Learn about Career Transitions

Learn about Career Transitions

The following is an interview with Career Transitions coordinator Marianela Gonzalez Q. Why is it important to have a program like Career Transitions? A. As newcomers, internationally health care professionals need to go through their settlement journey. Career...
Nurse transitions to new community

Nurse transitions to new community

Islam Hajras is an internationally educated nurse who arrived in Canada with her four underage children in July 2022, and applied for refugee status. Islam was born and raised in Palestine. A few months after her arrival, Islam started to search for a job. “I faced...
Helping refugees find a job

Helping refugees find a job

The word refugee conjures up a lot of different images for most people. We think of long lines of people travelling down a road. We think of thousands of people crowded into a camp, living in tents or temporary structures. We see pictures in the media of families...
Message from the Executive Director

Message from the Executive Director

The traditional Executive Director’s report in an annual report is usually a review of the past year’s successes, and what our vision will be for the coming year. However, if you will indulge me, I would like to start by sharing a little bit about myself and my...
Be a mentor

Be a mentor

Longtime supporters of CCI Ottawa will remember we ran a successful Matching Program for many years. However, due to unforeseen circumstances, the program came to an end. But in late 2023, we revived the program. For those of you new to CCI, here’s a primer on the...
Making his mark in Ottawa

Making his mark in Ottawa

Teen Mykyta is always on the move. Training at the rowing club at 5 a.m. Studying for school. Volunteering with Ukrainian Canadian Social Services, visiting CCI Ottawa, creating events such as prom night for Ukrainian students, helping run a summer camp. When asked...