Calgary, Alberta


Immigrant Outreach Society is a black-led non-profit organization that provides evidence-based, language-specific and culturally appropriate mental health and psychosocial interventions for ethnic minorities from East Africa, including Eritrea, Ethiopia, Somalia, Sudan and South Sudan.

IOS provides various programs and activities that address psychosocial, mental health and addictions issues of ethnic minorities from East Africa. These include proactive community outreach, home-based individual counselling, group counselling, family counselling, life skills programs, youth programs, women empowerment programs and training and workshops.

IOS promotes racial equity, inclusion, and cultural awareness in public policies, and systems. We deliver anti-racism programs and services that are tailored at empowering ethnic minorities to mitigate biased structural and systemic barriers, race relations and racial injustice.

Our trauma-informed programs and services are tailored, understanding the pre-migration and post-migration trauma exposure of ethnic minorities from East Africa.


Our vision is creating a vibrant community that addresses the issue of racism and immigrant mental health access.


Our mission is to support black East African youth, immigrants, ethnic minorities, and refuges by providing multiculturally sensitive and language appropriate psychosocial and mental health programs as well as anti-racism programming and initiatives


  • Black Community Achievement Awards 2021 from the Calgary Black Chambers in Feb 2021 won by the Executive Director of IOS.
  • Annual Greater Forest Lawn 2020 Leadership Recognition Award from Greater Forest Lawn Community Association and the City of Calgary in Jan 2021 was won by the Executive Director of IOS.
  • The Executive Director of Immigrant Outreach Society was named to be an invaluable Community Connector by Sprawl Calgary in Dec 2020.
  • The Executive Director of the Immigrant Outreach Society is nominated to be one of the Calgary Police Services Antiracism Committee.

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