2016 Barrhaven Community Welcome Fair a Great Success

Every year the Ottawa Chinese Community Service Centre (OCCSC) organizes and participates in community events to welcome newcomers to Ottawa introducing them to many people and agencies that can help them settle comfortably and safely. On May 15, 2016, the OCCSC staged the Barrhaven Community Welcome Fair at Mother Teresa High School. The event was attended by Ottawa’s Mayor Jim Watson, 27 business providers and community partners and over 500 residents of Ottawa. It was a resounding success! 001

Over 500 people attended this year’s Welcome Fair

The event began with a warm welcome from Sharon Kan, Executive Director of OCCSC, and an inspiring speech by Mayor Watson, who officially launched the event and had pictures taken with over 50 enthusiastic families in attendance.


Sharon Kan , Executive Director of OCCSC

A newcomer family had a photo with Mayor Watson.

Twenty-seven organizations, businesses, and service providers set up booths to provide information to newcomers regarding settlement services, employment support, language training, parenting, education, health-care, banking, insurance, housing, sports/arts/recreation, and summer camps.






Some of the activities at the event included the bouncy castle, hosted by the Ottawa Academy of Martial Arts, face painting, balloon animals, arts and crafts, and a collaborative painting “Beautiful Ottawa Welcomes You”, facilitated by the Ottawa Tiancai Arts School with help from the participants. The Ottawa South United Soccer League offered demonstrations of soccer skills and indoor soccer games for the children. OCCSC organized a crawling competition for babies aged 6 to 12 months, and the interactive game, “Chasing Tails”, for older children and their parents.


Bouncy Castle

Balloon Animals

Arts and Crafts

Face Painting


Collaborative painting, “Beautiful Ottawa Welcomes You”

Boxing demonstration

A crawling competition

Indoor Soccer

Laser Fire Extinguishing

We also had on-site diabetes tests for seniors, provided by the Centretown Community Health Centre. Ottawa Fire Services invited families to experience laser fire extinguishing. A “selfie” corner for families and participants was also set-up to capture fun moments of the day.


On-site Diabetes Tests

“Selfie” Corner for Families

The purpose of this event was not only to welcome newcomers to Ottawa, but also to support the wildfire victims of Fort McMurray in Alberta by raising funds through the OCCSC’s Happy Kitchen charitable bake sale and the 50/50 lucky draw. The bake sale raised $365 and the draw $150. The revenue was donated to the Canadian Red Cross for Fort McMurray wildfire relief.


Happy Kitchen Bake Sale

50/50 Cash Lucky Draws

There were 37 lucky draw gifts, including a Mayor’s Welcome Basket, generously donated by our exhibitors, partners and supporters.
Three performances were well received, including the beautiful “Peacock Dance” from the Hai Yan Dance Group, and K – pop dance by a group of children and teens, led by Winnie Fan. The performances closed out with “Yung Tai Chi” performed by Han Ju.


Peacock Dance

Tai Chi Performance

K – pop dance

Event volunteers and some of OCCSC staff

Each year, the OCCSC Community Welcome Fair receives great community and volunteer support. Special thanks go to our 40 volunteers who helped make our event such a huge success.

We would like to acknowledge Mayor Watson for his continued support.

The Barrhaven Community Welcome Fair was made possible thanks to OCCSC’s generous sponsors, donors and partners listed:


  • ComeFromChina.com
  • CFC Weekly News
  • Duke’s Photo Studio
  • Mark Motors Audi, David Li
  • Ottawa Academy of Martial Arts
  • Ottawa South United Soccer
  • Ottawa Tiancai Arts School
  • Royal Bank of Canada
  • Urbandale Construction

Partners and exhibitors:

  • Algonquin College
  • Autism Ontario, East, South East
  • Camp IAWAH
  • Centretown Community Health Centre
  • Eye Level – Math & English Programs
  • First Word – Preschool Speech & Language Program Of Ottawa
  • Gracefield Christian Camp and Retreat Centre
  • Kanata South Kumon Centre
  • Music For Young Children
  • Ontario Early Years Centre
  • Ottawa – Carleton District School Board
  • Ottawa Catholic School Board
  • Ottawa Fire Services
  • Oxford Learning Centre, Nepean
  • Primerica
  • South Nepean Community Health Centre
  • Wind Mobile – Great Talk Wireless
  • YMCA – Employment Services
  • Yu Mo – T.C.M.P

Gift donors:

  • 1000 Sushi Island, Barrhaven
  • Braintastic Tutoring
  • Canadian Science & Technology Museums Corporation
  • Compass Holidays
  • Douvris Martial Arts And Fitness
  • Eye Level – Math & English Programs
  • Food Basics / Metro
  • Globe Awards and Promotions
  • Jim Watson, Mayor of Ottawa
  • Lady Dive Tours Inc.
  • Little Ray’s Reptile Zoo
  • Mandarin Buffet, Nepean & Hunt Club
  • Ottawa Academy of Martial Arts
  • Ottawa School of Art
  • Ski Vorlage
  • Sky Zone Trampoline Park