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The iPALS program or immigrant parents as literacy supporters is a program for families and their young children with the main focus on preschoolers. The program is a culturally responsive family literacy program designed to help immigrant parents and their children to thrive in their new communities. Parents and caregivers learn new strategies to support their young children in their literacy development. The children in turn gain skills that will prepare them for school, making the transition from preschool age to Kindergarten easier.

The programs were developed by Fiona Morrison, formerly a director with Decoda Literacy Solutions. The Welcome Centre receives the funding from Dream Makers, the literacy coalition of Squamish.

Weekly for 8 weeks



 Each session 2 hours long
 Please see Calendar


  • Pre-literacy skills
  • Storytelling/reading
  • Singing
  • Learning nursery rhymes
  • Art and crafts
  • Literacy games





Family Drop-In

This program is for families and individual wanting to connect to each other informally for more information, support or engage in fun activities together. 

South Asian Senior Women’s Group

This program is for senior women who would like to meet with other South Asian senior women, to improve English and to learn basic computer skills.