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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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

Choose your Wednesday WOW!

June 24, 2015

Day 3 of #2015WOW includes so many options – check out the online calendar to find the full list of events. Here are a few highlights:

9:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. Succeeding in the Canadian Workplace – a presentation & reception at Algonquin College by professional cross-cultural trainer, career coach and consultant Lionel Laroche. Lionel will examine the common stumbling blocks that many new Canadians and international students face during the first six months of their first job and provide concrete solutions. Registration is free and spaces limited.

9:30 – 11:00 a.m. Homelessness and Immigration – West End Well Co-operative, 969 Wellington Street West Ottawa. An end to homelessness means quickly helping individuals and family members with emergency shelter when they first become homeless, then assisting them in finding appropriate housing. It also means assisting those who do have housing but are living “at risk” of losing it. The Alliance to End Homelessness in Ottawa will host an event to explore issues related to homelessness and newcomers’ access to affordable housing in Ottawa. Limited space – register by contacting Mike Bulthuis, mike@endhomelessnessottawa.ca

12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Winning Hearts and Minds, Somerset West Community Health Centre (Rosemount Branch, 2nd Floor) 30 Rosemount Avenue. SWCHC invites the public to hear stories of migration from community members and clients. come learn about the newcomers around you! Presentations will be in English, followed by Qs & A. Lunch will be provided. Contact: Tess Frémont-Côté, tfcote@swchc.on.ca or 613 238-8210, Ext. 2267

1:00 – 3:00 p.m. Immigrant Entrepreneur Drop-In, Invest Ottawa, 80 Aberdeen Street, Suite 100, Ottawa. Do you have some initial questions about starting a business; not sure of our services or how we help? Then please feel free to drop by Invest Ottawa and speak to a business advisor who will be on hand to answer questions in a group setting. Contact: Peter Stewart, PStewart@investottawa.ca

1:00 – 4:00 p.m. Building Community Through Employment – Celebrating Multiculturalism in Skilled Trades, Taggart Family Y, 180 Argyle Avenue,RBC Community Room, Ottawa. A free information and networking fair hosted by the Y Newcomer Information Centre and Power of Trades program. Come and network with settlement agencies, employers and training providers. Contact: David Majok, nic@ymcaywca.ca or 613-788-5001 Ext. 511

5:30 – 8:00 p.m., Credit and Loans in Canada, Albion-Heatherington Recreation Centre,1560 Heatherington Road. In collaboration with Councillor Diane Deans, the Ottawa Community Loan Fund (OCLF) will organize a workshop on credit and loans in Canada: what credit history is, loan structure in Canada ,local services and more. Contact: Laura Koivisto-Khazaal, laura@oclf.org or 613 252-6013