Settlement Workers in Schools (SWIS)

Connecting newly arrived families to services and resources in the school and community



How can SWIS help you?


Information for principals, teachers and educators.


Adult services, programs and initiatives.


Youth services, programs and initiatives.

SWIS Mission Statement

SWIS Durham is committed to providing quality initial settlement services to newcomer families with school aged children in the region of Durham; offering service that is; confidential, culturally appropriate, non-judgemental and sensitive to the needs of the client, in an inclusive, accessible manner that empowers and fosters client independence.

SWIS is recruiting Peer Leaders for our summer NOW program

Put your leadership skills to work, earn community hours and have fun!  We are accepting Peer Leader Applications for our Newcomer Orientation Week (NOW) program until Friday, April 9, 2021.  To apply to be a Peer Leader, fill out the forms below:

Parent Permission Form

Peer Leader Application Form

Teacher Endorsement Form

Application Package Instructions

Who is my SWIS worker?

Each school is assigned a SWIS worker.  Find the worker for your school here.