The Peel District School Board has partnered with Peel Public Health to launch a pilot project offering free dental screenings at the Mississauga and Brampton We Welcome the World Centres. Initiated for children aged 17 and under through the Healthy Smiles Ontario Program, it aims to provide access to low income families to improve their oral health.
According to the Canadian Health Measures Survey (2009), three out of every five children aged 6 to11 have, or have had a cavity. “Regular dental care can be expensive, especially for newcomer families who are seeking employment and haven’t fully adjusted to their new environment,” says Louise Clayton, coordinator of the We Welcome the World Centres. “With the Healthy Smiles Ontario program in place, families are able to access dental care for their children at no cost to the family.”
In addition to dental screenings, the We Welcome the World Centres have also united with other community agencies to offer employment counselling services to newcomer families. The services, offered weekly at the Mississauga and Brampton locations, assess the client’s knowledge of the Canadian job market, their work experience and career goals. After assessment, resources are provided to the client so they can easily assimilate into the job market.
The We Welcome the World Centres are currently registering newcomer elementary and secondary students for September. The centres are open throughout the summer, Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information regarding registration and assessments, please visit: http://www.peelschools.org/newtopeel/register or call 905-366-8791 to book your orientation appointment.
Louise Clayton, We Welcome the World Centre Coordinator, 905-890-1010 ext. 2437, [email protected]
Audrey Crasto, Multicultural Settlement and Education Partnership Assistant, 905-890-1010 ext. 2462, [email protected]