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Great visit today to the ⁦@OttawaOCISO⁩ LINC school for the annual ⁦@OttawaOCISO⁩ board of directors retreat. Always inspiring to see OCISO's programs supporting #newcomer integration in action.

Know a newcomer to #Ottawa who needs help? Connect with us. Our Settlement & Integration Program can help. https://t.co/zfCrwjcxq8

Girls day at #YOCISO: a day for girls to be in an all girls’ space where they can be comfortable and empowered. Join us every second Wednesday for activities, snacks, and field trips. This recurring event is open to newcomer girls ages 13-21. https://t.co/0h6cYRFhss

This afternoon in the #YOCISO Newcomer Youth Centre: Drop-in, Homework Club, Cooking, Movie Night. Join us from 3:30 pm - 7:30 pm, 1800 Bank Street, 3rd Floor. https://t.co/Wb0Zh6ViC2

Thank you to all who came out to #harbourharvest to ice fish with us! Kudos to @DropInSports for all the organization and volunteers and to @nscdotca for hosting. New @FoFOCISO friendships made, Peer Support women circles conducted, and quite a lot of fish caught! @OttawaOCISO

If you’re an internationally trained social worker, learn about the steps required to work in Ontario. Register for a free webinar on Feb. 20: https://t.co/ATT468hi6x

Immigrant youth @WoodroffeHS? Need help with homework? Drop into the homework club after school. As soon as the bell goes, we will be waiting for you in room 106, every Tuesday.

This afternoon in the #YOCISO Newcomer Youth Centre: Drop-in, Homework Club, Power Hour, and Conversation Circle. Join us from 4:00 pm - 7:30 pm, 1800 Bank Street, 3rd Floor. https://t.co/uCnykyLdgi

Do you want information on the health services available for refugees in Ottawa and how to access them? Refugee 613, in partnership with the Ottawa Newcomer Health Centre and @RSTP_ca , is hosting a community information session. RSVP here: https://t.co/vCvln9wyGo

Are you a student at @WoodroffeHS? Join the Young Men’s Group for Newcomers & Friends every Tuesday at lunch (11:30am). Participants receive volunteer hours & a certificate that they can use for their resume! Food is also provided.

#Ottawa community: Do you know someone in #OttCity who came to Canada as a #refugee and has had an impact on their greater community?

The Roberto Miranda Award is accepting nominations! Email carl.uottawa@gmail.com by Feb 25. Winner will be announced at #RefugeeNight on Feb 27!

Harbour Harvest 2019 has begun! Look what you can win! Come on down the the Nepean sailing club and fish with us! @DropInSports @nscdotca @OttawaOCISO @FoFOCISO

Bring your sleds and snowpants to tomorrow's @DropInSports Harbour Harvest 2019 Ice fishing event, it's going to be fabulous! Listen to @InTownAndOut from this morning and join us @FoFOCISO for a great day of ice-fishing: https://t.co/wiH4FA9ViM

Thanks to the #BVOR Fund set up by @Frank_Giustra & @shapiro_ed13, Canada’s BVOR program helped to bring in 650 refugee families in 2018, engaging hundreds of sponsorship groups and with support from @CitImmCan.

Learn about how one community’s BVOR journey changed their lives.

Join us for a ground-breaking #BHM2019 event. Connecting the Dots - Black Canadian Youth: Boundless, Rooted & Proud.

If you missed the SOLD OUT premiere of the @Project_CtD Docu-Series, now is your chance!


#ylacevents #connectingthedotscan #blackhistory

Happy times snow-shoeing and cross-country skiing at @KanataNordic on their free Snow Day last week! Good way to make memories with new @FoFOCISO friends in the winter! @OttawaOCISO

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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.