What is SWIS (Settlement Workers In Schools)

SWIS is the bridge encouraging positive and open communication between family, school, and community.

SWIS provides students and their families with the immediate essential services required to support their transition into the Canadian school setting.

This is achieved by:

  • SUPPORTING student’s transition to life in Canada by providing practical guidance, and culturally sensitive consultation,
  • ENCOURAGING family involvement in student’s school life;
  • INCREASING each client’s ability to access appropriate and timely community services;
  • PROVIDING services and benefits in the client’s first language by arranging for interpreters;
  • DEVELOPING greater community awareness and involvement in the integration process;
  • FOSTERING positive attitudes and associations with communities;
  • STRENGTHENING immigrant’s and refugees’ ability to cope with the challenges of integration;
  • DELIVERING information sessions on topics related to settlement to high school and elementary school students and their families;
  • PROMOTING respect for cultural diversity by informing and educating school personnel


 The SWIS program focuses on providing support to:

  • Newcomer students and families who have been in Canada a short time;
  • Newcomer students and families with unresolved first-year settlement needs; and
  • Individuals, students and families with long-term settlement issues or who are in need of intensive support.

SWIS provides services to all categories of immigrants including government sponsored refugees, privately sponsored refugees, family sponsored immigrants, economic immigrants, secondary immigrants and Canadian citizens who are children of immigrants.

SWIS assist Newcomers with:

  • Understanding School Policies and Procedures
  • School Registration and Orientation
  • Communicating with Educators
  • Parent-Teacher Interviews
  • Connecting with school and Community services and resources
  • Volunteering opportunities
  • Workshops and Information Sessions
  • Cultural Orientation and Sensitivity Trainings
  • EAL/ESL Needs (English language Tutorials/trainings)
  • Consultation on School Settlement Issues

To learn more about SWIS public resources, please click the following link: http://www.swissask.ca/index.php/public-info/public-resources

SWIS Staff:

Aimee Haralson (Estevan Office)
Settlement Workers in Schools
Phone: (306) 471-8191
Fax: (306) 637-3826
Email: aimee.swis@sasktel.net

Mikayla Spencer (Weyburn Office)
Settlement Workers in Schools
Phone: (306) 861-7363
Fax: (306) 842-0205
Email: weyburn.swis@sasktel.net

Settlement Workers in Schools (SWIS)