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Benjamin Chacon
Executive Director

44 Eccles Street, Suite 100
Ottawa, ON
Canada K1R6S4

TEL: 613-237-0502


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Visible Minorities or New Canadians; Disadvantaged; People with disabilities or medical conditions; Youth (11-15 years); Children (0-10 years); Seniors; Homeless

Cultural Interpretation Services for Our Communities (CISOC) is an Ottawa-based charitable organization that provides cultural interpretation and translation services in over 45 languages. Established in 1993, CISOC came into being as the result of a collaborative effort amongst a number of committees and agencies whose goal was to ensure equitable access to health, legal, social, educational, and other community services to non-English and non-French-speaking clients.

Volunteer Opportunities

Organization: CISOC
Join our board and contribute to our multicultural community. Cultural Interpretation Services for Our Communities (CISOC) provides interpretation and translation services both in Ottawa and across the country. We have over 160 professional interpreters and translators working in more than 60 languages and dialects. CISOC professionals support the interpretation needs of new Canadians, refugees and visitors to our country in a variety of settings from health care, legal, educational and broader community.

Our board is located in Ottawa. We have meetings six times a year with an Annual General Meeting in June. There is a small commitment to participate on sub committees to support CISOC and the Board on special initiatives.

We are seeking volunteer board members with a broad range of skills and experiences. We would welcome applications from candidates with a solid track record in any of the following areas:
• Skills and experience in accounting and finance;
• Strategic communication to build contacts and connections in the granting networks/agencies;
• Insights into business planning and business development;
• Experience in human resources; or
• Strong legal background.

How to apply:
Interested candidates should submit a short cover letter outlining your interest in our board along with your resume to our Executive Director Benjamin Chacon -
Location: 44 Eccles Street, Suite 100, Ottawa, Ontario, K1R 6S4
Deadline: Apr 10, 2020