In the Field Newsletter Volume 140



A Photo of Debbie Douglas

In Sisterhood

The invitation to join a group of feminist sisters over a two-day retreat with a loose agenda and no plans for post retreat work was met with a hopeful sigh and a touch of skepticism. As I walked into the hotel lobby that Sunday evening after an uneventful ride from the airport to Gatineau, I was met by two of my African-descent sisters who had arrived earlier and had made themselves the unofficial welcome community. We hugged and I could feel the early loosening of the muscles in my upper back.

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The Nahom Berhane Scholarship for Leadership and Inclusion

The Scholarship assists youth with a proven track record of volunteerism, community service and leadership in the community, who are in need of financial support to attend a post-secondary institution including universities, colleges and professional trades training. A partnership between Access Alliance Multicultural Health and Community Services and the Berhane family. Established to keep the legacy of Nahom Berhane alive. 
Deadline: Monday, April 1, 2024, 5 p.m.

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Introducing the OCASI Good Practices Toolkit for Virtual Sessions 

Tuesday, March 12, 2024, 12:00 - 1:30 PM ET. An OCASI virtual event.
Discover tools that can make your virtual sessions that use “Zoom Meeting” more inclusive and interactive:

  • Organizing bilingual events
  • Step-by-step guide for speakers
  • Templates, slides and sample messages for speakers and participants
  • Assigning French, ASL and other language interpreter channels
  • Manual captioning

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No More Hate: Transgender Rights and Futures

Wednesday March 20 - 10:00 - 11:30 AM.
Virtual event, via Zoom.
Hosted by Debbie Douglas, Executive Director, OCASI
Moderator: Debbie Owusu-Akyeeah

  • Tatiana Ferguson
  • El-Farouk Khaki
  • Celeste Trianon
Simultaneous interpretation in French, English, ASL

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Fin à la haine : les droits et l'avenir des personnes transgenres

Mercredi, le 20 mars, de 10h00 à 11h30.
Événement en mode virtuel, via Zoom.
Animé par Debbie Douglas, Directrice générale, OCASI
Modérateur : Debbie Owusu-Akyeeah
Panélistes :

  • Tatiana Ferguson
  • El-Farouk Khaki
  • Celeste Trianon

Interprétation simultanée en français, anglais et ASL

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Date Change - OCASI Leaders’ Forum

October 9 – 10, 2024
Virtually or in person at Pan Pacific Toronto
More details will be shared soon.

Changement de date - Le Forum des Leaders d’OCASI 2024

Les 9 et 10 octobre 2024
Virtuellement ou en personne à Pan Pacific Toronto.
Nous aurons sous peu des détails supplémentaires.

Date Change – OCASI 2024 AGM

Wednesday, October 9 2024
3:00 - 5:00 PM

Pan Pacific Toronto

Changement de date  - L’AGA 2024 d’OCASI

Mercredi, le 9 octobre 2024
15 à 17 h

Pan Pacific Toronto 

Migration, race, child welfare and the right to citizenship

View the recording - An OCASI virtual event to mark Black Futures Month. 
Hosted by Debbie Douglas, OCASI.
Moderator: Temisan Boyo, Lawyer and consultant

  • Josh Lamers, Collective of Child Welfare Survivors
  • Danette Edwards, Black Legal Action Centre
  • Abdullahi Muse, Somali community member & activist

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Les migrations, la race, la protection de l’enfance et le droit à la citoyenneté

Visionnez l'enregistrement - Un événement virtuel d'OCASI pour marquer le Mois de l'Avenir des Noirs.
Animé par Debbie Douglas, OCASI.
Modérateur : Temisan Boyo, avocat et consultant
Intervenants :

  • Josh Lamers, Collective of Child Welfare Survivors
  • Danette Edwards, Black Legal Action Centre
  • Abdullahi Muse, membre de la communauté somalienne et activiste

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How do I get my nurse or doctor’s license as an internationally educated professional?

The pathway to Canadian licensure for internationally educated health professionals (IEHPs) can be complex. This Settlement.Org article, created in partnership with N4, helps explain what is needed to practice in Ontario.

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Unlock Your Agency's Potential with the OCASI Client Management System (OCMS)!

OCMS is a cloud-based data management system that streamlines client services and saves time for workers and clients alike. It is developed by and for the immigrant and refugee serving sector, and is known for its high quality and responsive service. To join our growing list of clients contact us at

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Migrant Spring

Spring is coming, the snow will melt, let’s get ready. Let’s launch Migrant Spring on March 16-17, 2024. Join Migrant Rights Network to unite against racism and win equality and permanent resident status for all. 
Join an action, organize an event in your own community and endorse and support action. Email to register your event or talk through ideas.

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Special Priority Policy for rent-geared-to-income (RGI) assistance

Download the new Special Priority Policy guide from Community and Supportive Housing Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing. The guide includes information on Special Priority Policy rules and related rent-geared-to-income rules and supports and services for survivors of abuse and trafficking. Visit the new webpage on priority access to housing for survivors, service providers and the public.

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Statistics Canada data on the nonprofit sector and how to use it

Want to find and use data about the sector, but not sure where to start? One key part of the nonprofit sector’s data landscape is the national data collected by Statistics Canada. The Federal Nonprofit Data Coalition is hosting a webinar on March 27, 2024, 1:00 PM about data collected by Statistics Canada and  how you can use it. 

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Canadian Vote Summit

June 5-6, 2024 in Toronto. A national event by Democratic Engagement Exchange and Toronto Metropolitan University. It endeavors to clearly identify the challenges we face and bring together the people required to meet these challenges with concrete policy solutions and programmatic responses.
Early bird pricing ends March 15, 2024.

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Movement For A Just World

Join Othering and Belonging Institute for a free virtual event, Wednesday, March 27, 2024, 10:00 AM (PT), live on Zoom. Watch a beautiful animated video, a curriculum for facilitating workshops and planning sessions related to transformative narratives and collective visioning, and a report related to Just World Creation. These tools were made for community education, organizational change, and coalition building.

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