OCISO | Ottawa Community Immigrant Services Organization 2018-02-15T11:00:53+00:00

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Clinical Counselling

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3 cheers for our 50+ @RidgemontHS Run for a New Start @OttawaOCISO team mates (all newcomers to Canada) who made their broadcasting debut tonite on CTV News !!!
Let's cheer them in @OttawaMarathon on Saturday!
NB: their segment shows from 35:30 to 38:00.

We are pleased to support @ImmigrationCBoC's Canadian Immigration Summit 2018: Strengthening Our Economy and Settlement Program, on May 30-31, 2018 in Ottawa.
Explore the most pressing #cdnimm issues facing Canada today.

https://t.co/px9fWN2SBh #immigration2018

Heads up. Tune in to CTV news tonite at 6pm. We are told that around 640pm the story of our amazing group of @RidgemontHS newcomer students running and walking in the @OttawaMarathon and raising funds for @OttawaOCISO youth programs may be broadcast.
Stay tuned....

Always wanted to learn how to play the guitar? Looking for a place to practice & expand your skills? Join us for FREE guitar lessons by amazing volunteer guitar instructors! All guitar skill levels & abilities welcome (ages 13 - 23)!

Knowledge is Power at today's #YOCISO Newcomer Youth Centre. Build your mind and awareness of the world and yourself! Join us for lifeskills workshops and discussions.

Need homework help? We’ve got the right help for you! Join us at the Newcomer Youth Centre today at 3:30 for help with homework or use our computer lab!

75 newcomers and volunteers registered for this event next week! If you want to participate in these monthly events, join us in the Friends With Newcomers program @FoFOCISO @OttawaOCISO Get matched to a newcomer family/youth/woman, meet weekly and make lasting friendships!

Black Community Legal Needs Assessment re. Black Legal Action Centre. TODAY Wed, May 23, 5 - 8 pm, #Ottawa City Hall, Richmond Room 110 Laurier Avenue West. Register by email: tyler.k.boyce@gmail.com

.@FoFOCISO event May 30 7:45 pm - 9:30 pm: Take a guided tour of the Ottawa Main mosque, partake in community iftar meal at sunset. Learn more about the Holy month of Ramadan.

*note*: Only for participants in the Friends with Newcomers program.


We can't wait for good food, good music, and even better company at #OttawaGreekFest2018!! OPA! 🇬🇷

Join our Women's Circle of Support, a space for newcomer & refugee women to unite through art projects. Today at our LINC location: 1800 Bank St, 2nd floor at 2:30PM with facilitator Deeqa Kosar.

Amazing: another 2 volunteers joined the team, another $1000 raised!
Our 162 volunteers in @OttawaMarathon have raised $21,000+ for @OttawaOCISO programs for refugee & immigrant youth.
To join or make a donation, email drain@ociso.org or visit:

Help my team of 10 support @OttawaOCISO young refugees in the #ottawamarathon this Weekend #runScotia

On behalf of our 160+ @OttawaOCISO runners, big thx to all Pace Bunnies, who make @OttawaMarathon so special!
We're honoured that 10km Pace Bunny Erin Collins has joined our team as part of the Pace Bunnies Give Back initiative.
To sponsor Erin click here:

2018 Scotiabank Charity Challenge at the Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend

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.@TamarackHomes is a great sponsor for @OttawaMarathon and Tamarack Race Weekend! 🇨🇦🎽 We know how important a comfortable accommodation is, and we want to help those visiting Ottawa! matches YOU with a like-minded host with #SharedInterests! #ComeOnIn https://t.co/BaOUfZUcDd

Are you an OCISO Mentee within our @OCISOMentorship Program? Make sure you attend our Career Mentorship Speed Interview Event with @TrendMicroCA May 24 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm https://t.co/kEyolv391p

Breaking: we just reached $20,000 in our fundraising for @OttawaOCISO youth programs!!
Big thanks to our 160 volunteers in the @OttawaMarathon and more than 300 donors who have sponsored them!
Onwards to $25,000...

Our @OCISOMentorship Program supports internationally educated professionals to 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. #ottjobs https://t.co/0bYiVxKZNo

So many people at home and beyond need help — where do we begin, and how? The Kindness of Strangers is a great place to start. Join @refugee613 for this inspiring evening: https://t.co/tSajT3JyhM #kindnessofstrangers

Mark your calendars! 📅

On Saturday, June 9, we hope you'll join the world’s first ever TEDx event from a refugee camp!



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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!

Stepping Stones BOOK Cover | OCISO
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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.