Address c/o Halton District School Board 
PO Box 5005 
Stn LCD 1 
Burlington, ON L7R 3Z2
Physical Access Fully Accessible
Categories and Classification
HCSD Main Heading COVID-19 ; Newcomers
HCSD Sub Heading Interpretation / Translation ; Newcomer Settlement Services ; Refugees ; Supports for Newcomers
Service Categories Cultural Transition Counselling ~ Grade School Students ; Interpretation/Translation ; Language Proficiency Testing ~ Grade School Students ; Newcomer Settlement Services ~ Families ; Newcomer Settlement Services ~ Grade School Students

Agency Overview


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