T. R. Leger to host open­ing cer­e­mony

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... host a grand open­ing on Sept. 25. The T. R. Leger Wel­come Cen­tre, op­er­ated by the T. R. Leger School of Adult, Al­ter­na­tive and Con­tin­u­ing Ed­u­ca­tion, will host the open­ing cer­e­mony at 2: 30 p. m.

A cen­tre that helps im­mi­grants ac­cess ser­vices geared to new­com­ers and lan­guage train­ing will host a grand open­ing on Sept. 25.

The T. R. Leger Wel­come Cen­tre, op­er­ated by the T. R. Leger School of Adult, Al­ter­na­tive and Con­tin­u­ing Ed­u­ca­tion, will host the open­ing cer­e­mony at 2: 30 p. m. The event will in­clude the un­veil­ing of a new sign for the cen­tre, as well as fam­ily ac­tiv­i­ties, games, face paint­ing, mu­si­cal per­for­mances and danc­ing. Light re­fresh­ments will be served free of charge through­out the day.

The cen­tre is lo­cated at 435 Sec­ond St. W. in Corn­wall. Staff mem­bers are also invit­ing area res­i­dents to drop in that day and dis­cover what the cen­tre has to of­fer dur­ing a “ Neigh­bours’ Day” cel­e­bra­tion from 1 to 7 p. m.

“ We want to cel­e­brate this won­der­ful cen­tre and let the com­mu­nity know about all it has to of­fer,” said Diane Coombs, man­ager of Lit­er­acy and Lan­guage Ser­vices for the T. R. Leger School of Adult, Al­ter­na­tive and Con­tin­u­ing Ed­u­ca­tion. “ This cen­tre plays an im­por­tant role in help­ing new­com­ers en­joy a suc­cess­ful life in Canada and en­sures they can ben­e­fit from all the ser­vices and sup­ports Canada has to of­fer.”

The cen­tre of­fers four main ser­vices: the Im­mi­grant Ser­vices and Adap­ta­tion Pro­gram ( funded by Cit­i­zen­ship and Im­mi­gra­tion Canada), the Lan­guage In­struc­tion for New­com­ers to Canada Pro­gram ( Cit­i­zen­ship and Im­mi­gra­tion Canada), the English as a Sec­ond Lan­guage Pro­gram ( On­tario Min­istry of Cit­i­zen­ship and Im­mi­gra­tion) and the Adult Lit­er­acy and Em­ploy­ment Prepa­ra­tion Pro­gram ( On­tario Min­istry of Train­ing, Colleges and Uni­ver­si­ties.

“ New­com­ers can use a self-serve room with ac­cess to com­put­ers and the In­ter­net, a fax ma­chine, pho­to­copier, and tele­phones to help them find the set­tle­ment ser­vices they re­quire as well as ac­cess out­reach work­ers who will fa­cil­i­tate their set­tle­ment needs,” said Coombs.

The Corn­wall area wel­comes be­tween 150 and 200 new im­mi­grants an­nu­ally, said He­len La­marche, Im­mi­grant Ser­vices team leader at the cen­tre. Through the var­i­ous ser­vices, im­mi­grants can find in­for­ma­tion about lan­guage train­ing, hous­ing, trans­porta­tion, em­ploy­ment, gov­ern­ment ser­vices, as well as any in­for­ma­tion that will help new­com­ers adapt to their new home. A va­ri­ety of printed in­for­ma­tion is avail­able in a wide range of lan­guages, in­clud­ing English, French, Urdu, Tamil, Span­ish and Rus­sian

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