In the Field

[In the Field November 2012] Message from the Executive Director

The recent OCASI Executive Directors' Forum - 2012, has been talked about by many who attended as ‘one of the best.' When asked why, many responded that the policy plenaries and discussions were timely and informative. Folks liked that there was a common theme running through the plenary: A theme about change. Change in the non-profit sector, change in the immigrant and refugee serving sector, in sector-funder relationships and with relationships between and among governments.

Thoughts on Advocacy and the role of service organizations

Late last month, I attended a bi-national meeting hosted by the UNHCR in the USA on Alternative to Detentions (ATD). Present were Government, NGO and UNHCR representatives from Canada, USA, Australia and Sweden. In between the very many presentations on new policies and guidelines, good and bad practices, challenges and advocacy strategies for getting governments and communities to buy into ATD, we made side trips to visit service agencies both in the USA and in Canada.

[In the Field September 2012] New Report Released: Falling Behind

Recently the Ontario Common Front hit the provincial scene in a big way with the launch of a report called Falling Behind.  The report focuses on Ontario's growing inequality, which has dominated the media and put a spotlight on the harsh impact of cuts to jobs and services.

The report was produced by a coalition of over 90 not-for-profit organizations, unions and community groups across the province and detail how Ontario has fallen behind all other provinces in terms of income inequality, rising poverty and inadequate funding for services.

[In the Field September 2012] Internationally Educated Professionals Conference - York Region

The Gateway - York Region's first conference for internationally educated professionals (IEPs), is being held on October 23, 2012.  The conference provides an opportunity for IEPs, newcomer entrepreneurs, employers, professional associations and government representatives to make new contacts, exchange ideas and learn from each other.

Who Should Attend

[In the Field September 2012] CANNEXUS 2013 Conference

The Canadian Education and Research Institute for Counselling (CERIC) 2013 CANNEXUS Conference brings together career practitioners from across Canada to Ottawa January 28 – 30, 2013.

Three days of learning and sharing in the nation's capital is a must for those in career services provision who want to enhance their professional development, improve organizational productivity, and client service effectiveness.  

[In the Field September 2012] Member Feature

CARE Centre for Internationally Educated Nurses, a non-profit organization, provides immigrant nurses with the one-on-one support, language and communication skills and exam preparation to be successful in the nursing profession. CARE Centre recognizes the value of nurses with diverse education and experience and is committed to advocating for their full contribution to Ontario's healthcare system.

[In the Field September 2012] OCASI’s Online Self-directed Courses

OCASI's online self-directed courses, offered through Learn At Work are free and open to anyone. You can enroll yourself in any course listed as "self-directed".  Self-directed course means that you will read the content and complete the activities at your own pace.

Currently, there are self-directed courses in the following: