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
Canada has been shaped by people who came from all over the world to build this country. WOW offers a platform for us to celebrate this history and the future it will help…

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
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
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
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
The work and expertise that OLIP brings to our community is so important as it helps us to build bridges and break down silos.  I look forward to our continued work together. 

Jim Watson, Mayor of Ottawa
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
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
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

WOW – what a beginning!

June 24, 2014

By Louisa Taylor, WOW 2014 honorary Co-Char

What a fantastic start to Welcoming Ottawa Week 2014! On Monday we launched at City Hall,with MMayor Watson at the launchayor Jim Watson and more than 100 supporters on hand to celebrate on a beautiful sunny morning. We ate, we networked, we talked about what it means to be a welcoming city, but most of all we honoured our 11 Welcoming Ottawa Week Ambassadors, Ottawa residents who have reached out to build relationships with newcomers and exemplified the welcoming spirit our city needs to thrive.

Then we unveiled the Stories and Faces of a Welcoming City photo exhibit, our way of drawing attention to these ordinary people who help immigrants feel welcome in Ottawa. Dwayne Brown’s gorgeous portraits of immigrants from Colombia, Morocco, Japan and elsewhere posing with their WOW Ambassadors filled the soaring space of Jean Pigott Place with life and vitality.

We’re thrilled that the exhibit will be on display at City Hall throughout this week – so get yourself dWOW2owntown to see the photos and be inspired – if they can do it, you can do it!

Be sure to check out our calendar of events. Today you can choose from so many activities — Art Exhibition by Immigrant Women, Indigenous Walking Tour, “It Worked for Me!” Job Search Success Stories and Networking Event, and a focus group discussion to help develop Ottawa’s Municipal Sport Strategy: “Sport Open to Everyone”, to name a few.

Come join us, and be WOWed!