Funds help young refugees adjust to Canadian life

Young children make adjustments to living in a new country.

Thanks to $7,000 of support from Children’s Aid Foundation and the RBC New Beginnings: National Diversity Fund for Children, Langley Community Services Society has provided many experiences for Early Years Refugees Project participants.

Families have taken in shows such as Cirque du Soleil’s Amaluna and Royal City Youth Ballet’s The Nutcracker. They have also attended attractions such as Science World, the Honey Bee Centre, Aldor Acres, Langley Centennial Museum and the Vancouver Aquarium.

Children have also taken part in various City activities such as ballet, taekwondo and gymnastics.

The project provides early childhood development support and settlement services to refugee families in both Langleys.

A modified early learning centre hosts parents/caregivers and their children aged newborn to six, providing stories, songs, and crafts.  The environment gives opportunities for families to build a network with other families, reinforces language acquisition, and facilitates adjusting to the Canadian context.  Classes focus on food preparation, food safety, healthy eating, orientation to kitchen appliances/equipment and participants are also supported on shopping trips.

The Children’s Aid Foundation is a national organization committed to improving the lives of Canada’s most vulnerable children and youth. Their focus is to help young Canadians who are receiving services from organizations in the child welfare system.  Since 1999, they have operated within a national scope funding 59 programs in 33 communities located in all 10 provinces and two territories, including Nunavut and Northwest Territories.  The Foundation has raised over $100 million over the last 30 years, and has disbursed these funds to help more than 1 million children and youth in need.

Langley Community Services Society delivers and provides access to counselling, support and education on all aspects of individual and family living designed to enhance the quality of life for community members in the Langleys.

Just Posted

VIDEO: Langley soapbox derby draws more competitors

41st annual Soap Box Derby put on by the Langley Evangelical Free Church

Crime Briefs: Stolen church tent, loan fraud and missing chipper

Langley RCMP release photos of suspects and stolen goods

Langley Blaze alum makes MLB debut

‘I have been waiting my whole life for this’ says Maple Ridge’s Tyler O’Neill

It’s going to be a furry tail foot race Sunday, April 29

Langley animal shelter hosts walk/run at Derby Reach Park

Blaze split with A’s in Kelowna

Langley 18U team goes 2-2 to open season despite missing five key players to Team Canada obligations

UPDATED: 9 killed, 16 injured after van hits pedestrians in Toronto

Toronto police say nine people have died and 16 are injured

As Osoyoos Indian Band flourishes, so too does Okanagan’s wine tourism

Indigenous practices have driven growth of South Okanagan’s wine history and agricultural influence

Judith Guichon steps down as Lieutenant Governor of B.C.

Election decision didn’t make her best moments from the past six years

Vancouver to rake in $30 million in empty homes tax in first year

The tax is the first of its kind in Canada, and was intended to address the city’s near-zero vacancy rate

B.C.’s snowpack continues to increase, melting delayed

River Forecast Centre official says sudden melting further into the season could cause flooding

Another B.C. First Nation voices support for Kinder Morgan pipeline

Simpcw First Nation claims people living on one-third of pipeline route support the project

Protesters argue both sides of B.C.’s SOGI curriculum at teachers’ union office

The sexual orientation and gender identity program was launched as a pilot project last year

Prankster broadcasts fake nuclear threat in Winnipeg

The audio recording on Sunday warned of a nuclear attack against Canada and the United States

ICBC reform aims to slow rising car insurance costs

‘Pain and suffering’ payouts to be capped, major injury limit to double

Most Read