Become a Board Member 2017-06-22T17:16:52+00:00

Board of Directors  |  Call for Nominations

Our 2017 Call for Nominations has ended. We sincerely appreciate all of the enthusiastic responses we received and have selected several very qualified candidates for approval by our membership.  We appreciate your passion to support immigrants and refugees in Ottawa and will be again posting board opportunities in the winter/spring of 2018.

Ottawa Community immigrant Services Organization (OCISO) is a non-profit community agency which provides a broad range of multilingual and multicultural immigrant settlement services to facilitate their successful adaptation and integration process in Canada.  It works with a broad range of community service providers and other partners to enhance the collective community capacity to help individuals and families with their information, orientation, job seeking, and adaptation needs, as well as facilitating dialogue with mainstream service providers in responding to the diversity of their community.

We are seeking volunteers from within the Ottawa region to serve on the OCISO Board of Directors which meets every second month and provides governance direction and support to the Executive Director and team.  New directors will be appointed at OCISO’s AGM in October, 2017.

Ideal candidates have demonstrated experience with Board duties and governance issues and expertise and or experience in any of the following areas: immigrant settlement services, the immigrant and refugee experience, community development, fundraising, or financial management.

OCISO is governed and guided by a Board of Directors who are responsible for setting strategic direction, providing sound financial oversight, and hiring, supporting, and advising the Executive Director. The Board is made up of community members who are committed to advancing the mission and vision of the organization.

The Board seeks to be reflective of the diversity of the Ottawa community while providing a balanced range of professional skills and resources on which the organization can draw for support and guidance. Some of our current recruiting priorities are in the areas of communications, finance, resource development and business community liaison.


  • Board members serve renewable terms of two years.
  • Short of becoming a full Board member, there may be opportunities to participate at a less intensive level as a member of a committee.
  • Meetings are generally held six times per year for two hours in the evening.
  • Board members typically attend selected committee meetings and other OCISO events as well throughout the year.

How do I apply?

Applications, that should include your resume and a detailed cover letter, may be submitted electronically or by mail to:

Min Wang
959 Wellington Street West
Ottawa, Ontario K1Y 2X5