Sector Table: Socio-civic Integration
The Socio-civic Integration Sector Table’s current initiatives stem from the combined priorities of settlement and integration capacity development strategies outlined in the Ottawa Immigration Strategy. Specific initiatives focus on organizational learning to build service providers’ capacity to serve immigrants and foster immigrant –friendly policies and practices, empowering immigrants for civic and political engagement, specifically youth, and capitalizing on media’s role to promote welcoming communities, inclusion and integration of minorities.Underlying to this work is knowledge generation, leadership and information infrastructure development, and public education to promote two-way integration and connectivity between newcomers and the host Canadian population.
Priority #1: To create bridging opportunities and multiple pathways for new immigrants and established residents to connect socially, culturally, and intellectually.
Priority #2: To expand the capacity and appetite within mainstream organizations for equity and inclusion of immigrants.
Priority #3: To strengthen the ability of immigrants and racialized communities to participate in civil society and institutions (voting, strengthened and common voice on concerns).
Priority #4: To promote and strengthen partnerships between settlement service provider organizations (SPOs) and institutions in all sectors addressed by OLIP.
Priority #5: To expand the capacities of settlement counsellors to provide information, referral, and orientation to newcomers on multiple domains.
OLIP Partners at the Socio-civic Integration Sector Table
|Caroline Andrew||Professor, School of Political Studies; Director, Centre on Governance, University of Ottawa, Settlement & ICD Sector Table Co-Chair|
|St. Phard Desir||Executive Director, Conseil Économique et Social d’Ottawa Carleton, Settlement & ICD Sector Table Co-Chair|
|Elwira Felczak||Manager, Settlement & Integration Program, Ottawa Community Immigrants Services Organization|
|Naini Cloutier||Executive Director, Somerset West Community Health Centre|
|Aloys Sirabahenda||Settlement Project Coordinator, Conseil Économique et Social d’Ottawa Carleton|
|Syrinne Benmouffok||Coordonnatrice à l’accueil, Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est (CECCE)|
|Natali Zuniga||Cultural Development and Initiatives Unit, City of Ottawa|
|Suzanne Doerge||Director, City for All Women Initiative (CAWI)|
|Debbie Hoffman||Service Director, Ottawa Children’s Aid Society of Ottawa|
|Jane Fjeld||Associate Director, Youth Services Bureau|
|Simone Thibault||Executive Director, Centertown Community Health Centre|
|Ken Mackenzie||Program Manager, Eastern Ottawa Resource Centre, Gloucester|
|Dawn Lyons||Interim Director of Health Services, Pinecrest-Queensway Community Health Centre|
|Asso Faraj||Counsellor,Making Ottawa Safe Together (MOST), Resettlement Assistant Program Counsellor, Catholic Centre for Immigrants|
|Brian Gilligan||Executive Director of Community Development, Ottawa Community Housing Corporation|
|Medin Admasu||Program Manager, Regional, Ontario Trillium Foundation|
|Cindy Hanks||Program Advisor, Modernization and Coordination, Citizenship and Immigration Canada|
|Mohamed Dalmar||Private Citizen, Retired Manager, Settlement Department, Catholic Centre for Immigrants|
|Brigitte Duguay Langlais||Coordonnatrice, Le Réseau de soutien à l’immigration Francophone de l’est de l’Ontario|
|Maria Teresa Garcia||Manager, Settlement Department, Catholic Centre for Immigrants|
|Francine Vachon||Manager, Community Development, Ottawa Community Housing|