|Record #: OCR2162||Last Full Update: 26 Sep 2016|
|Description and Services|
|Description (Service)||Community services centre for immigrants and refugees * Assists newcomers, refugees and ethno-cultural groups to become equal participants in the social, economic and political life of Canada. Programs include community integration, public education, mental health counselling, school based programs, and English language instruction to newcomers
Settlement and Integration Program (formerly Immigrant Settlement and Adaptation Program): Contact Lili-Anne Kondo, Settlement Intake Counsellor (Intake), 613-725-5671 ext 316, email@example.com
* Provides multilingual and multicultural services to immigrants and refugees in order to facilitate their successful adaptation and integration processes in Canada. Information and orientation for Individuals, families and groups * supportive counselling * settlement consultation * client advocacy * and community referrals
Multicultural Liaison Program: Contact Ikram Jama, MLO Program Manager, 613-725-5671 ext 262, Ikram Jama firstname.lastname@example.org
* Addresses the needs of immigrant and refugee families through a team of Multicultural Liaison Officers (MLO) working in partnership with the English Public and English Catholic boards of education in the City of Ottawa to provide settlement services to newcomer families in Ottawa schools and summer programs, leadership development, and civic engagement opportunities. * Supports the creation of a welcoming school environment for newcomer students. Programs are specifically designed to assist immigrant and refugee youth, ages 13-24, with their settlement and integration process in Canada. Helps youth gain the necessary skills to achieve their goals and develop a positive mindset to overcome the challenges they may be facing so that they can contribute to the Canadian society. Programs are offered both at the elementary and high schools levels.
Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC): Contact Laurie Fraser, Manager, or reception at 613-249-9634
* Full-time and part-time English language training for newcomers provided in the context of settlement and community * open to all landed immigrants and refugees * child care is available * classes are offered in the South (1800 Bank Street) region of Ottawa * daytime and evening classes available.
Counselling Program: see separate record for information.
Immigrant and Refugee Youth Counselling Project: Contact: Christy Etienne, 613-725-5671 ext 352 email@example.com
* Provides counselling intervention for immigrant and refugee youth through support groups * support healthy self-esteem, self-confidence, and identity development * ease transitions * increase youth engagement, sense of belonging, and connectedness * encourages and help foster development and realization of full potential
Refugee Sponsorship: Contact Magdi Sidahamed, Program Coordinator, 613-725-5671 ext 337
* A private sponsorship of refugees by any group of five or more Canadian citizens or permanent residents 18 years of age and older who live in the expected community of settlement. The group must collectively commit to provide the necessary support for their sponsored refugee for the full duration of the sponsorship. The refugee must qualify as refugee according to Canada's refugee and humanitarian resettlement program.
Community Economic Development: Contact Karyn Steer, Program Manager, 613-725-5671 ext 297, ksteer@ociso
* Delivers career mentoring and networking programs to support newcomers to obtain employment in their field, develop an understanding of the Canadian workplace culture, build networks and develop strategies for employment maintenance and advancement within the Canadian workplace. Programming includes Core Career Mentorship, Federal Internship for Newcomers Mentoring (FINP), Ottawa Connector Program, Algonquin College Life Sciences Mentoring, Advancing Immigrant Women through Mentorship, iSisters Career Mentoring, and Pre-arrival Mentoring.
Career Mentoring program: Contact Karyn Steer, Program Manager, 613-725-5671 ext 297, firstname.lastname@example.org or Hedieh Azad, email@example.com, 613-725-5671 ext 262
* Supports internationally trained professionals to obtain employment in their profession by matching them in a mentoring relationship with Canadians currently employed in the same field or similar field. Mentors support mentees to understand profession specific requirements, develop an employment research plan, understand Canadian working culture, develop professional networks and ultimately secure employment commensurate with their education and experience.
Computer Training: Contact Karyn Steer, Program Manager, 613-725-5671 ext 297, firstname.lastname@example.org
* Offers ongoing computer literacy, application and internet usage training to Newcomer women following the iSisters approach to learning in the computer lab at 945 Wellington St.
|Sup. Description||Free Income Tax Clinics offered to immigrants and refugees during the months of March and April. Legal Aid available at the Centre. Housing Help available at the Centre. Free Citizenship test classes 8 weeks, 3 hours per week. Requirements Canadian Language Benchmark 4. To register please call Sheila at 613-725-5671 ext 396 or email@example.com.|
|Hours||Mon-Fri 9 am-5 pm * evening appointments|
|Areas Served||Ottawa (City of)|
|Eligibility||Newcomers, refugees and immigrants.|
|Application||Call contact person for each program|
|Languages||English ; French ; Arabic ; Bengali ; Chinese (Cantonese) ; Chinese (Mandarin) ; Dari ; Farsi ; French Creole ; Hindi ; Nepali ; Polish ; Portuguese ; Punjabi ; Russian ; Somali ; Spanish ; Swahili ; Urdu ; Vietnamese ; Yoruba ; Interpretive Services ; Kirundi|
|Service Categories||Adolescent/Youth Counselling ~ Immigrants/Refugees ; Adult Mentoring Programs ~ Immigrants/Refugees ; Career Exploration ~ Immigrants/Refugees ; Cultural Awareness/Competencies Training ; Cultural Transition Counselling ; English as a Second Language ; General Psychiatry ~ Immigrants/Refugees ; Human Relations Groups ; Immigrant/Refugee Employment Programs ~ Women ; Immigrant/Refugee Support Groups ~ Women ; Newcomer Settlement Services ; Parent/Family Involvement in Education ~ Immigrants (Canada) ; School System Advocacy ~ Immigrants (Canada) ; Specialized Information and Referral ~ Immigration Issues ; Volunteer Development ~ Immigrants (Canada)|
|Waiting List||Yes, length varies according to program|
|Primary Contact||Aagnieszka Wedrychowicz, HR Coordinator/Office Manager; Phone: 613-725-5671 ext 398; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Primary Executive||Leslie Emory, Executive Director; Phone: 613-725-5671 ext 312; Email: email@example.com|
|Former Name||Ottawa Carleton Immigrant Services Organization|
|Location & Accessibility|
|Located In Community||Ottawa|
|Address & Map||
959 Wellington St W
Ottawa, ON K1Y 2X5
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|Intersection||Parkdale Ave and Wellington St W|
|Bus Route Notes||OC Transpo OC Travel Planner or OC Bus Schedules|
|Parking||Free occasional parking on the street|
|Funding||City / Town ; Provincial ; Federal - Status of Women Canada ; Donations - Charitable Registration Number: 107805632 RR0001 ; United Way ; Foundation - Ottawa Community Foundation ; Ottawa Carleton District School Board|
|Elections||The Board of Directors is elected.|
|Resources||Annual newsletter * Program brochures|