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'Connect, contribute, and thrive': Language centre for newcomers opens in Burnaby's biggest mall

MOSAIC's Brentwood Language Centre has moved and is now the Burnaby Language Centre at Metrotown mall.
The new Burnaby Language Centre is open at Metrotown mall.

MOSAIC is celebrating a grand opening in Burnaby as its language centre has moved from Brentwood to Metrotown mall.

The settlement non-profit said the new school marks the expansion of its services to support newcomers to Canada, according to a press release.

"This new space is wonderfully accessible, in the heart of Burnaby where newcomers can easily reach us," said MOSAIC CEO Olga Stachova in the release. "And most importantly, it is part of a welcoming and supportive community of businesses, services, and community organizations."

The Metrotown location offers "LINC" classes (Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada), IELTS testing and affordably priced English classes for temporary residents. 

The new location includes onsite child-care services to support student-parents and will offer access to more services to support clients on their settlement and language learning journeys, according to MOSAIC's website.

"This language centre in the heart of Burnaby is a vital new resource, continuing MOSAIC’s amazing work," said Mayor Mike Hurley. "They help to ease the transition for newcomers so they can connect, contribute and thrive as a part of our shared community."

Matthew Levan, senior manager of language services, said the centre is expected to have a positive effect on the community. 

"Our center provides a thousand different things, to a thousand different students that walk through our doors," Levan said. 

"For some it is straight language; language for citizenship; language for college programs; language for work. For others it is a place of connection. In the coming years we hope to create this inclusive, dynamic, and client centred learning space for thousands more clients who enter our classrooms."

Burnaby Language Centre Metrotown