Settlement Services July Newsletter



Settlement Services in the Bow Valley provides Permanent Residents of Canada, Live-In Caregivers, Refugees, and Foreign Workers transitioning to Permanent Resident status with the support they need to settle in the Bow Valley.  Our Settlement Team connects immigrants and their families with a broad range of services and resources to help them integrate into our communities.  Settlement Services also provides support for employers and agencies working with immigrants.  All services are free and confidential.  Serving Banff, Canmore, Lake Louise and Kananaskis.  Funded by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). 


After School Family Fun Program wraps up another successful year!
For the fifth consecutive year, Settlement Services ran an after school program for the immigrant students at Banff Elementary School.  This year, we also invited parents to join us each week to participate in the program.  Through the After School Family Fun Program, immigrant students have an avenue to find their voice, to build their skills and confidence, and to learn about life in Canada in a comfortable, fun environment.  

The program invites community champions to share their knowledge and expertise with the students and parents to help:
1) Connect families to programs and services available in our community
2) Promote a healthy and active lifestyle for children and families
3) Facilitate integration in Canada and our community
4) Build confidence with English language communication skills and physical literacy skills

We would like to thank the following community champions for joining the After School Family Fun Program this year: Right from the Start, Banff Dental Care, Parks Canada, RCMP, Alberta Health Services, Active for Life and the Town of Banff.  Your contributions and commitment to our community are greatly appreciated! 


  1. Read on to find out more about this month’s workshops/events and important updates 
  2. Please help us by sharing the following information with your employees, clients and anyone else who would benefit 
  3. You can share the extended version of our monthly Newsletter through your network using this link:
  4. Thank you for your ongoing support!



Posters with full details are attached.  All sessions are free.  Childcare and transportation (from all Bow Valley locations) are available at no-cost, upon request.  Registration is required.  Thank you!

Living in Canada as a Permanent Resident Information Session
Are you a Permanent Resident (PR) or almost a PR? Join us for a free information session about your rights and responsibilities as a Permanent Resident of Canada.  Learn about the no cost programs and services available to you, including: language classes, career opportunities, housing information, government supports, community resources and much more! 

Canadian Citizenship Information Session
This free session is for Permanent Residents who are interested in becoming Canadian Citizens. Find out: why become a Canadian Citizen, are you eligible to become a Canadian Citizen, how to complete the application forms, and more! 

Full Day Schooling in Canada Parent Orientation
Attention Employers: All immigrant parents who have children that are new to school in Canada, or who will be bringing their school-aged children to Canada in the 2017/2018 school year are required to attend this orientation.  

We hope that you can help us by scheduling your employees (as described above) off work on this day to participate in this important orientation.  Schooling in Canada is very different from schooling in other countries.  This orientation will prepare immigrant parents and their children for success in school in Canada.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.  Poster is attached with full details. 



Community Connections in the Bow Valley is a new area of programming for Settlement Services that supports ALL newcomers to the Bow Valley, immigrant and Canadian-born, in becoming more connected to social networks, community resources, information and activities.  Serving Banff, Canmore, Lake Louise and Kananaskis.  Contact: Heather Bates½403-497-4471½community.connections@banff.ca½½


Community Table: Celebrating Food, Culture and the Dalai Lama!
Community Table offers free lunch to everyone in the community. Held every Thursday from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm at 101 Bear Street, Banff (above the Banff Public Library).

This month, the Tibetan Community in the Bow Valley will celebrate the Dalai Lama's birthday on Thursday, July 6 at Community Table with traditional Tibetan food. We invite you to come and join in the celebrations!  Have a taste of "momo" - a Tibetan dumpling (vegetarian and gluten-free options are available), salad and Tibetan tea.

We welcome and invite any community group to share their cultural food at Community Table. For more information, contact Jill or 403-762-1254


Community Connections in the Park
Head to Banff Central Park for free fun outdoor games and activities like badminton, scavenger hunts, bocce ball, and more!  Meet other community members and celebrate summer in Banff. Held every Tuesday from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm (June 6 to September 19).  All ages are welcome. Drop-in, no registration required. 


Community Connector Program
If you have been living in Banff, Canmore, Lake Louise or Kananaskis for a year or more and you feel comfortable and connected in your community, you can volunteer on your own or with your family to help newcomers get settled in the community. Meet with them 2-3 times a month for 4 months and introduce them to programs and services in the Bow Valley. We provide training and support for all volunteers.
If you are new in the Bow Valley, we can connect you with a volunteer or volunteer family. Meet with them 2-3 times a month for 4 months to help you get settled in the community.



Settlement Services Agency/Employer Referral Form

We have created this new referral form for agencies and employers to use (attached in this e-mail).  If you know anyone who is a Permanent Resident of Canada (PR), Live-in Caregiver, Refugee, or a Foreign Worker who is in the final stages of becoming a Permanent Resident, please refer them to us!  Simply complete the fillable PDF form and e-mail it back to us.  We need your help to connect with these members of our community so that they can successfully integrate into Canadian society, including your workplace.   For your convenience, the referral form can also be filled-in and submitted online at:


Settlement Services Online Resources 
Settlement Services created has a variety of resources that we share with our clients.  These resources are available throughout the community, and can also be found on our website:  Please feel free to share these resources through your network:

·         English Language Programs for Adults (PDF)

·         Affordable Housing (PDF)

·         Summer Activities for Kids (PDF)

·         Health Care in Canada (Coming Soon!)

Counselling Services and Supported Referrals Available
Settlement Services clients can meet with registered social worker, Ashley Butenschon, a member of the Settlement Services Team.  Individual or family appointments, and group workshops are available at no-cost.


Thank you for your ongoing support!


Stay connected with Settlement Services workshops, community events, volunteer opportunities, current immigration news and more by clicking on our Facebook page link below. You don’t need to have a Facebook account to view this information. We post to Facebook regularly to avoid overwhelming you with emails. Thank you!


Julia Saunders| Settlement Services Programmer
Settlement Services in the Bow Valley
Town of Banff, Town of Canmore, Lake Louise, Kananaskis
Banff Town Hall, 110 Bear Street 
Box 1260, Banff, Alberta, Canada T1L 1A1 
403.762.1144  F 403.762.1264