SALAS currently has a one-year agreement with IRCC to assess 575 clients (Permanent Residents) in Lethbridge, Brooks and Nanton and 60 Syrian refugees in Southern Alberta.
SALAS employs six assessors who work as contractors: Carol Darmody, Cheryl Fujikawa, Judy Hasinoff, Sue Mitchell, Lucelle Prindle, and Marie Schooten. SALAS also employs four Client Services individuals who work as contractors: Crystal McPeak works in Claresholm, Nanton and High River. Diana Avila and Catherin Torres provide client services in Brooks, and Brittany Flick provides client services in Lethbridge and coordinates this service for SALAS.
As part of our Agreement, we supply each client with a portfolio, describing the assessment that was conducted, providing an explanation of the benchmarks, and supplying further contact information for language providers in Lethbridge. In Lethbridge we refer clients to Flexibility Learning Systems for English classes or to their Employability program and to the Lethbridge College for English classes. SALAS LTD. also provides referrals to community agencies.
In Brooks, clients are referred to the LINC (Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada) classes held at the Brooks Community Adult Learning Centre or at Medicine Hat College at their Brooks Campus and to other community resources.
In Nanton, assessed clients are referred to the Literacy Coordinator, to nearby language resources, LINC Homestudy and LINC On Line, and other community resources that could assist in language development.
Referrals come to SALAS from our service providers (Lethbridge College or Flexibility Learning Systems or Brooks), from the School Districts, or from former clients, Lethbridge Family-Immigrant Services, Foothills County Immigration Services, Brooks and County Immigrant Services, Fifth on Fifth Ready Set Go Program, from our brochures, or from our advertising efforts through Welcome Wagon, etc.