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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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

The Ottawa Public Library is Celebrating Cultures with WOW!

June 24, 2014

The Ottawa Public Library (OPL) is promoting Welcoming Ottawa Week (WOW) 2014, in conjunction with many of our Celebrating Cultures events! We are proud to support WOW by hosting two documentary screenings: “Cricket and the Meaning of Life” at the St-Laurent branch on Monday June 23rd from 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm , and “Twelve” at the Carlingwood branch  on Thursday June 26th  from 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm. One of our Celebrating Cultures events is also featured on the WOW schedule, at the Hazeldean branch on Saturday June 28th,  beginning with a multicultural storytime at 11:00 am and continuing with exciting music and dance performances, refreshments and more until 2 pm.

Our Newcomer Services department can help you:

  • improve your English and French language skills
  • learn about cultures and traditions in Canada
  • prepare for the Canadian citizenship test; and
  • integrate into Ottawa.

OPL also offers:

  • eBooks and audiobooks
  • DVDs and CDs
  • Magazines and newspapers
  • Materials in a variety of languages; and
  • Free programs.

In addition, we continue to promote WOW, Celebrating Cultures and Community Cup to the public on our Staff Blogs, as well as through a strong social media presence on Twitter and Facebook.

We would like to thank the  WOW team for all their hard work and are very happy to have this partnering opportunity. Come join us in celebrating cultures in our communities! For more information, please contact Diversity@BiblioOttawaLibrary.ca, visit your local branch, or call our InfoService phone line at 613-580-2940.