Fleming College offers free English courses for Ukrainians arriving in Peterborough – Peterborough


Fleming College in Peterborough is offering free English classes to Ukrainians seeking shelter in the city amid the Russian invasion.

The college says the classes are offered through its English as a second language bridge Program. The college says it’s one of the ways it’s helping support Ukraine. The college also works with the New Canadians Center in Peterborough to ensure families and individuals are settled and supported in the city and surrounding area. The next starting semester for classes is May 9th.

The New Canadians Center – which supports immigrants, refugees and other new arrivals – expects up to 70 Ukrainians to arrive in Peterborough and Northumberland County.

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“Part of our mandate at Fleming College is to create a stronger community and build a better world,” said College President Maureen Adamson. “We stand together to help the Ukrainians who come here to Peterborough and we join our compassionate community to ensure these families are welcome and well supported.”

Fleming is one of 19 Ontario colleges that contribute to Unicef Ukraine Emergency Fundfor a total of $210,000.

Fleming also notes that one of his faculty members — Vic Waselenko — “has worked tirelessly” to raise funds for Ukrainian aid, partnering with companies to host fundraisers and raise funds. To date, his efforts have raised more than $19,000. His Fundraising Page by the Canadian Red Cross can be found on the internet.

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