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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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

Tara Alani

DSC_8242 (2)Nominee:
 Tara Alani, Settlement counsellor. Originally from Iraq and arrived in 1998.

Nominator: Khadija, Homemaker. Originally from Iran and arrived in 2004.  Ibtihaj, Family physician. Arrived in 2005 from Iraq.

Tara was nominated by more than a dozen clients and former clients, including Masod Ahrir, Amjed Qader, Mustfa Altai, Ferdaws Fedhallah, Aicha El Adou, Makdachi Abdulrahman and Abdulrahman Mahmoud Naser. “ We start as clients and counsellor but now they are my friends,” says Tara. “I love helping people.”

“Tara is the best thing that happened to me, my family, and my children,” says Khadija. “When we came here, we did not know anyone, we did not know what to do . Tara helped us. She is always there for everybody.”

“Tara introduced me to people and helped me build a network as I got my license to practice in Canada,” says Ibtihaj. “Recently I tried to sponsor my daughter, and Tara called everybody and used all resources in order to help me. She has a big heart.”