Westman Immigrant Services (WIS)
Office Hours: Monday – Thursday: 8:30am - 5:00pm Friday and Saturday: 8:30am - 4:30pm
Westman Immigrant Services is a community based charitable organization that assists immigrants and new Canadians by providing three core services; English as an Additional Language (EAL) classes, Settlement Services and Brandon Community Language Centre Interpreter services. Westman Immigrant Services partners with other organizations in order to provide expertise in addressing service gaps for immigrants within the broader community.
Settlement assistance includes orientation to life in Brandon and Canada including information about Canadian culture, citizen rights and responsibilities. Referral and access to community services such as medical, legal, educational and financial services are provided as needed. An Employment Facilitator is also available to assist with questions and services related to employment. The settlement program also provides an orientation program called the Brandon ENTRY program for newcomers. Contact the office for more information.
Immigrants wishing to improve their English are assessed at Westman Immigrant Services in order to attend government funded classes at Westman Immigrant Services or at A.C.C. Adult Collegiate. A variety of English language programs for the Canadian Language Benchmarks levels of 1 to 4 are available. We also provide an EAL Family Literacy program that allows parents with young children to attend a class with their children. English classes are designed to help newcomers live and work successfully in our community.
The Employment program assists individuals in finding employment and in accessing adult training programs. The employment facilitator also assists clients with credential recognition.
Professional, accredited interpreters are available through the Brandon Community Language Centre (BCLC). By hiring a qualified BCLC interpreter for high risk appointments where accurate communication is vital you can be assured of accuracy, confidentiality and impartiality. This service is offered on a user pay basis. Contact the office for more information and to book an interpreter.
Volunteer programs provide personalized assistance by matching immigrants with community volunteers for friendship and support. Westman Immigrant Services has a variety of volunteer opportunities.