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ESL Department
ESL Department Members (2020/21)
Tara Kapeluch           
Maria Castagna           
Laura Fong               
Don Pan                   

Chinese Settlement Worker
New to Canada? Do you have a child enrolled in a York Region Public school? We’re here to help you. Funded by Citizenship and Immigration Canada, SEPYR provides settlement services in many languages for newcomer students and their families in their local schools. Through this program, we are pleased to offer newcomer families support in the following areas: education, employment, language training, housing, health, family related issues, youth issues, legal concerns, finances, library/recreation and more. We have a settlement worker who can speak English, Mandarin, and Cantonese at Unionville High School on Thursdays and Fridays to provide services for you. You can contact the School Settlement Worker Ms. Julie Zhang at:
Julie Zhang | School Settlement Worker
School and Education Partnership in York Region (SEPYR)
Phone: 905.731.8281 | Cell Phone: 416.567.4026
Email: |
Community Service Hours
Completing forty hours of community service is a graduation requirement.  Students are encouraged to look for volunteer opportunities in their communities as soon as possible.  Students should confirm with the Guidance Department that their choice of community service opportunity complies with the requirements before they begin the volunteer placement.   The Immigrant Youth Centre is a good place to start looking for volunteer opportunities.  The public library system has over 1000 volunteers and is another good option for students. 
If possible, students should select volunteer opportunities that will allow them to explore their academic and career pathways.  This will give students valuable skills related to the prospective pathways as well as insight into whether or not they wish to continue in the field or not.
Workshops and Assemblies for English Language Learners (2017/18)
  • Newcomer Adolescent Support Assembly—York Region Police
  • Youth and the Law, Dealing with Stress, Anxiety and Depression (CMHA), Crime Stoppers, Protecting Yourself Against Fraud (Police Fraud Unit), Transportation/Bus Safety (VIVA/YRT), and Diversity in York Region (Diversity and Cultural Resource Police Unit)
  • IYC Academic and Social Programming and Volunteer Opportunities—Immigrant Youth Centre
  • Craft Workshop (card making)—Immigrant Youth Centre
  • Developing Good Habits, Library Resources and Research Skills--Markham Public Library
  • Study Skills and Exam Preparation—Guidance Department
  • Education and Career Pathways—Immigrant Youth Centre
  • Remembrance Day Assembly—Music Department
  • Co-operative Education—Co-op Department
  • Fire Safety and Prevention—Fire Department
  • Sustainable Dairy Farming and the Dairy Industry in Ontario--Dairy Farmers Association
  • Financial Literacy—Educators Financial Group in collaboration with the Grade 10 Business classes
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