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MULTICULTURAL LIAISON WORKERS

SUPPORT SERVICES

 

 
Who do MCLWs support?
  • Multicultural Liaison Workers are available to support students, families, and school personnel by facilitating communication in spite of linguistic or cultural differences.
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  • Liaison between school, family, and community to help school personnel understands the concerns and needs of each community. 
 
 
For Students
  • Help students understand the school system and derive from it the maximum benefits.
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  • Assist and support students, individually or in groups, with cultural adjustment and social/emotional issues.
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  • Provide lay counselling in a variety of situations that may arise due to cultural differences.
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  • Work cooperatively with school-based personnel to enhance the student's full development in the school system. 
 
For Parents
  • Help parents understand the Vancouver school system.
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  • Encourage parents to participate in their children's education.
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  • Enhance communication between home and school through linguistic and cultural interpretation.
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  • Work together with school personnel and other professionals in the provision of cross-cultural counselling, parenting and other programs, and in encouraging families to seek other professional and community services when necessary.
 
​For Schools
  • Help the school personnel provide orientation for families and students when they first enter the school system.
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  • Assist in determining the fluency and accuracy of student's first languages.
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  • Help identify and offer suggestions for meeting the needs of ELL students.
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  • Help plan programs to suit students from a variety of ethnic backgrounds.
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  • Help schools share concerns with parents regarding their children.
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  • Provide school personnel with information on the various cultures represented in their schools, and community resources to support them.
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  • Provide consulting and interpreting services. 
 
 
For the Community
 
  • Keep the Vancouver School Board informed of community concerns.
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  • Represent the Board in community organizations and at community functions, upon request by the Board, and when possible.
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  • Inform community groups of the resources in the school system that can help their members in their transition to Canadian life. 
 
How many languages are available?
  • Services and support available in the following languages:
    • Chinese (Cantonese/Mandarin)
    • Filipino/Tagalog
    • Hindi/Punjabi
    • Korean
    • Spanish
    • Vietnamese