• Interact directly with newcomers using tools for virtual communications, including both one-onone meetings and group activities.
• Help guide newcomers along their career development path by sharing knowledge, experiences
and connecting newcomers with valuable employment/education networks.
• Provide post-secondary educational support by providing newcomers with resources and tools.
• Provide a valuable link to the local community and Canadian context
• Connect refugees and immigrants to community resources, improving access to recreational
opportunities, social networks and employment and education support for newcomers.
• Share knowledge and experiences of Ottawa to support integration and help build a more
• Mentors will provide support based on the unique needs of the newcomer and the skills and
experiences that the mentor brings.
SKILLS & QUALIFICATIONS
Volunteers should possess the following:
• Patience, open-mindedness and cultural awareness/sensitivity;
• Reliable access to a smart phone and/or computer with internet connection for virtual
• Familiarity with Canadian systems and culture and an interest in learning about other cultures;
• Established community member with strong understanding of how to access various resources
and services in Ottawa (such as employment and educational support);
• Mentors should have a strong understanding and be comfortable sharing information with
newcomers about topics such as: Canadian workplace culture and trends; local job markets;
education requirements and opportunities relating to employment; professional networks;
skills-development; and, Canadian and local culture in general.
Due to the nature of the Mentorship Program and the relationships that are developed, volunteers must
be able to make an appropriate long-term commitment. Mentors are requested to support the program
for a minimum period of 6 months and are expected to commit 1 hours each week to
connect/communicate with their newcomer mentee 1-to-1; and an additional 1 hour each month to
participate in a group workshop.
APPLY HERE: http://cciottawa.ca/get-involved/volunteers/
or Contact: Bryn@cciottawa.ca
*Note: This volunteer role is currently being conducted virtually.
Apply Here: http://cciottawa.ca/get-involved/volunteers/