Welcome to CHW Montreal
CHW Montreal President, Sheila Nemtin Levine
We have all heard the expression the “Power of One.” Since it is CHW’s centennial year, I would like to focus on the “Power of 100.” It began in 1917 with Lillian Freiman. As a passionate Zionist, Lillian used her influence to rally Canadian women to aid the war-racked Jews of Palestine and from there, CHW was born. That “Power of One” grew exponentially, and over the past 100 years, CHW has impacted the lives of so many, both here in Canada and in Israel.
I was recently at the CHW National Leaders Assembly in Toronto, which brought together the presidents of the CHW centres across Canada, the Board of Directors, and the dedicated staff. I was surrounded by women whose commitment to the future of CHW is unwavering, and for me this was both inspiring and motivating.
One of the highlights of the weekend was a presentation by Dr. Benny Davidson, who is the Director General of the Assaf Harofeh Medical Centre in Israel. Along with a funny but heartfelt poem thanking CHW for our support of his hospital, he shared videos about two young patients. Their life-saving experiences at the CHW Marla Dan Stroke and Invasive Neuroradiology Institute were awe-inspiring.
Another fascinating presentation was by Steve McDonald, the Deputy Director of Communications and Public Affairs for CIJA (The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs). He shared an inside look at Canadian public opinion on the Middle East and how it relates to Israel advocacy. A key point of his presentation that resonated with me was that the most effective way to further support for Israel is through its citizens— personal stories matter.
This is what CHW is all about. CHW helps people – ALL people. Our projects in Israel are open to everyone, regardless of race or religion. Because of this, we at CHW are helping to build bridges both in Israel and in Canada.
Our centennial is a time to rejoice, reflect and most importantly, to plan and ensure that CHW will be around for the next 100 years. By building bridges, CHW enables its supporters to make the world a better place. That is the magic of CHW.
Sheila Nemtin Levine
6900 Decarie Boulevard, Suite 3405
Montreal QC H3X 2T8
Phone: (514) 933-8461
Fax: (514) 933-6483