Monday, March 7 at 7:00 pm
March 7, 2022/5 Adar II, 5782
- Call to order – Allan Shefrin, Chair of the Board
- Dvar Torah – Rabbi Aryeh Kravetz, Congregation Beit Tikvah
- Greetings from the Jewish Federation of Ottawa – Ian Sherman, Chair of the Board, JFO
- Approval of Minutes – Annual Meeting 2021 – Allan Shefrin, Chair of the Board, SJCC
The Grossman-Klein Family Teen Leadership Award
Presenter: Gail Lieff,
Recipients: Morgan Shusterman & Julia SilverstoneThe Ben Karp SJCC Volunteer Service Award
Presenter: Barry Karp
Recipient: Michael Aronson
- Financial Overview – Mark Gruner, SJCC/JFO CFO
- Appointment of Auditors for the period ending August 31, 2022 – Mark Gruner
- Remarks/Staff Service Recognition – Barry Sohn, SJCC President/COO
- Report of the Nominating Committee – Michael Aronson, Past Chair
- Chair Remarks – Allan Shefrin
- Incoming Chair Remarks – Jack Shinder
- Other/New Business
Mazel Tov to our award winners!
Grossman Klein Teen Leadership Award
Presented to two teens (grade 11 or 12) who have shown outstanding dedication and service to the Jewish community throughout their teenage years.
Julia Silverstone is a grade 12 honour roll student at Sir Robert Borden High School who has been a dedicated volunteer with several organizations throughout the city.
Julia has spent three years with A Ripple Effect, a non-profit program affiliated with Chabad of Centrepointe that gives Ottawa Jewish youth the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of families dealing with challenges. When weekly visits with the children were no longer an option, due to the pandemic, Julia got creative and came up with activities like arts & crafts and baking over zoom, to stay connected and engage with the children.
Julia has been an active participant in Chabad of Centrepointe’s “Walk for Inclusion” helped provide meals during their drive-through meal delivery, handed out Chanukah gifts to children for A Ripple Effect and participated in holiday visits to Hillel Lodge. This past Chanukah Julia presented a handmade menorah to Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson on behalf of Chabad of Centrepointe and A Ripple Effect and along with her mother, delivered meals throughout the community for The Jewish Youth Library of Ottawa during the lockdown.
A regular at NCSY Shabbatons, Julia attended Torah High and in the summer of 2021 joined the organizations TJJ (The Jerusalem Journey) Summer Program across the US. She has co-organized a food drive for the Ottawa Kosher Food Bank in memory of a friend’s grandmother and been part of the Relay for Life, cancer fundraiser at her high school.
In her free time, between helping out her community, Julia enjoys travelling and plays several musical instruments including drums, guitar and ukulele; and has participated in several drama performances at camp and school.
Throughout her teen years, Morgan has continuously demonstrated compassion, leadership and an interest in making a difference in her community, across all aspects of her life.
Morgan’s Jewish learning began at Temple Israel Hebrew School where after her Confirmation in Grade 10 she became a volunteer teaching assistant and participated in Temple’s Youth Group, FROSTY. Throughout her high school years, she has held many executive board positions in the Youth Group, culminating in a Co-Presidency last year. Together with her FROSTY peers she volunteered at the Parkdale United Church – In From the Cold program and helped coordinate High Holiday Toiletry Drives.
Following eight summers at CBB, where she was chosen as an Olympic Team Captain and selected for their All-Star Canoe Trip, both big CBB honors, Morgan spent two summers working at SJCC Summer Camps.
Morgan is an avid hockey player who was voted Captain of her U18 team. Through hockey, she has had the opportunity to volunteer with Do It For Daron, raising money and awareness for teen mental health and suicide prevention, Capital City Condors, an adapted hockey program for those with cognitive and physical disabilities, Holiday Hamper fundraising for families in need, and most recently she organized a massively successful food drive to benefit the Barrhaven Food Cupboard.
When her friend Charlie Kujavsky was diagnosed with Leukemia several years ago, Morgan organized a fundraising campaign and sold over 200 hoodies raising more than, $2500 for Candlelighters and the Chai Lifeline of Canada in Charlie’s honour. And, when the playground equipment at Sir Robert Borden was vandalized Morgan and friends set up a lemonade stand in Centrepointe Park and raised more than $500 to replace the damaged equipment. Morgan was recognized by the school with their inaugural Humanitarian Award for both of these efforts.
Morgan’s more recent volunteer efforts have included tie-dying and selling over 200 masks with the proceeds going to Hillel Lodge Biking for Bubbies Feeding Assistance program. She volunteered early morning on Christmas Day in the kitchen at Paramedic Headquarters helping to make to-go breakfasts for the Paramedic crews; and, having just turned 17, she recently made her first donation of blood.
Ben Karp Soloway JCC Volunteer Service Award
Presented to a volunteer who best exemplifies communal ideals and sets an ongoing example for others.
Mike Aronson has been an integral part of the Soloway Jewish Community Centre’s Board of Directors on two separate occasions. His first term was from 2006 to 2011 when he was a board member and Treasurer. He returned in 2016 and in 2018 became the chair.
Originally from Montreal, Mike and his family have a long history with Jewish Community Centres. As a boy he spent Sundays at the YMYWHA in Montreal. When his family moved to Toronto his boys, Mark and Adam participated in programs at the JCC there and once they settled in Ottawa, they were regulars first at the Chapel Street JCC and then in the west end.
As Board Chair, Mike’s leadership was essential in the implementation of the capital campaign and the strategic planning process that involved members, non-members, SJCC staff and stakeholders.
During his 43 years as an executive at Thermo Fisher Scientific, a publicly-traded $40 billion dollar multi-national, Mike learned important lessons about setting clear, measurable goals, supporting staff and listening to customers – all things he successfully applied to his leadership role with the SJCC.
More than an integral part of our Board of Directors for many years, Mike is a valued SJCC member and frequent user of the Centre who can often be found swimming laps in our pool or attending an Adult Cultural & Educational Program.
Mike and his wife, Rhoda are the proud parents of two sons Mark and Adam, daughter-in-laws, Becca and Ari and have two adored grandchildren Ellis and Alden.