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Election procedure 2019-enDear Members and Community Members,
Election 2019
You are cordially invited to join us for our upcoming Annual General Members Meeting and Election of the Board of Directors for 2019 – 2021 on June 15th at Tom Brown Arena, 141 Bayview Rd, Ottawa, ON K1Y 4M3 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Annual General Members Meeting
Officers of the Cambodian Association of the Ottawa Valley will present the yearly update to members of the community.

The meeting will be chaired by the Nomination/Election committee, Mr. Chamroeun Lay.

Election of the Board of Directors
The Cambodian Association of the Ottawa Valley is led by the Board of Directors, who volunteer their time and energy in serving the community through the establishment of programs and initiatives.

If you are interested in being a candidate for the Board of Director, please submit your intent to run in the upcoming election to the Chair of the Nomination Committee, Heng Chau, by June 7th, 2019 at with the Subject: CAOV Board of Director Nomination Committee.

Candidates should be familiar with CAOV’s By-Laws, eligibility criteria, and the Nomination and Election procedures.
BOD Candidacy Requirements:
* Class A Membership – registered for a minimum of 10 days
* Must be aged 18 or older on Election Day
The Election of the Board of Directors will be carried out by the Election Committee Chair, Mr. Chau Heng.

We look forward to seeing you on June 15th.

Vuthy Lay
President Cambodian Association of Ottawa Valley

Please find more information regard to Nomination/Election process below:

Vesak on the Parliament Hill

Dear Community,

On behalf of CAOV, I would like to invite everyone to join us celebration Vesak on the Parliament Hill on Saturday May 18, 2019 from 2pm – 5pm which is hosted by MP Hounrable Chandra Arya. The event starts with buddhist ceremony followed by multi-culture shows.
please ensure to register to attend this event

Hope see you all there, please ensure to register to attend this event.
Warm regards,

Vuthy Lay,
President of CAOVvesak on hill



Cambodian New Year Celebration in Ottawa

It’s time to celebrate Cambodian New Year again on April 13, 2019 at 523 St. Anthony St. Ottawa ON. Come to enjoy Khmer traditional music and culture shows performed by our Khmer Ottawa of Fine Art troop, other local performers including our famous female singer from Montreal and Toronto. See You Soon.

Cambodian New Year on April 13, 2019

Celebration of Cambodian New Year on April 13, 2019

Cambodian Refugee Interviews

Happy holidays friends and family!

If you or someone you know is a Cambodian refugee and interested in sharing your story for the Hearts of Freedom Project, please contact us or see below:

Be part of an important research project and participate in recording history that will be preserved for years to come. This study entitled The Canadian South East Asia Refugee Historical Research Project: Hearts of Freedom aims to document the experiences of refugees who escaped their homelands and came to Canada between 1975-85 following the end of the Indochinese wars, as well as Canadians who welcomed them into Canada.
It is a partnership among the Cambodian, Laotian and Vietnamese Associations, Carleton University, the Canadian Immigration Historical Society (CIHS), and several museums. Carleton University researchers are Colleen Lundy, Professor Emeritus and Allan Moscovitch, Professor Emeritus. Joining them are Mike Molloy and Peter Duschinsky from the CIHS, and Stephanie Stobbe, Associate Professor, at Meno Simons College, a college of the Canadian Mennonite University in Winnipeg.
What is the purpose of the study?
This study will ensure that the refugee and settlement experience of those people who came from Vietnam, Cambodia, or Laos will be preserved for generations to come and become part of Canada’s historical narrative. We will interview 90 people who came to Canada as refugees during the period from 1975 to 1985. We will record the interviews, and use what we learn to produce a book, educational materials, a web site to preserve the interviews, and a documentary film.
What will I be asked to do?
If you agree to take part in the study, we will ask you to:
• Participate in a 90-minute interview at an agreed upon location. Prior to the interview we will ask you for some basic information such as your name, country of birth, and country of origin for statistical purposes. The interview questions will be in the following areas; the consequences of the war for you and your family; factors that encouraged you to leave your home, and the details of your migration journey; your settlement experience in Canada; and your life since arriving in Canada.

• The interview will be video recorded. You may stop the interview at any point or refuse to answer some questions.

• You will have the option of reviewing the recording of your interview prior to it being placed in the Carleton University archives and on the project’s web site. If you choose to review the video prior to use, you will have two weeks to request that passages be removed before the video is placed on our website.

• Once any changes you request have been made, extracts from the video of your interview may be used in a documentary film, a book and in exhibits organized by one of more Canadian museums.

• We will ask if you have memorabilia, including photos, memoirs/journals, and other artifacts that are important to your story that you would you be willing to share these materials with the research team so that they can be scanned or photographed and reproduced for the project’s permanent archives, and the creation of exhibits at the Canadian Museum of History and at the Museum of Immigration at Pier 21.

• As a token of our appreciation, you will receive a small gift and a copy of the edited interview.

The ethics protocol for this project has been reviewed and cleared by the Carleton University Research Ethics Board. If you have any ethical concerns with the study, please contact Dr. Bernadette Campbell, Chair, Carleton University Ethics Board-A (by phone at 613-520-2600 ext. 2517 or via email at

Contact the Cambodian Community Coordinator Rivaux Lay for more information or to participate in the study at (613) 731-3480 or email

Potential Employment Opportunity


Cantalk, live language translation/interpretation services company based in Winnipeg, is seeking Khmer Cambodian Freelance Interpreters who work from home with flexible schedules. If anybody among your community is interested in this position, please send their resume and/or contact information to . If you would like more information about this freelance opportunity, feel free to contact

Maria Sanchez, Language Recruiter and Retention Coordinator
70 Arthur St | Suite 250 | Winnipeg, MB, Canada, R3B 1G7
Tel: 800.480.9686 | 204.786.0133

Job Opportunity – Cambodian Community Coordinator, Media Coordinator and Interview Teams

Join an exciting research project!

The Canadian South East Asia Refugee Historical Project: Hearts of Freedom

Carleton University, in partnership with the Vietnamese, Cambodian and Laotian immigrant communities in Canada, the Menno Simons College (a college of Canadian Mennonite University), the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21, and the Canadian Immigration Historical Society and with the support of a range institutions involved in immigration history is starting a major 3-year research project entitled The Canadian South East Asia Refugee Historical Project: Hearts of Freedom. Through a series of in-depth oral interviews with Vietnamese, Cambodian and Laotian refugees who escaped their homelands and came to Canada following the end of the Indochinese wars, as well as Canadians who welcomed them in Canada, the project will seek to preserve the memories of these events and produce educational materials as well as publications and audio-visual materials about them.

We are now hiring for the positions below. Applicants should submit a covering letter and CV by September 15, 2018 addressed to The Research Team at or contact CAOV at

Community Coordinator

Community Coordinator with the Vietnamese, Cambodian and Laotian Immigrant Communities in Canada. (three positions, one with each community)


  • Based on her/his existing contacts within her/his communities, or new contacts that she/he will establish, the community coordinator will find potential interviewees, who are themselves refugees or are the children of refugees and who are able and willing to do oral interviews in English or French.
  • She/he will present them to the project’s coordinator for consideration as an interviewee.
  • She/he will meet regularly with the other Community Coordinators and with the Project Coordinators
  • She/he will meet with one or more of the interview teams as needed to brief them on the people they will be interviewing


  • Good English or French oral and written language abilities.
  • Excellent oral and written language skills in one or more of Vietnamese, Khmer or Cambodian
  • Good existing contacts within one or more of the three communities in Canada which are the subject of the research
  • Solid networking ability within one or more of the three communities
  • Ability to make presentations


  • Strong communication skills
  • Good judgement

The Community Coordinator will report to the Project Coordinator and may be required to make presentations to both the Research Committee and the Project Management Committee

Media Coordinator

The media coordinator will oversee all media aspects of the project. The successful candidate will have related experience and must be able to commit to a two-year period (4 months half-time for the first year, 9 months in year two).


  • Design, creation and maintenance of a secure project web site.
  • Uploading of all video interviews to the web site,
  • Uploading of interview transcripts, research documents, images and authored papers.


  • Preparation of progress reports for the research team
  • Liaising as required with the University’s communications and IT departments


  • Good English and French oral and written language abilities.
  • Expert IT skills and proven ability to design, implement and maintain web sites
  • Ability to make presentations


  • Strong technical skills
  • Good judgement

Interview Teams

Positions for three two-member interview teams (Each team has one interviewer and one camera operator) to conduct interviews over a two-year period. Initially, interviews will take place in Ottawa, Gatineau, Montreal and Toronto. There is the possibility of extension into the western provinces. Must be prepared to travel and commit for two years.

Interviewer: Preference will be given to applicants with interviewing experience. Since there will be a small number of interviews in French, one of the interviewers will be bilingual (French/English). Fluency in Vietnamese, Khmer or Laotian is an asset.

Camera Operator: Preference will be given to applicants with experience in videography. Language capability in Khmer, Laotian or Vietnamese is an asset.

Attendance is required at a workshop in October to prepare interviewers for oral history interviewing and camera operators in the use of the digital video equipment. Interviews are planned to begin in November 2018.

Elementary/Secondary Khmer Language Registration

(Khmer) Elementary Programs for 2018

Registration: Saturday September 8, 2018 at Adult High School 300 Rochester St. Ottawa ON, at 9:00amelementary-classKhmer Elementary Programs for Fall 2018


(Khmer) Secondary Programs for 2018

Registration: Saturday September 8, 2018 at Glibe High School 212 Glebe Ave. Ottawa ON, at 9:00am


UNA-Canada – Financial Literacy Internship Programme (FLIP)


The United Nations Association in Canada’s (UNA-Canada), National Bank of Canada and ABA Bank are proud to announce the Financial Literacy Internship Programme (FLIP).

FLIP is an exceptional opportunity for young Canadians with an interest in Cambodian culture, Khmer language and sustainable development to obtain valuable and meaningful work experience in Cambodia for nine months.

FLIP participants will complete a six-month internship with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and a three-month placement with ABA Bank, as well as develop, implement and evaluate a Financial Literacy programme for local communities. Participants will work closely with local stakeholders and mentors in Cambodia to create and implement impactful financial literacy training sessions while working towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Quick Facts:

• Proudly funded by the National Bank;
• In partnership with ABA Bank;
• The application deadline is August 10th, 2018;
• Must be a Canadian citizen or Permanent Resident legally entitled to work in Canada
• Internships are nine months in length with the United Nations Development Programme Cambodia and ABA Bank;
• FLIP’s internship opportunities are available to post-secondary graduates in the field of Business, Accounting and Finance;
• We strongly encourage individuals that speak Khmer to apply.

Please find here the link to apply to the internship:

Thank you for your support and cooperation. We encourage you to forward this call to other faculties & grads and organizations that may be interested in this very rare opportunity. We also encourage you to pass this information along to student associations, career centres or school newspapers that might be able to further promote the programme. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to call me, Alexandra Brunet, at 613-232-5751 ext. 227, or

The first two candidates of the program will be selected in mid-August 2018 and are expected to be deployed in September 2018.

Alexanda Brunet
Project Officer/ Agente de projet
International Development and Diplomacy Internship Programme/
Programme de stages en développement international et en diplomatie
United Nations Association in Canada
Association canadienne pour les Nations Unies

300-309 rue Cooper Street, Ottawa, ON K2P0G5
(613) 232-5751 x227