Become a Board Member

Become a Board Member2019-07-31T14:50:24-04:00

Board of Directors  |  Call for Nominations 2019  Ended

We sincerely appreciate all of the excellent responses we received.  We will be  posting board opportunities again  in the spring of 2020.

Ottawa Community immigrant Services Organization (OCISO) is a long-standing settlement agency providing a broad range of multilingual immigrant settlement services to facilitate the successful adaptation and integration of immigrants and refugees within Ottawa.  We engage a broad range of community partners to enhance our collective capacity to value the assets that newcomers bring and to ensure they receive the supports and welcome they require to settle and thrive.

We are seeking volunteers to serve on the OCISO Board of Directors. The board meets every second month and provides governance, policy and financial direction and support to the Executive Director and team.  New directors will be appointed at OCISO’s AGM in October 2019.

Ideal candidates have demonstrated experience with board and governance responsibilities, an interest in advancing OCISO’s mandate with the broader community and/or experience in any of the following areas: financial management, law, fundraising & community engagement.

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, law, fundraising & community engagement.


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

Azima Ruzuddinova
959 Wellington Street West
Ottawa, Ontario K1Y 2X5

Deadline Friday, June 28th, 2019

Become A Member Today !

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.