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YOCISO’s wrestling program for newcomer youth in Ottawa aged from 10 to 18 is on today (5-7pm)! Coached by the 12-time Syrian National Wrestling Champion, Mohamed Al Krad. Please pre-register with @baselzz 613-518-0680 x115 or balzoubi@ociso.org

Immigration scams are very common. They target vulnerable people from across the world with a promise of entry into #Canada. To learn about how to protect yourself from #immigration fraud, visit this website: https://t.co/uRmDMVGyTu

Join us today in the #YOCISO Newcomer Youth Centre, from 3 - 7pm, for Homework Club, Boys and Girls Group, Cooking, & Around the World! https://t.co/aJESD1WjZu

If you have information that could assist investigators, please contact the Ottawa Police Missing Persons Unit 613-236-1222, ext. 2355.

Anonymous tips can be submitted by calling Crime Stoppers toll-free at 1-800-222-8477, or .

Happening next Thurs! Book launch for "#Refugees' Roles in Resolving Displacement and Building Peace: Beyond Beneficiaries" at uOttawa. RSVP here: https://t.co/auz61nAzkO

We're hiring a Manager of Finance to oversee operation of our financial and capital resources, under the direction set by the Board of Directors and the Executive Director. Apply by Sept 27th. https://t.co/kqKUh6nN0x

IWSO will be hosting it's Annual General Meeting on Tuesday Sept 24 from 6pm onward. Refreshments will be served at 5:30pm. This is your opportunity to join us to hear about our accomplishments for the year, view our annual report and see our plans for the year to come!#IWSO #AGM

The "Cultural Understanding and Empowering Women in IT" Program (cueWIT) launched by OCCSC and fully funded by Canadian Heritage is geared to kickoff with the first set of cohorts from Sept. 30.@CdnHeritage
#cueWIT #newcomerwomeninIT @ChineseOttawa


A public call for applications is now open for members of the National Housing Council (Council). The National Housing Council will be diverse, experienced and include those with lived expertise in housing need or homelessness.
Find out more: https://t.co/u75apwMw3g

Great customer service & data entry skills? Can you deal with multiple projects with diff deadlines? #Hiring a bilingual coordinator!
#ottawajobs #employmentopportunities cc @OttawaOCISO @HireImmOttawa @ImmigrantWomen @WorldSkillsOtt @InTACca @ChineseOttawa

AIA Canada on Twitter

“#Career Opportunity • We’re looking for a Collision Sector Coordinator. Are you the one? https://t.co/ERF7QQIXjL”


We’re not crying, you’re crying... @JudyTrinhCBC underscores just how meaningful and important private sponsorships are. Everything is possible when communities come together to welcome newcomers! #OttCity #refugeeswelcome

Judy Trinh on Twitter

“A thread: 1/ This is a story about civil war and political will. But also of frustrating government bureaucracy; familial love and the kindnes...


A great #networking opportunity for #newcomer women to meet CRA women employees while having a fun game of soccer! It also kicks
the 2019 @UnitedWayEO Charitable giving campaign for #ProjectBe, which supports young newcomers and other #youth in need in the Ottawa region.

Join us today in the #YOCISO Newcomer Youth Centre, from 3 - 7pm for Homework Club, Power Hour, & Creative Writing/Music Development!

The always insightful @AmiraElghawaby is speaking tomorrow on diversity & representation in journalism — check it out! https://t.co/lwQlPyWmQD #cdnmedia #ottcity

Next presentations will be Thursday, Sept 18, about brain health and Arabic language programming:

@OttawaOCISO 9:30 am. English-language presentation for multicultural caregivers.

@SEOCHC 11:30-2:00, in Arabic for Arabic-speaking caregivers.

Register: htabban@dsorc.org

@FoFOCISO enjoyed a well spent Sunday morning learning to run with @ORC_Running. Everyone is welcome to join their Start Smart running program @OttawaOCISO @DavidRain56

A big shout out to @LTSOttawa @LetsTalkScience for a beautiful afternoon with their team entertaining & explaining science concepts to newcomers in a fun way.
Not to mention the 2 beautiful matching that happened there too while exploring the STEM concepts💙 @OttawaOCISO

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Support OCISO! 

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.