Become a Board Member

Become a Board Member2018-09-19T04:50:47-04:00

Board of Directors  |  Call for Nominations Ended

Our 2018 Call for Nominations has ended.  We appreciate your passion to support immigrants and refugees in Ottawa and will be again posting board opportunities in the winter/spring of 2019.

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 2018.

Ideal candidates have demonstrated experience with Board duties and governance issues and expertise and/or experience in any of the following areas: financial management; marketing, fundraising, communications; innovative technology. 

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 financial management; marketing, fundraising, communications; innovative technology.


  • 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:

Deadline Sunday, August 12 2018

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

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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.