Godwin Ifedi, a settlement counsellor with the Ottawa Community Immigrant Services Organization, is a dedicated community volunteer and advocate for newcomers and the disadvantaged.
A member of the Ottawa Police Service’s Community and Police Action Committee, Ifedi has volunteered for the boards of the Social Planning Council of Ottawa, Causeway Work Centre (a not-for-profit agency that provides vocational training and work experience for people with serious mental health disorders) and Tanglewood Hillsdale Community Association (a residential community organization that provides recreational and family support services to 15,000 households).
Nigerian-born Ifedi is the president of Black History Ottawa, the past president of the Nigerian Canadian Association and the Otu Umunna Igbo Cultural Association. He is also creator and editor of Black Ottawa Scene, an online monthly news magazine that focuses on people of African descent in the national capital region.
Ifedi is a graduate of the University of Manitoba and the University of Ottawa and, for 12 years, was a registered member of the College of Occupational Therapists of Ontario. He also served on that college’s council and then held posts as administrative director and senior occupational therapist with the Royal Ottawa Hospital.
Ifedi was appointed to Council in March 2014.