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News from OCISO

Latest News and Events

September 2, 2022
Pinsa Romana Canada in-person Hiring Event at OCISO

Bakers and pastry chefs are not born, but made! A great opportunity from Pinsa Romana Canada awaits if you agree! Please consider joining OCISO's in-person hiring event on September 8, and talk to the Pinsa Romana Canada Human Resources team. The company, which specializes on precooked artisan bases, have several full-time opportunities for bakers and […]

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August 29, 2022
OCISO at the 2022 Pride Parade

After a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic, Ottawa community gathered together for the 2022 Capital Pride parade last weekend. Our organization participated the parade, and proudly represented immigrant and refugee newcomers who identify as LGBTQ+. We would like to say thanks to our supporters, current and former clients, mentors, and volunteers who were among […]

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August 5, 2022
Back to School Supplies from YOCISO

YOCISO will be running the Back 2 School Supplies initiative for the third year in a row. Last year we provided 107 newcomer students supplies for the school year; and we are happy to be able to do the same this year, in collaboration with Maple Wishes Foundation.  Please feel free to share the news with […]

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August 3, 2022
Say YESS to Youth Employment

If you are a newcomer youth looking forward to employment, keep reading for details and join our next cohort OCISO's latest project, officially called Youth Employment and Skills Strategy, or YESS for short, is geared towards newcomer youth, ages between 15 and 30. If you are unemployed or underemployed, our four-pillar program may be right […]

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June 29, 2022
A toolkit for gender-based violence prevention and intervention

The Canadian Women’s Foundation has launched a toolkit for social services providers to address gender-based violence (GBV). The foundation and its partners have released several reports that are relevant to shockproofing our communities. “Shockproofing” means addressing long-standing gaps in essential GBV services and equipping the sector to respond to intersectional experiences of GBV.  The Canadian […]

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June 21, 2022
Mohd Khalid Naseemi among award recipients in WOW 2022

Mohd Khalid Naseemi, a proud and successful member of OCISO's settlement and integration program became one of the 2022 Welcoming Ottawa Ambassadors at this year's Welcoming Ottawa Week (WOW).  Please scroll down to learn how Mohd's support to this newcomer family impacted positively on the life of this client and his family members or read […]

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June 9, 2022
Summer programs for LINC students

OCISO's LINC School is taking the summer break starting on June 17, 2022. Please find information about summer ESL/LINC school at the school boards below. Please note: Summer ESL and LINC classes only run in July. ESL and LINC cover same curriculum, ESL classes having wider eligibility. They accept refugee claimants and Canadian citizens. Ukrainian […]

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May 26, 2022
OCISO LINC represented at the BC TEAL Annual Conference 2022

Moving Forward in an Uncertain World During the pandemic, many conferences have been successfully delivered, virtually, allowing teachers to participate in events they would otherwise be unable to attend. Through my recent training for PBLA Lead Teacher certification, I was invited to attend the BCTEAL Annual Conference, Moving Forward in an Uncertain World, and I […]

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May 20, 2022
Digital Messaging Service for Afghan refugees

Refugee 613 aims to help newly arrived refugees from Afghanistan find information about life in Canada and local services using the popular digital messaging platform Telegram  Refugee 613 Information for life in Canada is a pilot project, funded by IRCC, to give newcomers complete and accurate information about life, events, opportunities and settlement services in […]

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May 17, 2022
OCISO observes International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia

May 17, 2022 We would like for us all to take a moment to appreciate the glorious diversity of love and reaffirm our commitment to ending discrimination and bias on the basis of gender, gender expression and sexual orientation in our work and beyond.  So say it with me: Love is love! Respect people's gender […]

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