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Connecting Ottawa Communiqué - February 2016

February 11, 2016
Nico Koenig

Connecting Ottawa Communiqué

February 2016

(see original newsletter with images here)

Welcome back to the Connecting Ottawa Newsletter! Although it has been two years since our last newsletter, we have continued to be active in improving access to justice for those with communication barriers across Ottawa.

One major update to note is that our long time Project Coordinator David Hole has stepped away from his position and has been successfully replaced by Nico Koenig. Meanwhile, Connecting Ottawa's Erin Fitzpatrick and Alex Derisier continue to assist, consult and provide training to our network of over 45 agencies.

Please enjoy and share the news and resource updates below and feel free to reconnect with us with any questions or concerns you may have.

LUNCH & LEARN  / DÎNER - CAUSERIE

You are invited to attend Connecting Ottawa's monthly Lunch & Learn events: February 19, March 4 and April 8. This month's topic of discussion will be Immigration and Refugee Law/ Droit de l'immigration et des réfugiés and will be a basic introduction to referral services focused on refugee and stateless persons. See full event information and poster here.
 
SAVE THE DATE - MAY 18
Connecting Ottawa will be hosting our annual conference on May 18th from 9:00am  - 1:00pmat the Centre communautaire Richelieu-Vanier Community Centre.

Please save the date and look forward to an upcoming invitation with registration details in March.
 
DO YOU SPEAK ANOTHER LANGUAGE? 

Connecting Ottawa is trying to document all the different resources, spaces, events, and media that people who do not speak English or French use with one another in Ottawa. Click here to help us document these resources in Ottawa.

ACCESS TO SERVICES SURVEY

If you work within a social, legal or health service agency in Ottawa, please complete this survey in English or in French.

The goal of this research is to gain insight into how agencies across Ottawa interact with non-status service users and the challenges community organizations face in serving this population. Importantly, the results collected will assist Connecting Ottawa and our partners to develop a Resource Guide. 
 
SUPPORTING REFUGEES IN OTTAWA
We maintain and regularly update two important online resources for those looking to support refugees in Ottawa:

DO YOUR CLIENTS NEED ASSISTANCE WITH A REFERRAL?

Connecting Ottawa coordinates a pool of trained volunteer "facilitators" - trusted intermediaries - to support clients with follow-up and follow through when referrals to legal services have been made.  Currently, we have access to 17 facilitators available for assignments, with the capacity among them to speak 19 languages. Please contact us for more information.

 

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We would like to thank the following advisory committee members for their valuable contribution and support to project: 

  • Gary Stein (South Ottawa Community Legal Services),
  • Lois McIntyre (Canadian Hearing Society)
  • Mohamoud Hagi-Aden (South East Ottawa CHC)
  • Daniel Gagnon (Community Legal Services Ottawa Centre)
  • Siffan Rahman (Somerset West CHC)
  • Aloys Sirabahenda (The Economic and Social Council of Ottawa Carleton - CESOC)
  • Christine Sharp (CICO / 211)
  • Maria Theresa Garcia (Catholic Immigration Centre)