ESL Organizations
Here is a list of ESL-related organizations you may find helpful. For more information on a specific organization, click on the link to their website.
BC ESL PSA Website: http://www.bctf.ca/eslpsa/

ESL PSA Blog
ESL PSA Blog


BC TEAL: http://www.bcteal.org
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CASLT: Canadian Association of Second Language Teachers: http://www.caslt.org/
THE CANADIAN ASSOCIATION OF SECOND LANGUAGE TEACHERS
THE CANADIAN ASSOCIATION OF SECOND LANGUAGE TEACHERS

ESL Infusion : OISE (Univ. of Toronto): http://www.teslinfusion.oise.utoronto.ca/Home/index.html
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto

TESL Canada Federation : http://www.tesl.ca/

TESL Canada Journal: http://www.teslcanadajournal.ca/index.php/tesl

TESOL: http://www.tesol.org/s_tesol/index.asp
TESOL - Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages, Inc. A Global Education Association
TESOL - Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages, Inc. A Global Education Association


Canadian Council for Refugees http://www.ccrweb.ca
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Centre for Canadian Language Benchmarks http://www.language.ca

Central for Canadian Language Benchmarks | Centre des niveaux de compétence linguistique canadiens
Central for Canadian Language Benchmarks | Centre des niveaux de compétence linguistique canadiens


Support Services for Newcomers
There are many support services available in the Lower Mainland. Here are the ones available in Richmond:

AMSSA http://www.amssa.org
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AMSSA is an affiliation of over 75 multicultural agencies providing immigrant settlement and multicultural services in communities throughout British Columbia. We create networking opportunities, disseminate information, provide professional development and build organizational capacities for our members. AMSSA champions the promotion of multiculturalism, diversity, multicultural health and human rights.

See attached pdf of services and other support services in BC:


Richmond Caring Place
Richmond Caring Place Society
Richmond Caring Place Society
http://www.richmondcaringplace.ca/

Richmond Caring Place is a single, community-supported facility that houses many of Richmond's non-profit Community Service agencies right in the heart of Richmond. [read more]

CHIMO Crisis Services
CHIMO Home
CHIMO Home
http://www.chimocrisis.com/

CHIMO prevents tragedies and saves lives. CHIMO strengthens individuals, families, and communities. CHIMO connects people with needed community resources. CHIMO builds bridges of understanding.
Created in Richmond, British Columbia in 1973, CHIMO Crisis Services now serves over 10,000 individuals and families each year from different cultural backgrounds, age groups, family lifestyles, and economic situations. CHIMO provides diverse services from community building to prevention, from individual crisis support to advocacy, and from peer support to education. CHIMO engages in collaborative community planning and develops innovative resources to address emerging needs.
Richmond Family Place http://www.richmondfamilyplace.ca/

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Richmond Family Place was established in 1979 with the purpose of offering support to families in the Richmond community. The society's earliest supporters included the City of Richmond, the Women's Resource Centre, Jewish Women International (B'nai Brith) and the Richmond Jaycees. The goal and mission of Richmond Family Place was the same then as it is today - to acknowledge and support those parents who are rearing our most precious resources - the children of Richmond. Richmond Family Place was the first fully inclusive family focused program in Richmond.
Richmond Multicultural Concerns Society
RMCS | Richmond Multicultural Community Services
RMCS | Richmond Multicultural Community Services
http://www.rmcs.bc.ca/

Richmond Multicultural Community Services (RMCS) was originally founded as the Richmond Multicultural Concerns Society in 1985. RMCS was established as an advocacy group to support newcomers facing barriers and challenges in settling in Richmond, as well as facing discrimination and racism.
Today, RMCS provides a variety of services to immigrant and refugee communities in Richmond. RMCS plays an important role in the settlement, education, and integration of immigrants from the day they arrive in Richmond. We strive to welcome newcomers by assisting with their initial settlement needs such as language development, job search skills and networking skills within the community
Our vision is for a harmonious and inclusive society that values equality and diversity. At RMCS our mission is to foster intercultural harmony through leadership, collaboration, and quality service delivery.
We host a wide range of programs and community events to facilitate and promote multiculturalism, diversity, and inclusiveness in Richmond. Please visit our Programs & Service and Events section on this website or contact us at 604.279.7160 for more information.

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I want to tell my Story
Are you new to Canada? Or were you born right here in Richmond? Has your journey been difficult? Joyful? Frustrating? Exciting? Wherever you come from, your story is important. By sharing your experiences here, you can help create a Richmond where we all feel we belong. Join the discussion today.

Richmond Newcomer's Guide
http://www.richmond.ca/__shared/assets/newcomersguideenglish23788.pdf

external image logo.jpgS.U.C.C.E.S.S. http://www.successbc.ca/


S.U.C.C.E.S.S. is a multi-service agency in British Columbia, Canada. Established in 1973 and incorporated in 1974, our mandate is to promote the well being of all Canadians and immigrants. We encourage their participation in the community through delivering services in five major areas: social services, employment services, business and economic development services, training and education services, and health services (under the auspices of S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Multi-Level Care Societyincorporated in 1995). To strengthen our financial resources, S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Foundationwas established in 2001.
Welcome BC information on SWIS:
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The B.C. Settlement Workers in Schools (SWIS) initiative is a partnership between the Integration and Multiculturalism Branch of the Ministry of Regional Economic and Skills Development, and the Ministry of Education, to provide a school-based outreach program for immigrant and refugee students and their families. Settlement workers are placed in secondary and elementary schools across the province, and are either employed by a school district contracted to provide these services, or are subcontracted to an immigrant settlement organization.

Touchstone Family Association
Touchstone Family Association
http://www.touchfam.ca/

Touchstone is a non-profit community based social service agency. We have been providing services to Richmond and nearby areas since 1983. Our services have primarily focused on preserving and enhancing family relationships. Through qualified staff, we offer a wide variety of professional services to the community.
If you have any additional information that you think should be added to our list, please contact the ESL Coordinator. Thank you.