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City council approves funding ESL courses for Ukrainian refugees

Ukrainian refugees in Grande Prairie will have access to more English as a Second Language classes. City council has approved funding of $10,000 to the Rotary Clubs of Grande Prairie, which will help set up those looking to take advantage of the course.

Councillor Dylan Bressey says many Ukrainians who chose Grande Prairie as their second home are ready to contribute to the community and start working as soon as possible.

“They are ready to jump right into the workforce but English is standing in the way. So helping make sure they can speak our local language will really help them participate in our economy fully and bring the full set of skills and attribute they are bringing with them,” he adds.

Bressey says the funding will help at least 100 individuals throughout their English learning journey. Bressey also took the chance to acknowledge the Rotary Clubs of Grande Prairie for putting in the work to help Ukrainian refugees.

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“We really appreciate the Rotary clubs and other residents who are doing a great job helping these Ukrainian refugees feel welcome in Grande Prairie and participate in our workforce. “

The Rotary clubs will work with other community partners to figure out the best way to use the money and help as many people as possible.

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