Welcome to CHW Ottawa
More than a year has passed since we began our term as co-presidents of CHW Ottawa. We have enjoyed working together, and with our executive and membership. We are very fortunate to have an excellent executive and portfolio chairs, and members at large, who are a great asset to us: Debbie Baylin, Sandy Bennett, Anna Chodos, Robin Chernick, Lynn Gillman, Hedy Gutman, Deborah Goldstein, Gina Grant, Esther Kulik, Marilyn Schwartz, and Ilene Strong.
We have had a very busy spring and summer this year.
Lunch and Learn
On June 1, CHW National President, Claudia Goldman, and CHW National Executive Director, Alina Ianson, spoke to CHW Ottawa members at a “Lunch and Learn” event, hosted by CHW Director Gina Grant. After a delicious lunch and some socializing, we learned how CHW is being transformed into a state-of-the-art organization based on a very comprehensive and ambitious Strategic Plan. While CHW’s goals remain the same as they have always been, today’s CHW is not your mother’s or grandmother’s “Hadassah.”
CHW Ottawa Closing Council Meeting
On June 1, members and guests enjoyed a scrumptious dessert reception in honour of Claudia Goldman and Alina Ianson. Our two special guests inspired us by showing how our local fundraising efforts are helping to support CHW’s projects in Israel dedicated to children, health care, and women. Claudia showed a moving slide show about the recent CHW mission to Israel. Attendees shared in the pride of council and chapter awards celebrating the achievements of our members.
On June 2, long-time CHW Ottawa member Ruth Aaron hosted a luncheon in honour of our 17 Sustainers. Sustainers and friends enjoyed a delicious meal and wonderful camaraderie. Some of the ladies, including Alina Ianson, spoke movingly about the reasons for becoming a Sustainer. The conversation was so inspirational that one of the Sustainers became a Woman of Valour! It was a very enjoyable and successful event!
Walk in the Park
On August 23, CHW Ottawa Centre held its first annual “Walk in the Park” fundraising event to help support the Terry Schwarzfeld Day Care Centre in Acco, Israel. Co-chairs Esther Kulik and Anna Chodos did a marvelous job in organizing this very successful fundraiser.
The challenges ahead of our Centre are to raise much-needed funds and to increase membership by attracting new, younger members to CHW Ottawa. In addition, we want to ensure that belonging to CHW remains enjoyable and meaningful for each and every one of us, knowing that we are making a real difference in the lives of our friends in Israel through our projects in support of Children, Healthcare, and Women.