We were pleased to be part of 2014WOW and discuss how we could make sports more inclusive for Ottawa’s immigrant population.  We received wonderful ideas.    

Kelly Robertson
Manager, City-wide Recreation Programs, City of Ottawa
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
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
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
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
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
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
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’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

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.”