Discussion
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 Chair
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
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
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
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
Welcoming Ottawa Week is wonderful platform to demonstrate our city’s longstanding openness to immigration and commitment to supporting newcomers’ successful integration. …

Jim Watson, Mayor of Ottawa
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
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
Canada has been shaped by people who came from all over the world to build this country. Welcoming Ottawa Week offers a platform for Ottawa residents to celebrate both this…

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

Sector Table: Education

OLIP partners at the Education Sector Table aim to reduce the opportunity gap faced by immigrant students and particularly those living in low-income neighbourhoods with a high concentration of immigrant families. Through inter-sectoral collaboration, partners at this Sector Table are also working to create more opportunities for immigrant youth to develop skills to access higher education and job opportunities. Parent engagement, resource mobilization, and the creation of integrated neighbourhood-based supports for schools, communities, and families are among the key priorities addressed by OLIP partners in the education sector.

  1. Priorities and Collaborative Initiatives
  2. Call for Action
  3. OLIP Partners at the Education Sector Table
  4. Name Organizational Affiliation Lynn Graham Private Citizen, Co-Chair, Education Sector Table Chair Sylvie Ross Directrice générale, Parents partenaires en éducation, Co-Chair, Education Sector Table Chair Norah Marsh Superintendent of Instruction, Ottawa Carleton District School Board Simone Rose-Oliver Superintendent, Superintendent of Student Success (Elementary), Ottawa Catholic School Board Jacqueline Lawrence Equity and Diversity Coordinator, Ottawa Carleton District School Board Renald Cousineau System Principal/Student Success Lead, Ottawa Carleton District School Board Nicki Dunlop ESL/ELD Intake and Assessment Resource Teacher, Family Welcome Centre for Newcomers, Ottawa Catholic School Board Martine Lévesque Coordinator of Community Relations, Conseil des écoles publiques de l’Est de l’Ontario Hortense Mvuemba Community Relations Agent, Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est Brian Ray Associate Professor, Department of Geography, University of Ottawa Matthew Teghtmeyer Manager,  Pathways to Education, Pinecrest – Queensway Health and Resource Centre Sue Merrill Researcher, Pathways to Education, Pinecrest- Queensway Health Community Health Centre Ikram Jama Multicultural Liaison Officer Program Manager, Ottawa Community Immigrant Services Organization Gertrude Murkatete Multicultural Liaison Officer, Ottawa Community Immigrant Services Organization Asso Faraj Secretary, Making Ottawa Safer Together (MOST) David Moen Retired Trustee, Ottawa Carleton District School Board Hawa Shafi Mohamed Canadian Somali Mothers Association
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Priorities and Collaborative Initiatives

Priority #1: Develop neighbourhood-based plans to emulate the Pathways to Education model in low-income neighbourhoods with a high proportion of immigrant families

Collaborative initiatives in this priority area include:

The Carlington Community Health Centre’s plans to establish a new program on school engagement among immigrant students
The Carlington Community Health Centre, in partnership with the United Way of Ottawa, the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board, Ottawa Catholic School Board, and the Ottawa Community Immigrant Services Organization, is exploring the establishment of a neighbourhood-based program to improve high school graduation rates among immigrant students in low-income families. A feasibility study is being conducted to determine areas of focus and the resource base for the establishment of sustainable supports for students at risk of dropping out of school. For more information, please contact Michael Birmingham: MBIRMING@carlington.ochc.org

Priority #2:  Improve the “fit” between schools, teachers, and other communities of interest, particularly in neighbourhoods with a high concentration of immigrants

Collaborative initiatives in this priority area include:

Recommendation to the Ontario Ministry of Education to mandate equity, inclusion, and diversity training for pre-service teachers
Pre-service teacher education is the optimal period for developing foundational principles, attitudes, and skills related to equity, inclusion, and diversity. With the expansion of teacher education programs, the Ontario Ministry of Education and the Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities have the opportunity to fundamentally improve teaching quality across the province. The London and Middlesex Local Immigration Partnership (LMLIP) and the Peterborough Partnership Council on Immigrant Integration (PPCII) developed four concrete recommendations that were strongly supported by OLIP partners at the Education Sector Table.

Call for Action

Please review the recommendations submitted by OLIP partners at the Education Sector Table and, if you support these recommendations, add your voice to our commendations:

OLIP Partners at the Education Sector Table

Name

Organizational Affiliation

Lynn Graham Private Citizen, Co-Chair, Education Sector Table Chair
Sylvie Ross Directrice générale, Parents partenaires en éducation, Co-Chair, Education Sector Table Chair
Norah Marsh Superintendent of Instruction, Ottawa Carleton District School Board
Simone Rose-Oliver Superintendent, Superintendent of Student Success (Elementary), Ottawa Catholic School Board
Jacqueline Lawrence Equity and Diversity Coordinator, Ottawa Carleton District School Board
Renald Cousineau System Principal/Student Success Lead, Ottawa Carleton District School Board
Nicki Dunlop ESL/ELD Intake and Assessment Resource Teacher, Family Welcome Centre for Newcomers, Ottawa Catholic School Board
Martine Lévesque Coordinator of Community Relations, Conseil des écoles publiques de l’Est de l’Ontario
Hortense Mvuemba Community Relations Agent, Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est
Brian Ray Associate Professor, Department of Geography, University of Ottawa
Matthew Teghtmeyer Manager,  Pathways to Education,
Pinecrest – Queensway Health and Resource Centre
Sue Merrill Researcher, Pathways to Education, Pinecrest- Queensway Health Community Health Centre
Ikram Jama Multicultural Liaison Officer Program Manager, Ottawa Community Immigrant Services Organization
Gertrude Murkatete Multicultural Liaison Officer, Ottawa Community Immigrant Services Organization
Asso Faraj Secretary, Making Ottawa Safer Together (MOST)
David Moen Retired Trustee, Ottawa Carleton District School Board
Hawa Shafi Mohamed Canadian Somali Mothers Association

 

 

OLIP Leaders

Lynn Graham photo

Lynn Graham

Private Citizen, Chair of the Education Sector Table

Lynn Graham’s current volunteer community work includes membership on the Board of Directors of the Youth Services Bureau and the Board of Directors…

Lynn Graham photo

Lynn Graham

Private Citizen, Chair of the Education Sector Table

Lynn Graham’s current volunteer community work includes membership on the Board of Directors of the Youth Services Bureau and the Board of Directors of the Champlain Community Care Access Centre, where she was chair from 2008 to 2012. For twelve years, until 2006, Lynn was a school board trustee, first with the Ottawa Board of Education and, following amalgamation, with the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board. She played a key role in the establishment of the OCDSB’s Advisory Committee on Children and Youth at Risk and she served three terms as chair of the OCDSB. She has held volunteer governance positions with other organizations, including the Parent Preschool Resource Centre, Child and Youth Friendly Ottawa, and Christie Lake Kids. Lynn’s post graduation employment was with CUSO. She was a secondary school teacher in Ghana, West Africa, and later a staff member of the CUSO national secretariat in Ottawa, administering the programs in West Africa and assisting CUSO committees at Canadian universities and colleges. In subsequent years, Lynn became a federal government employee with the Department of National Health and Welfare and afterwards with the Department of Manpower and Immigration. Lynn holds a Master of Social Work Degree. In 2012, she was awarded the Queen Elizabeth 11 Diamond Jubilee Medal.