Working with refugees and new migrants - 11 June 2019
Tue 11 Jun 2019, 06:00 pm
Tue 11 Jun 2019, 08:30 pm
Mana Cruising Club
Ngatitoa Domain (off Pascoe Avenue)
Celebrate Local People, Cultural Ethnic, Education,
Wheelchair access, Accessible toilets, Mobility parking
Jacqueline (Jacqs) Wilton grew up on a sheep and beef farm out of Martinborough, and currently lives at Otaki Beach, in her 'tiny' home. She has a daughter at Newlands College and she manages English Language Partners Porirua.
When volunteering with the Ho Chi Minh Child Welfare Foundation, she was asked to teach English. She says, 'Yeah right! I soon realised that there is a lot more to it than just being able to use the language; but also realised the doors that having English opened for people, particularly in raising people out of poverty.'
She returned home, gained a degree in Educational Psychology and a basic qualification in Teaching English and, with her four-year-old daughter, headed off to teach in the Sultanate of Oman. 'What an incredible experience for us both, she says. 'I loved teaching English language and to improve my craft, studied for an MA Teaching English via Victoria University whilst working in Oman, then Sri Lanka, China and finally Abu Dhabi. Prior to leaving New Zealand, I had done some volunteer work with English Language Partners in Palmerston North and loved the values of the organisation.
Upon returning to New Zealand, Jacqs looked for full-time employment with that organisation and obtained her current position, working with adults of refugee and migrant backgrounds – both in her students and her staff. She says she feels very fortunate to work in such a diverse environment, helping new Kiwis obtain one of the most fundamental of skills for successful settlement.
Jacq's work is literally life-changing. As the Porirua manager of English Language Partners she works with refugees - or new Kiwis - to help them learn English. It's not just the language Jacqs and her team help with, they're advocates and passionate supporters of any new Kiwi.
Tonight she will talk to us about working with refugees and new migrants including putting a context around the effect of the Christchurch shootings on the migrant community.