OCISO News2017-11-18T00:14:30-04:00
3110, 2017

Happy Halloween! Friends of the Family

October 31st, 2017|

By: Becky Zentner-Barrett My placement for the 2nd rotation of the Career Launch Program is with the Ottawa Community Immigrant Services Organization. OCISO is an amazing organization that offers a number of different programs to immigrants and refugees to support them in their journey to make Canada their home. The organization is driven by dedicated and passionate employees, generous and energetic volunteers and committed community partners and donors. I feel very lucky to have been placed with OCISO. OCISO offers settlement and integration supports, employment and mentorship programs, multi-linguistic and culturally relevant clinical counselling, off site programming in partnership [...]

103, 2017

Ice fishing in support of Syrian Refugees was a huge succes

March 1st, 2017|

We organized an ice fishing fundraiser in support of our Friends of the Family Project in collaboration with Drop in Sports. We had an amazing turnout (more than 450 people!), with at least 150 ice fishing holes drilled. Adults and children had lots of fun, laughter and it was a new experience for many newcomers and Canadians. Unfortunately, not even one fish was caught! We are thrilled to announce that we have raised over $4,000. Thank you very much Dan Dubeau and Drop In Sports for organizing the event. We would also like to thank Councillor Matthew Fleury who attended [...]

1102, 2017

YOCISO’s newcomer Youth Centre to be launched soon

February 11th, 2017|

YOCISO is busy preparing to launch the Newcomer Youth Centre at 1800 Bank Street on the 3rd Floor alongside LINC.  We are very excited to create our youth-centric space, but we need some help from our community! To make our new home comfortable and appealing for our youth, we are in need of some lightly used items that maybe you were looking to part with. Here’s a list of what we could currently use: Board games, puzzles and group games Musical instruments (guitar, hand drums, and shakers, but others are welcome) Craft materials (glue, paint, painting canvases, construction and cardstock [...]

502, 2017

YOCISO client is awarded a grant from the City of Ottawa

February 5th, 2017|

YOCISO would like to congratulate Mitra Salamzada, a recent graduate of Rideau High School who was awarded a grant from the City of Ottawa’s Youth in Culture Pilot Program http://ottawa.ca/en/liveculture/youth-in-culture. This is the first time this grant is available and Mitra was chosen from a large pool of youth under 29 years of age. With the support of YOCISO staff, Mitra successfully submitted her application to create a series of paintings that explore her Afghani roots and how it influences her contemporary Canadian life. The grant included mentorship with internationally acclaimed Nigerian artist Komi Olaf http://komiolaf.com, who will offer technical [...]

3108, 2016

Newcomer youth active participants and volunteers at House of PainT’s festival

August 31st, 2016|

Congratulations to House of PainT – UrbanArtFest for another successful festival, thank you for allowing space for newcomer youth to receive mentorship! A VERY special thank you to all of the newcomer youth from our programs who were a mainstay at the festival, actively participating in mural painting, lighting and sound, and volunteering with set-up and takedown of the multi-day festival! http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/hip-hop-anti-gang-ottawa-1.3739150 http://ici.radio-canada.ca/audio-video/media-7585777/house-of-paint-a-Ottawa

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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.