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
Claudine Revert-Gravel – The Importance of Friendship to a Newcomer
Shukria Samnter – Welcome to Ottawa
Charles St-Louis – Helping “The Canadian Way”
Murilo Torres – An Uber Ride and a Promise