OLIP helps to unite and share scarce resources for greater impact by working together in the field of student education.

Walter Piovesan
Associate Director of Education, Ottawa Carleton District School Board
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 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 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
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 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
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
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
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

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.

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


Organizational Affiliation

Ikram Jama Equity Advisor, Carleton University, Co-Chair, Education Sector Table Chair
Sylvie Ross Directrice générale, Parents partenaires en éducation, Co-Chair, Education Sector Table
Khatima Louaya Conseil des écoles publiques de l’Est de l’Ontario
Ben Vallati  Superintendent, Continuing and Community Education, Ottawa Catholic School Board
Dorothy Baker Superintendant of Curriculum, Ottawa Carleton District School Board
Hortense Mvuemba Community Relations Agent, Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est
Doug Tateishi Education Officer,Ottawa Regional Office,        Ontario Ministry of Education
Matthew Teghtmeyer Manager,  Pathways to Education,
Pinecrest – Queensway Health and Resource Centre
James Thibeault Project Manager, Pathways to Education, Equity in Education, Pinecrest-Queensway Community Health Centre
  Brigitte Duguay Langlais Coordonnatrice du Réseau de Soutien à l’immigration Francophone
Edwige Affaa Agente de projet – Ottawa, Réseau de Soutien à l’immigration Francophone
Kathryn McKinlay President and CEO, Ottawa Network for Education
Lee-Ann Scott Director, Volunteer Programs, Ottawa Network for Education
Jackie Miller Director, Community Initiatives, United Way Ottawa
Asso Faraj Secretary, Making Ottawa Safer Together (MOST)
Peter Atkinson Retired, Superintendent formely with the Ottawa Catholic School Board
David Moen Retired Trustee, Ottawa Carleton District School Board
Lynn Graham Private Citizen, Former Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Ottawa Carleton District School Board

OLIP Leaders

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

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.