Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Winnipeg School Trustee Wants Swim Class Offered to Newcomers to Canada

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Winnipeg School Trustee Wants Swim Class Offered to Newcomers to Canada

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Trustee wants newcomers offered swim class

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WINNIPEG - A school board trustee is calling on the Winnipeg School Division to develop a swimming program to prevent drownings.

Trustee Mark Wasyliw tells CTV Winnipeg the program would target newcomers and indigenous Canadians but would be offered to all students.

Two children, David Medina, 12, and Jhonalyn Javier, 11, drowned while visiting Grand Beach with family in August.

Wasyliw said both children had only lived in Canada for a brief period of time.

He said many newcomers haven't received any sort of water safety training in their home country.

He said the Toronto District School Board offers a "Swim to Survive" program developed by the Lifesaving Society of Canada.

Lifesaving Society CEO Carl Shier said the organization is very supportive of Wasyliw's idea, adding the program is different from swimming lessons. …

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