Settlement Partner Program

Our Settlement Partner program aims to match newcomers with volunteers. Through this program, newcomers will gain friendship, support and knowledge about community resources, while helping the newcomer learn and practice English.

Newcomers are matched with a volunteer, then, partners meet once a week for 1-2 hours, for a 3 month period. Visits can take place virtually (through Zoom, Whatsapp or Facebook), or the partners can meet in person.

Would you like a Settlement Partner?

Are you a permanent resident card holder and live in Manitoba? Would you like a Volunteer Settlement Partner to help you practice English?

You will need to complete a Volunteer Settlement Partner Request Form.

Please fill this out either online or on paper:

Paper copies are available here:

  • WIS Brandon office
  • Boissevain – available from your teacher
  • WIS Russell or WIS Virden – from your Settlement Facilitator

Please return completed forms back to your Teacher or Settlement Facilitator.

What happens after submitting the request form?
  • After you fill out a request form it will take 1-4 weeks to find you a settlement partner match.
  • Once a match is found, the volunteer coordinator will contact you to set up an introduction meeting. After this introduction meeting you can then start meeting weekly with your volunteer to practice English!