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We've crossed the $27,000 mark in our fundraising goal for @refugee613!!! Just $700 to go, so close! You can still join the team or donate here:

It's official... This weekend we're going the distance for #refugees as part of the @OttawaOCISO #RunForANewStart! Help us reach out fundraising goal! @OttawaMarathon #raceweekend #myottawa #WithRefugees

YOCISO is running a series of Monday workshops to give #cdnimm, #cdnrfg youth Leadership, Employment and Volunteer Skills. Today's workshop focuses on how to succeed in post secondary education.

Upcoming exam study sessions June 18th and June 20th 5:00pm - 7:00pm at the Newcomer Youth Center 1800 Bank St. Thx for sharing Veronica @OttawaOCISO

The YOCISO Newcomer Youth Centre will be hosting a handmade terrarium, jewelry, & bake sale on Thursday, May 23, from 12:00 - 2:00 in the foyer at 959 Wellington to raise funds for our BOYS GROUP. Join us!

Refugee 613 is hiring young talent!
We're looking for two dynamic youth under 30 to join our team for the summer as Project Assistant and Communications Assistant.

For more information on the positions:

#Ottawa @IWS_Network, this month we will meet at #UCarleton to discuss #CareerTransitions

Join us to unravel the unique intricacies that come with shifting gears in your career and discover how to make such transitions with power and success.


Career Transitions: IWS - Ottawa,ON

This month we will meet at Carleton University to discuss topics related to Career Transitions. Come and join our great group of women!

This afternoon in the #YOCISO Newcomer Youth Centre, join us for our Drop-in Homework Club. Join us from 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm, 1800 Bank Street, 3rd Floor.

Organized young professional w experience in office admin? Have a proven flair for planning & executing projects, incl events? Passionate about using your skills to make a difference in the world? @refugee613 needs you this summer!

Amazing, another day, another $1K!
We just crossed the $25,000 mark in our fundraising for @refugee613!
Only $3K to go to reach our goal of $28,000 - the finish line is in sight!
You can still join the team or make a donation here: #runottawa2019

Thx @OttawaMarathon & #RunScotia for helping charities like @OttawaOCISO raise $ for worthy causes!
I'm on the Run for a New Start team & we're raising $ for @refugee613.
We've been training for our races since winter!
Click here to donate:
Thank you!

Ottawa youth looking for an amazing Summer job experience? @refugee613 is hiring! Are you creative, organized with the ability to write outstanding copy on all platforms, but particularly social media? Apply to be their Summer Communications Assistant!

“Being a Syrian refugee meant being nobody.”

Yara recounts how her email from Lebanon & picked up by sponsors in Montreal changed her life.

Now she asks: “why me & not others still suffering in exile?”

⚠️ RT if you think Canada can welcome MORE REFUGEES.

You can help us reach our $28,000 goal by sponsoring me with a donation here. Thank you!

Wonderful holiday Monday news! We just crossed the $24,000 mark in our fundraising for @refugee613! Thanks to our Run for a New Start team & 100's of donors for your support!
Only $4K to go to reach our goal of $28,000. Join us or donate #runottawa2019

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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.