Musical Performance Brightens a Summer Day for Newcomer Families

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Musical Performance Brightens a Summer Day for Newcomer Families

On a warm Sunday afternoon, OCISO clients were treated to a wonderful outdoor concert by Ottawa Suzuki Strings.

It was the first event hosted by the Friends of the Family program since COVID-19. Physical distancing protocols were followed. Musicians wearing masks played beautifully on the lawn of the Tom Brown Arena.

Dina Aleryani and her two daughters aged 2 and 6, thoroughly enjoyed the concert. “I love this event,” remarks Dina. “We have been lucky with the sunshine today. It’s so nice to see the welcoming faces everywhere.”

Dina, originally from Yemen, immigrated to Canada seven months ago. In addition to being part of the Friends of the Family program, she was recently matched with an OCISO mentor to help her to find employment in her field.

The isolation of the pandemic has hit newcomers particularly hard, so this concert brought a sense of joy and community to the audience.

“This is our first event since COVID-19 with Ottawa Suzuki Strings, a long-standing partner of OCISO,” says Dragana Mrdjenovic, Settlement and Integration Program Manager. “We have had a pretty good response to this event. It’s nice to have newcomer families participate in these local events which help to promote integration. Music brings everyone together!”

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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.