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It's #WelcomingOttawaWeek! 💚 How will you be celebrating Ottawa's diversity and the incredible contributions of newcomers? Free events 👉 https://t.co/OTN6lhmmbv #WOW19 @OLIP_PLIO

Occasional Paper #44: Migrant Integration in Cities: Learning from Others

A SPECIAL @ForumFed pub. for @IMC_2019


Leslie Seidle explores how cities are innovating and providing examples for others in migrant integration!

Download: https://t.co/zSCocNOiwK

@OLIP_PLIO @IMC_2019 @OttCatholicSB @OCSBContEd @OttawaOCISO Point of entry services such as those offered at the Family Welcome Centre @OCSBContEd provide newcomers with info & tools that help them navigate new systems with agency and voice #WOW19 #voice #agency #equity @MarianneKayed

Just days away from The Kindness of Strangers - perfect time to say THANK YOU to our partners and supporters, who are making this amazing night possible. Generous folks like @allsaintsottawa, opening their gorgeous space to us! Get your tickets here: https://t.co/hcIusUoPUP

This year, he initiated a program for newcomer youth through the Ottawa Community Immigrant Services Organization called Wrestling With Champions. Every Wednesday and Friday, about a dozen boys ages 10 to 18 learn from him at @OttawaOCISO's Newcomer Youth Centre in #Ottawa South.

Mohammed Al-Krad arrived in #Ottawa in 2016 as a #refugee from Syria and soon after began coaching #wrestling as a way to become part of his new home. His story became the focus of an award-winning @tvo short documentary.

More Than A Refugee

Mohammed Al-Krad uses sport to become part of his new community in Ottawa in this short doc by Lewis Gordon.


Get your free tickets before they’re gone! Tonight at 6 pm, join @HeritageOttawa for their French-language tour of Chinatown! https://t.co/jqoBUzE3jz #WOW19 #Ottawa

Celebrating Cultures in our Community-June 18-29
Tastes of the Middle East, Henna Art, African stories, songs & dance, Latin American music & dance, build an Inukshuk! Presented in conjonction with @OLIP_PLIO Welcoming Ottawa Week! #WOW19
https://t.co/Cto6HnaHcW #Ottawa #Ottville

Happening this morning! It's #WOW19 - Welcoming #Ottawa Week 2019 - & we're running some events. Join us for a Community Picnic today from 9:30am - 1:30pm. Celebrate the end of the school year with us at Mooney’s Bay. https://t.co/kctZHtxLdg

Happening tomorrow (June 21st) morning! It's #WOW19 - Welcoming #Ottawa Week 2019 - & we're running some events. Join us for a Community Picnic tomorrow from 9:30am - 1:30pm. Celebrate the end of the school year with us at Mooney’s Bay. https://t.co/kctZHtPm4O

The @RefugeeHub will cover settlement costs of those sponsored through the BVOR program until Aug 31st. Over 1000 refugees are waiting for sponsors! https://t.co/1WTFUCsbi1 #WorldRefugeeDay (Please share!)

Do you need help studying for exams? We got you! Today, Thursday, from 5-7 YOCISO will be hosting a study session! Come prepared with specific questions and your textbooks.

Contribute to the creation of a multifaceted, collective action plan for equity and anti-racism in Ottawa. Register to join us tomorrow for a discussion about creating an equitable city with @CentretownCHC , @EquityOttawa and @ONTrillium https://t.co/PuZBFnBlAx #WOW19 #Ottawa

Bring your lunch, a blanket, a frisbee, your kids—everything but the ants! Join @OttawaOCISO for a summer picnic at Mooney’s Bay tomorrow from 9:30am to 1:30 pm. Meet us at the kids' swings. https://t.co/2uNIEI7lbq #WOW19 #Ottawa

After the picnic lunch tomorrow, stay at Mooney’s Bay with the youth of @OttawaOCISO for music performances, arts and crafts, and even learn some wrestling moves with 12-time Syrian Champion Mohammed Al Krad! https://t.co/nHID2eiCSh #WOW19 #Ottawa

It's #WOW19 - Welcoming #Ottawa Week 2019 - & we're running some events. Join us for a Community Picnic on June 21st. Celebrate the end of the school year with us at Mooney’s Bay. https://t.co/kctZHtPm4O

On this #WorldRefugeeDay, with more displaced people than ever, remember that you have the power to make a difference. One person, one act— they all add up to big impact. Let @sophiajeanlowe tell you how she did it — or ask us about the many ways you can, too! info@refugee613.ca

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“It's #RefugeeDay and I wrote a thing in the @OttawaCitizen to share my experience with #refugeesponsorship and the #bvorfund. #withrefugees h...


🇨🇦 Canadian cities are made stronger & more connected when they welcome refugees. This #WorldRefugeeDay, ask your city to sign on to the UNHCR Statement of Solidarity #WithRefugees.

✍ Sign the petition today: https://t.co/MWEmJFopFt

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Support OCISO! 

Stepping Stones: A Refugee Family’s Journey

Illustrated by Nizam Badr and written by Margriet Ruers. This is a beautiful hardcover book suitable for children aged 4 – 10.

Orca Book Pubishers will donate $10 to OCISO for every book sold through OCISO’s website.

Only $20 plus shipping also supports the artist who is a Syrian refugee.

Click To Buy | Only $20!

Stepping Stones BOOK Cover | OCISO
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Our Mission!

OCISO supports immigrants through the journey of making Canada their home by providing creative and responsive programs that are culturally and linguistically appropriate, by building community through mutual respect and partnerships, and by fostering healthy and inclusive spaces for open dialogue and healing.

What we do 🙂

We are community based non-profit organization that has been providing services in Ottawa since 1978. We are motivated by the stories of new immigrants, and we are there every stage of the journey. OCISO directly serves over 10,000 immigrants and refugees every year. Our work is augmented by the generous efforts of our enthusiastic, caring and talented staff, volunteers, both established and new Canadians.