Settlement Workers in Schools (SWIS)

The goal of SWIS is to assist newcomer families in every way possible so that they successfully integrate into the Canadian culture. We help these families to better understand the Canadian education system and are advocates in the schools and communities for these families.

We assist and provide the following services:

  • School Registrations
  • Homework Help
  • Translation Services
  • Assisting with Communication between Schools and Newcomer Families
  • Needs-Assessment and Follow-Up


SWIS works very closely with the Settlement Workers of the Eastman Immigrant Services (EIS), who do the general assessment and assistance of the family. All of SWIS’ services are cost free, because it is funded by Immigration, Refugee, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).


Book a service with a SWIS Worker:


Roxanne Buhler | SWIS Worker

Languages spoken: English

Roxanne grew up in southern Manitoba and spent the majority of her adult life in various communities throughout the province. Living in different ethnic towns gave her perspective on what it means to “come from away”, and this was further enhanced when her family spent a year in Mexico as missionaries/teachers. Steinbach is now her home of 16 years. Roxanne and her husband live on the south side of the city where they love working in the yard and taking walks with their two dogs. She also likes to read, play video games, knit and crochet.


Maria Zhosan | SWIS Worker

Languages spoken: English, Russian, Ukrainian,

Maria moved to Canada from Ukraine in 2023. She lives in Steinbach with her husband, three sons, mother and younger brother.

Maria’s is an open, cheerful person known for her sociable personality. She focuses on being open with and kind to others and is always willing to help where needed.

With a pedagogical education, Maria understands the basics of child psychology and development. She enjoys connecting with people and learning about different cultures. Maria believes that every person can make the world a better place through their actions.


    What Our Volunteers are Saying...

  • When we were newcomers to Canada, EIS welcomed us. When we needed to learn English to work, EIS helped us. When we applied for nomination to the province and for permanent residence, EIS supported us during the whole process. We love them.

    - Oscar Rada & Catherine Sanchez