OCISO Receives $265,700 Ontario Trillium Foundation Grant

OCISO Receives $265,700 Ontario Trillium Foundation Grant


OCISO Receives $265,700 Ontario Trillium Foundation Grant

June 19, 2020, Ottawa, ON – We are pleased to announce that OCISO has received $265,700 in funding over three years from the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) for our Wrestling with Champions program.

This program, currently scheduled to begin in January 2021, will be in line with public health directives related to COVID-19. It will offer recreational wrestling classes to immigrant and refugee children and youth in the Ottawa region. Wrestling with Champions is part of our youth program for newcomers, YOCISO. Mohammed Alkarad Mohammed, a 12-time Syrian wrestling champion, will coach participants in this program.

“Thanks to this OTF grant, we look forward to offering newcomer youth a high quality physical and social activity that fosters a sense of inclusion and helps to facilitate their integration process,” says Donnielle Roman, Program Manager, YOCISO. “Our recreational wrestling classes are offered to boys and girls, many of whom come from families that cannot afford the high cost of participating in organized sports.”

The Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) is an agency of the Government of Ontario, and one of Canada’s leading granting foundations. OTF awarded $108 million to 629 projects last year to build healthy and vibrant communities in Ontario. www.otf.ca


For more information, please contact:

Donnielle Roman
Program Manager, YOCISO
613-518-0680, ext. 110
[email protected]

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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.

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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.