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Canada Day & Eid AlFitr Celebration

As a part of Welcoming Ottawa Week (WOW), the Ottawa Chinese Community Service Centre (OCCSC) celebrated Canada Day and Eid Al-Fitr with its new Syrian clients in presence of Sharon Kan the Executive Director of OCCSC, his Worship Jim Watson the Mayor of Ottawa, Honourable Chandra Arya MP of Nepean, Dr. Zijad Delic Imam of the South Nepean Muslim Centre (SNMC) and Michael Qaqish City Councillor for Gloucester South Nepean.

Around 270 clients representing 70 Syrian families supported by 43 volunteers and staff with 30 VIPS and partners attended the event at St. Elias Cathedral,700 Ridgewood Ave.

The celebration consisted of a 30-minute formal presentation that started with the National Anthem “O Canada” sung by Amy Yi, an OCCSC LINC Coordinator followed by speeches given by Sharon Kan, Jim Watson, Zijad Delic, Chandra Arya and Michael Qaqish. All Speakers congratulated the audience for Canada Day/Eid Al-Fitr and described how Canada, Ottawa particularly, welcomed newcomers providing all the needed services to support them in their settlement and integration journey. They also remarked on how valuable is the cultural contribution that newcomers add to the country’s multiculturalism and diversity.

 

   

Two testimonials were heard from two Syrian women: Ayda Alnoofoori & Amira Al Kazbary.

Ayda Alnoofoori is currently a food manager at YASMIN (Syrian food from the heart) who initiated an attempt to help Syrian newcomer women gain experience in the Canadian market and gain confidence in their skills. Alnoofoori along with another Canadian business woman established a business for 8 Syrian women, most of whom have benefited from OCCSC’s Language and Settlement services.

Amira Al Kazbary worked as an inspector for the Ministry of Education in Syria, she is currently volunteering with OCCSC to help her fellow Syrians in the community in South Keys, Ottawa

 

A Certificate of Appreciation was awarded to Yasmin (Syrian food from the heart) for the outstanding contribution to integration of Syrian women and participation in the Ottawa business market. Two other certificates of Appreciation were awarded to two Algonquin college international students from Brazil, Janete Marques Luz & Rogerio Sasazaki. They ran their project management field placement at OCCSC and were responsible for the event management as Project Manager and Project Coordinator, respectively.

After the formal presentation, the MC of the event Hassan Ezdahmad the Program Coordinator for the Services for Syrian Refugees Program (SSRP), thanked all the VIPs and invited the audience to enjoy the Chinese and Syrian cultural performances presented by Ya Fei and the Syrian singer Mohamad Nasser & musician Ismail Namis.

Delicious snacks cooked by new Syrian Canadians were offered to attendees. Trivia and lucky draw for 8 gift cards were given away by OCCSC sponsor Robbie’s Italian Restaurant. Kids had fun jumping in the bouncy castle sponsored by CIBC bank, painting and designing greeting cards with Eid & Canada Day wishes, getting their faces painted and decorated with Canadian flag images by Chinese Canadians young artist volunteers. Some women and little girls were delighted having henna tattooed on their hands. Everybody enjoyed having memorable pictures taken with a couple of Star Wars characters.

 

The event hosted an art exhibition for Syrian artist Nada Melly an OCCSC client as well as 2 other booths, Yasmine (Syrian food from heart) and South East Ottawa Community Health Centre, who distributed 20 free pairs ice-skates to Syrian kids. Appreciation certificates were awarded to 43 volunteers participants in this event.

The event was a great opportunity for OCCSC staff across different programs and projects, mainly Settlement, Canada Connection (HOST) and LINC, to come together to celebrate with their clients the nation’s birthday and Eid Al-Fitr. It was a great opportunity to celebrate our diversity and appreciation of the contributions multicultural groups and communities provide to Canadian society.

 


Open House

Open House

The Ottawa Chinese Community Service Centre (OCCSC) is one of the city’s earliest immigrant settlement agencies. Originally established to assist the wave of Chinese immigrants to the City, it is currently serving all nationalities of newcomers to the City.

Early 2016 OCCSC decided to contribute and respond to Canada’s commitment to help resettle Syrian refugees in Ottawa. Our settlement, language training and employment support services became open to Syrian refugees who have settled in Ottawa.

More than 1500 Syrian refugees already benefited from OCCSC settlement, language training and employment support services since launching the S2016ervice for Syrian Refugees Program SSRP on 2016.

The OCCSC offers you an opportunity to visit our new office, meet our staff and clients, network with our partners and learn more about our special tailored to Syrian refugees programs.

Our mission is to help newcomers integrate socially and economically into Canadian society and as Canadian citizens.””””


Sales Training & Employment Support Project

Sales Training & Employment Support Project

 

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.


Healthy Grocery Shopping on a Budget

Healthy Grocery Shopping on a Budget

Healthy Grocery Shopping on a Budget

Families will learn that healthy eating doesn’t need to be expensive. In this nutrition workshop, families will join a Registered Dietitian, to learn how to stretch their food dollar in the grocery store. The Registered Dietitian will discuss shopping strategies, simple recipe ideas, healthy and inexpensive foods to include in your cart, and how to read nutrition labels.

Activities that have already been planned:

1. How to Dress for Winter
2. Fire Prevention
3. Community Policing
4. Volunteering at the Food Bank
5. Community Gardening
6. Community Kitchens
7. Canadian Tulip Festival.

Other future activities that are currently in the process of development include two baking and grocery shopping events that will be held at the Loblaws cooking school.


(STEM) Kids Day Camp

(STEM) Kids Day Camp

Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Kids Day Camp

This activity was targeted to Children aged 9 to 17. 32 kids from Donald St. and 18 kids from Mooney’s Bay participated in the event. Three adults from both locations joined the group as companions and volunteers. It was held at the Boys & Girls Club of Ottawa in partnership with Jewish Family Services.

The two groups travelled from their location to the club by bus and were joined by 20 participants from the Boys & Girls Club, as well as 40 volunteers that interacted with them throughout the day.The kids and adults enjoyed refreshments and a light meal.
The overall program gave the kids an opportunity to interact with an engineer and an inventor artist, who taught them about physics and electronics, while making artificial northern lights, holograms and robots, using simple tools, materials and electronic devices.(e.g.iPhone, computers, etc.)


Tea Party

Tea Party

Tea Party

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

Arts & Crafts

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.


Trip to Winterlude

Trip to Winterlude

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

International Women’s Day

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.