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Tomorrow is #Multiculturalismday in #Canada 🎉 @OttawaPolice will also be celebrating the cultural diversity in our city at the 5th Annual Diversity Celebration held at the @ottawacity Hall. It will be a memorable day for our newest Canadians being sworn-in by @CitImmCanada 🎉🇨🇦

Join @OttawaOCISO and Karima Kara tomorrow evening for an interactive learning session on examining hidden biases and leading inclusively. Be part of a rich and exciting conversation starting at 5:30pm. https://t.co/O8DJ6CjPdU #WOW19 #Ottawa

Are you passionate about supporting immigrants and refugees through the journey of making Canada their home? We're looking for committed individuals to join our Board of Directors. Nomination deadline: June 28th, 2019. https://t.co/VKAG1bdy3X

Ok, lovely friends & allies of @IWS_Network in #Ottawa

Let's get together, enjoy 🌞, have 🍻🍷🥤 & chat/catchup!

Do not miss the coolest 😎 event in town!

🙏 RT @ShawnMcGuirk @OttawaOCISO @uOttawaInclu @robannan @UOttawaPDA @HireImmOttawa @Invest_Ottawa

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We are pleased to announce the 1st of 3 newcomer students to be awarded a Marion Dewar Scholarship Fund scholarship this year, Alexandra Nesrallah. A graduate of St. Patrick's High School, she will enroll at the University of Ottawa and plans to study pharmacology. Congrats!

NEW LOCATION: Please note the English, Arabic #WalkIn clinic on Thursdays is transferring from @OttawaOCISO to @NROCRC as of July 4th. NROCRC will have extended hours of operation: Thursdays 1:30 pm to 8:00 pm (Last session at 6:30 pm).

The YOCISO Newcomer Youth Centre is calling you this summer!

This summer, our Youth Program is offering free, fun and innovative programs to #cdnimm, #cdnrfg youth in Ottawa. Check out our YOCISO programs here: https://t.co/LMtKtqCt8i

@SCWIST @IWS_Network @ImogenRCoePhD @clopezcorrea @HireImmOttawa @OttawaOCISO ☝️

Our @OCISOMentorship Program helps internationally educated professionals find work in their field. Clients are matched with a volunteer Career #Mentor working in the same or a related field. 65% of our mentees find work in their field. https://t.co/vcTZmhVigV #ottjobs

All are cordially invited to our 7th Annual Free Water Drive to celebrate Canada Day 2019. This year service is dedicated to Hunsdeep Rangar @mirchmasalaone for his community involvement and spirit @UnitedWayOttawa @OttawaOCISO @DRRmatters @DaveZackrias @dianedeans #ottawa

Want to make a difference in your community? Become a Mentor in our Immigrant Women Mentoring Network. Support #cdnimm women in their career development today! https://t.co/Pwy7Q4oHRd #mentorship

Know a newcomer to #Ottawa who needs help? Connect with us. Our Settlement & Integration Program can help. https://t.co/zfCrwju8OI

Don’t forget to visit Ottawa’s largest mural at 215 Wurtemburg! Participants who volunteered on the project represent 32 different countries! #WOW19 https://t.co/PQ1Z89cGv9

#IntMetropolis2019 has officially begun with opening remarks from Gilbert Whiteduck, from the Anishinabe, reminding us that First Nations welcomed newcomers, including those fleeing persecution.

We all have a responsibility of caring for the land and for each other.

Know an isolated immigrant senior? Connect them to our Settlement & Integration services. We can help. https://t.co/zfCrwju8OI

It's #WOW19 - Welcoming #Ottawa Week 2019 - & we're running some events. Join us June 27th for an @OCISOMentorship Seminar focused on Examining Hidden Biases and Leading Inclusively. https://t.co/Q4MFsOy91L

Last chance to donate!
The #RunScotia @OttawaMarathon fundraising system closes down at tonight at midnight. If you'd like to support our Run for a New Start team fundraising for @refugee613, please click to make a secure donation. Thank you! https://t.co/2PN2Epas5d

Congratulations graduates!
Canada welcomed them few years ago. They did not know the language. They didn't give up. Their new home believed in them. Now they are on the their way to pursue their dreams and give back immensely.
Canada is great! ❤️🇨🇦

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Stepping Stones: A Refugee Family’s Journey

Illustrated by Nizam Badr and written by Margriet Ruers. This is a beautiful hardcover book suitable for children aged 4 – 10.

Orca Book Pubishers will donate $10 to OCISO for every book sold through OCISO’s website.

Only $20 plus shipping also supports the artist who is a Syrian refugee.

Click To Buy | Only $20!

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Our Mission!

OCISO supports immigrants through the journey of making Canada their home by providing creative and responsive programs that are culturally and linguistically appropriate, by building community through mutual respect and partnerships, and by fostering healthy and inclusive spaces for open dialogue and healing.

What we do 🙂

We are community based non-profit organization that has been providing services in Ottawa since 1978. We are motivated by the stories of new immigrants, and we are there every stage of the journey. OCISO directly serves over 10,000 immigrants and refugees every year. Our work is augmented by the generous efforts of our enthusiastic, caring and talented staff, volunteers, both established and new Canadians.