Management Team

Management Team2018-08-26T11:19:32+00:00

Leslie Emory
Executive Director

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Marcia Brathwaite
Finance Manager

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Halimah Shaw
Human Resource
Administrator

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Maria Teresa Garcia
Multicultural Liaison Officer
(MLO) Program Manager

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Patricia Davies
Clinical Counselling
Program Manager

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Dragana Mrdjenovic
Settlement & Integration
(SIP) Program Manager

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Laurie Fraser
Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada
(LINC) Program Manager

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Karyn Steer
Community Economic Development (CED)
Program Manager

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Christy Etienne
Youth Services
(YOCISO)
Program Manager

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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.