Let's Imagine - Debbie Douglas

We have a responsibility to ensure that all employees working within our sector are paid a living wage.


You're listening to Let's Imagine, an Imagine Canada podcast for everyone interested in social issues and the nonprofit sector. I'm your host, Bruce McDonald. At Imagine Canada, we believe that by leveraging our national vantage point, building cross-sector relationships and sharing and developing our knowledge base, we can advance social, economic, and environmental justice through our collective action.

Join us as we dive deep into conversations that have big implications for the nonprofit and charitable sector here in Canada. A special thank you to our knowledge partner, Carter's Professional Corporation and our supporting partner, Sage Canada.

Together, Let's Imagine a stronger future.

This week on the podcast, I'm grateful to chat with Debbie Douglas, executive director of OCASI, the Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants. About the nonprofit workforce through the lens of the immigrant experience.

Given the late 2022 release of "Diversity is Our Strength", a report that looked at employment data in our sector and its findings related to the important role that charities, nonprofits play in the employment journey for newcomers.

We felt it was important to explore this information with a real expert. OCASI is a charitable organization that acts as a collective voice for immigrant serving agencies and coordinates responses to shared needs and. Its membership comprises more than 200 community-based organizations in the province of Ontario.

OCASI's mission is to champion equity and human rights for immigrants and refugees through advocacy, collective action, collaborative planning, research, capacity building, and information and knowledge transfer.

In this episode, we're going to dig into issues around credentials for immigrants, making courageous choices as employers, and providing decent work for newcomers to Canada and thinking about the future of how important immigration is to our country.

Debbie, thank you so much for accepting our invitation.

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