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Programs in the School of Community Services are designed to address the needs of individuals, groups and families, ranging from youth to the elderly. You will explore the physical, cognitive, social and emotional needs of others and how to work with those facing issues related to poverty, homelessness, immigration and addictions.

You will gain the skills and knowledge necessary for planning and carrying out programming to enhance the development of communities and the wellbeing of individuals and groups. You will also be challenged to utilize effective communication skills and assume leadership roles as they advocate for marginalized sectors of the population. Depending on the program, students will gain practical work experience while in school with organizations that serve youth, seniors, families, newcomers, homeless individuals and individuals dealing with mental health related issues and involved with the social justice system.

Graduates from the Social Service Worker programs, including the Gerontology and Immigrant and Refugee streams, are eligible for membership in The Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers.

As a graduate of this school, you may find employment throughout the entire range of human service settings including major area hospitals, social assistance agencies, school boards, community support programs, health, mental health and disability organizations, long-term care facilities and correctional settings.