Ottawa Community Immigrant Services Organization (OCISO) | Embracing diversity, building community | Apprecier la diversité, forger la communauté

Come explore birds, mammals, and dinosaurs with OCISO's Family and Friends!

We will visit the Canadian Museum of Nature on January 26, 2023 at 5pm. Registration is required.

Please contact Lauren McVean to confirm your attendance.

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 613-725-5671 extension 226


OCISO has partnered with Carefor Health & Community Services and Amazon Ottawa for a job fair for various job opportunities. Join this in-person event and talk to their Human Resources teams in our Community Room at 945 Wellington Street West.

Available positions at Carefor:


Available positions at Amazon Ottawa:

Only those qualified to participate in the selection process will be contacted.

The event will take place in the Community Room in our central location: 945 Wellington St. West.

If you have any issues with the registration process and cannot access the event link, please email us at [email protected] or call Malak Hurqus Bali at 613-725-5671 extension 333.

If you are eligible, you can sponsor your spouse, partner or dependent children to become permanent residents of Canada. To learn more about this process, Spousal Sponsorship, join our in-person event on January 26, 2023.

You will learn how to navigate the online portal, to submit a complete application package with all the forms needed, as well as your duties as a sponsor.

Please note that the session will take place at the YMCA-YWCA Newcomer Information Center (NIC) Computer Lab (2nd floor).




OCISO has partnered with Real Canadian Superstore (RCSS) for a hiring event for various positions at RCSS. Join this in-person event and talk to the RCSS Human Resources team in our Community Room at 945 Wellington Street West.


OCISO has partnered with City of Ottawa for a hiring event for various positions at OC Transpo. Join this in-person event and talk to the OC Transpo Human Resources team in our Community Room at 945 Wellington Street West.
During the information session, you can clarify your questions about applying to OC Transpo: What do recruiters look for on applications? How to submit the online application? How to prepare for the interview?

OC Transpo is a key element of our city's growing economy and important to the sustainable development of our region. OC Transpo relies on 3,000 employees and more than 900 buses.The City is committed to the principles of employment equity and a diverse workforce that is representative of the people we serve. They invite qualified individuals to apply.

Only those qualified to participate in the selection process will be contacted. Please note that you must be registered as an OCISO client. 

We are pleased to invite you to the OCISO Annual General Meeting (AGM). Although we cannot gather in a more traditional way, such as an in-person meeting, we look forward to welcoming you in a virtual space.

Our online AGM will take place on Thursday, October 20, from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm.

🗓️ October 20
⌚ 6:00 pm


If you would like to attend, please register for the AGM on Eventbrite by October 13.



Only OCISO members in good standing can vote at the AGM. For information about how to become an OCISO member, please visit to learn about different membership options and their associated benefits.

We look forward to seeing you on October 20!


YOCISO will be hosting an information session on filing taxes in partnership with H&R Block.

You will learn:

In honour of the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, OCISO Racial Equity Committee is hosting a collective film viewing and roundtable discussions on September 30, 2022.

In 2018, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, Call to Action 80 seeks to honour survivors, families and communities to ensure the commemoration of the history and legacy of residential schools.
Please register in advance:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

9:05 Land Acknowledgement
9:10 Greeting from Elder Irene Compton
9:25 OCISO’s Racial Equity Committee

-Greeting and introduction

9:35 Video: Orange Shirt day| Phylis Webstad
9:45 Roundtable discussion in Breakout Rooms

5-minute break

10:10 Video: Reconciliation in your Community | Carolyn Roberts
10:30 Roundtable discussion in Breakout Rooms

10-min break

10:55 Guest Introductions
11:00 Fireside Chat with Interfaith Leaders
11:30  Grounding Exercise/ Poem

Guest Speaker 1:

Dr. Fran Klodawsky is a long-standing member of Temple Israel Ottawa, serving most recently as Co-Chair of the Task Force on Responses to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Until she retired in 2017, she was a Full Professor in the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies at Carleton University and is now a Professor Emerita. She was a founding member of and Academic Advisor to City for All Women Initiative until 2017 and was Secretary of the Board of Women and Cities International between 2006 and 2017. In the past, she also served as Chair of the Research and Evaluation Committee of the Alliance to End Homelessness in Ottawa and as President and Vice-President of Multifaith Housing Initiative (between 2003 and 2014). She currently sits on the Board and Executive of Multifaith Housing Initiative and chairs its Membership and Outreach Committee.

Guest Speaker 2:

Pastor Reuel Kofi Dartey is a singer/songwriter, worshipper and recording artist from Ottawa, Ontario Canada. Pastor Kofi is a Registered Social Worker (RSW) with the College of Social Workers of Ontario, and holds a BSW Degree from Carleton University. Kofi sits on the CASO Race and Faith Based Equity Community Advisory Committee. He holds a Master of Arts in Theology, with a specialization in Church History from Liberty University and Seminary (Lynchburg, VA). Pastor Kofi is a PhD candidate in Organizational Leadership at South Eastern University in Lakeland Florida. Kofi has received notable recognition for his work with the young people, including the Ghanaian Canadian achievement award for excellence in community outreach and religion.

Guest Speaker 3:

Ahmad Jijan has a Bachelor's degree from Al Mustafa University, and also holds a diploma in Business Administration. He is currently completing a Master's program in Islamic Dialectical Theology. Jijan has committed to social work with UNHCR supporting and lobbying for human rights in Indonesia.

Guest Speaker 4:

Tony Michel is a Leader from the Baha’i Faith.



Community Involvement

Please find below other event options for those who are experiential learners:


Other Events

7:30–8:45 PM Sunrise Ceremony at LeBreton Flats Park
Location: LeBreton Flats Park

8:30–11:30 PM Remember Me: National Day of Truth and Reconciliation Ceremony
Location: Parliament Hill
(for full program details visit:
8:30 AM – Welcome Ceremony & Round Dance
10:00 AM – Opening Ceremony
10:40 AM – Autumn Peltier, Global Indigenous Water activist & Chief Water Commissioner
11:00 AM – Their Little Heartbeats Through Our Living Drums (Decolonizing a moment of silence)
11:30 AM – Traveling Song & Spirit Walk to LeBreton Flats Park

11:30 AM–1:00 PM    Spirit Walk to LeBreton Flats (approximately 2km)
The Spirit Walk begins at Bank and Wellington, and continues to LeBreton Flats Park

1:00–2:00 PM Remembering the children – National Broadcast
Location: LeBreton Flats Park
A 1-hour national commemorative gathering will be broadcast live from Ottawa’s LeBreton Flats on September 30, 2022. (Check your local listings.)

2:15 PM Round Dance with Eagle River Drum Group on the main stage

2:15–4:00 PM Statement Gathering and Healing Circles
Location: Màmawi Together Gathering Tent at LeBreton Flats Park

We are grateful for this cordial support from Run Ottawa and looking forward to the family friendly race series at the Central Experimental Farm!

The Saturday 5K & Kids 1K Series at the Central Experimental Farm is back! Register today for the race series and kick off each month with this fun and affordable 5k! All 2022 Run Ottawa Members register for FREE!

Kids 1K (Ages 0-12): Free

5K Youth (Ages 18 and under): Free

5K: $10 in advance / $15 onsite (cash only) / 2022 Run Ottawa Members: Free

Find out how to become a Run Ottawa 2022 member today! 50% of all registration fees from each event go directly to the below charities.

Saturday 5K & Kids 1K Series dates:
Saturday, May 7 - (Canadian Red Cross Ukraine Humanitarian Crisis Appeal)
Saturday, August 6 - (Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health)
Saturday, September 3 - (OCISO)

Conversations with Emerging Immigrant Entrepreneurs

Event Details:  

Get ready to be inspired and learn valuable insights at ONE Hub’s next virtual Lunch & Learn event!

At this event, we will discuss what it takes to launch a service-based personal branding business with Nordia Bogle, M.Ed.

As an entrepreneur and Personal Brand Strategist, Nordia consults ambitious immigrant women to build bold and noticeable personal brands that increase their visibility and marketability for career advancement.

Nordia affirms that, as immigrants, building a life in a new country requires that we show up and develop our personal brands with intention. In this way, the one-on-one services and customized professional development workshops she offers help you communicate your value and expertise to attract the right opportunities with clarity.

You don’t want to miss out on Nordia's inspiring story or the valuable lessons gained through her entrepreneurial journey in Canada.

Join the conversation by bringing your questions about entrepreneurship and leveraging the opportunity to network with other attendees!

Register Now!

Interested in attending?

Register here ( by Thursday, August 18th at 11 AM.

If you have any questions, please contact Tatanisha.

About Nordia Bogle, M.Ed

Nordia Bogle M.Ed is a Personal Brand Strategist for
immigrant women. She holds a BSc. in Psychology and a
Master's in Educational Administration and Leadership.
She subscribes to lifelong learning and development
and has a passion to see people achieve their fullest
potentials and recognize career aspirations to showcase
the best versions of themselves.

Nordia helps ambitious goal-oriented immigrant women
build bold and noticeable personal brands, to increase
their visibility and marketability for career

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