Call for Board Members

IWSO is looking for individuals with the following skills or experience to fill current vacancies on the Board: • Legal background (Family Law; Immigration Law; Employment Law) • Fundraising and event planning experience • Social service background • A background in Policy • Non-profit sector experience.

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Read more about the article Jenn Weib Field Placement Story
Jenn Weib

Jenn Weib Field Placement Story

As a first year Master of Social Work student (Carleton University) with previous experience in federal-level advocacy on issues impacting refugees and displaced peoples, I was keen to learn about the ways in which a community-based organization can support immigrant and racialized women as they settle and integrate into Canada.

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TD Press Release

TD Bank Group Directs $10,000 to IWSO programming in support of women and children fleeing violence

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Dillon Consulting Limited

Dillon Consulting Limited is proud to support Immigrant Women Services Ottawa and the vital work they do in our community ...

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Meet Ada Tony-Ilebor

Six years ago, I made one of the toughest decisions I've ever had to make. I left my life, and my 12-year banking industry career in Nigeria behind to start a new life in Canada.

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What immigration challenges are there for women fleeing conflict in the Ukraine to come to Ottawa?  

Canada has undertaken significant efforts to assist those fleeing the conflict in Ukraine, including introducing two new programs to facilitate temporary residence applications for Ukrainians and expediting the processing of all immigration applications made by Ukrainian nationals.

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Ottawa Community Foundation (OCF) $20,000 Grant

IWSOMercy Lawluvi,Executive Director(613) 729-3145mercy@immigrantwomenservices.com  Canadian Women’s FoundationRebecca Aird,Strategic and Community Initiatives(416) 365-1444 RAird@ocf-fco.ca Ottawa Community Foundation Supports Digital Literacy $20,000…

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Read more about the article My spouse sponsored me for permanent residence and we are now getting separated/divorced. Will this affect my permanent resident status?
Andrew Mortenson, B.A., J.D. - EY Law LLP

My spouse sponsored me for permanent residence and we are now getting separated/divorced. Will this affect my permanent resident status?

If your marriage or relationship to your spouse or partner was genuine, getting separated or divorced from your sponsor will not affect your permanent resident (PR) status, even if you obtained permanent residence through the sponsorship of your spouse or common-law partner.

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Read more about the article CanadaHelps Choose IWSO
IWSO’s Executive Director, Mercy Lawluvi

CanadaHelps Choose IWSO

CanadaHelps Choose IWSO as their Chraity of Choice for International Women’s Day 2022

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Women Inspiring women - International Women's Day 2022 #IWD2022

Happy International Women’s Day

Today, we celebrate all the women and girls who inspire others by showing leadership in the choices they make every day towards social, economic, cultural, and political progress.

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Read more about the article Volunteering at IWSO- Solange Mattar – Yoga Instructor
Solange Mattar

Volunteering at IWSO- Solange Mattar – Yoga Instructor

Solange Mattar is a volunteer with IWSO offering yoga and meditation. She teaches every Thursday at 7:00pm via zoom to a lovely group of women. The online class is inclusive to all, gentle and a great way to end your day!

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Vietnamese Chicken Pho

Vietnamese Chicken Pho Recipe

Ingredients: -1 whole chicken (or parts of chickens like legs, drumsticks or breast) it is best to have the parts of the chicken with bones to make the broth tastier -1 box or 2 cans of chicken broth -rice noodle (as much as you like) -1onion -1-2 inch piece of ginger -2 tablespoons to 1/4 cup of fish sauce to taste -1/2 teaspoon salt -1/2 teaspoon pepper -4 green onions sliced

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Read more about the article Janet Riehm-Donor Story
Janet Riehm

Janet Riehm-Donor Story

It is an honour to provide some background as to why I am an IWSO monthly donor.

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Read more about the article Heather Thomson-Donor Story
Heather Thomson, December 2019, Bunia, North Kivu, Democratic Republic of Congo

Heather Thomson-Donor Story

How IWSO supports my role as a nurse practitioner in Ottawa

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Read more about the article Volunteering at IWSO- By: Hazelle Velicaria
Hazelle Velicaria

Volunteering at IWSO- By: Hazelle Velicaria

When I was a little girl, I would often hear family members recount their personal experiences of leaving their beloved homes and humble roots, emigrating from the Philippines in search of a better life. Growing up, I quickly realized that these stories of sacrifices and challenges are common narratives shared amongst many immigrants.

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Telus Friendly Future Foundation Grants IWSO $20,000

Ottawa, ON – December 10, 2021… Immigrant Women Services Ottawa (IWSO) an-nounces the receipt of a donation of $20,000 from the Telus Friendly Future Founda-tion™ to support the IWSO Children Who Witness Violence Program.

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NATILLA COLOMBIANA (COLOMBIA PUDDING)

On December 7th in Colombia, friends get together to celebrate “el dia e las velitas”, a Christmas tradition in honor of the Virgin Mary. They light candles in front of their houses or on their balconies, cook traditional Christmas treats, like Natilla and Buñuelos and of course, they party

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Settlement Success Story

My name is Aida and I came across an IWSO poster at my adult high school in 2020. Determined to pass my Canadian Citizenship Test after a previous unsuccessful attempt, I was immediately intrigued and began attending the online weekly citizenship lectures and discussion groups offered by IWSO.

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Read more about the article Elizabeth Doyle-Donor Story
Elizabeth Doyle

Elizabeth Doyle-Donor Story

Elizabeth Doyle, an active supporter of IWSO shares why she wanted to give back to helping immigrant women and especially IWSO.

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How do I become a Canadian citizen?

For many Canadians, their citizenship is obtained by birth, either because they were born in Canada, or they have a Canadian parent. However, Canadian citizenship can also be granted to Permanent Residents through what is called the “naturalization” process.

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Read more about the article Racial Profiling in a Criminal Context
Lisa Christian

Racial Profiling in a Criminal Context

In law, racial profiling occurs when race or racial stereotypes are used, either consciously or unconsciously, and to any degree, in the selection or treatment of a suspect.

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Ajiaco Bogotano (Colombia)

We typically serve the soup in ceramic black bowls just like the one in the photo, sitting in a basket . Ajiaco its a part of Christmas celebration for people in Bogota, the capital of Colombia.

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Citizenship Success Story

My name is Aida and I came across an IWSO poster at my adult high school in 2020. Determined to pass my Canadian Citizenship Test after a previous unsuccessful attempt, I was immediately intrigued and began attending the online weekly citizenship lectures and discussion groups offered by IWSO.

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What does it means to sit on the IWSO Board of Directors

IWSO is governed by a women-led Board of Directors, the majority being immigrant and racialized women themselves. If you have ever wondered what it means to these exceptional women to actually have a seat at the IWSO table, read here what this opportunity means to them.

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Read more about the article Donor Spotlights
Beverly Ensom and her son Paul Ensom

Donor Spotlights

IWSO Connections has started a new series of Donor Spotlights so that our community can meet the individuals, families and funders who make our work possible in the Ottawa area. We are proud to feature the great diversity of donors who are all connected by a commitment to investing in gender equity for immigrant and racialized women. Meet Beverly Ensom and her son Paul Ensom.

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PR Residency Obligation

This article addresses the following question: Once I am a permanent resident of Canada, do I have to stay in Canada?

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Robert Campeau Family Foundation Supports IWSO Programming

Immigrant Women Services Ottawa (IWSO), announced that The Robert Campeau Foundation has graciously donated $3000 in support of Immigrant Women Services Ottawa. Funding will go directly to providing support to our many programs that support immigrant women and their children.

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Harry P. Ward Foundation

The Harry P. Ward Foundation Directs $2500 to Support IWSO’s Programming for Children Who Witness Violence In Their Homes

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Service Providers Testimonials

On a daily basis, IWSO works closely with a myriad of service providers, ensuring the immigrant and racialized women in our area receive the best interpretation available to meet their vast needs and circumstances. We are proud of the work we are able to do in this area and feel privileged to serve our clients.

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Read more about the article Thao Duong-IWSO Manager of Settlement and Integration
Thao and her family came to Canada in the early 1980’s.  Here is her settlement story.

Thao Duong-IWSO Manager of Settlement and Integration

Thao and her family came to Canada in the early 1980’s.  Here is her settlement story.

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Read more about the article Breaking the Law in Canada
Lisa Christian

Breaking the Law in Canada

Breaking the law - you may be doing it right now. There are a number of reasons for this, most of which are out of your control. Every person in Canada faces the same challenges in remaining law abiding. Allow me to explain.

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Stuffed Grape Leaves

Stuffed Grape Leaves Ingredient Checklist ● 2 cups uncooked long-grain white rice ● 1 large onion, chopped ● ½ cup chopped fresh dill ● ½ cup chopped fresh mint leaves ● 2 quarts chicken broth ● ¾ cup fresh lemon juice, divided ● 60 grape leaves, drained and rinsed ● hot water as needed ● 1 cup olive oil

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Read more about the article Do I need an Immigration lawyer?
Andrew Mortenson, B.A., J.D. - EY Law LLP

Do I need an Immigration lawyer?

No, you are not required to hire an immigration lawyer to apply to Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) for immigration to Canada, the Immigration and Refugee Board (IRB) to make a refugee claim or file an immigration appeal, or apply to the Federal Court to seek judicial review of a refusal. However, even though it is not a requirement, I strongly recommend that you get legal advice from a lawyer that is personalized to your situation before making any immigration application or refugee claim.

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Read more about the article Boyd McBride & Barbara MacKinnon Donor Story
Boyd McBride & Barbara MacKinnon

Boyd McBride & Barbara MacKinnon Donor Story

I am sure that everyone reading this has probably wanted to ‘change the world’ somehow. I know, Barbara and I did… and we still do.

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Ottawa Community Foundation (OCF) Press Release

IWSOMercy Lawluvi,Executive Director(613) 729-3145mercy@immigrantwomenservices.com  Canadian Women’s FoundationRebecca Aird,Director, Strategic and Community Initiatives(416) 365-1444 RAird@ocf-fco.ca Local Community Foundation Supports Digital Literacy…

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