Our partnership with OLIP is of crucial importance to the success of our clients. OLIP’s involvement brought invaluable momentum and synergy to our projects.

Ying Xie
Manager, Ottawa Chinese Community Service Centre
Our 2014 WOW workshop contributed significantly to building momentum on the issue of equity by connecting professionals who wouldn’t have met otherwise.

Yumi Kotani
Manager, Ottawa Equity Project
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
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
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
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
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 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
OLIP has been a catalyst in driving change in the Ottawa community. OLIP gave us a game plan, a strategy and focus to address the critical issues of immigrant health and wellbeing.

Jack McCarthy
Executive Director, Somerset West Health & Resource 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

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.”