To continue with our ongoing support to newcomer children, we are pleased to partner once again with the FSJ Public Library! This years theme is “SPRING MAKE!”.

Created for kids in grades 1-7 to explore the idea of designed thinking through Maker Education. Kids got to check out:

o   3D-printers

o   Snap-circuits

o   Lego robotics

These sessions were offered the second week of Spring Break and were received by the students with excitement and enthusiasm! Our own “MAKER” expert Brant Churchill was integral in the creativity of our young minds!

Spring Make

SWIS – Settlement Fair

The Settlement Fair was held on March 12, 2016.

The 2016 SWIS Settlement Fair was created to address newcomer needs, gaps and challenges in the community, identified through one-on-one Needs Assessments completed with clients.

There were approx.  40 participants at the Fair receiving information from:  MNP, Fort St John Public Library, Employment Connections, SD60 Distance Education, and Investors Group.

There were also information booths from: Northern Lights College, Employment Connections BC, City of Fort St John, Fort St John Literacy Society, Investors Group Financial Planning, SUCCESS, SD60 SWIS, Fort St John Public Library & MNP

Participant feedback was very positive with comments providing valuable input for future Settlement Fairs.

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FSJ League of United Youth


FSJ League of United Youths – a SWIS initiative Leadership In Training (LIT) Program

8 volunteer students organized and lead these fun filled FREE events specifically designed to provide opportunities for immigrant students to engage in a variety of events that will help promote social interaction with other students, build and maintain confidence and communication skills through play and exploration based activities!

The LIT students demonstrated planning and time management skills, community and cultural awareness and teambuilding/leadership skills by acting as role-models for younger participants!

School District 60/Welcome BC partnership program is back! Each day of this program provided a full day’s worth of activities including field trips, special visitors and awesome activities.  Activity themes included participation in our Diary of a Wimpy Kid party and Super Kids: a day of super-powered fun & adventure!

An active, exciting event, FSJ Hunger Games brought the action and excitement of the popular book and movie series to life. Participants used their wits and cunning to survive as they battled their fellow “tributes” until only one remained!  This event was registered to maximum capacity in 2012, only to increase this year to a maximum of 35 participants!


SWIS Windup 2011

A great wind up was organized by our SWIS and ESL Teachers to congratulate our immigrant families on a great year! It was great to see all the families come together to celebrate!

The celebration was also a great opportunity to promote our summer program for our immigrant children & youth! (SWIS – Settlement Workers in Schools:  assisting children/youth/families with their transitions into our schools as well as our local/Canadian culture)

SWIS World Fair

Settlement Workers In Schools (SWIS)


When the Welcoming & Inclusive Communities & Workplace Program (WICWP) started a “youth-led” initiative to host the 2010 Fort St. John World Fair, their natural instinct was to approach SWIS to blend the two programs into an important community event.

Four SWIS students from Thailand, China and Korea came forward to participate on the 10 person volunteer committee to organize the event on June 10th, 2010. The event was supported by the FSJ Mayor and City Council along with several other community businesses & groups.

The 3 hour diverse extravaganza greeted over 600 people who enjoyed activities from around the world like: Chinese calligraphy, East Indian henna, Mexican rock painting, Nigerian hair braiding, Italian pasta making and of course Canadian road hockey. The 2010 Allan Cup Champion FSJ Flyers came out to play with the kids and brought the cup with them for quick photos.

The intended outcome of the event was to promote diversity in the community through the eyes of our youths. An additional bonus was that the students who participated learned valuable leadership skills and demonstrated the ability to plan, organize and execute their well thought out plan in a mature and professional manner. Youths leading youths!

Through the efforts of the committee, the event captured the hearts of kids and brought forward positive awareness to the diverse cultures we have in our very own community.