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Mercy Lawluvi,
Executive Director
(613) 729-3145 

TD Bank Group
Jen Wilson 
Manager, Corporate and Public Affairs

TD Bank Group Supports Clients of IWSO

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

Ottawa, ON – June 10, 2022… Immigrant Women Services Ottawa (IWSO), today announced that they have received a donation from one of Canada’s fifth largest banks,  TD Bank Group.  The gift of $10,00 will strengthen and expand IWSO’s counselling programs for women and children fleeting violence.   Funding will go directly to supporting victims of violence, and is much needed as the world enters a post-COVID-19 environment.

In a statement thanking TD Bank Group for this generous gift, IWSO Executive Director Mercy Lawluvi said, “We are excited to be partnering with TD.  This donation will give us the ability to build upon IWSO support groups that provide safe and encouraging environments for women fleeing violence.  Knowing we have TD Bank’s support is encouraging for IWSO staff and the Board who are totally committed to making Ottawa and the surrounding areas more secure for the women and children we serve.

“For over 30 years IWSO has provided support for immigrant and racialized women as they begin a new life in Canada,” says TD District Vice President Nathalie Weiner. “Sometimes this new beginning involves fleeing violence. TD is proud to support IWSO and the critical support, resources and community of care they provide for these women as they settle here in Ottawa.”

“The COVID-19 pandemic led to a rise in gender-based violence in Canada, and racialized and newcomer women faced many barriers to receiving support. The issue of Gender Based Violence has not gone away and IWSO is grateful to TD Bank Group for recognizing the challenges that still exit for these marginalized women,” said Josephine Basudde, Manager-Crisis Intervention and Counselling Services for IWSO.

IWSO includes a multi-disciplinary team (crisis councillors, professional translators, settlement and integration councillors, and volunteers) offering comfort and support to immigrant and racialized women in Ottawa and the surrounding areas.

About Immigrant Women Services Ottawa:

The mandate of (IWSO) is to empower immigrant and minority women in the City of Ottawa and surrounding areas to participate in the elimination of all forms of abuse against women; to provide culturally responsive services which will facilitate their access to community and mainstream services and provide other services/programs which will assist immigrant women in their journey to attain their full potential.  Immigrant Women Services Ottawa is a community based agency serving immigrant and racialized women. We create opportunities for women as they integrate into a new society, rebuild their lives free of violence, and achieve their personal goals.

About TD Bank Group:
The Toronto-Dominion Bank and its subsidiaries are collectively known as TD Bank Group (“TD” or the “Bank”). TD is the fifth largest bank in North America by assets and serves more than 26 million customers in three key businesses operating in a number of locations in financial centres around the globe: Canadian Retail, including TD Canada Trust, TD Auto Finance Canada, TD Wealth (Canada), TD Direct Investing, and TD Insurance; U.S. Retail, including TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank®, TD Auto Finance U.S., TD Wealth (U.S.), and an investment in The Charles Schwab Corporation; and Wholesale Banking, including TD Securities. TD also ranks among the world’s leading online financial services firms, with more than 15 million active online and mobile customers. TD had CDN$1.8 trillion in assets on January 31, 2022. The Toronto-Dominion Bank trades under the symbol “TD” on the Toronto and New York Stock Exchanges.  For more information visit

Immigrant Women Services Ottawa
219 Argyle Avenue, Suite 400
Ottawa, Ontario
K2P 2H4
Tel: 613-729-3145
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