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Kids Up Front, a valued partner

Kids Up Front, a valued partner

By Haiqa Khattak It’s Ottawa Senators game night and Sens fans are cheering for their team. Somewhere in Ottawa, there is a young newcomer watching it on TV. He wishes he could attend that game but the ticket is too expensive. That’s where Kids Up Front steps in....

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Adapting to the Canadian market

Adapting to the Canadian market

By Haiqa Khattak Oyaje Omaku was sending applications to employers and companies, but they were not contacting her or inviting her to job interviews. “My applications were going into a black hole because I did things the way it was done in my country,” she said....

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Finding her own way to college

Finding her own way to college

By Haiqa Khattak I remember the day I visited the University of Ottawa’s admission office with my education transcripts from my home country of Pakistan. I had completed high school pre-medical in my country. The lady at the information desk showed me the possible...

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Marking March Break with eggs

Marking March Break with eggs

By Haiqa Khattack Volunteers were helping Vincaire Minyer take a milkshake and a broiled egg from the pancake breakfast stall. Vincaire, 16, is from Uganda, a country that is “not too hot, nor too cold,” he says. Canada’s cold weather doesn’t bother him much despite...

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Taking the lead with youth

Taking the lead with youth

By Claudine Nduwimana Helpful, respectful and eager to learn are just some of the words to describe Reuben Nashali. Reuben came to Ottawa on Feb. 22, 2017 to join some of his family who were already here. His mother and siblings had settled a year earlier in Ottawa...

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Living the Canadian dream

Living the Canadian dream

By Claudine Nduwimana Douaa remembers her life as a refugee in Lebanon. She was working in a grocery store to help support her family, her dream of going to university put on hold. Now, less than three years later, Douaa is a first-year student at Carleton...

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Immigrants represent almost one quarter of the population of the City of Ottawa.

Welcoming Newcomers to Ottawa since 1954

CCI Ottawa celebrated our 60th anniversary in 2014. Your contribution as a Donor, Member, or Volunteer tells us that you value the work we do together to integrate newcomers from every part of the world.

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