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August 2020 Workshops and Information
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New Safety Precautions at ISGW photo of desktop barrier

We are pleased to welcome clients back to the office for limited, in-person settlement appointments, language assessments and workshops (with a maximum of 5 clients). We have made some changes to ensure the safety of clients and staff. CLICK HERE for a detailed list of what we are doing to keep everyone safe.

We are still offering telephone and virtual appointments as well as online classes and workshops.

photo of school suppliesSchools are opening for classes in September

Both public school boards are requesting that parents complete a survey about their preference for in-person or online learning for their children in September. Responses must be received by August 14, 2020.

UGDSB information

CLICK HERE for the pre-registration survey and detailed information about returning to school with the Upper Grand District School Board. The page can be translated into many languages. For a Parent Guide to Reopening Schools CLICK HERE.

WCDSB information

CLICK HERE for detailed information about returning to school with the Wellington Catholic District School Board. For the Back to School survey, CLICK HERE.

REMEMBER, both school boards need surveys completed by August 14, 2020. Don't delay!

 
Our SWIS workers will be available starting August 24, until then parents and high school students can contact SWIS Coordinator, Ali Zaidi at 226-332-0784.

ISGW settlement counsellors are also available to help clients in your language, please call us! 519-836-2222
Language Assessment

Do You Need a Language Assessment?

Online LINC/ESL classes are now open at St. George’s School. Contact Marjan at mbateni@is-gw.ca or call 519-836-2222, ext. 237 to book an appointment for an online or in-person language asessment.
August Workshops
PARENTING TEENS 
Thursday, August 20, 2:00pm - 3:30pm
This online workshop will be presented by Nahbeel Rahman, Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MA, RSW.  It is presented in partnership with ARCH.
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Please register in advance to receive information on how to access the workshop via Zoom. Contact Nuhad at 519-836-2222, ext. 236 or email: nabdal@is-gw.ca
REFUGEE SPONSORSHIP TRAINING 
Friday, August 21, 10:00am - 11:30am
Please note: There will not be a session in September. The next session will take place in October.
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Please register in advance to receive information on how to access the workshop via GoToMeeting. Contact Huria at 519-836-2222, ext. 263 or email: htesfa@is-gw.ca
CIRCLE OF LEARNING Employment and Training Program
Will include information about COVID-19 prevention in the workplace.
Tuesday, August 25, 10:00am - 2:00pmCircle of Learning logo

This workshop will be in-person at ISGW. There is space for 5 participants. Please register in advance. Contact Mohamad at 519-836-2222, ext. 257 or email: mmohamad@is-gw.ca
Community Connections

Looking for ways to improve your English?

Try our 1-on-1 English Conversation program! This program matches you with a partner for English conversation and language practice. The schedule is flexible. For more information and to get matched with a volunteer contact Sreeja at svenugopal@is-gw.ca
COVID-19 Information
COVER YOUR FACE
Effective 12:01 a.m. on June 12, 2020, any customer, patron, employee or visitor, who enters a commercial establishment in the Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph region is required to wear a face covering while inside the establishment. CLICK HERE for more details.
CLICK HERE for information about how to safely use a non-medical face mask or covering. (in multiple languages) CLICK HERE for a video about how to wear a non-medical face mask or face covering.

Information from Public Health

Website: Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health 

WDGPH COVID-19 Call Centre 
For health-related questions, including symptoms, close contacts, or travel, call 519-822-2715 ext. 7006.
Hours: Monday – Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.


COVID-19 Testing
Please go to an Assessment Centre to get tested. CLICK HERE for centres in Wellington, Dufferin, Guelph.Public Health DOES NOT provide testing. No referral is needed. Bring your health card to the assessment centre (if you have one). It is OK if it is expired. Presenting your health card allows you to:
  • Check your test results online. Public Health only calls those who test positive.
  • Be treated or prescribed medication for other respiratory conditions if needed and if this option is available at your assessment centre.
  • Move through the testing process faster.
Further instruction will be provided by the clinician at the assessment centre based on individual assessment. Be prepared for increased wait times at the assessment centres.
Information about COVID-19 changes. ISGW has a page dedicated to COVID-19 on our website. The page includes links to reliable, up-to-date information about what's happening in Canada, Ontario and Guelph. CLICK HERE
Mental Health and Wellness

Mental Health Support - click links for more information

Mental Health Support and Resources (Wellington Dufferin Guelph Public Health)
211Ontario.ca 211 is a telephone helpline and online database of Ontario’s community and social services. The service is free and confidential and is available during COVID-19 and beyond – whenever you need the support! Help is available.24/7 in 150 languages.
Wellness Together Canada - access a wide range of tools and resources for mental well-being and substance use
BounceBack Ontario - a free province-wide program that helps people age 15+ experiencing mild to moderate anxiety or depression.

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