WOW Planning Team

The WOW Planning Team’s is comprised of representatives of OLIP partner organizations working in multiple sectors.  This group’s dedication and creativity is instrumental to the development and growth of the Welcoming Ottawa Week initiative.  The Team comes together several times a year to plan approaches and engagements to curate the annual WOW activities.  Membership to the WOW Planning Team is open to Ottawa organizations and groups who would like to contribute.  If you would like to be a part of the WOW Team, please contact Nyamulola Kambanji at

Edwige Affaa

Agente de projet, Le Réseau de soutien à l’immigration francophone de l’est de l’Ontario

Henry Akanko

Director, Hire Immigrants Ottawa

Caroline Andrew

Director, Centre on Governance and Full Professor (retired), Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ottawa

Alicia Borisonik

Music Educator and Musician

Mariette Chikuru

Coordonnatrice, Mentorat et engagement des jeunes, Patro d’Ottawa

Jill Hawken

Business Librarian, Ottawa Public Library

Laurie Hinsperger

Community Connections, Catholic Centre for Immigrants

Elissar Jalaal

Community Liaison Officer, Partner and Stakeholder Initiatives Branch, City of Ottawa

Jasmine Murat

Program Coordinator, Ottawa Chinese Community Services Centre

Dragana Mrdjenovic

Settlement and Integration Program Manager, Ottawa Community Immigrant Services Organization

Stephen Noah

Operations and HR Officer, Ottawa Chinese Community Services Centre 

Sarah Onyango

Honorary Co-Chair, Welcoming Ottawa Week

Claudia Salguero

Art Facilitator, Latin Jazz Singer

Rahmat Shahidi

Community and Social Services Department, City of Ottawa

Diane Tuyishime

Communications Specialist, Refugee 613

Luisa Veronis

Associate Professor, Geography, Faculty of Arts, University of Ottawa