Management Team

Management Team2020-11-02T10:52:05-05:00
Karyn Steer, Interim Executive Director

Leslie Emory
Executive Director

Winsome Howell, Finance Manager

Winsome Howell
Manager, Finance


Agnieszka Wedrychowicz, Interim Deputy Director/Manager, Operations and HR

Agnieszka Wedrychowicz
Manager, Operations and HR

Maria Teresa Garcia, Multicultural Program Manager

Maria Teresa Garcia
Manager, Multicultural Liaison Officer Program 


Patricia Davies, Counselling Program Manager

Patricia Davies
Manager, Clinical Counselling


Dragana Mrdjenovic, Settlement & Integration Program Manager

Dragana Mrdjenovic
Manager, Settlement & Integration Program


Jasmine Qi, Community Economic Development Program Manager

Karyn Steer
Manager, Community Economic Development Program


Donnielle Roman, YOCISO Program Manager

Donnielle Roman
Manager, Youth Services|YOCISO Program

Sharon Deng, Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada Program Manager

Ann Youssef
Manager, Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada
(LINC) Program


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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.