All the WOW events that I went to were great – WOW does give a sense of a community trying to improve its attraction and retention!

Caroline Andrew
Professor, University of Ottawa
Canada has been shaped by people who came from all over the world to build this country. WOW offers a platform for us to celebrate this history and the future it will help…

Alex Munter, Chair of the OLIP Council and President and CEO of the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario and Ottawa Children’s Treatment 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 work and expertise that OLIP brings to our community is so important as it helps us to build bridges and break down silos.  I look forward to our continued work together. 

Jim Watson, Mayor of Ottawa
We are very pleased to have done the “Opportunity Cost of Not Investing in Interpretation” report – it is so important to have clarity on these challenges and…

Hindia Mohamoud, Director, OLIP
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
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 target beneficiary of the work of OLIP is the whole community. In this short period we have planted together important seeds for Ottawa’s development.  

Dick Stewart
OLIP Council
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 WOW seminar on immigrant women’s nutrition and health was a step in the right direction towards closing the gap between academic researchers and service providers.

Josephine Etowa
Associate Professor, School of Nursing, University of Ottawa

Celebrate Cultures at the Ottawa Public Library during WOW

June 20, 2015

The Ottawa Public Library (OPL) is one of Welcoming Ottawa Week’s most enthusiastic partners, hosting film screenings and other activities throughout the week at various branches in conjunction with many of their Celebrating Cultures events. OPL staff drew up this list of offerings to share with you – visit their web site to see what else they have in store!

The Ottawa Public Library is proud to support WOW by hosting several film screenings:

Follow the life of Archbishop Desmond Tutu, especially through the years of anti-apartheid struggle in South Africa, in Children of the LightMonday, June 22, from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Take a look at look into Gabriel Garcia Marquez’ Colombia with My Macondo at the Carlingwood branch on Thursday, June 25, from 6:30 p.m. – 8:15 p.m. Dan Weldon’s My Macondo features Julio Roca, a Colombian journalist, acting as a tour guide as he travels through the towns and villages of Colombia’s Banana Zone.

Our Celebrating Cultures series includes multicultural storytimes, exciting music, art, light refreshments and more. There’s a presentation and lesson on Bollywood Dance, a special African storytime with crafts and much more.

All year round, our Newcomer Services department can help you:

  • Improve your English and French language skills
  • Learn about cultures and traditions in Canada
  • Prepare for the Canadian citizenship test
  • Integrate into Ottawa

OPL also offers:

  • eBooks and audiobooks
  • DVDs, CDs
  • Downloadable music and movie streaming
  • Magazines and newspapers
  • Materials in a variety of languages; and


In addition, we continue to promote WOW, Celebrating Cultures and Community Cup to the public on our Staff Blogs, in our branches, as well as through a strong social media presence on Twitter and Facebook.

We would like to thank the WOW team for all their hard work and are very happy to have this partnering opportunity. Come join us in celebrating cultures in our communities!

For more information, please contact, visit your local branch, or call us at 613-580-2940.