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Halton District School Board

Site: Milton - Gary Allan Learning Centre

Service: Welcome Centre

Record #: OAK0425
Last Full Update: 05 Oct 2022

Contact Information

Office Phone 905-335-3665 ext 3440
Social Media Twitter Twitter:
Primary Contact Dunja Cajko, Community Connections Specialist; Email:
Alternate Contact Eric Keunne, Program Lead, Youth Settlement (K-12); Email:

Agency Information

Legal Status (50) Non Profit
Primary Executive Jacqueline Newton, Superintendent of Education; Phone: 905-335-3663; Email:
Alternate Executive Michelle Lemaire, System Principal- Welcome Centre and International Student Program; Phone: 905-691-8445; Email:
Funding Provincial

Description and Service Details

Description (Service) Services offered include school registration, assessment and settlement support 
* students from Grades 1 to 12 will have their English language and mathematics skills assessed 
* helps schools offer students the supports needed as they begin studying in the Halton District School Board 
Community Connections Specialist 
* works with schools, parents and community partners to develop school community activities and projects 
* support school and system initiatives relating to community outreach and parent engagement, equity and inclusive education, literacy, numeracy, tutoring/mentoring, and interventions for students at risk 
* Virtual Newcomer Mento​​​r Hub​ 
* Virtual Newcomer Conversation Club 
* Virtual High School Student Hangout 
* to register please contact Dunja Cajko, Community Connections Specialist at​​ 
Youth Settlement Workers 
* help newcomer families interact with schools to maximize parental involvement and student success 
* provide interpretation and translation services​ and connect families with useful community services that help students and their parents transition into the community and schools 
Youth Settlement Specialist (YSS) in Schools 
* in partnership with HMC Connections (HMC), supports student and family engagement through the support of Youth Settlement Specialists (YSS) at the Welcome Centre and in schools 
School Specific Youth Settlement Specialists 
* meet with and provide continued settlement support to families as they navigate the HDSB system  
* refer families to resources and support within the Halton community  
* collaborate with HDSB staff in problem solving and identifying necessary support for students specific to language and/or culture 
* provide language support to families and HDSB staff when/where needed (i.e confirming a meeting, supporting families new to the school etc.)
Hours See website for availability
Areas Served Halton Region
Eligibility New and returning families to Halton region
Application Families need to fill out a google form, send an email or call to book an appointment
Languages English ; French ; Arabic ; Chinese (Cantonese) ; Chinese (Mandarin) ; Hindi ; Pashto ; Punjabi ; Serbian ; Urdu ; Interpretive Services
Fees None

Site Information

Site Location Inside Gary Allan Learning Centre
Located In Community Milton
Address & Map
Gary Allan Learning Centre
215 Ontario St S
Milton, ON L9T 4N5
View Google Map
Intersection Childs Dr and Ontario St S
Mailing Address c/o Halton District School Board 
PO Box 5005 
Stn LCD 1 
Burlington, ON L7R 3Z2
Physical Access Fully Accessible

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