I was happy to see integration to Algonquin territory and indigenous culture related programming in 2014 WOW. Please continue to involve local Aboriginal organisations and…

Linda Manning
WOW 2014 participant, Senior Fellow, University of Ottawa
Our 2014 WOW workshop contributed significantly to building momentum on the issue of equity by connecting professionals who wouldn’t have met otherwise.

Yumi Kotani
Manager, Ottawa Equity Project
We were pleased to be part of 2014WOW and discuss how we could make sports more inclusive for Ottawa’s immigrant population.  We received wonderful ideas.    

Kelly Robertson
Manager, City-wide Recreation Programs, City of Ottawa
I’m really impressed with the level of energy and commitment around the Health and Wellbeing table and look forward to continuing collaboration between OLIP and OPH.

Marcela Tapia
Ottawa Public Health
In our city’s history, immigrants have always played an important role. They build our economic prosperity, diversify our culture, contribute to our social vitality.

Jim Watson
Mayor of Ottawa
The City of Ottawa will continue to play a lead role in the implementation of the Ottawa Immigration Strategy, just as we did in the founding of OLIP.

Steve Desroches
City Councillor and Deputy Mayor of Ottawa
Great to be part of 2014 WOW.  The Algonquin College indeed welcomed the World yesterday, with 150 immigrants attending from Iraq, Iran, Russia, China, Brazil and more!

Algonquin College
WOW 2014 Planning Committee
The OLIP Council is committed to leadership.  In only a few years, we have a common vision and priorities, and are up to the task of implementing the Ottawa Immigration Strategy.

Salimatou Diallo
OLIP Council Vice Chair, Assemblée de la francophonie de l'Ontario
The Ottawa Chinese Community Service Centre is so happy to have joined the OLIP Health and Wellbeing Sector Table. It is clear that OLIP cares about immigrants and refugees and…

Wendy Tang, Ottawa Chinese Community Service Centre
My nomination is an indication that our hard work in building Canada is recognized. All we do is to serve the community in return for embracing us when we needed it.  

Mehdi Mahdavi
Ottawa Immigrant Entrepreneurship Awards Nominee

The Ottawa Public Library is Celebrating Cultures with WOW!

June 24, 2014
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The Ottawa Public Library (OPL) is promoting Welcoming Ottawa Week (WOW) 2014, in conjunction with many of our Celebrating Cultures events! We are proud to support WOW by hosting two documentary screenings: “Cricket and the Meaning of Life” at the St-Laurent branch on Monday June 23rd from...

WOW – what a beginning!

June 24, 2014
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By Louisa Taylor, WOW 2014 honorary Co-Char What a fantastic start to Welcoming Ottawa Week 2014! On Monday we launched at City Hall,with Mayor Jim Watson and more than 100 supporters on hand to celebrate on a beautiful sunny morning. We ate,…

211 Eastern Region is proud to support 2014 WOW

June 20, 2014
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211 Eastern Region is a proud supporter of Welcoming Ottawa Week, which will take place from June 23 to 28, 2014. We are supporting WOW this year by conducting a week-long social media campaign to promote WOW events throughout the community and social services sector. By Raising Connectivity Through 211 we aim to increase linkages between social service…

Potpourri of multicultural events for WOW 2014

June 19, 2014
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Summer is a wonderful time to be in the nation’s capital – and it is not just the warm weather and tulips that beckon everyone outdoors. There are several festivals that cater to just about every community, and of course, Canada Day celebrations on the Hill draw thousands of Canucks to celebrate the bonds that are unique to us from coast to coast. There…

Is Ottawa Welcoming to Immigrants?

June 4, 2014
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“Is Ottawa a truly welcoming city?” This question is top-of-mind in the run up to WOW 2014. Ottawa does a fairly good job – perhaps, as good a job as most other Canadian cities – but, clearly, more can be done. Evidence suggests Canada’s capital city is not attracting as many immigrants as other Canadian cities. Let’s take a moment to ponder…

Stranger in the Land

May 26, 2014
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By Pamela George Packing your bags, bidding goodbye to friends, family and the mores you have known until then, and pitching your tent in a faraway country where everything is alien to you, is surely one of life’s most daunting challenges. Talk to any immigrant to Canada – recent arrivals or old-timers – they will have a story or an anecdote of…