August 23, 2019

World of Welcome (WOW) orientation day helps create connections for newcomer secondary students and families

​More than 400 high school students and families new to the Peel Region will participate in a one-day World of Welcome (WOW) orientation held across 18 schools in Mississauga and Brampton between Aug. 23 and Sept. 5. The program helps ease transition for newcomer families by providing information sessions, orientation activities, and connecting them with staff members and peers prior to the start of the school year.  ​

“Each year, the WOW orientation program welcomes hundreds of new students from all over the world,” says Nala Moorthy, Multicultural Settlement and Education Partnership facilitator. “More than 50 multilingual school settlement workers from the Peel board and five partner community agencies work in collaboration with teachers and student peer leaders, to organize activities, familiarize newcomers with Ontario’s education system and empower families to be involved in their child’s education.”

On the day of the orientation, newcomer students participate in group activities led by student peer leaders that help them navigate their way around school and understand their timetable, school routines and expectations. 

The orientation is held on designated days at each participating school. For a detailed list, please visit:​ WOW orientation day schedule

The WOW orientation is funded through the We Welcome the World initiative by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada. Newcomer high school students who have completed their registration through the Peel District School Board’s We Welcome the World Centres are eligible to participate. 

The We Welcome the World Centres are currently open Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. for 
2019-20 school year registration and assessments. For more information, please visit: 


Media contact: Nala Moorthy, Multicultural Settlement and Education Partnership Facilitator, 905-890-1010 ext. 2173, [email protected]

Reference: Dunja Cajko, Multicultural Settlement and Education Partnership Assistant, 905-890-1010 ext. 2462, [email protected]

Note to Media: Please refer to the attached list for the dates and time of WOW orientation at participating schools. 

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