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Organization: The Catholic Centre for Immigrants, Ottawa

Commitment: Long term (6 months to a year)

Availability: Flexible

Language Preference: English

Number of Positions Available: 100

Location: Virtual

Deadline: Dec 31, 2020


Mentors provide guidance and support to newcomers specifically in the areas of career development and post-secondary education. Mentors will play a key role in helping newcomers successfully integrate; grow their networks; navigate and increase their understanding of the Canadian context; and, overcome unique challenges they may face in achieving their goals in their new community.

• 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
welcoming community.
• Mentors will provide support based on the unique needs of the newcomer and the skills and
experiences that the mentor brings.

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.

or Contact:


Bryn Johnson


Volunteer Opportunity Address
219 Argyle Avenue, Ottawa, ON K2P 2H4
*Note: This volunteer role is currently being conducted virtually.

Apply Here:


Good for people interested in: Mentoring; COVID-19 Virtual Volunteering

You will be working with: Visible Minorities or New Canadians; Youth (16-18 years); Youth (19-24 years)

How will this volunteer opportunity benefit you?
By volunteering in this role, volunteers should achieve:
• Results-based satisfaction from welcoming newcomers to the community and developing new
relationships, as well as having a direct, positive impact on the lives on people in need of
• Enhanced experience working with culturally and ethnically diverse populations and learning
about another culture, as well as valuable experience with Mentorship;
• A better understanding of the challenges faced by refugees and immigrants starting life over in a
new country, specifically related to employment and education;
• Expanded networks in Ottawa by working closely with newcomers and making connections with
valuable professional networks and potential colleagues;
• Satisfaction of helping make Ottawa a more welcoming community, while helping others achieve their goals and dreams.

Organization category: Social services

Volunteer Considerations

Time it will take to contact applicants - 1 week

This position would be great for - Young Adults (19-24); Seniors (65+); Groups

Vulnerable sector check required: Yes

This position can accommodate persons with a disability: Yes