FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
New Executive Director for Ottawa Community Immigrant Services Organization
Ottawa, ON, May 6, 2013 - The Board of Directors of the Ottawa Community Immigrant Services Organization (OCISO) regrets to announce the departure of Dr.Hamdi Mohamed as Executive Director of the organization. Effective immediately, Leslie Emory has been appointed Acting Executive Director.
Dr.Mohamed has been Executive Director since 2006 and earned great respect and recognition for her contributions to OCISO and to the broader Ottawa community. The Board thanks her for her energetic and committed leadership.
Ms. Emory has been serving OCISO as Manager of the Community Economic Development Program. She was formerly Coordinator of the Career Mentorship Program and, before joining OCISO in 2008, was President of Sona Computer Inc. Ms. Emory holds degrees from the University of Calgary, Carleton University, and the University of Toronto.
“Like many non-profits in the immigration sector, OCISO is navigating newer ways of functioning in the wake of funding cuts. The OCISO Board is committed to safeguard our ability to deliver services to immigrants in Ottawa”, commented John Stewart, President, OCISO Board of Directors.
OCISO is fortunate in having a strong network of partners, friends and supporters in the community. We call on them to continue their support for the organization and for its new Executive Director.
OCISO is a non-profit organization providing comprehensive settlement and integration services to the Ottawa community since 1978. Our programs include community integration, public education, mental health counselling, school based programs for youth, and English language instruction for adult newcomers.
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