Sales Training & Employment Support Project
The Ottawa Chinese Community Service Centre (OCCSC) and SuraiTea Company have teamed up to create opportunities for refugees.
The program is composed of a 5 day pilot training project of in-class and field sales training workshops. The workshops allow clients to practice English, expand their network, prepare their resumes, learn transferable and interview skills for jobs.
The event started off with a warm-up line dance by the Church volunteers, followed by various performances from the SSRP music group. We had a game planned for the event as an ice-breaker, but it seemed they were more interested in casual conversation and the performances. The performances/warm-up dancing really helped break the ice and made the families and volunteers feel comfortable with one another.
We decided to have a raffle draw at the end, which everyone really enjoyed. Overall, the Tea Party was a huge success thanks to the 42 volunteers. Feedback from the families indicated that they would love to do this again.
Arts & Crafts – Painting, Jewellery Making
We have seen the biggest transformation though activities for the entire family. The highest level of communication between volunteers, workshop facilitators and families with an overall sense of peace and freedom.The families have committed to creating 150 pieces of Art in time for the Canada Day Celebration as a token of their appreciation to Canada for this opportunity. This is also the most requested workshop.
Field trip visits & social events
This event was held at the City Hall and Confederation Park. Participants were transported in two busses from Donald St. and Money’s Bay respectively. This was an event held during the family day, where the Syrian families had the possibility to interact with other Canadian families
This event was held at the City Hall and Confederation Park. Participants were transported in two busses from Donald St. and Money’s Bay respectively. This was an event held during the family day, where the Syrian families had the possibility to interact with other Canadian families of diverse ethnic, language and socio cultural backgrounds; practice the official languages of Canada, enjoy the wonders of winter and snow such as ice sculptures, ice skating, the Rideau Canal, music, while having a hot chocolate or coffee, and the sweetness of a traditional beaver tail. Coincidentally, the mayor of Ottawa Mr. “Jim” Watson was a the city hall during arrival of the Syrian Families, so some of them have the opportunity to meet and interact with him, briefly discussing about their new lives in Canada. This was by far one of the events with the most participants, including 51 from Donald St and 68 from Mooney’s Bay
International Women’s Day
The Ottawa Chinese Community Service Centre celebrated its seventh annual International Women’s Day, on March 8, 2017. This year’s theme was: Be Bold For
Change – Call on the masses or call on yourself to help forge a better working world, a more inclusive, gender equal world. Each of us – with men and women
joining forces – can be a leader within our own spheres of influence and take bold pragmatic action to accelerate gender parity.