Board of Directors


Leslie Emory
Executive Director, Ottawa Community Immigrant Services Organization


Mark Zarecki
Executive Director, Jewish Family Services


Sharon Kan
Executive Director, Ottawa Chinese Community Service Centre

Vice President

Carl Nicholson
Executive Director, Catholic Centre for Immigrants

Vice President

Mercy Lawluvi
Executive Director, Immigrant Women Services of Ottawa

Vice President

Abdirazak Karod
Executive Director, Somali Centre for Family Services

Vice President

Fred Awada
Executive Director, Lebanese and Arab Social Service Agency

Executive Director (Staff)

Mengistab Tsegaye
Executive Director, World Skills Employment Centre

World Skills' News


Dear clients of World Skills and newcomer job seekers, due to the special circumstances related to COVID-19, from March 17, 2020 and until further notice, our employment services are being offered remotely using e-mail, telephone, and other available technologies. Please connect with us via e-mail at

Your questions and requests will be dealt with by our solicitous staff.

Please stay safe and follow the advice of health officials.