T. R. Leger to host opening ceremony
... 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