CHW in Canada
Canadian Hadassah-WIZO (CHW) is known for the good work that is being done for Children, Healthcare, and Women in Israel. However, CHW also partners with many different organizations in Canada, and CHW members in Centres from coast to coast participate in these charitable activities. Here is a peek at a few organizations or initiatives that were recently supported by CHW in our local communities.
Chanukah Toy Drive
For over 14 years, CHW Calgary has held a toy drive prior to Chanukah. The toys are given to Jewish Family Services (JFS) and the Alberta Children’s Hospital (ACH) for distribution to families who cannot afford any extras. CHW Calgary is proud that the 2016 Toy Drive provided toys, movie passes, and gift cards at the ACH and JFS. CHW Calgary is proud of this mitzvah project that supports their local community and reflects CHW’s values in investing in Children, Healthcare, and Women.
Scholarship at Mount Royal University
CHW Calgary has established a scholarship at Mount Royal University to enable a full-time student enrolled in the Bachelor of Business Administration with a minor in Social Innovation and Non-profit Studies to continue their studies. The first award will be presented in September, 2017, for CHW’s Centennial year.
Terry Horwitz Memorial Bursary
Since 2009, CHW Edmonton has proudly sponsored the Terry Horwitz Memorial Bursary. The Bursary celebrates Terry’s life, and honours her work with children in the early learning years. The $1,000 bursary is awarded to full-time, second-year students enrolled in the Early Learning and Child Care program at MacEwan University in Edmonton. Terry Horwitz z’l graduated from the program in 2004.
CHW Montreal Pro-Am Supports LOVE
For 8 years, CHW Montreal has collaborated with Leave Out Violence (LOVE) Quebec, an organization that works with youth aged 13 to 19 by helping them end the cycles of violence in their lives and by training them to become leaders in violence-prevention within their communities. Staff and youth from LOVE volunteered at the event and had a chance to meet to the participants. Proceeds from the event were donated to LOVE.
MADA Community Center
MADA is a local community centre whose central purpose is fighting poverty in the Montreal community. CHW Montreal collected non-perishable food items for Chanukah in December 2016 and most recently their volunteers packaged food for their Shabbat to Share Program. In addition, CHW Montreal members recently volunteered to serve dinner at Le Café. Le Café provides hot, kosher meals twice weekly in a warm, respectful environment.
Maureen O’Neil Award in Women’s Studies
Offered through Carleton University, this award was endowed in 1985 by CHW in honour of Maureen O’Neil, Coordinator, Status of Woman Canada. It is awarded annually, when merited, to a student enrolled in the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research who is doing work in Women’s Studies.
Stella’s Place, Young Adult Mental Health
Commencing in fall 2017, CHW Toronto Centre supports Stella’s Place, Young Adult Mental Health located in downtown Toronto. Stella’s Place offers a range of community based supports for young adults ages 16-29 who face mental health challenges. CHW will be specifically supporting an innovative, online peer support app co-designed by young adult volunteers and students at George Brown College. This new app will feature moderated, supervised online peer support available to registered users. Toronto Centre is proud to be connected with Stella’s Place and helping to make a positive difference in the lives of thousands of young adults.
Jewish Family Services Agency
CHW Vancouver has proudly partnered with various local organizations over the years. CHW Vancouver continues to provide new cosmetic items to women in need through the Jewish Family Services Agency in Vancouver.
Canadian Young Judaea
Each year, Canadian Hadassah-WIZO (CHW) provides funding to Canadian Young Judaea summer camps in Canada, which aim to strengthen young members’ Jewish identity and principles. CHW is honoured to have grown alongside such a wonderful organization, and enjoys serving children and youth in Canada and Israel together.