The Ottawa Chinese Community Service Centre is so happy to have joined the OLIP Health and Wellbeing Sector Table. It is clear that OLIP cares about immigrants and refugees and…

Wendy Tang, Ottawa Chinese Community Service Centre
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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

2017 Welcoming Ottawa Ambassador Awards – Call for Nominations

Attention: All immigrants & refugees living in Ottawa!

The Ottawa Local Immigration Partnership (OLIP) invites you to nominate an individual who made a difference in your journey to a new life in Ottawa. 

Think back to when you first arrived here as a newcomer to Ottawa, whether it was 20 years or 20 days ago. Was there someone who did something – big or small – to help you feel at home in our city?

Maybe a colleague who explained the ins and outs of the Canadian workplace, a teacher who inspired you to succeed, or a neighbour who was friendly and supportive.

It could have been someone who came from your country of origin and spoke your language, or someone who reached out to you from another generation or culture.

Tell us how this individual helped you.  How did they go the extra mile to support your adjustment to life in Ottawa?  Tell us the difference they made in your experience as you made Ottawa your new home. 

Qualities Welcoming Ottawa Ambassadors have exemplified.

Welcoming Ottawa Ambassadors brochure.

Here’s how it works

  1. Think about someone you feel deserves recognition for helping you feel at home in Ottawa.
  2. Fill out this simple form. It asks you for your name, the name of the person you are nominating, contact information for both of you and a short description (no more than 200 words) of how he or she made you feel welcome in Ottawa.
  3. Note: To be eligible, the nominator must be an immigrant or a refugee, however the person being nominated (nominee) can be anybody. There is also no restriction on how long you have been in Ottawa.
  4. Submit the form online no later than 5:00 p.m. on Friday, May 5, 2017.
  5. The Welcoming Ottawa Week Organizing Committee will choose several recipients of the 2017 Welcoming Ottawa Ambassadors Awards. These award recipients will be announced at a special event at the beginning of Welcoming Ottawa Week.
  6. If you and your nominee are selected, you may be called to participate in a photo shoot and to share your story. We will inform you of the exact date, time and location when we contact you about the selection.