Gilles
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
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
The First Ottawa Immigration Forum was an outstanding event showcasing our immigrant communities’ contributions throughout the day.

Steve Kanellakos
Deputy City Manager, City of Ottawa
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
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
Thank you OLIP.  IWSO exhibition during the 2014 WOW created the opportunity for newcomer women to tell their stories and showcase their artistic talents.

Lucya Spencer
Executive Director, Immigrant Women Services Organization
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 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
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
Immigrants are the lifeblood of Ottawa. It is so important to recognize and celebrate their contributions to our cultural and economic vibrancy.

Jessica Brichta
The Conference Board of Canada

Gilles Bourgeois

WOW_2016-5Nominee: Gilles Bourgeois, Teacher.

Nominator: Anny Marie Djan-Eby, Nursing student, receptionist and community volunteer. From Ivory Coast. Arrived in 2012.

Gilles and Anny met when her children enrolled at École élémentaire catholique Montfort. Gilles consistently impressed Anny by going beyond classroom duties to help her son and daughter feel at home.

“During a visit to the school, I saw Mr. Bourgeois under the burning sun teaching Kevin how to ride a bike,” says Anny. “He encouraged and congratulated Kevin for his fine progress. I had tears in my eyes. He knows my children so well, their weaknesses and their strengths, and he found a way to help them to trust and give the best of themselves. I want him to know that everything he does is so important, and I encourage him to continue on this path.”

“Receiving this recognition, I realize that the little things we do to help people have greater impact than we understand,” says Gilles. “These actions also have a domino effect. Helping a child helps a whole family.”