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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’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
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
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
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
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
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
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

2017 Welcoming Ottawa Ambassadors

Introduced as part of Welcoming Ottawa Week in 2014, the Welcoming Ambassador awards recognize Ottawa citizens who go out of their way to support newcomers in their daily efforts to make this city their new home.

Welcoming Ambassadors are individuals who, in interacting with immigrants or refugees, have demonstrated the human qualities of openness, positive curiosity, and the friendships and connections across differences that can be so enriching but difficult to realize in their busy lives.

These are the stories of the 2017 Welcoming Ottawa Ambassador recipients:

Rudi Aksim - The Power of Mentoring a Newcomer 

Mike Brosseau - Mentors through the Matching Program 

Jo-Annie Castonguay - Overcoming the Challenge of Finding the First Job 

Nasser El-Batal - Long-time Ottawa Resident “Pays it Forward” to Another Immigrant

Bruce Grant - Mentors through the Matching Program

Carol Jolin - Buying a Car, Finding a Good Friend

Aaron Kabemba – Student Helps Newcomers from Syria Adapt to Life in Ottawa

Murielle Lemay -  “Teyze” Murielle 

Louise Renauld-George - Partnership forms with Newcomer over Common Interests

Claudine Revert-Gravel

Shukria Samnter – Welcome to Ottawa

Charles St-Louis - Helping “The Canadian Way” 

Murilo Torres - An Uber Ride and a Promise